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   January  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
1st January 1975 Classified             Martin-Baker
1st January 1975 Classified             Martin-Baker
1st January 1975 Classified             Martin-Baker
1st January 1975 Classified             Martin-Baker
1st January 1975 Classified             Martin-Baker
2nd January 1975
USN
F-14A Tomcat 158982
NK 107
VF-1
USS Enterprise
On a training mission from Cubi Point. Control of aircraft lost when fire followed a "loud thump"
[see also 14 January 1975]
Pilot Lt. Cdr. G. S. Giles ejected   Martin-Baker
RIO Lt. Cdr. R. McFillin ejected   Martin-Baker
13th January 1975
USN
EA-6B Prowler 158812 VAQ-137
USS Enterprise
Malacca Strait,  Indian Ocean. Crashed into water 15 seconds after launch when it “flamed out.”
2 OK
1 with back injuries
1 killled
Lt. Cdr. R. Newman   Martin-Baker
Lt. R. A. Kraft   Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. B. G. Swanson   Martin-Baker
 Lieutenant Jack L. Pedersen perished in the mishap    
14th January 1975
USN
F-14A Tomcat 159001
NK 112
VF-1
USS Enterprise
flamed out while conducting a VFR intercept mission, “a loud bang,” flames.
[see also 2nd January 1975]
Pilot Lieutenant Commander David G. Bjerke   Martin-Baker
RIO Lieutenant Gerald W. Kowlok   Martin-Baker
  cause in both mishaps: catastrophic failure in the compressor sections of their TF30-P412A engines  
15th January 1975
French AF
Mystere        Capt. M. Pirou   Martin-Baker
16th January 1975
 
Mirage       Sgt. F. Delauney   Martin-Baker
16th January 1975
USAF
F-4 Phantom       Capt. R. M. Osborn   Martin-Baker
23rd January 1975
French AF
Mirage       Sgt. Vaganay   Martin-Baker
25th January 1975
Indian AF
Hunter       Flt. Lt. V. Vasudevan   Martin-Baker
29th January 1975
RAF
Buccaneer       Lt. Cdr. M.Bickley   Martin-Baker
30th January 1975
USAF
F-4 Phantom       Capt. D. L. Thrasher   Martin-Baker
1.Lt. B. J. Smith   Martin-Baker

   February 

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
15th February 1975
Italian A.F.
F-104        Major G. Gerelli   Martin-Baker
3rd February 1975
USAF
FB‑111A 68‑0280  380th BW collided with 69‑6505 nr Londonderry, NH, USA 2 crew ejected safely    
3rd February 1975
USAF
FB‑111A 69‑6505 380th BW collided with 68‑0280nr Londonderry, NH, USA  2 crew ejected safely    

   March

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew seat photo
3rd March 1975
RAF
Phantom FGR2 XV416/H 111 Sqn
Coningsby, Lincs.
Crashed into River Withan Flt. Lt. P. Trotter   Martin-Baker Mk7A1 Mk1
Flg. Off. P. Tolman   Martin-Baker Mk7A1 Mk1
Pilot: Martin-Baker Mk7A1 Mk1, seat pan handle,
400', 180 IAS(K). Attitude straight and level. Cut to left eyebrow and sprained neck. Navigator:
Martin-Baker Mk7A1 Mk1, seat pan handle, 400', 180 IAS(K). Attitude straight and level. Minor
vertebrae damage. Cut at left eyebrow. Engine failure during or after take off. Pilot considered
aircraft neither climbing or accelerating. Time delay due to navigator asking for confirmation of
"Eject! Eject!" command. Crashed into River Withan, shortly after take off from Coningsby, Lincs.
5th March 1975
USAF
F‑111 E 68‑0081 55th TFS/20th TFW multiple bird strike, shattering canopy, Shap Fell, Cumbria, Lake district, UK crew ejected safely   Martin-Baker
5th March 1975
USAF
 F‑4E 71‑0241 Udom RTAFB, Thailand collided with 67‑028775 M W of airbase ejected safely   Martin-Baker
ejected safely   Martin-Baker
15th March 1975
Zamb
MB326       pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
24th March 1975
RAF
Victor XH618   Mid-air collision Flt. Lt. K.L.Handscomb ejected using seat pan handle probably below 7000'.   Martin-Baker Mk3L1 Mk2
Major compression fracture of vertebrae and incomplete fracture of left ankle.
Co-pilot: Martin-Baker 3L2 Mk2. Unable to reach handles. Rear crew unable to escape from cabin
due to high negative "G" forces. Beyond vertical nose down attitude.  resulting in
loss of control.
24th March 1975
USN
F-8J Crusader 150353  VFP-63 in US Lt. J. R. Batman   Martin-Baker
31st March 1975
Braz
MB326       ASP. AV C.Neto   Martin-Baker

 April  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
8th April 1975
USN
F-8J Crusader 149139 VF-194 in US Lt. W. G. Hester    
9th April 1975
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV776/14 1 Sqn Engine
main bearing failed. Crashed near Ditton Priors, Shropshire.
 Flt. Lt. J.Buckler ejected  at 3,000', 250 IAS(K), attitude slightly nose up, sustained with minor MDC spatter injuries above
eyebrows and bruising on the back of the left hand
  Martin-Baker Mk 9A Mk 1
9th April 1975
USN
F-4 Phantom       Lt.JG W. G. Kerr   Martin-Baker
Lt. E. T. Dailey   Martin-Baker
10th April 1975
Fr AF
Mirage       J. C. Cunat   Martin-Baker
14th April 1975
Kuwait AF
S.Mas       Lt. A. K. Twijry   Martin-Baker
14th April 1975
USN
A-6 Intruder       Lt. Cdr. D. Wright ejected   Martin-Baker
Lt. J. Miller ejected   Martin-Baker
16th April 1975
USAF
F-4 Phantom       S.Sgt. M. Yarnell   Martin-Baker
Lt.COL E.McDowell   Martin-Baker
17th April 1975
Belg
Mirage       Capt. G. Nevrinck   Martin-Baker
21st April 1975
USN
A-6 Intruder       Lt. E. G. Marits   Martin-Baker
LtJg M. H. Paul ejected   Martin-Baker
22nd April 1975
IndAF
Hunter       Flt. Lt. N. K. Bhasin   Martin-Baker
25th April 1975
USN
A-6 Intruder       Lt. Jg B. Kociemba ejected   Martin-Baker
27th April 1975
USMC
F-4 Phantom        Capt. J. M. Cluelow   Martin-Baker
MAJ M.M.Hynes   Martin-Baker
30th April 1975
RAF
Jaguar       Flt. Lt. W.Griffiths   Martin-Baker

 May  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
7th May 1975
Austrian Air Force
Saab 105 OE       ejected safely   Saab
10th May 1975
USN
A-6 Intruder       Lt. R. R. Ayres ejected   Martin-Baker
LtJg R. D. Treanor ejected   Martin-Baker
15th May 1975
SAAF
Buccaneer        Capt. M.G.F.Morton   Martin-Baker
2.Lt. A.P.Rousseau   Martin-Baker
15th May 1975
USAF
F-4 Phantom       1.Lt. G.L. Hoffman   Martin-Baker
2.Lt. T.G.Kinney   Martin-Baker
15th May 1975
RAF
Harrier       Flt. Lt. Lowton   Martin-Baker
16th May 1975
RAF
Harrier       Flt. Lt. P. M. Moore   Martin-Baker
20th May 1975
Italy
F-l04       Lt.COL B.Chianese   Martin-Baker
Capt. C.Balducci   Martin-Baker
29th May 1975
USAF
U‑2C 56‑6700 100th SRW  nr Winterberg, West Germany Capt. Robert Rendleman ejected ejected safely   Lockheed
29th May 1975
USN
F-4 Phantom       Lt. G. A Reynolds   Martin-Baker
Lt. J. Kumpan   Martin-Baker

   June    

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
6th June 1975
Belg
Mirage       W.O R-Ven Bever   Martin-Baker
11th June 1975
USN
F-8J Crusader 149221 VFP-63 in US Lt. J.J. A. Wagoner   Martin-Baker
13th June 1975
Den
F-104       2.Lt. B. H. Johansen   Martin-Baker
2.Lt. J. T. Stentoft   Martin-Baker
16th June 1975
RAF
Harrier XV800    Bird strike caused engine failure ejected. Major injuries, multiple
superficial lacerations to face, MDC spatter, crushed vertebrae
  Martin-Baker Mk9A Mk1
16th June 1975

CHECK DATE
is this JULY


RAF
Buccaneer S2B XW536/E 16 Sqn Collided with RAF Buccaneer S2B XW528/B [which landed safely] on a sortie from Karup, Denmark. Crashed into
the North Sea.
Pilot Flt. Lt. R. G. Haynes9000',
250 IAS(K) level
  Martin-Baker Mk6MSB1 Mk2
Navigator Flt. Lt. A. Shaw 9000', 250 IAS(K) level flight   Martin-Baker Mk6MSB2 Mk5
17th June 1975
Fr AF
Mirage       SaintLanne   Martin-Baker
22nd June 1975
Iran
F-4 Phantom       Pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
RIO ejected   Martin-Baker
24th June 1975
Fr AF
Mirage       M. Cornus   Martin-Baker
29th June 1975
Iran
F5       2.Lt. Garanpayeh   Martin-Baker
29th June 1975
USN
EA-6B Prowler       Lt. W. B. Bierbower ejected   Martin-Baker
LtJg L. T. Hunt ejected   Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. J. R. Capute ejected   Martin-Baker
Lt. Jg R. W.
McConchie ejected
  Martin-Baker

   July     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
3rd July 1975
USMC
AV-8 Harrier       MAJ W.F.Gilliland   Martin-Baker
7th July 1975
USAF
F-4 Phantom        Lt.COL R. E. Lawyer    Martin-Baker
MAJ R. L. Hager    Martin-Baker
8th July 1975
USMC
F-4 Phantom       Capt. E. C. Denkwalter   Martin-Baker
9th July 1975
GerAF
F-104        Capt. H. Gommel   Martin-Baker
9th July 1975
USAF
F‑104S 63‑13256 58th TFTW
Luke AFB, AZ, USA
engine failed following compressor stall during post­ maintenance test flight pilot ejected safely   Lockheed C-2
10th July 1975
IndAF
Marut       Flt. Lt. L. A. Fernandes   Martin-Baker
11th July 1975
Fr AF
Mirage       Taverier   Martin-Baker
14th July 1975
Belg
Mirage       Lt. P. Lemmens   Martin-Baker
CDT A. Bertram   Martin-Baker
17th July 1975
Fr AF
Mystere       A. Bonneau   Martin-Baker
17th July 1975
Fr AF
Mirage       Fremaut   Martin-Baker
20th July 1975
Peru
Mirage       MAJ E. R. Lindley   Martin-Baker
23rd July 1975
GerAF 
F-104       Lt. G. Eich   Martin-Baker
28th July 1975
USN
F-8J Crusader 1449163 VF-194
CV-34
DETAILS ??? Lt. J. R. Batman   Martin-Baker
29th July 1975
USN
F-8J Crusader 149187 VF-194
CV-34
  pilot Lt. R. R. Albertson ejected   Martin-Baker
29th July 1975

 

CHECK DATE - should this be JUNE


RAF
 Buccaneer XV360   crashed into the North Sea off Covehithe,
Norfolk.
Pilot  Flt. Lt. Patterson ejected5000', 45o nose down, rolling left. no injuries   Martin Baker Mk6MSB Mk2,
Navigator Lt. F. I. T. Lillis ejected 5000', nose
down, spinning. Major injuries- face bruising and fracture of vertebrae (rolled forward during
ejection - ejected first)
  Martin-Baker Mk6MSB Mk2
31st July 1975
Braz
MB326       TEN AV J. S. Tsuji   Martin-Baker
ASP G. D. Arboes   Martin-Baker

   August     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
5th August1975
USN
F-14 Tomcat       Cdr. C. L. Lavinder   Martin-Baker
Lt. B. J. Recame    Martin-Baker
12th August1975
Fr N
Etendard        pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
12th August1975 Classified NFD       pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
15th August1975
USAF
U-2R     [first loss of U-2R] Capt John Little   Lockheed
16th August1975
USN
A‑7E 158660
AD 444
VA‑174 suffered ejectrical failure upon launch from a carrier, ditched when engine flamed out 15 miles from shore base that it had diverted to pilot ejected and was rescued   Escapac
16th August1975
USN
F-8 Crusader       Lt. S. S. Graham   Martin-Baker
19th August1975
Oman
S.Mas       Flt. Lt. R. Furlong   Martin-Baker
20th August1975
USN
A-6 Intruder       Lt. G. T. Wyckoff ejected   Martin-Baker
22nd August1975
Ger N
F-104       O.Lt. S.H.J.Beyer   Martin-Baker
23rd August1975
USMC 
F-4 Phantom        Lt.COL C. W. Heinzerling    Martin-Baker
1.Lt. P.J. McNeela   Martin-Baker

   September     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
2nd September 1975

Brazilian AF
Mirage           Martin-Baker
3rd September 1975

Brazilian AF
        ASP I A V Ribeiro   Martin-Baker
4th September 1975
German AF
F-104        HPT H. Jung   Martin-Baker
6th September 1975
RAF
Harrier       Accidental ejection - Fatal. Thrown 30' into air. Died
shortly after arrival at hospital
  Martin-Baker Mk9A Mk1
9th September 1975
Italian AF
F-104        LT F.Milana   Martin-Baker
10th September 1975

Brazilian AF
        TEN Silva   Martin-Baker
15th September 1975
Belgian AF
Mirage       J.Bisthoven   Martin-Baker
15th September 1975
USAF 
F‑4E Phantom II  69‑0266
OR
32nd TFS crashed shortly after take‑off, nr Wittmundhafen, West Germany, Capt. R. Mandernack   Martin-Baker
Lt. T. E. Lorincz   Martin-Baker
16th September 1975

1820 GMT


                                                                                                                                                                                        photo via Bob Dwyer Lt Col, USAF, retired
USMC F‑4J Phantom II Pokey 07

USMC
F‑4J Phantom II BuNo. 153888

Pokey 07

VMFA‑251
MCAS Beaufort, SC, USA

engine compressor stalls

  Martin-Baker
Capt. Robert G. Dwyer Capt. Richard A. Cote Martin-Baker
  Excellent site!  I ejected from Marine Corps F-4J 153888 on September 16, 1975.  I'm obviously a big fan of Martin-Baker ejection seats; in fact, I have a fully restored H-7A seat in my "I Love Me" room.   
Bob Dwyer
 (In 1979 I “defected” from the Marine Corps to the Air Force)
in email 6th January 2007
18th September 1975
RAF
Phantom XV580   Loss of control
during "Canadian Break" manoeuvre
Pilot:, seat pan handle, 1500', 250 IAS(K) 60o
nose down, left wing low. Major fractures of the vertebrae
   Martin-Baker Mk7A1 Mk2
Navigator: ,
seat pan handle, 1700', 250 IAS(K) 60o nose down, left wing low. Nil injuries
  Martin-Baker Mk7A2 Mk2 
 Flg. Off. Wright

Flt. Lt. Hammil
need to ascertain who's who

 

19th September 1975
German AF
F-4 Phantom       Maj H. Dombrowe   Martin-Baker
20th September 1975
German Navy
F-104        KPT.Lt. G.Pape   Martin-Baker
23rd September 1975
USMC 
F-4N Phantom II 152227
WS
VMFA‑323
MCAS El Toro, CA, USA

       suffered hydraulic failure shortly after take‑off. Left main landing gear did not extend and upon landing arrestor cable broke, wing hit runway and broke fuel cell.

Capt. J. L Cross   Martin-Baker
2.Lt. A.E.Rogers   Martin-Baker
24th September 1975
USN
F-8J Crusader 150318
PP 672
VFP-63 control problems at 18,000 ftin US Ejected at 5000 feet   Martin-Baker
26th September 1975
German AF
F.G91        HPT G.Meyer   Martin-Baker

   October    

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew seat photo
2nd October 1975
German A. F.
F-4 Phantom       HPT R. Lieke   Martin-Baker
HPT W.D.Von Scheliha   Martin-Baker
2nd October 1975
USAF
F-4 Phantom       1.Lt. K. P. Judy   Martin-Baker
1.Lt. R. H. McCarty   Martin-Baker
6th October 1975
USN
A‑7A 153178
NF 315
VA‑93 engine failed during simulated strafing run pilot ejected safely   Escapac
8th October 1975
French A. F.
Mirage       Capt. Mocaert   Martin-Baker
10th October 1975
Italian A. F.
Fiat FG-91       Lt. C.Montefori   Martin-Baker
14th October 1975
RAF
Avro Vulcan XM645 9 Sqn struck
ground in the undershoot area at Luqa, Malta starting a fire. The pilot tried to gain altitude for the
crew to escape but the aircraft exploded over Zabbar.
Flt. Lt. Alcock   Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. E. C. Alexander   Martin-Baker
rear crew not supplied with ejection seats - all fatal
14th October 1975
USAF
 F‑15A 73‑0088 LA 555th TFTS/58th TFTW generator failure & smoke in cockpit W of Minersville, UT, USA pilot ejected safely   ACES II
14th October 1975
USAF
F‑111E 68‑0060
UH
20th TFW, birdstrike (duck)  nr Boston. Lincs, UK

2 crew ejected safely

  Capsule
16th October 1975
RAF
Folland Gnat T1 XS106/36 4 FTS . Crashed onto farm land at Llanrwst, Gwynedd after loss of control Pilot/Instructor: Folland Mk4GT/1 Mk2, seat pan
handle, 3500', 285 IAS(K), near vertical, 70o - 80o nose down, high rate of roll. Minor compression
of vertebrae.
  Folland
Pilot/Student: Folland Mk4GT/1 Mk1, seat pan handle, 4500', 285 IAS(K), near vertical, 70o - 80o
nose down, high rate of roll. Minor compression of vertebrae.
  Folland
22nd October 1975
USMC
 RF‑4B Phantom 153098
RFS
 VMFP‑3 Crashed in the desert, AZ, USA Capt. R. D. Anderson   Martin-Baker

 pilot ejected but was killed

   
23rd October 1975
USN
F-4J Phantom  155578 578 NATC
NAS Patuxent River. MD, USA

Launched from land catapult at Patuxent River; rolled right and crashed

 
PN-1 G.Feeback ejected at 40 ft   Martin-Baker
Lt. R.Scott ejected at 40 ft   Martin-Baker
29th October 1975
RAAF
Macchi

 

A7-065   Crashed near Salt Ash Flg. Off. L. G. Clayton   Martin-Baker AUO4B
Sqn Ldr. Brian J.
Sweeney
  Martin-Baker AUO4B
29th October 1975
USN
F-14A Tomcat 159590
NJ 453
 VF‑124
USS Enterprise
 port engine failed and caught fire. Crashedin sea off CA, USA, during night CarQuals Lt.JG Buckley   Martin-Baker
 Lt. Gastrell   Martin-Baker
31st October 1975
Oman
Hunter       Sqn. Ldr. R. A. Renton   Martin-Baker

   November   

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
5th November 1975
Belgian A. F.
Mirage       ADJ C.Delhaye   Martin-Baker
10th November 1975
German A.  F.
F-4 Phantom       HPT W. Plosser   Martin-Baker
HPT P. Schunke   Martin-Baker
22nd November 1975
USAF
F-4 Phantom       1.Lt. G. Kuprian   Martin-Baker
Capt. J.C.Evans   Martin-Baker
24th November 1975
RAF
Phantom FGR2 XV405 228 OCU Crashed into the North Sea off Skegness, Lincs. after the crew ejected following loss of
control.
Flt. Lt. Smith   Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. Lunn   Martin-Baker

24-11-1975
RAF - Phantom   of . Pilot: Martin-Baker Mk 7A-1 Mk1, seat pan handle,
3000', 200 - 250 IAS(K), 15o nose down, 60o left bank. Slight - mild back strain. Navigator:
Martin-Baker Mk7A-2 Mk 1, seat pan handle, 3600', 15o nose down, 60o left bank. Slight - mild
back strain.
& [bmal/194] & [bmalog/44]

   December     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
1st December 1975
RAF
Harrier GR.3 XV788/11 1 Squadron Bird strike in Belize caused engine
failure
Flg. Off. B. C. Scott ejected at 500ft  250 IAS(K), wings level, shallow dive. Slight MDC spatter to chest and arms   Martin-Baker Mk9A Mk2, seat pan
handle,
7th December 1975
USMC
A‑4E 150135 VMA‑32 entered spin during ACM pilot ejected safely   Escapac
17th December 1975
RAF
Phantom XV463     Navigator only ejected. Possible fatal. No further details   Martin-Baker
17th December 1975
USN
TA‑4J 158111  VT‑7
NAF El Centro, CA, USA
as a result of seat malfunction 400 of type grounded ejected but seat failed and killed   Escapac
ejected but seat failed and killed   Escapac
22nd December 1975
French Air Force
Mirage       Lt. J. F. Morlaix ejected   Martin-Baker
24th December 1975
USMC
F‑4N 152280 WS 12 VMFA‑323 aircraft was in a dive from 15,000 ft  into Pacific off CA, USA Pilot ejected but killed   Martin-Baker
RIO ejected but killed   Martin-Baker

 

   HELP NEEDED WITH THE FOLLOWING
Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
??-??-1975
Yugoslavian Air Force
YAF
Galeb       Pilot Cadet Miodrag Stojanovic ejected.    
??-??-1975
YAF
Jastreb       Pilot First Lt. Milomir Jevremic ejected    
??-??-1975
YAF
Jastreb       Pilot Captain Drago Brencic ejected.    
??-??-1975
YAF
Galeb       Pilot Cadet Perica Fankonfelo ejected    
??-??-1975
YAF
Galeb       Pilot Captain Strazimir Radojevic ejected.    


 

 

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