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Unknown date most likely 1957
USN F4D-1 plunged off USS Essex. Lt. Norman L. Sothan ejected from underwater.

 

Mike ... sometimes I'm a little slow on the uptake. this is one of 
those times. Last month I went to a squadron reunion in San Diego of 
a group I was with 50 years ago. One of the guys there was Norm 
Sothan. His claim to fame is that in 1957 he landed on a carrier 
which had a wt deck. As Norm was taxiing he started to slide and he 
ended up sliding off the deck. He was in an F-4D (Skyray). He went in 
the water inverted. the fall did not break the canopy, the plane was 
sinking (inverted) and Norm ended up ejecting underwater and 
inverted. He got away with it. I could get you two together if you 
wanted more of the story -- Jim

 

   January  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
3rd January 1957
RAF
Meteor F8 WA879 "G" 74 Sqn see below

The aircraft crashed near Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk

automatically
ejected and struck the underside of WE974
  Martin-Baker
3rd January 1957
RAF
Meteor F8 WE974 74 Sqn During a dog-fight at 9,000ft WE974 collided with
WA879, crushing the cockpit. The seat automatically
ejected and struck the underside of WE974 killing the
pilot.
pilot ejected through the canopy but his chute did not open properly and he was killed   Martin-Baker
7th January 1957
USAF/RAF
RF-84F
Thunderflash
18th TRS, 363rd TFW Shaw AFB, South Carolina   Exchange pilot Flt. Lt. John West [RAF] ejected NAA
8th January 1957  
Rhodesian A.F.
Vampire T.11 RRAF
124
No. 2 Sqn Could not recover from a spin Officer Cadet Rob J. Gaunt ejected   Martin-Baker
Fl. Off. Brian N. Horney ejected   Martin-Baker
10th January 1957
RAFC
Vampire WZ429 60 Spun into the ground near Gosberton, Bedfordshire
after failing to recover from an intentional spin
U/Off M. A. Hicks ejected   Martin-Baker
no ejection by instructor - fatal    
14th January 1957
RAF
Meteor F8 WE887 FWS 233 OCU WE887/J & WH457 of FWS 233 OCU. collided
during a formation flight - aircraft crashed near Wormshead,
Glamorgan
The pilot  ejected
through the canopy but his chute failed to deploy and
he was killed
  Martin-Baker
30th January 1957
USN
F-8A Crusader 141350 VX-3 in US Pilot ejected   Vought
31st January 1957
USAF
F‑89D 52‑1870   collided with DC‑78 N8210H Verdugo mountains 3 M NW of Sunland. CA, USA
4 on DC‑7 and 3 on ground killed, 70 on ground injured in a school playground
ejected   Northrop
killed    

   February 

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
4th February 1957
RAF
Hunter F5 WP115 "G" 56 Sqn three miles NW of Soham, Cambridgeshire
after the engine cut during a GCA approach to
Waterbeach
The pilot ejected safely   Martin-Baker
4th February 1957
Netherlands A.F
Meteor       Sgt. J. H. Witman ejected   Martin-Baker
4th February 1957
RN
Wyvern       Lt. B. B. Hartwell ejected   Martin-Baker

   March

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew seat photo
1st March 1957
USMC
North American FJ-4 Fury   VMF-232 Off the coast of Lanai Island, T. H 1st Lt Robert P. Leslie
ejected.
  NAA
?? March 1957
USAF
F-86D Sabre-Dog ??

Perrin Air Force Base

 

deep countryside, Oklahoma 1st Lt. John Martin Bailey, Jr. NAA
15th March 1957
Italian
Fiat G.91 prototype     after the aircraft
lightweight seat "exploded in flight". Suffered minor
injuries.
Test pilot R. Bignamini ejected   Martin-Baker Mk.4
22nd March 1957   F‑100   West Germany caught fire in flight pilot ejected safely   NAA
23rd March 1957
RAF
Vampire       Cadet R. L. Thomas ejected   Martin-Baker
 Fl. Off. G. N. Lewis ejected   Martin-Baker
24th March 1957
RAF
Meteor 8 VW370 208 Sqn
RAF Khormaksar
Thumier West Aden Protectorate Pilot Flying Officer John Hugh Stuart MANSFIELD ejected at low level out of seat envelope and was killed Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

My brother, F/O John Hugh Stuart Mansfield 208 Squadron, RAF Khormaksar, who was killed whilst ejecting from a Meteor 8  on 24 March 1957. His engine caught fire at 500 feet. Perhaps from a  ricochet of his own shell whilst firing at the ground during the Suez  Crises. His aircraft was VW370.
Thanks
Rick Mansfield
in email 14th February 2008

Information entered 14th February 2008

26th March 1957
USAF
T‑33A 50‑0446 66th TRW collided with B‑57B 52‑1587 at 26,000 ft near Speyer, West Germany pilot bailed out safely    

 April  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
2nd April 1957 Lockheed F‑104A 56‑0731 Edwards AFB, CA, USA engine failure pilot ejected safely    
5th April 1957
RAF
Hunter F4 WV384 71 Sqn on
approach to Bruggen, West Germany
The pilot
ejected but his seat gun drogue failed and he was
killed
  Martin-Baker
9th April 1957
NAA
TF-100C 54‑1966
NA-230
North American Aviation
 
crashed during a spinning test
Broke apart in midair NW of Kramer Junection, Mojave Desert
test pilot Bob Baker ejected safely NAA
16th April 1957
USN
F9F-8 VA-151 Alameda, California In the area of Hollister, California Lt. (jg) Lew Meyer ejected Grumman
25th April 1957
RAF
Venom FB1 WE423 28 Sqn WE423 collided with WR299 15 nautical miles from
Waglan Island, Hong Kong during a formation turn
Fl. Off Combes or Fl. Off R.
Joel ejected
[at present not able to confirm who was in which aircraft - see below]
  Martin-Baker
25th April 1957
RAF
Venom FB1 WR299 "F" 28 Sqn WE423 collided with WR299 15 nautical miles from
Waglan Island, Hong Kong during a formation turn
Fl. Off Combes or Fl. Off R.
Joel ejected
[see above]
  Martin-Baker
 
Hi,
On 25th April 1957 Pilots Joel and Coombes ejected after a mid air collision.
 
Their story appeared in 'The Kai Tak Magazine 1957'
I was in UK recently and my sister handed me a copy of the magazine that I brought back in 1957. I made a photocopy.
 
I copied the article on to The RAF Forum under the heading 28 Squadron Sek Kong. Unfortunately I then destroyed the photocopy.
If you are interested you can log on toThe RAF Forum or let me know and I will get another photocopy from UK
 
cheers,
 
A. Morrison.

 

25th April 1957
Swedish A.F
Hunter       B. O. Axelsonn ejected   Martin-Baker
28th April 1957
RAF
Vampire T11 XE892/ "S" 253 Sqn engine failure shortly after take-off from
Waterbeach, aircraft crashed at Mount Pleasant Farm, Stowupland,
Stowmarket, Suffolk
 Fl. Off. R.
Wellington ejected
  Martin-Baker
 Fl. Off. D. J. Joce ejected   Martin-Baker
29th April 1957
RNZAF
Venom FB1 WR282 14 Sqn in Singapore Fl. Lt. C. M. F. Mc D. Palmer ejected   Martin-Baker Mk,2F
30th April 1957
RAF
Hunter F6  XG203 "H" 111Sqn on landing at North Weald,
Essex. It then broke up and exploded after the nose
wheel collapsed
explosion activated the ejection
seat and blew the pilot, Fl. Off. M. Thurley clear. He
suffered only slight injuries
  Martin-Baker

 May  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
1st May 1957
USAF
YF‑104A 55‑2962 Lockheed

wing tank came loose at 24,000 ft, struck tail, tearing away horizontal and most of vertical stabilizer. W of Barstow, CA, USA

pilot ejected safely    
Tuesday 6th May 1957
RAFC
 Vampire FB9 WR263 "28"   Crashed into the North Sea off Mablethorpe, Lincs pilot ejected due to jammed controls   Martin-Baker
Tuesday 6th May 1957
evening

USAF
Republic F-84F Thunderstreak 51-1428 Air Force Logistics Command [AFLC] Brookley Air Force Base, Alabama crashed into the marshes of Dog River 1st Lt. Francis J. Clark successfully ejected and parachuted to safety   Republic
9th May 1957
USAF
T-33   Hamilton Air Force Base High Sierras, California 1st Lt. David Steeves   Lockheed
9th May 1957
USN
F4D‑1 134777
ND
VF‑23 on National Avenue, Santa Clara, CA, USA pilot ejected safely    
12th May 1957
USAF
B-57 Canberra     Ocean Station November (Major) Gayle P. Johnson ejected    
19th May 1957   F‑100C 54‑1862 450th FDW Corpus Christi Bay, TX, USA pilot ejected safely    
25th May 1957
RAF
Hunter       Flg. Off. A. P. Hilton ejected   Martin-Baker
25th May 1957
USAF
JF‑104A 55‑2970 Lockheed

engine stalled following firing of gun during tests and caught fire. Crashed 30 M from Camp Irwin, 35 M NE of Barstow, CA, USA

pilot ejected safely    
28-05-1957
Late afternoon
  F-84F Thunderstreak P-256/TC-19 316 Sqn  , Eindhoven flying much too low , hit with his pylon tank a dune of approximately 0.5 meters high. Left wing caught fire and the plane entered spin and crashed into sea pilot bailed out    
30th May 1957
RN
Hawker

Sea Hawk

WV869 "151" 803 Sqn about half a
mile from Lossiemouth following full blaze
Pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
31st May 1957
RAF
Hunter F.6 XG270/D     He tried to eject
but could not jettison the canopy forced landing in shallow water which he did
landing on the beach of the German island of
Baltrum
  Martin-Baker

   June    

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
June 1957
USN
F3H‑2N Demon   VF‑31 in a swamp, AL, USA pilot ejected safely    McDonnell
3rd June 1957
USN
B‑57E 55‑4261 17th TTS Yuma, AZ, USA crew ejected safely    
6th June 1957
USN
F3H‑2N Demon 136993 VF‑31 engine quit in thunderstorm crashed in Atlantic 150 M off coast of GA, USA pilot ejected but was killed    McDonnell
6th June 1957
USAF
F3H‑2N Demon 136994 VF‑31 engine quit in thunderstorm in Atlantic 150 M off coast of, GA, USA  pilot ejected safely    
6th June 1957
USN
F-8A Crusader 141361  VF-32 in US Pilot ejected   Vought
7th June 1957
RAF
Hunter F6 WN969/N 41 Sqn near Biggin
Hill, Kent. The aircraft crahed into a field killing a
horse and injuring two others.
Flg. Off. C. W. G. Young ejected   Martin-Baker
11th June 1957
USAF
F‑84F 52‑6724 20th FBW RAF Woodbridge, UK pilot ejected at 300 ft but parachute did not open. Landed in trees and survived the fall    McDonnell
13th June 1957
Roy. Neth. A.F
Meteor       Lt. G. A. M. Van Wermeskerken ejected   Martin-Baker
24th June 1957
USN
F-8A Crusader 141690 VF-32  in US Pilot ejected   Vought

   July     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crash / test crew photo seat
3rd July 1957
RNZAF
Venom       Lt. G. C. Hubbard ejected   Martin-Baker

6th July 1957

USAF

F-100

2232

48th FBW/494th FBS

engine failure on Seigenburg Range, West Germany

Pilot ejected safely

 

NAA

8th July 1957
USAF
F‑86D 52‑3605 15th FIS

collided with F‑86D 52‑3623 during join‑up manoeuvre. over Catalina mountains NM, USA

pilot ejected - aircraft flew on autopilot for another 300 miles    
8th July 1957
USAF
F‑86D 52‑3623 15th FIS

collided with F‑86D 523605 during join‑up manoeuvre, Mount Bigelow, Catalina Mountains, N of Tucson, AZ, USA,

pilot ejected safely    
9th July 1957
Roy. Neth. A.F
        M. Van Ingen-Schenau ejected   Martin-Baker
9th July 1957
Roy. Neth. A.F
        P. G. Van Sprundel ejected   Martin-Baker
10th July 1957
USMC
Grumman F9F-6 Cougar  BuNo.130994 Marine Air Reserve Training Detachment
NAS Floyd Bennett Field Brooklyn, N.Y
hydraulic fluid under pressure  in the flying tail hydraulic mechanism leak caused fire Captain Francis Xavier Rozinski
[personal testimony]
Grumman
11th July 1957
USAF
XF‑104A 53‑7786 Palmdale AP, AF Plant 42, CA, USA uncontrollable tail flutter pilot ejected safely    
19th July 1957
USAF
B‑57B 53‑3868 3rd BW, 25 M from Johnson AB, Japan   crew ejected safely    
19th July 1957
Martin Baker
Meteor       Sqn. Ldr. John Fifield ejected at 1,200ft., 250kts
over Chalgrove
Martin-Baker
23rd July 1957
RAF
Supermarine Swift FR5 WK311 79 Sqn at Niehoff, West
Germany
Flg. Off. J. M. Davies ejected   Martin-Baker
24th July 1957
USN
F-8A Crusader 141357 VX-3 in US Pilot ejected   Vought
26th July 1957
RN
Vampire       Lt. G. W. Barras [RN]  ejected.   Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. R. M. Agate
{RCAF] ejected.
  Martin-Baker
30th July 1957
USN
F8U‑1
(
F-8A Crusader)
142414 VF‑32 nr Jacksonville, FL, USA pilot ejected safely   Vought

   August     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
2nd August 1957
RAF
Hunter F6 XE586 263 Sqn Crashed onto uddenham Avenue, Ipswich, Suffolk after the
pilot had failed to recover the aircraft from a spin
Flg. Off C. G. Reith ejected safely   Martin-Baker
15th August 1957
USN
F-8A Crusader 143702 VF-154  in US Pilot ejected   Vought
15th August 1957
RAAF
Vampire Mk.35 A79-601 No.2 Aircraft Depot crashed near Castlereagh, New South Wales, 2AD Richmond First  Ejection in Australia Martin-Baker Mk.3B
Pilot Flg.
Off. G. M. Collins
ejected from the aircraft which was spinning out of control at 5,000ft., 100kts
28th August 1957
Martin-Baker / USN
Grumman F9F-8T Cougar pilotted by
Grumman test pilot Ernie Von der Heyden
    U.S. Naval Air Test Centre, Patuxent River Flying Officer Sid Hughes demonstrated the runway ejection capability of the Martin-Baker Mk.5
ejection seat when he ejected at 120kts
Martin-Baker Mk.5

   September     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
?? September 1957
USAF
U‑2A   4080th SRW broke up at high altitude pilot bailed out    
5th September 1957
USN
F-8A Crusader 143733 VX-3 in US Pilot ejected   Vought
10th September 1957
RAF
Hunter F5 WP144/X 34 Sqn the Hunter struck  RN Whirlwind HAS7 XK908 of 700Sqn which crashed at East
Stratton, Hampshire killing both the crew
Flg. Off. B. J. Stephens blacked out and recovered to find the
aircraft in a spin. He ejected just before it exploded
  Martin-Baker
12th September 1957
USN
F-8A Crusader 141356 VF-32 in US Pilot ejected   Vought
12th September 1957
RAAF
Sabre 75 Sqn
Wellington
  crashed near Stockton Bight, New South Wales Pilot Flt. Lt.
G.A. Boord ejected from the spinning aircraft at 10,000ft., 300kts. Landed in water and became
entangled in the rigging line, cut lines free. He bruised his elbows on ejection
  NAA
17th September 1957
RN 
Wyvern       Sub Lt. R. W. Edward ejected   Martin-Baker
17th September 1957
RN
Wyvern       Sub Lt. G. W. Smith ejected   Martin-Baker

20th September 1957

11:30 hrs

 


RAF
Vampire T.11 trainer  WZ496/65 7 FTS
RAF Valley
near Wem in Shropshire   Martin-Baker

RN
Lt. Williams, Student, RN.ejected
at 1,500ft.
M. A. Rufus Heald, Flying Instructor, RAF ejected at 600ft Martin-Baker

20th September 1957

 


USN
F-8A Crusader 143700 VF-32  in US Pilot ejected   Vought

21st September 1957


USAF

F-100

2181

48th FBW/494th FBS

engine failure crashed after takeoff from Hahn AB, Germany

Pilot ejected safely

 

NAA

23rd September 1957

 


USN
F-8A Crusader 143704 VF-24 in US Pilot ejected   Vought
24th September 1957
RN
Wyvern       Lt. M. J. Doust ejected   Martin-Baker
25th September 1957
RN
Sea Hawk       Lt. S. Idiens ejected   Martin-Baker
 26th September 1957
USAF
U‑2A 56‑6694 4080th SRW on a ranch nr Laughlin AFB, TX, USA pilot bailed out at 50,000 ft    

   October    

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
3rd October 1957
RAF
Canberra WJ769 139 Sqn Belly landed the aircraft at  after the port
engine caught fire after take off Idris, Libya
Flg. Off. A. S. Brown ejected   Martin-Baker
Other crew member ejected   Martin-Baker
17th October1957
USN
F-8A Crusader 142413 VF-32  in US Pilot ejected   Vought

18th October 1957


USAF

F-100C

54-1938

36th FDW, 32nd FDS

engine flamed out due to fuel starvation crashed into North Sea, IJsselmeer, Netherlands

Pilot ejected safely

 

NAA

20th October 1957
USAF
B‑57B 53‑3901 3rd BW 4 M NE of NAS Atsugi, Japan pilot ejected safely    
nav killed    
20th October 1957
USAF
F‑100D 55‑3660 562nd FBS/388th FBW

During flight from Wheelus to Soesterberg crashed into Mediterranean 120 NM SSE of Sardinia, Italy

pilot ejected safely    

28th October 1957


USAF

F-100

2229

388th FBW/562nd FBS

7 mi ESE of Whellus AB, Libya on El Uotia range

Pilot ejected at too low an altitude and was killed

 

NAA

   November   

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
1st November 1957
USN
F-8A Crusader 143736 VF-103 in US Pilot ejected   Vought
 6th November 1957
USN
F-8A Crusader 143721 VF-32 in US Pilot ejected   Vought
 7th November 1957
RAF
Hunter F4 XF948ES-P 229 OCU 10 miles north of Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel Pilot only ejected   Martin-Baker
 7th November 1957
DFLS
Hunter F6 XG162/W   one mile south of West Raynham,
Norfolk
The pilot ejected and was killed   Martin-Baker
 9th November 1957
A&AEE
Hunter F6
with extended leading edges
XE588 'A' Sqn , A&AEE unable to recover the aircraft from a Spinning Trial - into Cuckoo Hill near Gorley, Surrey three miles north of Ringwood, Hants Wg. Cdr. D. F. Dennis DSC DFC AFC ejected through the canopy.
The seat and the parachute tangled
  Martin-Baker

14th November 1957


USAF

F-100

53-2016

36th FDW/32nd FDS

caught fire after takeoff and crashed into Van Der Palm army barracks at Bussum, Holland, 5 killed on ground

Pilot ejected safely

 

NAA

17th November 1957
USAF
F‑104A 56‑0758 3241st TG, Eglin AFB, FL, USA aircraft made sudden uncommanded maneouvre pilot ejected    

27th November 1957


USAF

F-100

54-1906

36th FDW, 22nd FDS

25 mi S of Tripoli, Libya

pilot ejected safely and was rescued by SH‑19B

 

NAA

28th November 1957
USAF
U‑2A 56‑6704 4080th SRW 13 M SE of Laughlin AFB, TX, USA pilot bailed out but struck speed brake and was killed    

   December     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
6th December 1957
RN
Sea Venom       Lt. Cdr. W. G. B. Black ejected   Martin-Baker
9th December 1957
RAFC
Vampire T11 WZ456/50   Crashed two miles south of Newark, Notts Flg. Off. G. D. Andrews ejected   Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. G. Willis ejected   Martin-Baker
9th December 1957
RN
Sea Hawk       B. P. Marindin ejected   Martin-Baker
13th December 1957
RAF
Hunter F6 XG202/E 66 Sqn Crashed one and a half miles NE of Morpeth, Northumberland Flt. Lt. J. C .Bryce ejected safely   Martin-Baker
13th December 1957
RAF
Canberra       Flg. Off.  F. N. Buchan ejected safely   Martin-Baker
Sqn. Ldr. C. C. Blount ejected safely   Martin-Baker
13th December 1957
RAAF
Vampire     crashed near Penrith while testing prior to delivery to the RAAF civilian test pilot Mr. Edwin "Ted" Shaw ejected at 14,000ft uninjured   Martin-Baker
14th December 1957
USAF
B‑57B 53‑3927 345th BG ost bomb bay door in flight, Camp A P Hill bombing range, Bowling Green, VA, USA crew ejected safely    
16th December 1957
USAF
F‑100D 55‑3599 18th FBW, Osan AB, South Korea during post‑maintenance test flight, crashed on runway pilot ejected safely    

30th December 1957


USAF

F-100

2209

48th FBW/492nd FBS

suffered flameout in poor weather and crashed near Chaumont                               AB, France

Pilot ejected safely

 

NAA

          Further Information and dates needed

1957 Yugoslav Air Force F-84       Ljubodrag Pavlovic ejected NAA  
1957 Yugoslav Air Force F-84       Lieutenant Djuro Topolic ejected NAA