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   January  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
9th January 1959
USN
F-8A Crusader BuNo 144460
VF-103
"Sluggers"
CVA-59
USS Forrestal
Runaway fuel control waited until the plane flamed out at 11,000 feet Lt. William E. Haase
ejected and landed at an Italian Arsenal on the island of Sardinia (Italy)
Vought
FEEDBACK

"I saw your F8U site and can add to one listing, I was on the USS Forrestal CVA59 during the 58-59 Med Cruise. Your listing 9 January 1959 was piloted by Lt. William Haase who had a runaway fuel control waited until the plane flamed out at 11,000 feet ,ejected and landed at an Italian Arsenal on the island of Sardinia (Italy)."

Sincerely Yours

Donald E. Sabo
[in email 5th September 2008]

12th January 1959
Neth
Meteor           Martin-Baker
12th January 1959
Italy
Vampire       L. M.Ralli   Martin-Baker
14th January 1959
USN
Cougar       Lt. Cdr. R. H. Fielding   Martin-Baker
21st January 1959
USN
F-8A Crusader BuNo 145376 VMF-334 Crashed in US Pilot ejected   Vought

22nd January 1959


USAF

F-100

2761

49th TFW/7th TFS

engine failure 5 miles south-east of Chalons-sur-Saone, France

Pilot ejected safely

 

NAA

22nd January 1959 Civ CF-100       Mr. N.Hanc   Martin-Baker
29th January 1959
USAF
F‑104C Starfighter 56‑0907 479th TFW caught fire 4 M SW of George AFB, CA, USA pilot ejected safely   Lockheed

   February 

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
1st February 1959
USAF
B-58 Hustler     The pilot thought landed the plane at Eielson a few minutes later Captain Perry Amidon ejected at 24,000 feet. suspecting the aircraft he was in to be out of control. Uninjured recovered and flown back to base about an hour later in a helicopter   Convair
2nd February 1959
RAN

RN
Sea Venom     in UK Sb. Lt. N.K. "Limpy" Louer (RAN) ejected sideways into soft
ground during his fighter course in UK
  Martin-Baker
He was always called Limpy on his return to the RAN because of his limp, but it never prevented him from completing his short service commission as a Sea Venom pilot in the RAN (via John Crawly)
18th February 1959
RAF
Javelin FAW-1 XA569 87 Sqn Near Bruggen Flt. Lt. Richard "Dick"  A. J. Carrey ejected   Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. Alec Cooper - ejection seat problems - unsuccessful - fatal   Martin-Baker
20th February 1959
USN
F-8A Crusader BuNo 143781 VF-174 Crashed in US Pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
26th February 1959
Netherlands Air Force
Hunter       Sgt.  D.Hogenbirk   Martin-Baker

27th February 1959


USAF

F-100

2936

50th TFW, 81st TFS

crashed 1.5 mi N of Napt, France

Pilot ejected safely

 

NAA

   March

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
3rd March 1959
RN
 Sea Hawk FGA.6 WV917/ C/1 801 Sqn from HMS Centaur Ditched after ejection seat drogue streamed during catapult take off   Martin-Baker

12th March 1959


USAF

F-100

54-1976

36th TFW, 22nd TFS

crashed 2 mi from Wheelus AB, Libya

Pilot ejected safely

 

NAA

12th March 1959


USAF

F‑89H

54‑0364

75th FIS

Lost aileron control on approach. Crashed1 1/2 M from Presque Isle AFB, ME USA

Pilot ejected safely

 

Northrop

Navigator killed

 

Northrop

18th March 1959
Belg 
Hunter       Sgt. I.G.Demey    Martin-Baker
23rd March 1959
USN
 F-8A Crusader BuNo 144451 VF-211 Crashed in US Pilot ejected   Vought
24th March 1959
RAF 
Hunter         check name   Martin-Baker

 April  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
3rd April 1959
USMC
F-8A Crusader BuNo 143761 VMF-334 Crashed in US     Vought
7th April 1959
RAF
Vampire       ejected   Martin-Baker
ejected   Martin-Baker
 9th April 1959
RAF
Swift FR-5 XD928/G 2 Sqn Following engine failure pilot ejected. The aircraft landed on Rantum Beach, West Germany Flt. Lt. B. J. St Aubyn ejected  and landed in the North Sea. He was unable to release himself from his
chute shroud lines and so the rescue helicopter had to tow him to shore
  Martin-Baker
10th April 1959
RAF
Vampire T11 XH 264 28 Sqn Crashed in Tat Hong Channel, Hong Kong Flg. Off. P.M.Dickenson   Martin-Baker
Flt Lt. BA Lewis   Martin-Baker
10th April 1959 Indian Air Force Canberra       Flt. Lt. S. N. Rampal  ??   Martin-Baker

11th April 1959


USAF

F-100

2803

48th TFW

crashed into sea 5 mi E of Wheelus AB, Libya

Pilot ejected safely

 

NAA

13th April 1959
RCAF
CF-100       P.0 GJLLarldn  ???   Martin-Baker
FIJLt. G.K.Murray ???   Martin-Baker
14th April 1959           to check   Martin-Baker
15th April 1959           to check   Martin-Baker
15th April 1959
USN
 Lockheed (T-33) Navy TV-2, ,  Buno 138080 NAS North Island , San Diego, CA. Control failure.   Lockheed
Lt (jg) W M Boardmen 
ejected
[first ejection, see also
26th August 1961
16th October 1961]
Tom Scott Lockheed
21st April 1959           to check   Martin-Baker
24th April 1959
USN
F-8A Crusader BuNo 143769 VF-211 Crashed in US. Pilot ejected   Vought
Saturday
 25th April 1959


USNR
Grumman F9F-8T Cougar BuNo 142960 NAAS Chase Field in Beeville, Texas Bird strike., low level navigation flight--500 feet over water and 1000 ft over land   Grumman
Pilot ENS Felix Hugh Sherry, Jr ejected Pilot Instructor LTJG J. T.  O'Dell ejected Grumman
29th April 1959
USN
F-8A Crusader BuNo 144459 VF-196 , CVA-,61, USS Ranger unknown Pilot ejected   Vought

 May  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew seat photo
6th May 1959
RAF
Hunter F4 XF996/ES-72 229 OCU on approach to Chivenor,
Devon, aircraft crashed onto Saunton Sand
Flg. Off. N.H.I.Ferguson ejected   Martin-Baker
9th May 1959
USN
T2J‑1     nr Cambridge, MD, USA pilot ejected safely   Lockheed

12th May 1959


USAF

F-100

2932

50th TFW, 81st TFS

crashed at Morsbach, West Germany

Pilot ejected safely

 

NAA

21st May 1959
USAF
RF-101 56-0108 18 TRS   Shaw AFB, South Carolina, 66th TRW, Loan Fr.   J. Paul Carrodus ejected   Weber
30th May 1959
USN
Cougar        Capt. J.S.Ratdaff   Martin-Baker
LT JG B.B.Woodworth    Martin-Baker
 USAF  

  McDonnell Douglas - RF-101

 

21st May 1959

 

   June    

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew seat photo
9th June 1959
USMC
RF-8A Crusader BuNo 145619 VMCJ-1 Crashed in US Pilot ejected Martin-Baker  
10th June 1959
Sweden
Hunter       LLUncigren??? Martin-Baker  
18th June 1959
USN
F-8A Crusader BuNo 143820 NATC PAX Crashed in US Pilot ejected Vought  
25th June 1959
RN
Sea Venom FAW21 XG696/442 891 Sqn into the Mediterranean S.Lt. A.R.Bradshaw ejected Martin-Baker  
Lt. PJ.Dale ejected Martin-Baker  
30th June 1959
USN
F-8A Crusader BuNo 145393 VF-194. Crashed in US Pilot ejected    
30th June 1959 30th June 1959 F‑100 18th FBW  

caught fire on approach and crashed into a schoolnr Ishikawa City, Okinawa, Japan

Civilian casualties including fatalities.

Pilot John Schmitt ejected safely   NAA
30th June 1959 30th June 1959 F‑104A 56‑0768 Edwards AFB Engine failure during take‑off,AFFTC, Edwards AFB, CA, USA pilot ejected safely   Lockheed
 
 
15jun59      55‑2956  YF‑104A  US Navy, NAS China 
Lake, CA, USA, mechanical failure during take‑off ‑ aircraft was bail ed to
US 
Navy, pilot OK CHECK FOR EJECTION ????

 

   July     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew seat photo
1st July 1959
USN
Grumman F.9F-8T     Fire warning with smoke in the cockpit - in USA Pilot ejected at height 6,500ft, speed 165 knots without injuries   Martin-Baker A5

8th July 1959


USAF

F-100

54-1962

36th TFW, 53rd TFS

crashed 35 mi E of Chaumont AB, France

Pilot ejected safely

 

NAA

9th July 1959
RAF
Javelin       ejected   Martin-Baker
ejected   Martin-Baker
13th July 1959
USN
Crusader       ??? is this a mistake and one of the Cougar crew listed below   Vought
13th July 1959
USN
Grumman F.9F-8T Cougar       Pilot ejected height 7,000ft, speed 400
knots
  Martin-Baker A5
Other crew member ejected height 3,000ft, speed 300 knots   Martin-Baker A5
17th July 1959
RAF
Supermarine Swift XD961 79 Sqn Crashed near
Gutersloh, West Germany
Pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
21st July 1959
Royal Netherlands AF
Hunter T7

 

  First successful ejection from a Hunter T7 in Holland Instructor ejected height 10,000ft
430 knots slightly hurt as he fired seat with one hand only
  Martin-Baker 4H1
Student ejected height 10,000ft
430 knots
  Martin-Baker 4H2
24th July 1959 Civ         Mr. R.G.Proudlove   Martin-Baker
Mr. I.G. Hurism   Martin-Baker
26th July 1959
USN
F-8A Crusader BuNo 143696 H&MS-32 Crashed in US Pilot ejected   Vought
  OR IS THIS MISHAP  F8U‑1  DC  VMFA‑122, NC, USA, engine failed, pilot ejected safely

   August     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
4th August 1959
RAF
Meteor F.8     mid-air collision over Sylt, Germany Pilot Flt. Lt. R. S. McCarty ejected sustaining slight injuries at
3,000ft, 300 knots
  Martin-Baker 2E
7th August 1959
RAF
Hunter F4 XF986/RS-11 229 OCU

Pilot ejected - aircraft hit the ground at
Youlton Farm, Sutcombe, SW of Bideford

Flg. Off. A. J. B. Bametson ejected over Milton Dameral   Martin-Baker
10th August 1959
R.Neth. AF
Hunter F.4     in Holland Pilot ejected safely at 11,000ft at 200 knots   Martin-Baker 2H
11th August 1959
USN
F-8A Crusader BuNo 144440 VF-122 Crashed in US Pilot ejected   Vought

12th August 1959


USAF

F-100

53-1987

36th TFW, 22nd TFS

crashed 5 mi SSE of Wheelus AB, Libya
4 people on ground killed

Pilot ejected safely

 

NAA

24th August 1959
USN
F-8A Crusader BuNo 145465 NATC PAX. CVA-62, USS Independence unknown Pilot ejected   Vought
25th August 1959
RAF
Hunter F6 XF502/K 74 Sqn Collided with Hunter F6 XF425/H at 10,000ft at night when joining up near
the River Yare, Buckenham, Norfolk
FIA.T P. P-Rayner ejected   Martin-Baker

Two RAF Hunter F6 [XF425/H & XF502/K of 74 Sqn collided at 10,000ft at night when joining up to carry out unauthorized aerobatics. One pilot ejected safely but the other had not removed the safety pin from the firing handle on his seat and was killed when the aircraft (XF425) crashed near the River Yare, Buckenham, Norfolk. XF502 crashed into a wood at Langley.
[bmal/85]

27th August 1959
RAF
Swift FR.5 WN124/S 2 Sqn Jever

Engine failure
approximately 5 mls South of Hameln(of Pied Piper fame landed in the river Weser after separation of the parachute harness. The aircraft crashed in a nearby field

Flt. Lt. Roy Rimington ejected safely at 600 ft.



see also
16th December 1953

Martin-Baker 2G

   September     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
1st September 1959
RAF
 Javelin FAW7 XH775/E 23 Sqn collided with XH781/J of 23 Sqn during night interception Pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
Navigator ejected   Martin-Baker

Two RAF Javelin FAW7, XH775/E & XH781/J of 23 Sqn. During a night interception XH781 flew into the back of XH775 at 26,000ft over Brundell, Norfolk. The crew of XF781 were killed while the other crew ejected safely.

4th September 1959
RCAF
Avro CF.100     crashed at Bagotville, Canada Wg. Cdr. J. R. D. Braham ejected at 11,000ft at 260 knots. Pilot fired seat by
alternative firing handle while bent forward and suffered spinal injury
  Martin-Baker 2CFE
Sqn. Ldr J. H. C.
Boby ejected at 11,000ft at 260 knots
  Martin-Baker 2CFE
10th September 1959
USN
F-8A Crusader BuNo 145414 VF-124 Crashed in US Pilot ejected   Vought
23rd September 1959
USN
Grumman F.9F-8T     Moffett Field, USA

Lt. Jg  D. G. MacIntyre was uninjured after he suffered an inadvertent ejection when aircraft was inverted at 17,000ft at 375 knots. Servicing fault.
Seat not locked

  Martin-Baker A5
23rd September 1959
USN
F-8C Crusader BuNo 145556 VX-3 Crashed in US Pilot Ejected   Vought
24th September 1959
RN
Sea Hawk FGA6 XE385/109 of 800 Sqn   During a test flight from Lee-On-Solent, Hants pilot was forced to eject after the control stick jammed   Martin-Baker
28th September 1959
USN
McDonnell F.3H.2      following engine failure in USA Pilot ejected safely at 38,000ft   Martin-Baker M5
29th September 1959
RAF
Javelin FAW5 XA662/N 228 OCU Engine Fire near Leeming following double engine failure, crashed 30 miles west of RAF Leeming     Martin-Baker Mk.3J 
Student Pilot  F/O C P Cowper  ejected Navigator Capt R Nietz
[USAF] ejected
Martin-Baker Mk.3J
29th September 1959
USAF
F‑102A 56‑1511 37th FIS Complete electrical and hydraulic failure due to a sheered accessory drive shaft. Crashed 2 M from West Glover, 50 M E of Burlington, VT, USA pilot Don ???, ejected safely   Convair
  Thought you might be interested in "the rest of the story" concerning the 29 Sep 1959 ejection from a 37th FIS F-102.  The airplane experienced a complete electrical and hydraulic failure due to a sheered accessory drive shaft.  The ejection was at night in a heavy snow storm and the pilot, Don ???, while not physically injured, suffered a lot of emotional stress from falling through the blackness.  Some weeks later, he was scheduled for another night flight but feigned sickness because he was not over his emotional trauma.  Another pilot, Gary Sugar, took his place on the schedule and was killed in the mid-air on 3 Nov.  The additional trauma from that event was more than Don could take, and he was subsequently grounded for fear of flying. 

Glenn Sutton, Colonel, USAF (Ret)  (in email 16th August 2006)

30th September 1959
RAF
??????
Hunter F.4 N-174/91-4 326 Sqn , Woensdrecht Ricochet in engine causing fire during air to ground firing over Woensdrecht, Holland
The plane itself was recovered in august 1998!
Sgt. L. H. Cramer was slightly injured after ejecting at
1,200ft at 200 knots
  Martin-Baker 2H
 

 

 

   October    

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
1st October 1959
English Electric
Lightning T.4 XL628 C/n 95049   During high speed handling tests over the Irish Sea, the fin collapsed after coming out of a roll. The
aircraft went out of control.
Test pilot Mr. John Squier ejected. He was the first person to do so from a British
aircraft travelling faster than sound.
[personal testimony to upload]
  Martin-Baker
7th October 1959
USN
RF-8A Crusader BuNo 145638 VAP-61, CVA-19, USS Hancock       Vought
15th October 1959
USAF
B-52   Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi at Collision in mid-air with KC-135 tanker aircraft over Hardinsberg, Kentucky.

No survivors from KC-135

Instructor-Pilot ejected    
Pilot ejected    
co-pilot, navigator, instructor navigator, and tail gunner failed to leave the B-52    
 

from article found on web (still to add link)

October 15, 1959 /B-52/KC-135/ Hardinsberg, Kentucky:

The B-52 departed Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi at 2:30 p.m. CST, October 15, 1959. This aircraft assumed the #2 position in a flight of two. The KC-135 departed Columbus Air Force Base at 5:33 p.m. CST as the #2 tanker aircraft in a flight of two scheduled to refuel the B-52s. Rendezvous for refueling was accomplished in the vicinity of Hardinsberg, Kentucky, at 32,000 feet. It was night, weather was clear, and there was no turbulence. Shortly after the B-52 began refueling from the KC-135, the two aircraft collided. The instructor pilot and pilot of the B-52 ejected, followed by the electronic warfare officer and the radar navigator. The co-pilot, navigator, instructor navigator, and tail gunner failed to leave the B-52. All four crewmembers in the KC-135 were fatally injured. The B-52's two unarmed nuclear weapons were recovered intact. One had been partially burned but this did not result in the dispersion of any nuclear material or other contamination. (*1; **2)

16th October 1959
RN
Sea Hawk FGA6 XE445/C128 801 Sqn Collided near Lossiemouth with Sea Hawk FGA6 XE343/C120 of 801 Sqn Pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
22nd October 1959
WGAF
Republic
F-84F
Thunderstreak
DD-107
or
DD108

JaboG 34

Memmingerberg
Air Base
Instrument training flight following specified route. Hoffmann experienced oxygen problems. Decided to return to Memmingerberg. They both flew through thick cloud using instrument readings "in the wrong direction" and veered into Czechoslovak territory where at low level they struck trees in the Bavarian forest. This "violation" of the border ended with both pilots being imprisoned for suspected "spying" until December 1959, when they were released Unteroffizier Rolf Hofmann
ejected
landed in spruce tree
  Republic
22nd October 1959
WGAF
Republic
F-84F
Thunderstreak
DD-107
or
DD-108

JaboG 34

Memmingerberg
Air Base
Stabsunteroffizier Helmuth Kraus
ejected
  Republic
26th October 1959
RAF
Supermarine Swift FR.5 WK276 79 Sqn Engine failure Pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
26th October 1959
RAF
Supermarine Swift FR.5 WK304 2 Sqn Aircraft crashed some 4 miles east south - east of Jever,
Germany
Pilot Flt. Lt. A. Martin
ejected at 500ft at 150 knots and suffered severe injuries
  Martin-Baker 3G
FEEDBACK

Swift Ejections 79 Squadron 1959-60.   Having failed as an interceptor the Swift was re-roled, despite its remaining deficiencies, into a reasonably successful low level tactical recce role. Although sharing virtually the same Rolls-Royce engine as the early Hunters the fuel system was unreliable and all these ejections were due to engine system failures.  The pilot in either the 17 July or 26 Oct 1959 incidents was Flt Lt John Turner. I witnessed John Nevill’s ejection on 7 Mar 1960. His engine ran down on final approach at Gutersloh and he ejected at about 200 feet. Myself and another pilot drove round the taxiway to the scene where the still inflated chute was dragging John away. As we climbed the airfield fence the 30mm rounds in the wreckage started to brew up so discretion became the better part of valour! Despite the many losses from what was only a two squadron fleet and which operated consistently “in the weeds” thankfully no-one was ever killed in a Swift in Germany.

 “Oscar “ Wild in email 2007

 

30th October 1959
USN
RF-8A Crusader BuNo 146853 VFP-63 Crashed in US Pilot ejected   Vought
Mike
 
YF4H-1  serial 142259 believed to have crashed on 21/10/59-hope this info.is useful!
 
Regards
 
Clive Turner

 

   November   

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
2nd  November 1959
USAF
YF‑104A 55‑2964 WADC
Wright Patterson AFB
Maintenance error caused engine failure. Crashed 8 NM S of Wright Patterson AFB, OH, USA
Two civilian fatalities.
Major James W. Bradbury
ejected
at low level.
  Lockheed
3rd  November 1959
USAF
F‑102A 56‑1479 37th FIS Collided nr Bigelow, c100 M SW of Presque Isle AFB, ME, USA 1st Lt Gary Sugar
killed
  Convair
3rd November 1959
USAF
T‑33A 51‑4499 37th FIS     Lockheed
1st Lt ??? ejected safely  1st Lt Al Williams in the back seat ejected safely however Al's feet were tangled in his shroud lines and he was killed when he impacted the ground head first Lockheed
  I enjoyed your web site of ejection history and would like to give you more information that you say you need on the 3 Nov 1959 mid-air collision.  I was a young pilot in the 37th FIS at the time and was the duty officer in our command post that night.  The squadron was flying a typical night practice intercept mission with several F-102s and two T-33 "target" aircraft airborne.  The pilot of the F-102, 1st Lt Gary Sugar, was performing a practice identification (ID) intercept on the T-33, flown by a 1st Lt whose name I don't remember with 1st Lt Al Williams in the back seat.  The F-102 radar system, when followed precisely, would position the interceptor several yards behind and to the side of the target.  For reasons unknown, Gary flew too close and collided with his target.  The F-102 exploded which was seen by other pilots in the area, and, after days of ground search, only small pieces of it were found.  Gary's body was never recovered, although a severely damaged parachute canopy was found in the tree tops.  The two T-33 pilots ejected safely, however Al's feet were tangled in his shroud lines and he was killed when he impacted the ground head first.  The other pilot hung in a tree in his parachute all night, climbed down at first light, and walked to a farm house.  I hope that this fills a hole in your data base. 

Glenn Sutton, Colonel, USAF (Ret) (in email 16th August 2006)

4th November 1959
IDF / AF
Super Mystère B.2 No. 30 No. 105 Squadron entered spin in combat with EAF MiG‑17 Capt. David Ivry ejected    
7th November 1959
USAF
F‑84F 51‑9360 164th TFS OH ANG Collided with PA‑22 N9609D, 2 M SSE of Mansfield MAP. OH, USA 2 on Pa‑22 killed pilot ejected safely    
10th November 1959
RN
Scimitar F.1     Loss of control. First successful ejection from Scimitar. Lossiemouth, Scotland Lt. N. Grier-Rees ejected suffering slight injuries at
20,000ft at 440 knots
  Martin-Baker 4C
10th November 1959
USAF
F‑104B Starfighter 57‑1295 83rd FIS Engine failure. Crashed into San Pablo Bay 61/2 M NNE of San Rafael, CA, USA ejected   Lockheed
ejected   Lockheed
Tuesday 10th November 1959
USAF
Northrop
F-89J
Scorpion
53-2455
or
53-2459
or
53-2673
29th FIS
Malmstrom Air Force Base near Great Falls
Three F-89 Scorpions from Malmstrom crashed in severe storm. Only one crew survived
Brig. Gen. John R. Budner
photo usaf
  Lockheed
Capt. John R. Budner, Jr.
31 pilot
ejected
landed near Lewistown, 110 miles east of Great Falls
 
Lt James Johnson, 27 radar observer ejected
landed near Lewistown, 110 miles east of Great Falls
Lockheed
Confirmation of which aircraft needed. Further details of this loss can be found by following the link to the Northrop F-89J Scorpion
12th November 1959
USN
F-8A Crusader BuNo 145373 VF-174 Crashed in US Pilot ejected   Vought
13th November 1959
USN
RF-8A Crusader BuNo 146840 VFP-62, CVA-42, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt unknown Pilot ejected   Vought
17th November 1959
USN
F-8C Crusader BuNo 145573 VF-84 Crashed in US Pilot ejected   Vought
25th November 1959
USAF
F‑86D 52‑3821 324th FIS nr Targuist, French Morocco pilot ejected safely   NAA
26th November 1959
USAF
56‑0021 F‑101C 81st TFW

ran out of fuel while on approach to Lajes. Crashed into Atlantic 450 NM WSW off Lajes Field, Azores

 pilot ejected safely   Weber
28th November 1959
RAF
 Canberra B.2 WH699 'Aries IV' RAFFC Strubby, England two miles SW of the airfield at 2,000ft at 300 knots following loss of control. Sdn. Ldr. P.M. Walker ejected sustained slight injuries   Martin-Baker 1C
Wg. Cdr. Ness ejected but did not release from his seat and was killed
[see FEEDBACK below}
  Martin-Baker 1C

FEEDBACK

Congratulations on an excellent site.  I  should however like to suggest one minor correction.  This concerns the (above) entry.
I think that you will find that Wg. Cdr. C.E. Ness survived.  The evidence is as follows:
1.     An item in "The Times" during the following week reads as follows:

 ONE KILLED, TWO SAFE IN BOMBER CRASH

Wing Commander F.G. Woolley was killed when an R.A.F. Canberra jet bomber crashed near the R.A.F. station at Strubby, Lincolnshire, on Saturday.  The two other occupants of the aircraft were Squadron Leader P.H. Walker and Wing Commander C.E. Ness

 2.    An announcement was made three years later of the appointment of Wing Commander C.E. Ness to a position in Bomber Command.

 Whether the third member of the crew attempted to eject, I am not sure.

 Chris

www.staffshomeguard.co.uk

                                                 

in email 6th March 2006

   December     

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

3rd December 1958


USAF

F-100

54-1865

36th TFW, 32nd TFS

crashed 47 mi E of Wheelus AB, Libya

Pilot ejected safely

 

NAA

7th or 8th December 1959


USAF

F-100

53-1979

 23rd TFS 36th TFW

or

53rd TFS/36th TFW

entered spin while in dive‑bomb pattern over the range. Crashed on El Uotia range near Wheelus AB, Libya

Pilot ejected safely

 

NAA

21st December 1959
USN
F-8A Crusader BuNo 143798 VF-124 Crashed in US Pilot ejected OK   Vought
 14th December 1959
USAF
F‑104C 56‑0895 476th TFS/479th TFW
Moron AB, Spain
engine failure caused by compressor stall pilot ejected safely    
 15th December 1959
USAF
F‑86L 53‑0662 187th FIS WY ANG collided with Beech C‑35 N1839D 4 M SSW of Cheyenne MAP, WY, USA pilot of Beech killed pilot ejected safely   NAA

Captain Orlando W. Jensen and 2 Lt. James R. Allender successfully downward ejected from their F-104B, s/n 56-295, at approximately 8,000 feet, on November 10, 1959 after their engine flamed out and would not re-start, while they were maneuvering to make their approach for landing. Lt Allender got an automatic seat release but Captain Jensen’s seat belt failed to blow and he had to release it manually. By the time his chute blossomed, he swung twice before hitting the water. Lt Allender had a five minute ride down. An SA-16 from the 41st Air Rescue Squadron, piloted by Captain Homer O. Mitchell picked up the two flyers from the bay. The F-104B plunged into San Pablo Bay a mile south of Hamilton.

The initial problem was an electrical failure due to nose wheel shimmy during takeoff; the electrical failure caused the loss of the fuel gauges as well as preventing retraction of gear and flaps. They had climbed to 10,000 feet and circled west of Hamilton to burn off the fuel in the pylons before returning to Hamilton. The guestamation of the amount of fuel burned off was a little off.

 

 

On April 22, 1960, Captain Jensen flying in another F-104B, s/n 56-1313, giving a check ride to 1Lt Bernell A. Mason, when the engine lost thrust due to extensive engine damage occurring when the compressor and turbine rotors shifted aft subsequent to failure of the number two bearing retainer bolts. It occurred because the #2 bearing locknut was not torqued properly, and the assembly of the bearing components on the compressor rotor rear stub shaft were improperly done. Both crewmen ejected and Capt. Jensen was successfully rescued with minor injuries. Lt Mason after ejecting, landed in shallow water but was unable to get out of his parachute hardness quickly enough and was dragged for 20 minutes across the mud flats face down and drowned. The aircraft crashed into San Pablo Bay, southeast of Black Point.

 

 

Captain Jensen made his first ejection in Korea from his damaged F-86.  He received a letter fand questionaire to fill out and return to the Directorate of Flight and Missile Safety to fill out on his three ejections.

 

 

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Fred

 

7 October 1959:
RB-57D.
ROCAF.
Near Wen Ling, Zhe Jiang Province, intruded China.
While above Tong County, Bei Jing, shot down by SAM, 2nd Battalion, PLA.
Pilot WANG Ying Qin martyred.
First air kill by PLA SAM unit in China, and first air kill by SAM in the
world.
Ministry of Defense awarded 2nd Class Merit to 2nd Battalion.

29 May 1959:
B-17G ELINT.
ROCAF.
Near Lei Zhou Peninsula, intruded China.
About 21:00, above mountains near Wu Zhou, Guang Xi Province, intercepted by
squadron commander Jiang Zhe Lun's MiG-17, of 52nd Regiment, 18th Division,
PLAAF.
Shot down and crashed near En Ping County, Guang Dong Province.
15 crew martyred.
First PLAAF aircraft-mounted radar intercept at complex weather,
low-altitude, and night.