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Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
3rd January 1961
USN
Crusader YF-8C BuNo 147040 NATC PAX in US Pilot ejected   Vought
11th January 1961
USMC
Crusader F-8B BuNo 145447 VMF-312 in Japan Pilot ejected   Vought
11th January 1961
USN
Crusader F-8C BuNo 147017 VF-103, CVA-59   Pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
9th January 1961 RAF Vampire T11 XD431 Flying Training Command went missing over the Wash Pilot Officer Leonard Dalton    
9th January 1961

[possible ejection] RAF Vampire T11 XD431 of Flying Training Command. Following engine malfunction pilot radioed intention to eject. No trace of pilot or aircraft found. [dfsr/no 40/ May 1962]

  Mike

I came across your site whilst researching what happened to the aircraft my
brother (Pilot Officer Leonard Dalton) was flying when it was lost in 1961.
I know this was XD431 and it actually went missing over the Wash on 9
January 1961 (your notes say 19 Jan).

Can you tell me what your reference 'dfsr/no 40/ May 1962' refers to as it
may help in my investigations.

Thanks and congratulations on an interesting website.

Regards

Mike Dalton

20th January 1961


USAF

F-100

2850

48th TFW/492nd TFS

crashed 1 mi SE of Grove farm, Gissing, England hydraulic failure during climbout from Lakenheath on training mission to Holland

Pilot ejected safely

 

NAA

23rd January 1961
RAF
Vampire T11 XE882 1FTS unable to recover
the aircraft from a practice spin. Aircraft crashed at Aysgarth, North Yorkshire
Flt. Lt. G.Richards ejected and  seriously injured landing
heavily on frozen ground.
  Martin-Baker
Lt. M. J .M. Wilkin ejected and  seriously injured landing
heavily on frozen ground.
  Martin-Baker

   February 

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crash / test crew photo seat
1st February 1961
RAF
Jet Provost T3 XN460 / 26 2 FTS Crashed at Syerston. Notts after failing to recover
from a spin
Student Plt. Off.I. F. Mitchinson ejected safely   Martin-Baker
1st February 1961
USN
Crusader F-8A BuNo 145366 VF-51  in US Lt. Cdr. A. C. O'Neal ejected   Martin-Baker
8th February 1961
RN
Sea Vixen FAW1 XJ527/H 242 890 Sqn
HMS Hermes
Crashed into the sea off Tengah,
Singapore
Lt. G. W. G. Hunt   Martin-Baker
Lt. J. S. Morris   Martin-Baker
17th February 1961
Stanley
AT-6 Texan N7704C Stanley Aviation Company Live Test of Parachute Extraction System FIRST LIVE YANKEE TEST
Harry W. Schmoll
[personal testimony]
Stanley YANKEE Parachute Extraction
20th February 1961
IDF / AF
Super Mystère B.2 No. 32 No. 105 Squadron bird strike Sub‑Lt Zvi Umshweif  ejected successfully    
22nd February 1961
USN
Crusader F-8C BuNo 146923 VF-103, CVA-59   Pilot ejected    
23rd February 1961
USN
Crusader F-8C BuNo 146988 VF-124  in US Pilot ejected    
24th February 1961
Neth
Hunter       1st Lt. T. De Jager   Martin-Baker
24th February 1961
USN
Demon        Lt. F. A. Grant   Martin-Baker
9th February 1961
USAF
F‑104A 56‑0761 Edwards AFB, CA, USA lost engine power due to maintenance errors pilot ejected safely   Lockheed
25th February 1961
USAF
F‑89J 53‑2581  123rd FIS OR ANG lost attitude gyro during instrument flight ejected   Northrop
ejected   Northrop

   March

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crash / test crew seat photo
1st March 1961
Sweden
Hunter       Flg. Off. B. I. Berglund   Martin-Baker
4th March 1961
USN
Crusader F-8A BuNo 143808 VF-51 in US Pilot ejected    
9th March 1961
USSR
Vostok capsule Vostok 3KA s/n 1 Baikonur Russia Ivan Ivanovich "test mannequin" "ejected" and made successful parachute descent

Chernushka [live dog] landed in the capsule

Zvezda
Vostok
Seat
10th March 1961
Sweden
Hunter       Flg. Off. J.O.Bminan   Martin-Baker
 13th March 1961
USAF
F‑104A 56‑0859  157th FIS SC ANG

engine failure after main fuel control failure, caused loss of power in engine. crashed near Congaree Al SC, USA

pilot ejected safely   Lockheed
 14th March 1961
USAF
B‑52F 57‑0166 4134th SW  nr Yuba City, ran out of fuel; with two nuclear weapons on board , CA, USA crew ejected/bailed out

???????

   
23rd March 1961
RAF
Jet Provost T3 XM347 / 13 2 FTS Engine failure. Crashed at Syerston, Notts student P.O J. B. Fardell ejected.   Martin-Baker
24th March 1961
RAF
Vampire T11 WZ513 8 FTS Collided with RAF Vampire T11 XE944 of 8 FTS during formation loop which crashed near Swinderby S.Lt. L. A. Boyer ejected over Binbrook   Martin-Baker
24th March 1961
RAF 
Vampire T11 XE944 8 FTS Hit by RAF Vampire T11 WZ513 of 8 FTS during formation loop which crashed near Swinderby begin ejection sequence by jettisoning canopy but left it too late to eject   Martin-Baker
25th March 1961
USSR
Vostok capsule Vostok 3KA s/n 2 Baikonur Russia Ivan Ivanovich "test mannequin" "ejected" and made successful parachute descent

Zvezdochka [live dog] landed in the capsule

Zvezda
Vostok
Seat
 27th March 1961
USN
 FJ‑4B 143633 VA‑216 South China Sea pilot ejected safely    
28th March 1961
RAF
 Jet Provost T3 XM477 1 FTS Fire warning  Crashed two miles from Dishforth,
Yorkshire
Mid.Shpm. M.Dugan   Martin-Baker
Flg. Off. A. F. Marshall   Martin-Baker
31st March 1961
USAF
F-100 56-3257 49th TFW/7th TFS engine failure crashed 48 miles west-south-west of Wheelus AB, Libya Pilot ejected safely   NAA

 April  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crash / test crew photo seat
1st April 1961
USAF
 RF‑101C   38th TRS/66th TRW

 lost control when flight of two aircraft was jumped by French Mirage Ills near Reims, France

pilot ejected safely   Weber

USAF M-D F-101C Voodoo of 66th TRW, 38th TRS at Laon, France. Two F-101C Voodoos were slowing preparing to start down an approach chute from 30,000ft. near Rheims towards Laon in France. Two French Mirage fighters of the l'Armee de l'Air jumped them and the lead F-101 pilot decide to pursue them. In doing so he applied throttle and speed brakes and pitched his aircraft upwards. Despite attemptes to recover the pilot was advised by his wingman to, "Eject!" which he finally did at 10,000ft. He landed about 200 yards from his aircraft.[f-101, p. 122]

1st April 1961
Martin-Baker
none none Chalgrove Chalgrove Doddy Hay ejects from ground rig zero - zero   Martin-Baker
12th April 1961
USSR
Vostok 1 capsule Vostok 3KA s/n 3 Baikonur Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin ejected after re-entering earth's
atmosphere
Zvezda
Vostok
Seat
Gagarin . . .  "came down in a field near Smelovaka, not far from Saratov, watched by a woman planting potatoes with her six-year-old daughter. Legend has it that she asked him: 'Have you come from outer space?' after observing his pressure suit and space helmet.

Gagarin replied: 'Yes, would you believe it? I certainly have!' He then hastily added: 'I'm Soviet!' as if to reassure the woman that he was not the advance guard of an interplanetary invasion force!"

17th April 1961
Den
F-86 Sabre       2.LTF.P.T.Horne   Martin-Baker
17th April 1961
Den
F-86 Sabre       2.LTP.Schever-1-men   Martin-Baker
24th April 1961
RAF
Vampire T11 XK584 4 FTS Spin. Crashed on Anglesey, North Wales Flt. Lt.  Winspear   Martin-Baker
P.O Greenland   Martin-Baker
27th April 1961
USMC
Crusader F-8B BuNo 145428 VMF-312, CVA-41, USS Midway   Pilot ejected   Vought ?
28th April 1961
USMC
Crusader F-8A BuNo 145377 VMF-333  in US Pilot ejected   Vought ?
?? April 1961
USAF
M-D F-101C Voodoo   66th TRW, 38th TRS, Laon, France   Pilot ejected 10,000ft.
Landed about 200 yards from his aircraft
  Weber

 May  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
1st May 1961
USN
Crusader F-8B BuNo 145452 VF-154 in Philippine Islands Pilot ejected    
1st May 1961
USMC
Crusader F-8B BuNo 145427 VMF-312,
CVA-43,
USS Coral Sea
  Pilot ejected    
1st May 1961
USN
Demon       Hamilton   Martin-Baker
2nd May 1961
USN 
Cougar       I.LTP-S.Moore   Martin-Baker
Lt. W.S.Kelly   Martin-Baker

3rd May 1961


USAF

F-100

56-3292

49th TFW

crashed 3.25 miles south-west of Zabrata, Libya

Pilot ejected safely

 

NAA 

3rd May 1961
USMC
Cougar       Capt. J.A.Rogers   Martin-Baker
LTW.J.Smith   Martin-Baker
4th May 1961
RAF
Hunter F6 XG238/F 92 Sqn The aircraft
crashed into the Mediterranean two miles off Pomos Point, Cyprus
pilot F/O J Cleaver reported he was ejecting - never found
he had ejected from a Hunter previously in 1960 also in Cyprus
  Martin-Baker
Hello Mike,
 
I came across your website recently and thought you may be interested in the following:-
May 4th 1961-Hunter F6 XG238/F.
I was on duty in flight operations at RAF Nicosia when this flight was planned and the aircraft and pilot subsequently sadly lost. I seem to recall that this was a test flight
following repairs and I believe that the pilot was F/O J Cleaver who had ejected from a Hunter previously in 1960 - also in Cyprus.
Regards
 
Alan Suckley in email 29th January 2007

 

5th May 1961
RAF
Jet Provost T3 XM469/12
1 FTS
Spin five miles from York MID.SHPC.A.Skillett   Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. W. A. Langworthy Martin-Baker
5th May 1961
Irish Air Corps
Vampire
T-55
  Baldonnel Entered a spin. Given instructions to bail out over Co. Cavan, and landed safely  
         via Eddie Duggan
 
Comdt. J. B. O'Connor recovered the aircraft and landed aircraft safely at Baldonnel Cadet Ron McPartland ejected Martin-Baker
6th May 1961
USN
Crusader F-8B BuNo 145424 VF-124 in US. Ensign P.D.Farley ejected   Martin-Baker
8th May 1961
USN
F-8 Crusader       Lt. Cdr. P.Montilardi   Martin-Baker
9th May 1961

RAF Hunter 6 XG238. Following engine malfunction pilot radioed intention to eject. Aircraft turned sharply to port and dived into sea. No trace of aircraft or pilot found though inflated dinghy found during search., believed to have separated on impact.

FEEDBACK

Regarding Hunter 6 of 92 Squadron Nicosia May 1961. Although I can not help with the date (you list two) I think everything else is correct.
I was working on this aircraft one day before the accident and spoke to the pilot.
The reason why it was being repaired is that 92 was in Cyprus working up for the display season and XG238 had suffered slight damage to its wing top surface while doing formation areos and contacted another Hunter in the team. This had been fully repaired (I believe) by the local MU.
Best Regards

Phil Hosey

in email 5th February 2006

9th May 1961
Switz
Venom       Sgt. P.Ruggaber   Martin-Baker
9th May 1961
USAF
F‑104C 56‑0885 476th TFS/479th TFW
Moron AB, Spain

horizontal stabilizer power control servo failed, causing stick to lock in full aft position. Aircraft climbed to 35,000 ft, stalled and dove to the ground

 

pilot ejected safely Lockheed  
                 
  Chicago Tribune - ProQuest Archiver - May 14, 1961
force pilot flying an F-104 jet Starfighter died in a crash today during an air ... The pilot ejected from the flaming plane but was too low for the para- ..
17th May 1961
Indian A. F.
Toofani(Dassault  Ouragon)
 
IC 870 2 Sqdn
Halwara
While doing aerobatics went into a flat spin and the a/c would not recover Took a decision to abandon at 8000ft F/O  K C Shekhar ejected around 3000ft - no injuries   manual separation
 SNCASO
12th May 1961
Den
F84       Flt Lt. O.M.Nielsen   Martin-Baker
15th May 1961
RAF
Hunter F6 XG188/C 19 Sqn Aircraft spun into the ground near Pocklington, York Flg. Off. P. A .Bacon ejected at
5,000ft
  Martin-Baker
18th May 1961
Sweden
Hunter       P.O. P. G. Nordgren   Martin-Baker
19th May 1961 RAAF Vampire   76(F) Sqn Fire. Crashed at Williamstown, New
South Wales
Plt. Off. K.G. Smith ejected at 1,500ft, 300 mph   Martin-Baker
22nd May 1961
USN
Crusader RF-8A BuNo 146839 VFP-62, CVA-42, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt   Pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
30th May 1961
Nor 
F-86 Sabre       Sgt. Y. Tungesvik   Martin-Baker

   June    

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crash / test crew seat photo
3rd June 1961
Martin-Baker
Ground Test Rig     Le Bourget Doddy Hay ejected at zero - zero. Test site moved from scheduled position and he
landed heavily
[personal testimony]
  Martin-Baker
 3rd June 1961
USN
A4D‑2 142938
WL
 VMA‑311
USS Midway
caught fire 25 M from USS Midway crashed into sea off Japan

pilot ejected safely

  Douglas
5th June 1961
USMC
Skyray       1st Lt. D. E. Auten   Martin-Baker
12th June 1961
USN
Crusader F-8C BuNo 147003 VF-124 in US     Martin-Baker
14th June 1961
USN 
Skyray       Pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
15th June 1961
RAN
Sea Venom FAW.53 WZ927 724 Sqn Nowra Crashed on landing at Nowra Lt. Cdr. C. E. Dorris   Martin-Baker
 15th June 1961
USAF
 F‑104C 56‑0897  476th TFS/479th TFW
Moron AB, Spain
 engine compressor stalled during take‑off nr pilot ejected safely   Lockheed
 18th June 1961
USAF
F‑102A 56‑1060 525th FIS

hydraulic system failure between Badern & Erdorf, 5 NM from Hahn AB, West Germany

pilot ejected safely   Convair
16th June 1961
USN
Demon       Crew ejected
[see 2nd October 1962]
  Martin-Baker
17th June 1961
Den
F84       Flt. Lt. S. B. Henriksen   Martin-Baker

19th June 1961


USAF

F-100

2971

20th TFW/77th TFS

in-flight fire after takeoff from Wethersfield AB Crashed 2.5 miles north-east of Duxford, England

Pilot ejected

 

NAA

22nd June 1961
USN
F-8 Crusader       Pilot ejected safely   Martin-Baker
 26th June 1961
USAF
F‑104C 56‑0923  436th TFS/479th TFW collided with F‑104 57‑0917, Charlottesville, VA, USA

1 pilot killed, 1 ejected - confirmation of who was in which aircraft

  Lockheed
 26th June 1961
USAF
F‑104C  57‑0917 436th TFS/479th TFW collided with F‑104 56‑0923, Charlottesville, VA, USA   Lockheed
28th June 1961
RAF
Lightning F1A XM185/C 111 Sqn Crashed at Lavesham near Wattisham, Suffolk Flg. Off. P. J. Ginger   Martin-Baker
 29th June 1961
USN
 F4H‑1 145314  NATC
NAS Patuxent River

lost control and entered unrecoverable flat spin. Crashed into Atlantic Ocean 50 M SE of NAS Patuxent River, MD, USA

 

pilot ejected safely   McDonnell
29th June 1961
USN
F-8 Crusader       Cdr. C.M. Cruse ejected.   Martin-Baker
?? June 1961
USAF
B-58 Hustler    43rd Bomb Wing, Little Rock, Arkansas

[possible ejections]
USAF B-58 of 43rd Bomb Wing at Little Rock, Arkansas had flown to Le Bourget from an air display at Torrejon AFB, near Madrid. At first it was thought it had collided with other aircraft as there were two distinct fires and many aircraft were in the immediate vicinity.  It appears though the B-58 had undershot the runway, struck the fairly steeply rising ground, bounced and broke in two. It is not clear whether the crew used their rescue capsules to escape or whether they were rescued from the fire.

   July     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
6th July 1961
USN
Demon   VF-92
NAS Alameda
 San Francisco Bay LTJG Jack D.Bishop   Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

Jack took off from the westerly heading runway at NAS Alameda and turned left down San Francisco Bay.  A baseball announcer at Candlestick Park in southern San Francisco told the fans that an aircraft was on fire over the bay, so hundreds saw the ejection.
Jack pulled his feet back as the Flight Manual instructed but got a few crushed vertebrae -- because the Manual was out-of-date.  Later we got an updated Manual which said to leave your feet on the rudder pedals.
Zeke Wilson
Cdr USN Ret
I was the VF-92 Squadron Safety Officer investigating this accident -- Turbine Failure.
in email 20th November 2007

11th July 1961
Switz
Venom        Lt. R.Meylan   Martin-Baker
12th July 1961
Italy
F.G91        TEN B.Giuliani   Martin-Baker
15th July 1961
USN 
Cougar       Lt. F. J. Ahnberg   Martin-Baker
     
 19th July 1961
Republic
F‑105D 60‑0507 Republic Crashed during pre‑delivery test flight near St James, NY, USA pilot ejected safely   Republic
 19th July 1961
USAF
T‑37B 55‑4317 3575th PTW   did crew eject???   Weber
did crew eject???   Weber
 19th July 1961
USAF
F‑105D 60‑0446 36th TFW

engine failure on approach to Bitburg at the end of delivery flight to Germany. Crashed near Motach, West Germany

pilot ejected safely

  Republic
20th July 1961
RN
Sea Vixen FAW1 XJ569/487 899 Sqn Stalled during a slow speed check at
20,000ft. Crashed into Ridge Hill between Sydling and Cerne Abbas, Dorset
Lt. Cdr. John E. Kelly Martin-Baker
Lt. Dave Ashby   Martin-Baker
 
Dear Mike,  Came across your Web Site today. Small correction 20th July 1961. I was pilot of Sea Vixen XJ569 that crashed at Cerne Abbas on that date,  Dave Ashby was my Observer. He, incidently, was ejecting for the second time. Previously from a Sea Venom.
 
Having suffered spinal injuries I was not allowed to fly ejector seat fitted a/c again. Six months after the ejection I converted to helicopters and continued to fly in the R.N. for further 10 years. After retirement from the R.N. I went commercial,  flying HS 748, Comet and B.737 a/c. As a Comet captain I had the privilege of commanding the last ever commercial flight of the Comet, a Dan-Air Series 4C G.BDIW,  9th Nov.1981. It was a round the houses trip chartered by a Comet enthusiast group -119 of them + 7 crew - LGW to LGW time 1hr 15mins. I retired from flying in 1984 and will be 80 yrs of age 14th Feb 2006. Hope this info has been of interest to you. 
 
Yours Aye, John Kelly.

in email 15th December, 2005

 
   
21st July 1961
RN
Scimitar F1 XD264/108 800 Sqn Crashed five miles south of Cullen, Morayshire Lt. Cdr. Danny Norman
[personal testimony of A.W. "Bill" Bedford]
  Martin-Baker
24th July 1961
USN 
Cougar       ???    
???    
29th July 1961
Fr AF 
Mirage     Fire Test Pilot M. Jean Sarrail ejected. Was in the water for 45 minutes with a 55 knot wind blowing Martin-Baker

   August     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crash / test crew photo seat
 2nd August 1961 Taiwan RF-101     Shot down by AAA over Fuzhou pilot Wu Baozhi ejected and captured   Weber
4th August 1961
Ind AF 
Hunter       Flt Lt. K S. Rana   Martin-Baker
5th August 1961
RAF
 Javelin FAW9 XH791 60 Sqn ferry flight from Waterbeach to Tengah,
Singapore Crashed into jungle near the Ganges Delta, India
Flt. Lt Edward "Ted" Owens ejected but died. pilot ejected - seat malfunctioned and was killed Martin-Baker
M.Nav  Anthony "Tony" Melton
7th August 1961
USSR
Vostok 1 capsule Vostok 3KA s/n 4 Baikonur Launched on 6th August Cosmonaut Gherman S. Titov ejected after re-entering earth's
atmosphere
Zvezda
Vostok
Seat
8th August 1961
RAF
Hunter 10 XE579 A.F.M.E spontaneous ejection during
ground impact
 Pilot killed   Martin-Baker
10th August 1961
USN 
Demon        Lt. Cdr. H. L. Halleland   Martin-Baker
11th August 1961 Canada CF-100        ejected   Martin-Baker
ejected   Martin-Baker
16th August 1961
USN
Demon        Lt. Cdr. S.G.Cooper   Martin-Baker
17th August 1961
USN
Crusader F-8C BuNo 145570 VF-91
[this later became VF-194 in 1963]
 Engine suffered catastrophic failure. Barbers  Point Naval Air Station, Oahu, during take off in Hawaii. Lt. N. J. Corica successfully ejected.   Martin-Baker
23rd August 1961
Fr AF
Mirage       Capt. Rousiers

ref.1

  Martin-Baker
23rd August 1961
RN 
Hunter       Lt. Adam   Martin-Baker
26th August 1961
USN
Crusader F-8A BuNo 143708 VF-211 in US Pilot Lt. (jg) William Boardman
ejected
[second ejection, see also
15th April 1959
16th October 1961]
 
Vought
FEEDBACK

I was browsing your ejection website and thought I'd chip in some more information on this ejection, which I believe involved BuNo 143708, since it's the only Crusader loss I can find for this date. Lt. (jg) William Boardman punched out over Crater Lake, OR and actually landed in the lake, being fished out soon after by rangers. Source: "Navy Pilot Bails Out, 'Chutes Into Crater Lake," Medford, OR Mail-Tribune Aug. 27, 1961 p.1.

Good site!
Regards

William Villani

in email 28th November 2007

29th August 1961
RAF(G)
Javelin 8 XH971 41 Sqn
RAF Geilenkirchen
break
up of airframe during formation break - following structural failure
Pilot Flt. Lt. John Lawrence Hatch - spontaneous ejection - killed   Martin-Baker
Navigator Flt. Lt. John Charles Patrick Nothall - spontaneous ejection - killed   Martin-Baker
30th  August 1961
USN
Crusader RF-8A BuNo 145618 VFP-62  in US. Lt. (jg) ?? ejected    
30th  August 1961
RAF
 Jet Provost T3 XM423/R-J CFS Struck high voltage cables, caught fire. Engine failure Harvington near Kidderminster, Worcestershire P.O.  J. Armstrong   Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. I. K. McKee   Martin-Baker

   September     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
4th September 1961
RAF
Vampire T11  XD592 1FTS Low fuel. Crashed
near Acklington, Northumberland.
Mid Spm J.M.Hcath   Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. G. D. Umbert   Martin-Baker
6th September 1961
Ger AF 
F.G91       HPT W. Kruse   Martin-Baker
 8th September 1961
USAF
TF‑102A 55‑4038 431 st FIS Engine failed. Crashed into Mediterranean Sea 9 NM SW of Barcelona. Spain Pilot ejected but drowned   Convair
Pilot ejected   Convair
9th September 1961
USN
Crusader F-8C BuNo 146982 VF-124 in US Lt. W. H. Juvonen   Martin-Baker
10th September 1961
USN
Fury       Lt. (jg) J.N L Walker   Martin-Baker
17th September 1961
USN
Fury       Lt.  W. I. Cain   Martin-Baker
19th September 1961
USN
Crusader F-8C BuNo 145578 VF-194
CVA-61
USS Ranger
  Pilot ejected    
20th September 1961
USMC
Crusader F-8C BuNo 146912 VMF-323 in US. Capt. L H.Holmes   Martin-Baker
 22nd September 1961
USAF
F‑105B 57‑5825 336th TFS/4th TFW

Porpoised after LABS manoeuvre and could not regain control

Indian Springs, NV, USA

 Pilot ejected safely   Republic
23rd September 1961
Den 
F86        2.LT I. P. Ungar   Martin-Baker
28th September 1961
USMC
Cougar       Pilot ejected   Martin-Baker

   October    

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew seat photo
6th October 1961
USN
Crusader RF-8A BuNo 145634 VFP-62 After the pilot's ejection the
aircraft continued in flight for over one hour and had to be brought down over the water by
a Sidewinder missile fired from another fighter
Pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
9th October 1961
Belgian Air Force
Hunter       G. Meelbap   Martin-Baker
9th October 1961
Belgian Air Force
Hunter       Roelands   Martin-Baker
12th October 1961
USN
Demon       Cdr. W.F.McCuDough   Martin-Baker
12th October 1961
RAF
Hunter        Flt. LT G. G.Davies   Martin-Baker
13th October 1961
RAF
Hunter F4 XF940/25  ETPS total fuel supply failure while on approach
to Farnborough, Hants
Flt. Lt. G. G. Davies ejected at 400ft and the aircraft
landed virtually intact on the nearby Tweseldown Racecourse
  Martin-Baker
16th October 1961
USMC
F-8C Crusader BuNo 147033 VMF-333 in US. 1st Lt. James E. Strawn ejected at high speed   Martin-Baker
16th October 1961
USN
Crusader F-8A  BuNo 144452 VF-211 Wing separated from the aircraft during supersonic air to air gunnery flight at 30,000 feet. Mechanical failure of wing locking mechanism, Yuma, AZ Lt (jg) W M Boardman 
ejected
[third ejection, see also
15th April 1959
26th August 1961]
Martin-Baker
17th October 1961
USMC
Crusader F-8C   BuNo 16949 VMF-334 in US. Major R. B.Haines ejected   Martin-Baker

17th October 1961


USAF

F-100

2872

401st TFW/612th TFS

Crashed 22 miles south-west of Incirlik AB, Turkey

Pilot ejected safely

 

NAA

21st October 1961
USN
Crusader F8U-1  BuNo 145375
AB 212
VF-11, CVA-42, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt   Lt. Kryway ejected after he directed the aircraft off the deck due to fire
caused by heavy landing
broke wheel strut. Famous sequence of photographs [by photographer mate L. J. Cera]
  Martin-Baker
23rd October 1961
USN
Crusader F-8A BuNo 143794 VF-191 in Japan. Lt. C. D. Metzler ejected   Martin-Baker
23rd October 1961 Argentine Air Force F-86F Sabre-30-NA C-118   Crashed near Villa Reynolds Air Base DID the pilot eject ???    

25th October 1961


USAF

F-100

2946

31st TFW/309th TFS

crashed 1.25 miles south-east of Niedermendig, West Germany

Pilot ejected safely

 

NAA

26th October 1961
RAF
Canberra B2 WD995 32 Sqn collided with Javelin FAW9 XH906/Q of 25 Sqn during a night interception over Cyprus The Canberra exploded killing the
three crew. Canberra pilot's seat had spontaneous ejection on ground impact
  Martin-Baker
26th October 1961
New Zealand
Canberra        Flt. Lt. P. G. Bevan ejected   Martin-Baker
26th October 1961
RAF
Javelin 9 XH906/Q   25 Sqn   N.E.A.F.Pilot was killed following spontaneous ejevtion
during ground impact following mid-air collision
  Martin-Baker
P.O. R. H. Lloyd ejected successufully at 500ft   Martin-Baker
27th October 1961
RN
Sea Vixen FAW1 XJ519/219 892 Sqn Broke out of the hold back and went over the
side of HMS Victorious while operating in the Far East
Pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
Navigator ejected   Martin-Baker

   November   

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew seat photo
2nd November 1961
USN
Crusader F-8C BuNo 146926 VF-194  in Japan Lt. (jg) R. L. Martin    Martin-Baker
2nd November 1961
USMC
Crusader F-8A BuNo 147024 VMF-333 in US 1st Lt. J. P. MacDonald    Martin-Baker
4th November 1961
USN
FJ-4B Fury           Martin-Baker
8th November 1961
RAF(G)
Canberra PR.7 WT511  

Pilot killed . . . Seat believed to have been actuated by branched of trees that aircraft passed through prior to ground impact. Other crew member not in seat on impact though seat not actuated.

10th November 1961
USMC
Skyray       1st Lt. R. C. Deyo   Martin-Baker
12th November 1961
USN
Crusader F-8D BuNo 148653 VF-154, CVA-43, USS Coral Sea ??? Lt. (jg) J. J. James   Martin-Baker
15th November 1961
USMC
Crusader F-8C BuNo 146922 VMF-323 in Hawaii 1st LT C. W. Vogt    
17th November 1961
USN
Demon        Pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
22nd November 1961
RAF
Hunter FGA9 XE581 8 Sqn elevators control loss at 20,000ft. Crashed into the Persian Gulf pilot ejected but his parachute did not open and he was
killed.
   
22nd November 1961
USN
Cougar        Lt. C. E. Campbell   Martin-Baker
22nd November 1961
USN
Demon        K. R. Toby   Martin-Baker
25th November 1961
USN
Demon        Lt. JG W. Logan   Martin-Baker
27th November 1961
RAF
Javelin FAW9 XH878/R 64 Sqn near Waterbeach, Cambs Sqn. Ldr. Saunders-Davies   Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. P. Doughterty   Martin-Baker
30th November 1961
USN
Cougar       Lt. (jg) G. O. Lundeen    
30th November 1961
USN
Crusader RF-8A BuNo 146850 VFP-63  in US L. K. Dalrymple   Martin-Baker
30th November 1961
USN
F-8 Crusader       Pilot ejected
[Is this a duplicate of the above loss ???]
   

   December     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew seat photo
2nd December 1961
USN
FJ-4B Fury       Cdr. T. M. Smyer   Martin-Baker
2nd December 1961
USAF
F‑105D 60‑0467 36th TFW

right main undercarriage seriously damaged due to uncommanded extension in flight at high speed

10 M NE of Bttburg AB, West Germany

pilot ejected safely   Republic
4th December 1961
USMC
Crusader F-8B BuNo 145448 VMF-312 in Japan Capt. A. L Frucci   Martin-Baker
9th December 1961
USAF
F‑104A 56‑084 ANG engine flamed out and would not restart, crashed into Mediterranean off Malaga, Spain pilot ejected safely   Lockheed
10th December 1961
USN
Crusader F-8D BuNo 147915 VF-32, CVA-60   Pilot ejected   Vought ??
10th December 1961 Nor F-86 Sabre       2nd Lt. H. Lowberg   Martin-Baker
12th December 1961
RAF
Hunter 9 XE620 A.F.M.E

Pilot attempted ejection but could not reach face blind due to negative "g" forcs. No alternative firing handle. Regained control. Returned to base.

14th December 1961
Hawker Aircraft Ltd
P1127 [prototype Kestrel/Harrier] XP836   Port engine front nozzle became detacheCrashed on approach to
Yeovilton, Somerset
Test Pilot A.W.
"Bill" Bedford ejected
[personal testimony of A.W. "Bill" Bedford]
  Martin-Baker
15th December 1961
USN
Crusader F-8D BuNo 147900 VF-174  in US Pilot ejected   Vought ??
15th December 1961
Belg
Hunter       ejected   Martin-Baker
15th December 1961
Belg
Hunter       ejected   Martin-Baker
15th December 1961
USAF
 F‑105D 60‑5383 22nd TFS/36th TFW

controls locked during  emergency landing with engine flame‑out. Crashed 6 NM SE of Koln, nr Koln‑Bonn AP, West Germany

pilot ejected safely   Republic
18th December 1961
Fr AF
Mirage       Capt. Brisset   Martin-Baker
26th December 1961
USMC 
Demon        Pilot ejected   Martin-Baker

 

FEEDBACK

Don Hinton [Major, USAF retired] for information on the F-8 Crusader loss 17th August 1961

ref. 1

in an email dated 23rd October 2005 Daniel French wrote

Dear Sir,

first let me congratulate you for your fascinating website.

May I give you a few added information on one of the event listed ? On August 23rd 1961 you mention the ejection out of a Mirage

The pilot was  Bernard de Rousiers from the French Air Force.  He  ejected succesfully  and landed unharmed  in a field near Dijon (Cote d' Or). He had to eject because of an uncontrollable fire caused by the rupture  of a high pressure fuel line of the Atar engine of his Mirage IIIc.

The seat was a Martin Baker.  The plane was part of the fist batch  delivered to the  Escadrille des Cigogne at Dijon Air Force Base.

Bernard de Rousiers was the "pilote de marque" for the introduction of  the Mirage III in the French Air Force.

I know I must have a picture somewhere and will scan it and send it to  you if  I can get my hands on it !

Regards