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   January  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
3rd January 1978
Fr N
F-8 Crusader       Capt. Botte   Martin-Baker
4th January 1978
Pak
SY.F6        P.O S. Ashraf   Martin-Baker
6th January 1978
USAF
F-4 Phantom         Captain J. A. Fernandez   Martin-Baker
1.Lt. M. B Rogers   Martin-Baker
15th January 1978
Greek 
F-104        L. Kazoleas   Martin-Baker
17th January 1978
USN
A-7E Corsair II BuNo 157584

 

 


Attack Squadron  USS Nimitz
USS Nimitz in the Mediterranean Lt. Cdr. Kent Ewing Escapac
18th January 1978
USN
KA‑6D Intruder 151791
AC
    VA‑75 San Francisco Bay, CA, USA, on approach to NAB Alameda AT-1 J. Hansen   Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. Moore   Martin-Baker
19th January 1978


DDR

MiG‑21 SPS‑K

7302
567
JG‑1 Crashed, Germany Olt Hans‑Dietmar Dohrmann  ejected   KM-1
23rd January 1978
RAF
Jet Provost T5A XW426/60 2 FTS Crashed at Rigg's Farm, Dalby Forest, North Yorks. following loss of control in a dive Flt. Lt. D. Bowring   Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. J. Hughes    Martin-Baker
30th January 1978
USAF
F-4 Phantom       Major D.E.Benson   Martin-Baker
1.Lt. L Bames   Martin-Baker
15th January 1978
USN
A‑7E 158027
AA 4
VA‑81
USS Forrestal

50 M off St Augustine, FL, USA, crashed on flight deck which was full of parked aircraft at the time, 2 killed. 10 injured

pilot ejected safely   Escapac
18th January 1978
USMC
AV‑8A 158952
WH
VMA‑542 nr NAS Fallon, NV, USA, engine failure pilot ejected safely   Stencel

   February 

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
1st February 1978
Iran
F-4 Phantom        1.Lt. Farisbi   Martin-Baker
Capt. Rezvani   Martin-Baker
2nd February 1978
USMC
A-6 Intruder       Capt. R. E. Braithwaite   Martin-Baker
7th February 1978
USMC 
F-4 Phantom         J. A. Humenik   Martin-Baker
T. J. Lyman   Martin-Baker
8th February 1978
USN
F-4 Phantom        Lt. T.E.Dewald   Martin-Baker
12th February 1978
USA
Grumman OV-1C Mohawk Sn. 61-02698   crashed in Georgia, USA pilot attempted ejection - unsuccessful
because it was initiated outside the performance capabilities of the ejection seat
  Martin-Baker
Technical Observer - unsuccessful
because it was initiated outside the performance capabilities of the ejection seat
  Martin-Baker
26th February 1978
 
F-104 Starfighter
"Red Baron"
N104RB
(cn 183-1024)
private ownership Unable to get the landing gear to lock before landing while preparing an attempt on the FAI altitude record Darryl Greenamyer ejected Lockheed C2

   March

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
1st March 1978
SAAF
Buccaneer       Major J. J. Botha   Martin-Baker
Major A .J. Grobelaar   Martin-Baker
3rd March 1978
RAF
 Gnat T1 XR981 Red Arrows Crashed during practice aerobatics at Kemble,
Gloucestershire
pilot ejected   Folland
3rd March 1978
Ger AF 
F-104        O.Lt. P. Hartmann   Martin-Baker
7th March 1978
USMC  
F-4 Phantom        1.Lt. R. E.Garmeson   Martin-Baker
Major P.E.Davis   Martin-Baker
7th March 1978
Pak
SY.F6       Flg. Off. Obaid   Martin-Baker
9th March 1978
Arg AF  
Puc       Major Filipi   Martin-Baker
20-Mar-78
USN
F-14 Tomcat 159012
AB102
VF-14
USS John F. Kennedy
Crashed off the coast of Florida     Martin-Baker
Lt. S. B. Edens ??? Martin-Baker
21-Mar-78
USN
F-14A Tomcat 160412
NH210
VF-101
NAS Oceana, Va. USA
Engine Fire Cdr. Ed K. “Hunyack” Andrews

[see also 3rd December 1983 - ejected from A-7E]

Lt.JG T. A.Cavanaugh Martin-Baker
    Martin-Baker
21st March 1978
RAF
Jaguar GR1 XX971/DE 31 Sqn Engine failure. Crashed on take off from Lahr, West Germany Flt. Lt. P.A.New   Martin-Baker
23rd March 1978


DDR

MiG‑21 SPS‑K

 6711
446
JG‑1 Fatal crash Dreibruck, Germany Mj. Carsten Dittrich ejected at 1100km/h and was killed   KM-1
25th March 1978
USN
F-14 Tomcat       Lt. Cdr. J. N. Punches   Martin-Baker
Lt.JG J. W. Lane   Martin-Baker
27th March 1978
USN
F-14 Tomcat   VF-1
aircraft on approach at NAS Miramar.
Pilot Lt. (jg) Brian D. Shaw - deck level ejection
serious injures
  Martin-Baker
RIO Lt. (jg) Walt Laskowski  - deck level ejection
KIA
  Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

I was a member of the squadron when the mishap occurred. Walt initiated the ejection from the rear seat but the aircraft was rolling to the right and unfortunately he was out of the envelope when he departed the plane. He did not survive. Brian Shaw spent months in rehabilitation but never flew again.
in email 13th April 2006

27th March 1978
USMC  
F-4 Phantom       Capt. L. Wismar   Martin-Baker
1.Lt. R. K. Tucker   Martin-Baker
28th March 1978
Iran
F-4 Phantom       1.Lt. Razavi   Martin-Baker
2.Lt. Sedaghat   Martin-Baker

 April  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
6th April 1978
Ger AF 
F-104        HPT A. Ewald   Martin-Baker
7th April 1978
Iran 
F-5       Capt. H. Yazdansbenass    Martin-Baker
10th April 1978
Libya
Mirage       Lt. Sagbir   Martin-Baker
Lt. Col. Kbadiki   Martin-Baker
10th April 1978
Pak
Mirage       ejected   Martin-Baker
13th April 1978
USAF
F-4 Phantom        Capt. B.W.Cobb   Martin-Baker
Capt. G. P. Rice   Martin-Baker
13th April 1978
USAF
F-4 Phantom       Capt. D. J. Lacayo   Martin-Baker
14th April 1978
lran
F-5        2.Lt. R. Fathi    Martin-Baker
Capt. G. H. Yazd   Martin-Baker
17th April 1978
USAF
F‑15A 75‑0059
BT y
53rd TFS/36th TFW engines flamed out during ACM with F‑5Es crashed into North Sea off Cromer, 15 M SW of Dogger, UK

pilot  ejected safely

 

  ACES II
17th April 1978
USAF
F‑15A 76‑0047
BT bl
 525th TFS/36th TFW

Double engine flame‑out during ACM, pilot was unable to restart. Crashed into North Sea off UK, 124 NM from RAF Alconbury, UK

pilot  ejected safely

 

  ACES II
26th April 1978
RAF
Gnat T1  XR544/60 4 TFS Engine failure on approach to Valley, Anglesey crashed onto a beach on the edge of the airfield ejected   Folland
ejected   Folland
29th April 1978
USN
A-6 Intruder       LtJg R. N. Cassano ejected   Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. D. P. Ohnemus Martin-Baker

 May  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
 

FRENCH LOSS

 On the contrary: after another series of French air strikes, on 3 May 1978 a Jaguar A of the EC.3/11 was shot down by a SA-7 fired by the Sahrouis.

 

5th May 1978
USMC 
F-4 Phantom        Captain W. W. Moore   Martin-Baker
Capt. M.R. Mohr   Martin-Baker
8th May 1978
Spain
Mirage       COM E. S. Apodaca   Martin-Baker
12th May 1978
RN
Phantom FG.1 XT868
R000

c/n 8703/2602
892 Sqn
'008/R'
 starboard wingtip hit the ground , cartwheeled on approach Leuchars during last Naval flight of a Phantom at
Leuchars, Fife. One crew member was killed in the crash
    Martin-Baker
Cdr. C. C. N. Davies ejected
seriously injured
observer Lt J Gavin
killed
 
18th May 1978
USAF
F-4 Phantom        1st Lt. L. S. Utterback   Martin-Baker
Capt. R. L. Gilchrist   Martin-Baker
24th May 1978
RN
Hunter XF991/VL874 FRADU Engine exploded on take off from Yeovilton. Crashed at Martock, Somerset S. Lt. A. S. Brooks   Martin-Baker
Mr. R. Statham   Martin-Baker
25th May 1978
RAF
Canberra PR9 XH176 A.&A.E.E Crashed at Chilmark, Wilts.
It was on a flight to discover why XH137 on 3-5-1977 had loss of control
and crashed
Sqn. Ldr. A. A. McDicken   Martin-Baker
???    
25th May 1978
USAF
F-4 Phantom        Major C. H. Nelson   Martin-Baker
Captain K. J. Stromquist   Martin-Baker
26th May 1978


DDR

MiG‑21 F‑13

74 0912
672
JAG‑15
???
Crashed Drehsa, Germany OS Uwe Goerz ejected  200m   SK-1
30th May 1978
Fr AF
Jaguar           Martin-Baker
30th May 1978
Fr AF
Mirage IV A   Luxeuil 3/94 bombing squadron collided in flight, near Solenzara Air Force Base     Martin-Baker
Capt Villa (pilot) Capt J. P. Brunet (Navigator) ejected Martin-Baker
30th May 1978
Fr AF
Mirage IV A   Luxeuil 3/94 bombing squadron collided in flight, near Solenzara Air Force Base      
Captain François Xavier de Grivel  - killed - no ejection Lt R Bouquet (navigator) ejected, badly burnt Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

About 30th May 1978 ejections : two Mirage IV A from Luxeuil 3/94 bombing squadron collided in flight, near Solenzara Air Force Base. Capt Villa (pilot) and Capt Brunet (Navigator) ejected. In the other aircraft, Lt R Bouquet (navigator)founded himself hanging under his open parachute. He used to say that he did not ejected. He was badly burnt.
The Pilot, Captain François Xavier de Grivel did not ejected.
The three survivors recovered their flying status.

I was in the Airfield Control Tower, as a 3/94 pilot and flight
supervisor when this happened.
Jean Vincent Brisset (AF Brigadier, ret,)
in email 19th January 2007

    any further data on the 3 French Mirage ejections welcomed    

   June    

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
8th June 1978
Pak
SY.F6       Sqn. Ldr. Farooq   Martin-Baker
12th June 1978
Pak
SY.F6       Flg. Off. Naeem   Martin-Baker
14th June 1978
RAF
Buccaneer S.2 (mod) XN975 RAE Farnborough, although previously had been prepared for its trial activities at RAE Bedford Crashed at Oelde near Bruggen, West Germany,
after a near miss with a German Civilian helicopter
Sqn. Ldr. Terry Adcock   Martin-Baker Mk4 [with rocket pack]
Flt. Lt. Mo Hammond   Martin-Baker Mk4 [with rocket pack]
20th June 1978
Ger AF
F-104        O.Lt. E.Wutke   Martin-Baker
20th June 1978
Ger AF
F-104        Capt. J.E.Sandstrom   Martin-Baker
21st June 1978
WGAF
F-104G Starfighter 25+16 JaboG 33    O.Lt. Boettcher
ejected
  Martin-Baker
28th June 1978
RAF
Jet Provost T5A XW414/67 CFS / 3 FTS engine failed on final
approach to Dishforth, Yorkshire
The pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
28th June 1978
Italy
???       Lt. L.Merenda   Martin-Baker
29th June 1978
Fr AF
Mirage      WAS THIS A TWO SEAT MIRAGE ?? LT Vimeney   Martin-Baker
29th June 1978
Fr AF
Mirage      ASP Duclos   Martin-Baker
29th June 1978 NFD         The pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
 

2 Air Force Pilots Die in Crash

June 30, 1978, Friday

Page A15, 75 words

SARASOTA, Fla., June 29 (AP)--Two Air Force captains were killed today when their F-4 Phantom jet crashed in the Gulf of Mexico after they sent a distress call saying they were in trouble and going down. The men were identified as Steven P. Church and Larry D. Showalter, both 33 years old. They were based at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa and lived in suburban Brandon.

 

                 

   July     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
11th July 1978
Pak 
SY.F6        P.O Arshad   Martin-Baker
12th July 1978
Italy
F.G91       Capt. A. Pauli   Martin-Baker
20th July 1978
Fr AF
Mystere       Capt. Ilcinkas   Martin-Baker
21st July 1978
Fr AF
Jaguar       Lt. Sable   Martin-Baker
ADJ Grandclement   Martin-Baker
25th July 1978
Fr AF
Mirage       Major Robert   Martin-Baker
28th July 1978
Vought
NTF‑8A Crusader 143710    Crashed near Dallas, TX Mr. K. Fox   Martin-Baker
1.Lt. P. R. Ronos   Martin-Baker
30th July 1978
USN
EA-6B Prowler 158803
AB-613
VAQ133   Lt. Cdr. D. E. Church   Martin-Baker
Lt Jg J. W. Knight   Martin-Baker
Lt. C. R. Sharrat   Martin-Baker

   August     

Aug 3 -- The Naval Air Systems Command reported a major advance in the technology of escape systems after the NWC successfully tested a vertical-seeking ejection seat. While carrying a dummy crew member, the seat was fired downward from a suspended test module. It traveled downward less than 45 feet before reversing direction and traveling upward; it then parachuted safely to the ground. These tests demonstrated that the vertical-seeking seat would make it possible to safely eject upside down, within 50 feet of the surface.
 
Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
3rd August 1978
Ger AF 
F.G91       OF.HR R.Sommer    Martin-Baker
HPT K. Hoffmann   Martin-Baker
9th August 1978
SAAF  
Buccaneer       Captain A. Marais   Martin-Baker
17th August 1978
USN  
F-4 Phantom        Lt. Jg D. J.Svajda   Martin-Baker
Lt.Jg SJ.Bonanno   Martin-Baker
18th August 1978
Ger N 
F-104        KPT.Lt. M.Hartmann   Martin-Baker
23rd August 1978
Port
F.G91       Lt. J.Canto   Martin-Baker
24th August 1978
Fr AF
Jaguar       Lt. J. Francois   Martin-Baker
24th August 1978
Japan
F-4 Phantom        ejected   Martin-Baker
ejected   Martin-Baker
25th August 1978
Ger AF 
F-104        O.Lt. R. Stoll   Martin-Baker
25th August 1978
USN
F-14 Tomcat       Lt. P. G. Boughton   Martin-Baker
Lt. Jg W. E. Hafner   Martin-Baker
30th August 1978
Fr AF
Mystere       Lt. Palayret   Martin-Baker

   September     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
5th September 1978
Den
F-104        Lt. P. E. Hansen   Martin-Baker
10th September 1978
Morocco
F-5A   Meknès Air Base, Lâayoune, Morocco Hit by ground-to-air missile fired by Polisario, 50 km in the north of Smara. Crashed on return to Ali Najab ejected. Captured. POW for 25 years Northrop
11th September 1978
Fr AF 
Mirage       Capt. J. M. Abellan   Martin-Baker
13th September 1978
USN
F-14A Tomcat
IN
160659 VF‑124
USS Ranger
stalled after take off from the USS Ranger and crashed into
the Pacific
Lt. Cdr. M. A. Ostertag     Martin-Baker
Lt. T. E. Prendergast   Martin-Baker
15th September 1978 NFD             Martin-Baker
15th September 1978 NFD             Martin-Baker
15th September 1978 NFD             Martin-Baker
16th September 1978
Italy
F.G91       Capt. F.Bressan   Martin-Baker
19th September 1978
Ger AF 
F-104        O.Lt. Mollenhauer   Martin-Baker
19th September 1978
USN
A-6E Intruder 155645
NK-
USS Enterprise Caught fire in mid‑air. Crashed off the USS Enterprise Lt. W. Powelson   Martin-Baker
Ens. V. Henley   Martin-Baker
28th September 1978
USN  
Prowler  158817 VAQ137   Lt. Cdr. W.LWaterman   Martin-Baker

   October    

Following post-deployment standdown, America conducted carrier qualifications off the Virginia capes, and then entered Norfolk Naval Shipyard for an availability. Upon the conclusion of that period of repairs and alterations, the carrier conducted post-availability sea trials on 19 and 20 September 1978, and conducted carrier qualifications with CVW between 12 and 20 October. Tragedy marred the last day of operations, when a Grumman S-3 Viking antisubmarine aircraft went over the side upon landing; hung by the safety nets momentarily, the aircraft plunged into the sea soon thereafter. Although the pilots, Lt. Comdr. Ziolowski and Lt. (j.g.) Renshaw ejected clear of the plane, they were not recovered.

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
5th October 1978
USN  
F-14 Tomcat       Lt. L. L. Kraker   Martin-Baker
Lt. D.N.Bostitch   Martin-Baker
6th October 1978
Fr AF 
Mirage       J. M. Guesdon   Martin-Baker
6th October 1978
USMC
 AV‑8A  158961
WF
VMA‑513 Fire warning light came on - pilot ejected near MCAS Yuma, AZ pilot ejected safely   Stencel ?
10th October 1978
Ger AF 
F-104        HPT H.Kalser   Martin-Baker
Tuesday 10th October 1978
USAF
 F-4E
Phantom II
67-240 309th TFS
Homestead AFB FL.
Double engine flameout due to fuel entrapment by FOD in cell 2 causing cell 1 to run dry. No warning since low-level float and fuel quantity probes are in cell 2   Martin-Baker H7E
Lt/Col Walter Bjorneby
ejected
Major Phil Burbage
ejected
Martin-Baker H7E
Successful ejections on command at 1500 AGL and 220 KIAS; no injuries at all
17th October 1978
USMC 
F-4 Phantom         Capt. R. A.Cote   Martin-Baker
Capt. D. J.Dannewitz   Martin-Baker
27th October 1978
USAF
F‑106A 59‑0078 49th FIS NY, USA pilot ejected safely   Convair

   November   

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
3rd November 1978
Ind AF
Hunter        P.O P.Kumar   Martin-Baker
8th November 1978
Iran
F-4 Phantom       Capt. Amini   Martin-Baker
14th November 1978
USAF
RF-4C Phantom  65-0891 179th TRS       Martin-Baker
Major Culbert Captain Cossalter Martin-Baker
17th November 1978
USAF
F-4 Phantom        Major R.J.Micek   Martin-Baker
18th November 1978
USAF
F‑111D 68‑0173
OC
27th TFW engine fire. Crashed near Kingman, AZ, USA  2 crew ejected safely   McDonnell Capsule
20th November 1978
USN
F-4 Phantom        LT D.T.Beaver   Martin-Baker
Lt. D. L. Davics [Davies ??]   Martin-Baker
24th November 1978
Italy
F-104S   AMI/360 Stormo crashed at Matera, Italy Lt. R .Zappa   Martin-Baker
24th November 1978
CAF
CT-114     crashed near Hawkesbury, Ontario ejected    
ejected    
26th November 1978
USN
F-14 Tomcat       Lt. G. J.Farrell   Martin-Baker
Cdr. D. E.Cowles   Martin-Baker
30th November 1978
USN
F-4 Phantom        Lt. G. M. Jack   Martin-Baker
Lt.JG S.D.Inglis   Martin-Baker
30th November 1978
USMC
A‑4M 160037
CF
VMA‑211 Chocolate Mountains, CA, USA pilot ejected safely   Escapac

   December     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
1st December 1978
Iran
F-5           Martin-Baker
1st December 1978
USAF
F-4E Phantom 649 414th FWSq
Nellis Air Force Base
BFM   Martin-Baker
MAJ Michael W. "Nort" Nelson
command ejected
 instructor pilot
Capt. Clarence Richard "Dick" Anderegg
ejected both crew from the jet
Martin-Baker
5th December 1978
USAF
RF-4C Phantom  69-0353
BA
67th TRW   Lt. J.H.Koeffing   Martin-Baker
6th December 1978
RJAF
 F-5B      Training Ejected OK   Martin-Baker
Ejected OK   Martin-Baker
7th December 1978
Japanese ASDF
F-4EJ 37-8310   In-flight fire. Crashed near Hyakuri AB Ejected OK   Martin-Baker
Ejected OK   Martin-Baker
7th December 1978  
WGN
F-104G   MFG-2 crashed on approach to Eggebek K. K. P. Peterson   Martin-Baker
7th December 1978
RAF
Canberra PR7 WT530 13 Sqn Lost power on take off from Luqa, Malta due to fuel
contamination and crashed
Flt. Lt. G.Morgan   Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. V.A.Mee   Martin-Baker
7th December 1978
USAF
F-4 Phantom        Capt. N.Stilwell   Martin-Baker
Capt. R. Garhart   Martin-Baker
8th December 1978
Zaire
Mirage       ejected
[further details needed]
  Martin-Baker
8th December 1978
Zaire
Mirage       ejected
[further details needed]
  Martin-Baker
8th December 1978
Zaire
Mirage       ejected
[further details needed]
  Martin-Baker
15th December 1978
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV801/Y 3 Sqn Crashed at Ennigerloh, West Germany Pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
16th December 1978
Pak
SY.F6        Flg. Off. Javed   Martin-Baker
19th December 1978
USAF
F-15A 75‑0063 BT bl 525th TFS/36th TFW Burst into flames during ACM. Crashed into a field near Ahlhorn, West Germany pilot ejected safely   ACES II
19th December 1978
Fr AF
Mirage       Lt. Col. Aluce   Martin-Baker
28th December 1978
USAF
F-15A 75‑0064
BT r
22nd TFS/36th TFW

one engine caught fire and was shut down. Remaining engine failed. Crashed into a field near Ahlorn, at Daun, West
Germany

pilot ejected safely   ACES II
31st December 1978
Arg AF 
Puc       ejected   Martin-Baker
 
Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
??-??-1978
Yugoslavian Air Force
Jastreb       Captain Mirko Pavic ejected    
??-??-1978
Yugoslavian Air Force
Jastreb       Lt. Zivko Radivojevic ejected    
??-??-1978
Yugoslavian Air Force
Galeb       Lt. Milan Odak ejected    
??-??-1978
Yugoslavian Air Force
Galeb       Cadet Nikola Ramljak ejected    
??-??-1978
Yugoslavian Air Force
MiG-21       Pilot Lt. Medeljko Cakarmis ejected at low altitude and
was killed
   
??-??-1978
Yugoslavian Air Force
MiG-21       Captain Nebojsa Cankovic ejected at low altitude and
was killed.