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Action BuNo variant modex Cust. Cust. Loc. SOC Loc. Rank Name comment
13-Jan-55 137815 A-4P C-203 Arg. Argentina KS Capt. Rodrigues Capt. Jose Luis Rodrigues ejected safely from his Argentine A4B Skyhawk before it crashed and burned in an open field a mile north of NAS Olathe, KS. Rodrigues had been practicing touch and go landings and was approaching the base for another landing when the faltering Skyhawk crashed. Lawrence Journal-World, Tuesday, August 2, 1966.
13-Aug-56 137816 A-4P C-216 Arg. Argentina V° Brigada Aerea Capt. Destri Capt. Destri ejected. Collided with C-217 near Luis Palacious y Aidao.
10-Oct-56 137817 A-4P C-217 Arg. Argentina V° Aerial Brigade Capt. Iananello Capt. A. Iananello okay. Collided with C-216 near Luis Palacious y Aidao.
20-Feb-57 137819 A-4P C-216 Arg. Argentina

unknown Damaged 55%. Jim Winchester.
29-Mar-57 137820 A-4P C-211 Arg. Argentina San Luis
unknown Pilot killed. Jim Winchester.
16-Jun-57 137824 A-4P C-211 Arg. Argentina

unknown Pilot killed. Jim Winchester.
20-Jun-57 137828 A-4P C-249 Arg. Argentina

unknown Pilot killed. Jim Winchester. Pitch-Up loss of control.
9-Jul-57 137831 A-4P C-238 Arg. Argentina

unknown Pilot killed. Jim Winchester.
11-Jul-57 139921 A-4P C-210 Arg. Argentina Sante Fe
unknown Pilot killed. Jim Winchester.
24-Jul-57 139923 A-4C C-308 Arg. Argentina San Juan
unknown Pilot killed. Jim Winchester.
5-Sep-57 139924 A-4P C-201 Arg. Argentina San Luis Tte. Gonzalez Tte. J. Gonzalez ejected safely and his aircraft crashed near Chalanta. Jim Winchester.
16-Sep-57 139926 A-4C C-306 Arg. Argentina Mendoza
unknown
2-Oct-57 139932 A-4P C-229 Arg. Argentina

unknown
21-Oct-57 139942 A-4P C-241 Arg. Argentina

unknown
29-Oct-57 139944 A-4P C-243 Arg. Argentina

unknown Pilot okay. Jim Winchester.
30-Oct-57 139948 A-4P C-220 Arg. Argentina

unknown Damaged 40%. Jim Winchester.
7-Nov-57 139951 A-4P C-213 Arg. Argentina
Alf. Ibarlucea Alf. Ibarlucea ejected safely and the aircraft crashed at Soldasla Hill Inti Huasi. Jim Winchester.
20-Nov-57 139952 A-4C C-315 Arg. Argentina Moron
unknown Pilot ejected. Jim Winchester.
21-Nov-57 139955 A-4C C-320 Arg. Argentina Mendoza
unknown Pilot killed. Jim Winchester.
19-Dec-57 139959 A-4Q C-323 Arg. Argentina Mendoza
unknown Crashed 09 mmm 1981. Jim Winchester.
6-Feb-58 139963 A-4C C-311 Arg. Argentina Mendoza
unknown Pilot ejected. Jim Winchester.
17-Feb-58 139964 A-4P C-218 Arg. Argentina San Luis
unknown Pilot okay. Jim Winchester.
25-Feb-58 139965 A-4P C-247 Arg. Argentina

unknown Pilot okay. Jim Winchester.
7-Mar-58 139966 A-4C C-307 Arg. Argentina

unknown Crashed 30km west of IV BA. Pilot killed. Jim Winchester.
7-Mar-58 139967 A-4P C-230 Arg. Argentina

unknown Pilot killed. Jim Winchester.
25-Mar-58 139968 A-4P C-250 Arg. Argentina

unknown Pilot killed. Jim Winchester.
10-Apr-58 142082 A-4P C-235 Arg. Argentina Buenos Aires
Botana Pilot Alf. A. Botana ejected safely when A-4P C-235 crashed near Denney (Buenos Aires)
24-Apr-58 142083 A-4P C-223 Arg. Argentina

unknown Pilot okay. Jim Winchester.
14-May-58 142085 A-4P C-234 Arg. Argentina Cordoba
Elias Alf. R. Elias ejected safely with some injuries when his A-4P C-234 crashed near Estancia San Migue (Cordoba)
14-May-58 142086 A-4P C-237 Arg. Argentina Cordoba
Janer Alf. J.J. Janer ejected safely when his A-4P C-237 crashed 18 miles of Vicuna Mackena (Cordoba)
26-May-58 142087 A-4P C-227 Arg. Argentina

unknown
2-Jun-58 142088 A-4P C-219 Arg. Argentina

unknown
30-Jun-58 142090 A-4C C-318 Arg. Argentina Villa Reynolds
unknown Pilot ejected. Jim Winchester.
15-Aug-58 142091 A-4P C-236 Arg. Argentina El Cuy
unknown unknown pilot ejected with minor injuries. Crashed near El Cuy (Rio Negro)
20-Aug-58 142092 A-4C C-312 Arg. Argentina Villa Reynolds
unknown Pilot ejected. Jim Winchester.
5-Sep-58 142093 A-4P C-209 Arg. Argentina Salta
unknown unknown pilot survived without injuries after a crash landing at 3,000 ft. in Salta.
25-Sep-58 142094 A-4C C-321 Arg. Argentina Villa Reynolds
unknown Pilot ejected, but killed due to seat failure. Jim Reynolds.
8-Oct-58 142095 A-4C C-324 Arg. Argentina Villa Reynolds
unknown Pilot ejected. Jim Winchester.
12-Oct-58 142097 A-4M C-906 Arg. Argentina San Luis Tte. Flores 1er. Tte. Horacio Martín Flores, 29, was killed near Justo Daract, San Luis Province, while on a training flight.
30-Oct-58 142098 A-4M C-936 Arg. Argentina

unknown unknown pilot ejected safely during a maintenance flight near Río Cuarto, Cordoba, Argentina
15-Nov-58 142099 OA-4AR C-902 Arg. Argentina Santiago de Estero Mayo Machado Mayo David Machado and First Lieutenant Esteban Bossi ejected safely when OA-4AR C-902 lost power and crashed while landing at the military airport of Santiago de Estero, Argentina during a routine training flight. Two pilots ejected safety. Today, in Santiago del Estero province, Argentina, an OA-4AR crashed near the airport. Apparently fire in the engine was the motive to the crash. The airplane was the serial C-902. From Carlos A. Garcia, 14 February 2013.
17-Nov-58 142102 A-4Q 3-A-313 Arg. Navy Argentina 25 de Mayo Tte. Alvarado Tte. de Navio C. Sánchez Alvarado ejected after catapult from aircraft-carrier "25 de Mayo"
18-Nov-58 142103 A-4Q 3-A-311 Arg. Navy Argentina

Czar CC J. Czar ejected safely with some injuries and his plane crashed near Río Gallegos airport.
18-Nov-58 142104 A-4Q 3-A-306 Arg. Navy Argentina
Capt. de Corbeta Capt. de Corbeta Carlos Zubizarreta ejected, but hit the ground hard and killed when he had brake problems after he landed with a full load of bombs returning from a mission during the Falklands War, 23 May 1982. The aircraft was repaired.
11-Dec-58 142107 A-4Q 3-A-305 Arg. Navy Argentina Espora Teniente Plá Teniente de Fragata José Plá ejected safely when A-4Q 3-A-305 crashed near Cmdte. Espora naval base
16-Dec-58 142110 A4D-2N N132AT ATAC civ. NV N/A unknown unknown pilot ejected safely following an engine failure at take-off from NAS Fallon NV. At the time it was leased to "ATAC". This "Lima" was a restored a/c formerly allocated to Malaysia but never delivered. According to the pilot, he entered a right-hand climbing turn after departure and the engine experienced a loss of thrust. The pilot reversed direction and attempted to land on the runway in the opposite direction, but the airplane was too low and slow to make it back to the runway. He elected to steer the airplane in the direction of an empty field and successfully ejected. The operator reported that their post accident examination of the engine determined that the protective coating on the turbine blades and stators had degraded. This degradation led to the eventual failure of the stator vanes and then the turbine blades. They could not establish the exact reason for the degradation of the protective coating. NTSB
7-Jan-59 142114 A-4N N263WL ATSI civ. UT N/A Kenny Philip Steven Kenny, 42, ejected from the airplane, but the ejection seat system malfunctioned and the pilot was fatally injured. It was descending over the Great Salt Lake for landing at Hill Air Force Base when the engine ingested a bird. Subsequently the engine was heavily FOD damaged, and the turbine section was melted. The airplane impacted the lake. NTSB
9-Jan-59 142115 A-4F 5 BA Pensacola

unknown No flight hours after 13 November 1975, status HCA 31 March 1976. Went to NARF Pensacola 20 June 1977 from Blue Angels and was SOC NARF Pensacola 08 August 1978
14-Jan-59 142117 A-4F
BA Pensacola CA Lt. Kraft Lt. Nile Kraft, 29, was killed Tuesday during a low-level practice maneuver at the Naval Parachute Test Range (Plaster City, 11 miles west of) El Centro, CA, where the Blue Angels are training for the 1977 air shows. Daily Leader, Pontiac, IL, Wed.,Feb.23, '77; The Cumberland News, Cumberland, MD, Wednesday, February 23, 1977 and Pacific Stars and Stripes, Fri., Feb. 25, 1977.
29-Jan-59 142123 A-4F 6 BA Pensacola CA Lt. Curtin Lt. Michael R. Curtin was killed when he crashed at NAS Miramar while practicing rolls for a weekend air show and was about 50 feet above the runway when the plane crashed Tuesday. The Stars and Stripes, Friday, November 10, 1978 and The Cedar Rapids Gazette, Wed., Nov. 8, 1978.
6-Feb-59 142124 A-4F 5 BA Pensacola PR Lt. Ross Lt. Jim Ros s was unhurt following a fuel line fire during show. Crash landed into swamp near NAS Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. The two solo aircraft crossed over the runway and observers saw a big belch of fire blow off the hell hole door. The pilot made an immediate landing at over 200 knots went off the end of the runway and into a mangrove swamp. From Jim Winchester. Blue Angels A-4F BuNo 154177 was destroyed at Roosevelt Roads after aircraft experienced explosion/fire during airshow maneuver and departed runway on landing, 20 April 1980. 0 fatalities. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
19-Feb-59 142126 A-4F
BA El Centro CA LCdr. Powrie LCdr. Stu Powrie, 34, was killed when his A-4 Skyhawk crashed in the Imperial Valley desert near the Salton Sea following the completion of a maneuver called "the clean loop-dirty loop." Pharos Tribune, Logansport, IN, Tuesday, February 23, 1982. Blue Angels A-4F BuNo 154975 was destroyed at El Centro when aircraft departed controlled flight during aerobatic maneuver and crashed, 22 February 1982. 1 fatal. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
21-Feb-59 142126 A-4F 6 BA Pensacola NY Lt. Caputi LCdr. Mike Gershon killed, Lt. Andy Caputi ejected, mid-air collision with 155029 at the top of a loop near Niagra Falls, NY airport. One crashed on the airport grounds, and the other came down in a nearby automobile junkyard. Daily News-Record, Harrisonburg, VA., Monday, July 15, 1985. Blue Angels A-4F BuNo 154992 and BuNo 155029 were destroyed at Niagra Falls after midair collision during scheduled flight demonstration. 13 July 1985. 1 fatality. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
27-Mar-59 142127 A-4F 5 BA Pensacola NY LCdr. Gershon LCdr. Mike Gershon killed, Lt. Andy Caputi ejected, mid-air collision with 154922 at the top of a loop near Niagra Falls, NY airport. One crashed on the airport grounds, and the other came down in a nearby automobile junkyard. Daily News-Record, Harrisonburg, VA., Monday, July 15, 1985. Blue Angels A-4F BuNo 154992 and BuNo 155029 were destroyed at Niagra Falls after midair collision during scheduled flight demonstration. 13 July 1985. 1 fatality. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
24-Apr-59 142128 A4D-2N
BAR FR El Segundo TX Chief Hornichel Chief Robert Hornichel Sr. (35) of Oceana (NAS Norfolk) was killed Friday when his A4D crashed at Ft Bliss, TX while on a delivery flight from the factory to the east coast. Hornichel was making an approach to an El Paso airport when his plane rolled to the side, lost altitude, crashed and skidded through a barricade and shed and exploded. Press-Telegram, Long Beach, CA., Saturday, July 30, 1960.
30-Apr-59 142129 A-4Q 3-A-312 CANA 3 Argentina Falkland Tte. Arca Tte. Navio Jose Cesar Arca ejected safely. Unable to lower landing gear after damaged by cannon of Sea Harrier XZ457 and by AAA from HMS Ardent.
30-Apr-59 142134 A-4Q 3-A-307 CANA 3 Argentina Falklands Capt. Corbeta Alberto Philippi de Corbeta ejected safely when his plane was shot down over the San Carlos area.
1-May-59 142135 A-4Q 3-A-314 CANA 3 Argentina Falkland Tte. Marquez Tte. Fragata Marcelo Marquez KIA. Shot down near Swan Island in Falkland Sound by cannon of XZ500.
8-May-59 142137 A-4Q 3-A-307 CANA 3 Argentina Falkland Capt. Phillipi Capt. De Corbeta Alberto Phillipi ejected safely. Shot down near Swan Island in Falkland Sound by AIM-9L Sidewinder from Sea Harrier XZ457.
12-May-59 142138 A4D-1 N444AV civ. Mojave CA N/A Neely Raymond Guy Neely (40) former USMC pilot was killed Thursday when his A-4 crashed 75 miles north of Los Angeles while filming a commercial for Japanese television. Milwaukee Journal, Friday, June 5, 1987. The airplane entered a shallow descent and rolled into inverted flight. The left wing struck the ground, while inverted, and the airplane began to cartwheel. NTSB
27-May-59 142139 YA4D-1
Douglas El Segundo CA N/A Verdin James B. Verdin was killed when chute failed to open following ejection near Victorville, CA.
31-May-59 142143 A4D-1
Douglas El Segundo CA
unknown
2-Jun-59 142146 A-4C C-313 Grupo 4 Argentina Falkland Primer Tte. Casco Primer Tte. Jorge Eduardo Casco KIA. Crashed into high ground NW of South Jason Island. Possibly damaged by Sea Darts from HMS Coventry or crashed in bad weather.
10-Jun-59 142147 A-4C C-303 Grupo 4 Argentina Falkland Primer Tte. Farias Primer Tte. Jorge Ricardo Farias MIA. Jim Winchester. Probably crashed into the sea NW of West Falkland. Possibly damaged by Sea Darts from HMS Coventry or crashed in bad weather.
21-Jun-59 142148 A-4C C-309 Grupo 4 Argentina Falkland Primer Tte. Lopez Primer Tte. Néstor Edgardo Lopez KIA when he ejected at low altitude. Shot down by AIM-9L Sidewinder from XZ492 over Christmas Harbour. Jim Winchester.
29-Jun-59 142152 A-4C C-325 Grupo 4 Argentina Falkland Capt. Manzotti Capt. Daniel Fernando Manzotti KIA. Shot down by AIM-9L Sidewinder from Sea Harrier XZ492 over Christmas Harbour. Jim Winchester.
30-Jun-59 142153 A-4C C-305 Grupo 4 Argentina Falkland Primer Tte. Bono Primer Tte. Jorge Alberto Bono KIA. Damaged by gunfire and shrapnel over San Carlos Water. Crashed in King George Water.
8-Jul-59 142155 A-4C C-304 Grupo 4 Argentina Falkland Maj. Garcia Mayor Jorge Osvaldo Garcia ejected but not recovered. Damaged over San Carlos Water and then brought down north east of Pebble Island by Sea Dart fired by HMS Coventry. Jim Winchester. His body was found more than a year later in his survival raft when it washed ashore on Golding Island.
9-Jul-59 142156 A-4C C-319 Grupo 4 Argentina Falkland Tte. Lucero Tte. Lucero ejected and was recovered by HMS Fearless. Destroyed over San Carlos Water by a variety of weapons including small arms fire. Jim Winchester.
9-Jul-59 142157 A-4C C-310 Grupo 4 Argentina Falkland Capt. Castillo Capt. Omar Jesus Castillo KIA. Shot down by Sea Dart fired by HMS Exeter off East Falkland. Jim Winchester.
16-Jul-59 142160 A-4C C-301 Grupo 4 Argentina Falkland Capt. Vazquez Capt. José Daniel Vazquez KIA. Shot down by Sea Dart from HMS Exeter. Jim Winchester. Four Argentine Air Force Escuadron I Grupo 4 Skyhawks with 500 lb. bombs attack what they believe was the HMS Invincible. However what they find is the HMS Avenger and the nearby HMS Exeter. Exeter shoots down two Grupo 4 Skyhawks using Sea Dart Missiles.
10-Aug-59 142161 A-4P C-246 Grupo 5 Argentina Falkland Capt. Bustos Capt. Manuel Oscar Bustos KIA. Shot down off Stanley by Sea Wolf from HMS Brilliant.
12-Aug-59 142162 A-4P C-248 Grupo 5 Argentina Falkland Capt. Gavazzi Capt. Fausto Gavazzi KIA. Shot down over Goose Green by own AA fire (2.25 pm). Jim Winchester.
18-Aug-59 142164 A-4P C-208 Grupo 5 Argentina Falkland Primer Tte. Ibarlucea Primer Tte. Jorge Rubén Ibarlucea KIA. Shot down off Stanley by Sea Wolf from HMS Brilliant.
24-Aug-59 142171 A-4P C-206 Grupo 5 Argentina Falkland Primer Tte. Nivoli Primer Tte. Mario Victor Nivoli killed. Hit sea trying to evade missile.
19-Sep-59 142172 A-4P C-242 Grupo 5 Argentina Falkland Capt. Guadagnini Capt. Luciano Guadagnini KIA. Shot down over San Carlos Water by unknown SAM.
19-Sep-59 142174 A-4P C-244 Grupo 5 Argentina Falkland Maj. Palaver Mayor Hugo Angel Palaver KIA. Shot down north of Pebble Island by Sea Dart fired by HMS Coventry. Jim Winchester.
5-Oct-59 142182 A-4P C-215 Grupo 5 Argentina Falkland Tte. Velasco Tte. Mariano A. Velasco ejected safely. Damaged over San Carlos Water by 40mm Bofors from HMS Intrepid and crashed near Port Howard.
14-Oct-59 142183 A-4P C-226 Grupo 5 Argentina Falkland Primer Tte. Arraras Primer Tte. Juan José Arraras KIA. Shot down by AIM-9L Sidewinder from Sea Harrier ZA177. Jim Winchester.
21-Oct-59 142185 A-4P C-204 Grupo 5 Argentina Falkland Tte. Bolzan Tte. Danilo Rubén Bolzan KIA and the aircraft crashed into the sand dunes on Lafonia Beach. Shot down by AIM-9L from Sea Harrier XZ499.
26-Oct-59 142187 A-4P C-228 Grupo 5 Argentina Falkland Tte. Vazquez Tte. Alfredo Jorge Alberto Vazquez KIA after he ejected and was last seen with his chute on fire. Shot down by AIM-9L Sidewinder from Sea Harrier ZA177.
29-Oct-59 142188 TA-4F TM- H&MS-11 Da Nang VTNAM Col. Frey Col. L.T. Frey & Maj. D.F. Newon rescued by a USMC helicopter. Lost to small arms fire while attacking an enemy village seven miles S od DaNang.
14-Nov-59 142189 TA-4F TM- H&MS-11 Da Nang VTNAM Capt. Spaith Capt. James A. "Spot" Spaith (USMC) & 1stLt. U.S. "Sam" Grant (USMC) safely ejected and were rescued by the USS Towers, DDG-9, after their Skyhawk was hit by ground fire during artillery spotting mission for the USS New Jersey, the 902nd air loss of the war over the north. The Times, San Mateo, CA, Wednesday, October 2, 1968.
21-Nov-59 142191 TA-4F TM- H&MS-11 Da Nang SEA LCol. Smith LCol. R.N. Smith and Maj. J.T. Smith both ejected successfully and rescued. Aircraft lost after night TPQ mission - suffered generator failure followed by loss of canopy.
27-Nov-59 142193 TA-4F TM-3 H&MS-11 Da Nang VTNAM Maj. Meicznikowski Maj. Robert S. Meicznikowski & Capt. James C. Buffington rescued, lost to AAA
1-Dec-59 142195 TA-4F TM-5 H&MS-11 Da Nang SEA Maj. Lewis Maj. Richard E. Lewis & 1st Lt. Paul E. Phillips ejected and were rescued by a helicopter near Ban Kate in southern Laos after their FAC Skyhawk was hit by 23mm ground fire during a Steel Tiger mission.
5-Dec-59 142196 TA-4F TM-1 H&MS-11 Da Nang SEA Capt. Rasmussen Capt. R.T. Rasmussen & 1st Lt. W.W. Mills ejected and were rescued six hours later by a USAF SAR helicopter. Lost to small arms fire while marking a target in the A Shau Valley.
10-Dec-59 142197 TA-4F TM-8 H&MS-11 Da Nang Da Nang 1st Lt. Higgins 1st Lt. Higgins ejected successfully and was rescued. Fuel system malfunction on test flight from Da Nang and the engine flamed out.
15-Dec-59 142198 A-4E WA H&MS-12 Chu Lai SEA N/A N/A refueling hose ruptured and destroyed in ensuing fire.
22-Dec-59 142200 TA-4F WA- H&MS-12 Chu Lai SEA Maj. Starnes Maj. Cullen G. Starnes was killed and co-pilot Capt Michael Pool was injured after ejecting at Chu Lai east field. Landed short which ripped off the landing gear when they returned from a training hop.
13-Jan-60 142201 TA-4F WA-09 H&MS-12 Iwakuni Japan Col. Barlow Col. G.H. Barlow was killed and Maj. Roy J. Stocking, Jr. ejected safely when their TA-4 Skyhawk crashed into the inland sea Tuesday afternoon about one mile from Iwakuni while on a on a pilot qualification mission. Pacific Stars and Stripes, Thursday, Feb. 27, 1975. On 25 February 1975 a TA-4F belonging to H&MS-12 and piloted by Major R. J. Stocking and Colonel G. H. Barlow sustained ALPHA damage when the pilot encountered control problems. Colonel Barlow sustained fatal injuries after ejecting from the aircraft. From 1st MAW Command Chronology for Jan-Jun 1975.
30-Jan-60 142202 TA-4F WA- H&MS-12 Atsugi Japan LCol. Alley LCol. Rodney H. Alley Jr., 42, (MAG-12 CO) was killed and Maj. Robert K. Lange, 36, was injured when their TA-4F Skyhawk ran off the runway and overturned while landing at MCAS Iwakuni Wednesday. They were returning from Okinawa after a routine training mission. Pacific Stars and Stripes, Saturday, June 28, 1980. 153491 was moved to FS FAWPRA Atsugi for repairs which took just over 2 years. MAG-12 TA-4F BuNo 153491 severity damage A at Iwakuni when aircraft departed side of wet runway and flipped inverted, 25 June 1980. 1 fatal. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
5-Feb-60 142203 TA-4F YU- H&MS-13 Chu Lai SEA Capt. Connor Capt. Charles R. Connor & Lt. William Ernest Ricker killed, disappeared on flight from Hue to Chu Lai
15-Feb-60 142206 TA-4F YU- H&MS-13 El Toro CA Maj. Ezell Maj. J.B. Ezell, 36, and Capt. Kenneth C. Crouch, 30, are missing and presumed dead after their TA-4 jet crashed in the Pacific Ocean 40 miles south of San Clemente while on a routine training flight from El Toro. The Arizona Republic, Sat., Dec. 2, 1972.
3-Mar-60 142207 TA-4F YU- H&MS-13 El Toro CA Capt. Brooks Capt. Ron R. Brooks, 28, and 1st Lt. David C. Wood, 27, ejected safely from their TA-4 Skyhawk Thursday when it missed the arresting cable on landing at MAS El Toro, veered off the runway and crashed into some bleachers and was destroyed. Independent, Long Beach, CA, Friday, Mar. 23, 1973.
3-Mar-60 142208 TA-4F YU-5 H&MS-13 El Toro CA Capt. Hayes Capt. W.T. Hayes, 29, and his observer Cpl. T.J. Crawford, 20, ejected safely when their TA-4 Skyhawk crashed when it developed engine trouble and crashed about 120 yards from the El Toro base injuring nine persons on the ground when they were struck by flaming jet fuel and chunks of wreckage. Daily Facts, Redlands, CA, Saturday, May 18, 1974 and The Coshocton Tribune, Coshocton, OH, Saturday, May 18, 1974.
4-Mar-60 142211 TA-4F YU- H&MS-13 El Toro CA Maj. Chaffin Maj. Thomas E. Chaffin, 39, and Maj. Benjamin L. Williams, 41, ejected safely when their OA-4 Skyhawk crashed in a cow pasture and burst into flames near a Saddleback Valley apartment complex on approach to MCAS El Toro. The Orange County Register, March 16, 1986. H&MS-13 OA-4M BuNo 154624 was destroyed at El Toro when aircraft experienced low altitude flameout and crashed into ground. 15 March 1986. Aircrew ejected. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
8-Mar-60 142212 A4D-2 CN H&MS-14 Edenton CA
unknown unknown pilot was fatally burned Sunday night (7 p.m.) when his A4D rammed an obstruction on the MCAS El Toro airfield and a wing tank exploded when he and another plane stopped at El Toro to refuel while on a cross country flight from NAAS Edenton, NC. Press-Telegram, Long Beach, CA, Monday, October 13, 1958.
11-Mar-60 142213 TA-4F CN- H&MS-14 Cherry Point

unknown
15-Mar-60 142214 TA-4F CN- H&MS-14 Cherry Point NC Maj. Morgan Maj. James Morgan and Maj. William Wilson have been missing since shortly after their TA-4F took off from Cherry Point Tuesday on a routine training mission. The Bee, Danville, VA, Saturday, Aug. 14, 1971.
7-Apr-60 142216 A-4C YV- H&MS-15 El Toro CA LCol. Brandon LCol Lawrence H. Brandon, 42, H&MS-15 CO, ejected successfully from his A-4C Skyhawk at 25,000' during an in-flight fire that started in a mountainous area about 50 miles east of San Diego. His Skyhawk crashed near Julian, CA. Pasadena Independent, Thursday, June 6, 1963. Lawrence H. Brandon ejected successfully at 25,000' during an in-flight fire. His Skyhawk crashed near Julian, CA. Independent, Thursday, June 6, 1963.
3-May-60 142217 TA-4F YV-03 H&MS-15 Iwakuni SEA Capt. Ransbottom Capt. William E. Ransbottom & CWO2 Bruce Edward Boltze ejected 10 miles SE of Da Nang and were rescued. Lost to SAM SA-7 as they pulled up through 4,500 feet after strafing a tank about 15 miles NW of Hue.
4-May-60 142218 TA-4F EW- H&MS-24 Kaneohe HI Maj. Olsen Maj. C. B. Olsen, 37, and Maj. P.L. Elliott, 37, ejected safely before their TA-4 crashed into Kaneohe Bay about two miles out while on approach to MCAS Kaneohe. New Castle News, Thursday, June 26, 1969.
6-May-60 142221 TA-4F EW-24 H&MS-24 Kaneohe HI Maj. Matzko Maj. Dean H. Matzko, 31, and Capt. David J, Dannewitz, 33, were killed ... The pilot of a Marine jet trainer that crashed in waters off MCAS Kaneohe has been identified as Maj. Dean H. Mazko, 31, of Philadelphia. Doylestown Intelligencer Friday, 16 March 1979, Doylestown, PA. The Navy salvage ship USS Conserver will attempt to recover a large piece of wreckage of a Marine TA-4F Skyhawk that crashed last week Wednesday after takeoff from MCAS Kaneohe with Maj. Dean H. Matzko and Capt. David J. Dannewitz aboard. Search efforts since then have turned up a flight helmet, piece of a seat and a cection of tailpipe. Honolulu Star Advertiser, Tuesday, 20 March 1979. Navy divers are continuing to recover pieces of a Marine TA-4F jet that crashed into Kaneohe Bay two weeks ago and the pieces will be examined by at least one specialist from the Naval Safety Center, Monterey, CA, in an effort to determine the cause of the crash. The body of the pilot has been recovered; the co-pilot is still officially listed as missing. Honolulu Star Advertiser, Wednesday, 28 March 1979. The bird was down for a tail pipe clamp and everyone was getting anxious because it was down a long time. I worked NORS (Non-Operational Ready Supply) for MAG-24 Group Supply at the time and found several. Four came in the same day. I carried one of the four to the maintenance folks who installed it immediately. The bird went up and came around for a touch and go on the flight line. As he climbed from the touch the bird split in two and crashed into the ocean, not the bay. The investigation placed the burden upon the tail pipe clamp. From Spencer Sikder.
9-May-60 142229 TA-4F EX- H&MS-31 Beaufort

unknown
16-May-60 142231 TA-4F EX- H&MS-31 Beaufort TX Maj. Dudley Maj. Carry W. Dudley and Capt. Robert F. Foley of MAG-31 ejected safely when their Marine TA-4P (sic) crashed about 13 miles S of Electra, TX, Saturday. The two crewmen who were enroute from MCAS Yuma, AZ, to MCAS Buford (sic), SC, were first picked up by a farmer and later transported by helicopter to Sheppard AFB. The Odessa American, Sunday, 04 May 1980. MAG-31 TA-4F BuNo 154629 was destroyed at Texas after aircraft crashed in rural area during normal flight, 03 May 1980. Crew ejected safely. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
16-May-60 142232 TA-4F EX- H&MS-31 Beaufort Atl.
unknown Unidentified Marine pilots escaped the crash of their F-4 (sic) jet with only minor bruises when their jet crashed into the Atlantic about 20 miles east of Beaufort between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, A USAF C-141 jet on a routine test flight spotted the wreckage. The Index Journal, Tuesday, 24 August 1982. H&MS-31 TA-4F BuNo 154321 was destroyed at Beaufort when aircraft departed controlled flight during ACM and crashed into sea, 23 August 1982. Aircrew ejected. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
28-May-60 142233 TA-4F EX- H&MS-31 Beaufort SC Capt. Matheney Capt. Mike "Martini" Matheney, USMC and LCdr. David A. Kallman, USNR, ejected safely in the warning area SE of NBC and were recovered by SAR Helo when the engine failed during a dissimilar ACM hop vs. a pair of Hornets. From Patrick W. Lappert, MD, 17 March 2016. Unknown crew ejected safely when their Marine jet went down in the Atlantic off the coast of Hilton Head Island Tuesday and were rescued by a helicopter from MCAS Beaufort. Aiken Standard, Aiken, SC, Wednesday, March 18, 1987. MAG-31 TA-4F BuNo 154640 was destroyed at North Atlantic Ocean (above Lat 45 Deg N) when aircraft crashed into water after engine stall. 17 March 1987. Aircrew ejected. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
8-Jun-60 142416 A4D-2 DA-403 H&MS-32 Quonset Point Essex N/A N/A With H&MS-32 Det. 1 (DA-403) was damaged beyond repair when a mast on board the Essex (CVS 9) collapsed on it after the carrier encountered a storm in the North Atlantic while returning from a cruise to the Mediterranean Sea, 17 December 1963.
9-Jun-60 142418 TA-4F DA- H&MS-32 Beaufort AZ Capt. Vickery Capt. Dennis W. Vickery, 27, was killed last Saturday when a TA-4F he was piloting crashed near Williams, AZ while on a flight from Luke AFB to MCAS Yuma. Co-pilot, 1st. Lt. James E. Wilson, 24, ejected safely. Both were stationed at MCAS Beaufort, SC. The Victoria Advocate, Friday, July 21, 1972. Following a low-level navigation flight with two A-4M Skyhawks the flight headed for a local military airfield. At this time an A-4M was in the lead at 500 feet altitude with the second A-4M 2,000 feet behind and stepped up and the TA-4F to the left and in trail of the leader. The second A-4M started to cross to the left of the lead and accelerated to facilitate join-up prior to proceeding to the airfield. The TA-4F's angle of bank was excessive and, as he passed behind the second A-4M, started to reverse the turn while still descending. The roll to the left continued to the near inverted position with positive G load applied. The pilot in the back asked "what the heck" and a snap roll to the right with full aft stick was executed in an attempt to recover. By this time the aircraft was approximately 200 feet AGL, in an incipient stall condition, still descending. The pilot in the back ejected at approximately 50 feet AGL with a sink rate of 100 to 200 feet per minute and the aircraft in a ten degree nose-up attitude. There was no apparent attempt to eject by the front seater. The aircraft impacted a wooded section of a hill and continued for 2,700 feet as it disintegrated. NAN, Pettibone, January 1973.
16-Jun-60 142419 TA-4F WM- H&MS-33 El Toro CA LCol. Wright LCol. Herbert L. Wright, 41, and Lt. Col. Jerry E. Kehrle, 37, ejected safely and were rescued five miles off the Orange County coast Monday after their TA-4F aircraft developed control difficulties. Redlands Daily Facts, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 1969.
24-Jun-60 142420 TA-4F
H&MS-33 El Toro NV Capt. McComb Capt. Stephen R. McComb, 27, and 1st Lt James P. Schwartz, 25, both stationed at MCAS El Toro, ejected safely Friday when their TA-4F crashed 30 miles northwest of Crystal Springs enroute from NAS Alameda to Buckley ANG Base in Colorado. Nevada State Journal, Saturday, July 4, 1970.
27-Jun-60 142421 A-4E
H&MS-49 S. Weymouth MA
unknown unknown pilot ... 4th MAW HAMS-49 A-4E BuNo 151095 was destroyed at S. Weymouth after aircraft departed end of runway on landing rollout, struck trees/chain link fence, 29 May 1980. 0 fatalities. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester. Apparently repaired as it was returned to service with NFWS 06 March 1985.
27-Jun-60 142422 A-4
IDF Israel

Ashkenazi Nissim Ashkenazi POW, Egyptian SAM
27-Jun-60 142423 A-4E 207 IDF Israel

Gadot Uri Gadot ejected safely above Tel Nof after an engine failure
29-Jun-60 142677 A-4H 03 IDF Israel

Kubik Jacob Kubik was rescued, shot down by SAM or AAA
7-Jul-60 142680 A-4N 322 IDF Israel

unknown unknown pilot was killed, shot down
13-Jul-60 142681 A-4E 875 IDF Israel

Shaul Shaul recovered Collided with F-4E
21-Jul-60 142684 A-4N 317 IDF Israel

Yakir Avraham Yakir killed, night flight, night vertigo.
29-Jul-60 142685 A-4N 347 IDF Israel

David David recovered Generator failure
5-Aug-60 142686 A-4H 233 IDF Israel

Eliyahu Menachem Eliyahu recovered landing gear problems
12-Aug-60 142689 TA-4J 732 IDF Israel

unknown unknown, explosion
16-Aug-60 142692 A-4N 315 IDF Israel

Gerev Moshe Gerev.
26-Aug-60 142695 TA-4H 549 IDF Israel

Baharav Avraham Baharav killed, night vertigo after take-off from Hatzerim.
8-Sep-60 142696 A-4N 381 IDF Israel

Simon Simon ejected safely and was recovered.
20-Sep-60 142697 A-4
IDF Israel

Cohen Dov Cohen killed, crash at sea.
28-Sep-60 142698 TA-4F 166/566 IDF Israel

Cohen Shai Cohen killed, stall and spiral spin. I received a response from the Assistant Air Attaché at the Israel Embassy in Washington, D.C. to my letter concerning the TA-4F 153470 transferred to Israel in 1972, stating that it was #566 and crashed in 1977. From Bill Stein.
30-Sep-60 142699 A-4
IDF Israel

Shani Avi Shani killed, mid-air col.
14-Oct-60 142701 A-4N 382 IDF Israel

Gershoni Yariv Gershoni ejected safely, engine failure.
17-Oct-60 142702 A-4N 319 IDF Israel

Bina Uriel Bina killed, collided with F-4E #680 in dogfight training.
25-Oct-60 142705 A-4
IDF Israel

unknown pilot recovered. Bird ingested into engine
5-Nov-60 142706 A-4N 339 IDF Israel

Goldenberg Lion Goldenberg killed.
5-Dec-60 142710 A-4N 388 IDF Israel

Eldar Netanel Eldar killed.
14-Dec-60 142712 A-4N 355 IDF Israel

Erez Eitan Erez killed, crashed into mountain while descending in clouds.
14-Dec-60 142714 A-4N 360 IDF Israel

Gordon Yosef Gordon killed, crashed into mountain while descending in clouds.
1-Jan-61 142719 A-4
IDF Israel

unknown unknown pilot ejected safely after his Skyhawk developed technical problems during a training flight Sunday and crashed into the Yokneam shopping center 15 miles SE of Haifa killing one women and injuring five. Lakeland Ledger, Monday, September 15, 1980.
6-Jan-61 142720 A-4E 879 IDF Israel

Glazer Daniel Glazer killed, vertigo while towing target.
7-Jan-61 142721 A-4
IDF Israel
Maj. Eitan Maj. Yoram Eitan was killed in a training accident in his Skyhawk plane in 1981.
7-Jan-61 142723 A-4N 348 IDF Israel

G Ilan G recovered. collided with another A-4 (safely landed)
7-Jan-61 142724 A-4H 278 IDF Israel

Lev Eddi Lev killed, mechanical failure, pilot couldn’t eject.
9-Jan-61 142727 TA-4 481 IDF Israel

Amir Amir and Kremer recovered engine failure
11-Jan-61 142728 A-4N 374 IDF Israel 116 Sq.

Sharaqa Shraqa ejected safely, collided with F-15D #957 106sq during a dog fight ripping off complete right wing of F-15, pilot Capt (res) Ziv Nedivi and navigator Maj, Yehoar Gal landed safely at Ramon.
13-Jan-61 142730 A-4N 403 IDF Israel

unknown unknown pilot involuntarily ejected, but survived following a bird strike
18-Jan-61 142731 A-4
IDF Israel

Insler Danny Insler killed.
25-Jan-61 142732 TA-4F 164 IDF Israel

Gury Daniel Gury / Ilan Rozental KWF, fire caused by fuel leak.
30-Jan-61 142734 A-4F 607 IDF Israel

Wolfson Benyamin Wolfson killed, probably vertigo.
11-Feb-61 142736 A-4N
IDF Israel

H Lt. H was involuntarily ejected when he ran into a honey buzzard that was migrating south on September 15. It crashed through his front windshield and activated the ejection lever and he woke up on the ground with his parachute around him and a broken neck. New York Times, September 17, 1985.
11-Feb-61 142738 TA-4J 728 IDF Israel

unknown unknown crew fate unknown, canopy blew off.
13-Feb-61 142739 A-4N 386 IDF Israel

unknown unknown pilot recovered, engine failure
15-Feb-61 142740 A-4H 24/724 IDF 102 Sq. Israel

Carp Matti Carp recovered, shot down by Egyptian AAA north of Great Bitter Lake at 17:30.
15-Feb-61 142742 A-4H 54/754 IDF 102 Sq. Israel

Katziri Yishay Katziri POW, shot down by Egyptian SA-7 east of Suez Canal at 17:00.
17-Feb-61 142747 A-4H 64 IDF 102 Sq. Israel

Sadan Ehud Sadan KIA, shot down by Egyptian AAA over Suez Canal at 18:30.
27-Feb-61 142750 A-4H 60/760 IDF 102 Sq. Israel

Avital Shai Avital KIA, shot down by Egyptian SAM.
10-Mar-61 142755 A-4H 68/768 IDF 102 Sq. Israel

Deller Libby Daller KIA, shot down by Egyptian SAM over Suez Canal.
20-Mar-61 142756 A-4H 53/753 IDF 102 Sq. Israel

Horovitz Zvi Horovitz KIA, shot down by Syrian SAM.
1-Apr-61 142760 A-4H 04/704 IDF 102 Sq. Israel

Schwager Schwager recovered, lost over Egyptian front.
6-Apr-61 142762 TA-4H 746 IDF 102 Sq. Israel

Eliezer Gideon Ben Eliezer KIA, shot down by Egyptian AAA.
7-Apr-61 142763 A-4H 50/750 IDF 102 Sq. Israel

Gardi Amon Gardi POW, shot down by Egyptian AAA.
18-Apr-61 142765 A-4H 90/790 IDF 102 Sq. Israel

Kadmon Kadmon recovered, lost over Egypt.
21-Apr-61 142766 A-4H 66/766 IDF 102 Sq. Israel

Reinberg Pedro Reinberg POW, shot down by Egyptian AAA.
3-May-61 142767 A-4H 83/783 IDF 102 Sq. Israel

Guy Amiram Guy POW, shot down by Syrian SAM over Golan Heights.
3-Jun-61 142774 A-4H 58/758 IDF 102 Sq. Israel

Nesher Ze’ev Nesher POW, shot down by Syrian AAA over Golan Heights.
6-Jun-61 142776 A-4H 08/708 IDF 102 Sq. Israel

Tron Tron POW, lost over Syria over Golan Heights.
21-Jun-61 142779 TA-4H 743 IDF 102 Sq. Israel

Ofri Ron Ofri ejected but killed, navigator Yehuda Shefer ejected and recovered, shot down by Egyptian SA-2 east of Suez Canal.
23-Jun-61 142782 A-4H 51/751 IDF 102 Sq. Israel

Eyal Menachem Eyal KIA, shot down by Egyptian AAA over Deversoir at 14:00.
29-Jun-61 142784 A-4H 59 IDF 102 Sq. Israel

Shoham Shoham recovered, lost over Deversoir sector, Egypt at 11:00.
19-Jul-61 142785 A-4N 396 IDF 102 Sq. Israel
1st Lt. Y 1st Lt Y ejected safely at 17,000 when he detected a malfunction and his Skyhawk crashed near Yatta, south of the West Bank city of Hebron while on a training flight Wednesday. Ha'aretz, February 11, 2004.
22-Jul-61 142786 A-4N 401 IDF 102 Sq. Israel

unknown unknown pilot ejected at 4,000 meters after an engine fire while on a training flight with another Skyhawk. Crashed into the sea near Ashdod coast. Jerusalem Post, June 1, 2007.
31-Jul-61 142787 A-4H 87/107 IDF 109 Sq. Israel

Hanan Eitan Hanan KIA, shot down by Syrian SAM over Golan Heights at 14:30.
3-Aug-61 142788 A-4H 34/134 IDF 109 Sq. Israel

Lapidot Yoram Lapidot KIA, shot down by Egyptian SAM.
4-Aug-61 142789 A-4H 10 IDF 109 Sq. Israel

Edmi Edmi recovered, lost over Syria.
8-Aug-61 142791 A-4H 279 IDF 109 Sq. Israel

unknown unknown recovered, lost over Syria.
8-Aug-61 142792 TA-4F 565 IDF 109 Sq. Israel

Ben-Ari Yehuda Ben-Ari KIA, shot down by Syrian SAM over Golan Heights.
16-Aug-61 142793 A-4H 27 IDF 109 Sq. Israel

Baster-Bar Israel (Irik) Baster-Bar KIA, shot down by Syrian SAM over Golan.
17-Aug-61 142794 A-4H 01 IDF 109 Sq. Israel

Arad Arad recovered, hit by Syrian SAM over Golan Heights.
1-Oct-61 142795 TA-4F 567 IDF 109 Sq. Israel

Garzon Gavriel Garzon POW, shot down by Syrian AAA over Golan Heights.
26-Oct-61 142796 A-4H
IDF 109 Sq. Israel

Raviv Raviv recovered, shot down by Syrian AAA, ejected over sea at 15:00.
31-Oct-61 142799 A-4H 52/152 IDF 109 Sq. Israel

Sa'ar Gavriel Sa’ar KIA, shot down by Syrian AAA over Golan at 15:00.
5-Nov-61 142801 A-4H 03 IDF 109 Sq. Israel

Kubik Jacob Kubik recovered, shot down by Egyptian SAM in Kantara sector at 10:00.
12-Nov-61 142802 A-4H 99 IDF 109 Sq. Israel

Reshef Gershon Reshef (Fonk) KIA, shot down by SA-2 east of the Suez Canal in Kantara sector at 10:00.
14-Nov-61 142804 A-4H 69/169 IDF 109 Sq. Israel

Lahav Eitan Lahav KIA, shot down by Syrian SAM or dived into ground over Mount Hermon due to disorientation at 11:15.
14-Nov-61 142805 A-4E 235 IDF 110 Sq. Israel

Yardeni Yanki Yardeni recovered, shot down by Syrian SA-2 over Golan Heights at 15:30.
20-Nov-61 142806 A-4E 267 IDF 110 Sq. Israel

Astraicher Moshe Astraicher KIA, shot down by Egyptian AAA.
27-Nov-61 142808 A-4E 239 IDF 110 Sq. Israel

Bar-Ziv Levi Bar-Ziv KIA, shot down by Egyptian SAM.
27-Nov-61 142810 A-4E 255 IDF 110 Sq. Israel

Lev Rafael Lev KIA, shot down by Syrian SAM.
27-Nov-61 142812 A-4E 266 IDF 110 Sq. Israel

Lobashevsky Lobashevsky recovered, hit over Syria but pilot ejected west of Golan Heights at 06:00.
29-Nov-61 142813 A-4E 214 IDF 110 Sq. Israel
Col. Arlozor Col. Lev “Zorik” Arlozor, CO of the Ramat David air base was killed 9 October 1973 when his Skyhawk crashed into the Mediterranean sea about a kilometer from shore while returning from a bombing run in the Port Said area. Ha'aretz, September 19, 2007.
30-Nov-61 142816 A-4E 245 IDF 110 Sq. Israel

Sharon Gideon Sharon recovered, shot down by Syrian SAM over Golan.
30-Nov-61 142817 A-4E 257 IDF 110 Sq. Israel

Peleg Peleg ejected over Israel and recovered, hit by Syrian SAM over Golan.
1-Dec-61 142819 A-4E 222 IDF 110 Sq. Israel

Poraz Maoz Poraz KIA, shot down by Egyptian AAA in Kantara sector at 11:00.
4-Dec-61 142820 A-4E
IDF 110 Sq. Israel

Gofen Haim Gofen ejected safely, hit by Egyptian SAM in Kantara sector. Returned to Israel but lost control and crashed on approach to Ramat David, Four IDF/AF killed on the ground at 10:30.
6-Dec-61 142823 A-4E 253 IDF 110 Sq. Israel

Sharon Gideon Sharon POW, shot down by Egyptian SAM in Kantara sector at 10:00.
6-Dec-61 142830 A-4E 70 IDF 110 Sq. Israel

Dubnov Aryeh Dubnov KIA, shot down by Syrian AAA/SAM.
13-Dec-61 142836 A-4H 275 IDF 115 Sq. Israel

Goldshtein Ami Goldshtein (Gadish ?) (115sq CO) killed, low level flight, hit ground.
17-Dec-61 142837 A-4N 312 IDF 115 Sq. Israel

Ash Shimon Ash MIA, shot down by Egyptian SAM over Suez Canal.
26-Dec-61 142839 A-4N 361 IDF 115 Sq. Israel

Rozenblum Israel Rozenblum KIA, shot down by Syrian AAA.
30-Dec-61 142841 A-4N 363 IDF 115 Sq. Israel

Bashan Zvika Bashan KIA, shot down by Egyptian SAM.
30-Dec-61 142845 A-4N 366 IDF 115 Sq. Israel

Rosen Zvi Rosen POW, shot down by Egyptian SAM over southern sector of Suez Canal.
6-Jan-62 142852 A-4N
IDF 115 Sq. Israel

Shaked Mario Shaked KIA, shot down by Egyptian SAM.
12-Jan-62 142853 A-4N 378 IDF 115 Sq. Israel

Shneider Michael Shneider POW, shot down by Syrian SAM over northern Golan Heights.
31-Jan-62 142856 A-4N 334 IDF 115 Sq. Israel

Ahiaz Aharon Ahiaz Pow Lost during air strike on the Nabatiyeh Heights. Shot down by Palestinian SA-7 near Beaufort Fortress, Lebanon at 08:00.
7-Feb-62 142857 A-4N 323 IDF 115 Sq. Israel

Dagan Ram Dagan killed.
13-Feb-62 142858 A-4E 211 IDF 116 Sq. Israel

Shamir Amnon Shamir recovered, shot down by Syrian AAA over Golan Heights at 08:30
14-Feb-62 142859 A-4E 221 IDF 116 Sq. Israel

Litany Yaniv Litany KIA, shot down by Egyptian AAA.
26-Feb-62 142861 A-4E 204 IDF 116 Sq. Israel

Matos Assaf Matos POW, shot down by Egyptian AAA.
27-Feb-62 142862 A-4E 229 IDF 116 Sq. Israel

Shelach Ehud (Udi) Shelach (116sq CO) KIA, shot down by Egyptian SAM near south entrance of Suez Canal at 07:00 hrs.
3-Mar-62 142864 A-4E 241 IDF 116 Sq. Israel

Hertz Noach Hertz POW, shot down by Syrian SAM over Golan Heights.
11-Mar-62 142866 A-4N 326 IDF 116 Sq. Israel

Levin Yosef “Sefi” Levin killed, bird strike.
14-Mar-62 142867 TA-4J 726 IDF 116 Sq. Israel

unknown unknown pilot and navigator ejected safely while on a training run over Tarqumiyah, a little to the west of Hebron. Voice of Israel, Jerusalem, July 27, 1998
10-Apr-62 142872 A-4E TT-0407 Ind. Ind. Ind.
Hadi Suminar Hadi, unknown Baucau, East Timor. A U.S.-made Skyhawk fighter of the Indonesian armed forces crashed in east Indonesia Tuesday while taking part in a military exercise. Sources said the two men aboard the jet were killed. Pacific Stars and Stripes Thursday, April 9, 1981, Tokyo, Japan.
23-Apr-62 142878 A-4E
Ind.


Harmono Dwie Harmono, high speed stall
27-Apr-62 142880 A-4E
Ind.


unknown Stalled during pull up
3-May-62 142883 A-4E TT-0404 Ind.


Satriyo Tri Budi Satriyo, engine failure
15-May-62 142884 A-4E TT-0413 Ind.


Hidayat Rahmat Hidayat, engine failure
25-May-62 142885 A-4E
Ind.


Habib Hirshan Habib, throttle stuck open on landing
5-Jun-62 142887 A-4E TT-0406 Ind.


Habib Hirshan Habib, unknown bad weather
10-Jun-62 142888 A-4E TT-0443 Ind.


Triono Bambang Triono, night flight lost orientation
22-Jun-62 142889 A-4E TT-0439 Ind. Indonesia

Berchman John Berchman, engine failure
9-Jul-62 142893 TA-4 TT- Ind. Indonesia Indonesia
Unknown Unknown pilots (2) were killed when a Indonesian armed forces U.S. made Skyhawk crashed in east Indonesia Tuesday while taking part in a military exercise. Pacific Stars and Stripes, Thursday, 02 April 1989.
19-Jul-62 142894 A-4E TT-0434 Ind.


Abidin Jeffry Zaenal Abidin, engine failure
1-Aug-62 142896 A-4E TT-0414 Ind.


Komary Edy Komary, lost orientation, fuel starvation
11-Aug-62 142901 A-4E TT-0417 Ind.


Takaryanto Joko Takaryanto, lost orientation fuel starvation
14-Aug-62 142902 TA-4H TL-0415 Ind.


Hertat Krisna Hertat, Yunianto, canopy opened hit elevator
17-Aug-62 142903 A-4E TT-0444 Ind.


Sumaruana Johni Sumaruana, unknown
19-Aug-62 142904 A-4E TT-0405 Ind.


Mare Albert Mare ejected and was killed
20-Aug-62 142906

Kuwait Kuwait
Lt. Safer Lt. Abdulatef ahmad safer was killed
21-Aug-62 142910

Kuwait Kuwait
2nd Lt. Al-qallaf 2nd Lt. Ali al-qallaf was killed
22-Aug-62 142911 A-4KU
Kuwait Kuwait
2nd Lt. Al-moutairi 2nd Lt. Rashed Mohammad Al-moutairi was killed
22-Aug-62 142912 A-4KU KAF-828 Kuwait Kuwait Kuwait Local. Mubarak LCol. Mohammed Mubarak shot down by radar guided SAM about 7 miles east of Ali Al-Salim AB in occupied Kuwait.
16-Sep-62 142914 A-4KU KAF-829 Kuwait Kuwait Kuwait
unknown crashed post-Gulf war hit hi-power wires. Wreck at KIA.
18-Sep-62 142915 A-4KU KAF-803 Kuwait Kuwait

unknown lost before August 1990
22-Sep-62 142918 A-4KU KAF-806 Kuwait Kuwait

unknown lost prior to Aug 1990
22-Sep-62 142919 A-4KU KAF-812 Kuwait Kuwait

unknown destroyed on bombing raid in Iraq
25-Sep-62 142920 A-4KU KAF-815 Kuwait Kuwait

unknown lost prior to Aug 1990
27-Sep-62 142922 TA-4KU KAF-885 Kuwait Kuwait

unknown lost prior to Aug 1990, dumped at Kuwait IAP
26-Oct-62 142923 A-4F
MAG-42 Alameda CA Col. Buxton Col. Cole Buxton escaped injury when he aborted takeoff from NAS Alameda due to a generator failure and went off the end of the runway and into the Oakland Estuary, at Alameda, in about 10 feet of salt water. From Greg Stevenson. 4th MAW, MAG-42, Alameda, A-4F BuNo 154203 severity B damage at Alameda when aircraft departed runway end and entered water on aborted takeoff. 09 June 1987. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
1-Nov-62 142924 A4D-2 5L MARTD Los Alamitos NV Capt Bollenbach Capt. Glen R. Bollenbach ejected safely when his A-4 Skyhawk crashed in the desert 40 mile SE of Nellis Saturday while on a routine training flight from NAS Los Alamitos. The Daily Review, Hayward, CA, Monday, September 30, 1968.
5-Nov-62 142925 A4D-2N 7L MARTD Los Alamitos CA
unknown
16-Nov-62 142927 A4D-2N 6G MARTD Alameda NV Capt. Taylor Capt. G.T. Taylor of Alameda parachuted safely from his A-4C which crashed 22 miles SE of Lovelock, NV, June 22nd while on a practice bombing run. The Daily Review, Hayward, CA, Friday, July 10, 1970.
27-Nov-62 142931 A4D-2N
MARTD Jacksonville

unknown
12-Dec-62 142932 A4D-2N 6G MARTD Alameda CA Maj. Staples Maj. S.A. Staples, 34, ejected safely just before his Skyhawk jet crashed on a Hillside near Burlingame, CA last night when his engine failed. Oakland Tribune, Wed., Dec. 30, 1970.
12-Dec-62 142933 A4D-2N 5M MARTD Alameda CA
unknown
13-Dec-62 142938 A4D-2N 5L MARTD El Toro CA
unknown
13-Dec-62 142939 A4D-2N
MARTD El Toro TN Maj. Layman Maj. P.B. Layman, 36, USMC Reserve, MCAS El Toro, ejected from his A4 Skyhawk that had started smoking in the midst of takeoff and fell onto a 8,000 foot runway at NAS Memphis seconds later. The plane was said to be heavily damaged, although it remained intact after coming to rest on the runway. Hattiesburg American, Friday, 18 June 1971. Aircraft status was changed to Y (pending decision to SOC) on 1 July 1971 and SOC 8 September 1971.
26-Dec-62 142941 A4D-2N
MARTD Willow Grove

Strasberg Roger Strasberg. Engine failure
1-Jan-63 142943 A4D-2N
MARTD Alameda CA Capt. McCarthy Capt. Anthony McCarthy (USNR) was killed when his A-4 Skyhawk went out of control and crashed during landing at El Toro Friday. Independent Press Telegram, Long Beach, CA, Sunday, April 16, 1972. Marine reserve pilot Capt. Anthony McCarthy is killed in Friday night accident when he ejects from his A-4 Skyhawk after tire failure on landing at MCAS El Toro after a flight from home base at NAS Alameda. Although he clears the airframe before it veers off the runway and into a fuel truck, authorities said the pilot bounced several times on the runway after ejecting.
16-Jan-63 142944 A4D-2N 5G MARTD Alameda CA Maj. Townley Maj. Edward Townley ejected safely seconds before the craft exploded and plummeted into the ocean about a mile off Newport Beach Saturday. The crash was observed by thousands in the beach cities who reported seeing the bomber catch fire and the pilot bail out. Independent Press Telegram, Long Beach, CA, Sunday, April 16, 1972. The pilot was cleared for takeoff and passing 11,500 feet received a radar vector to his next radio facility. Commencing the turn and passing 13,500 feet he experienced "a series of violent chattering shudders and chugs and the engine started to unwind." He made one attempt at radio communication and deployed the RAT. The RPM was passing 60 percent, EGT was normal, however the fire warning light was on. The pilot glanced in the rear view mirror and noted flames from the fuselage, turned towards the ocean and elected to remain with the aircraft until clear of populated areas. During the turn the entire master caution panel illuminated and control response became sluggish. In a nose down attitude the aircraft oscillated and the pilot was unable to control it with rudder or ailerons and then saw flames over the top of the canopy extending to the windscreen. Because of the large G forces he ejected while inverted using the alternate handle. NAN, Pettibone, December 1972.
22-Jan-63 142945 A4D-2N 6G MARTD Alameda CA Capt. Luciano Capt. Thomas J. Luciano, 29, was in Oakland Naval Hospital Saturday recovering from painful injuries after parachuting from his crippled A-4C Skyhawk SW of Avenal in Fresno while on a weekend training flight. Oakland Tribune, Sun., Aug. 6, 1972.
5-Feb-63 142949 A4D-2N 5L MARTD El Toro CA
unknown
7-Feb-63 142951 A4D-2N MF-3 MARTD El Toro CA Capt. Phillips Capt. Paul Phillips ejected safely from his A4 Skyhawk after the nose gear collapsed on landing at Nellis AFB. Phillips was attached to a reserve squadron at MCAS El Toro. Reno Gazette-Journal, Monday, 18 November 1974.
7-Feb-63 142952 A4D-2N 3A0319 MASDC Davis-Monthan

unknown 22 Jan 1971 - VA-303 - NAS Alameda, CA. 18 Mar 1971 - AMARC - As 3A0319
10-Feb-63 144868 A4D-2N
NADC Warminster PA Lt. Wetzel Lt. Kenneth R. Wetzel was killed when he apparently tried to eject from his A-4C Skyhawk jet minutes after take-off from NADC Warminster. Bucks County Courier-Times, July 24, 1974. Lt. Kenneth R. Wetzel, 30, was killed when his A-4C Skyhawk crashed yesterday in a corn field, slid across a road and skidded upside down to a halt inside NADC Warminster after his routine flight developed trouble on take-off. Philadelphia Daily News, Wednesday, 24 July 1974.
1-Mar-63 144869 TA-4J
NADEP Pensacola FL Lt. Wells Lt. Gregory John Wells ejected safely while trying to land after a post overhaul check flight Tuesday. He parachuted to the ground on one side of a runway at NAS Pensacola and the TA-4J Skyhawk crashed on the other side, said Marge Sanders, a spokeswoman for the Pensacola Naval Air Depot. Sun Sentinel, Wednesday, 12 September 1990.
2-Mar-63 144871 A4D-2N
NAF China Lake CA Lt. Mayfield Lt. Douglas S. Mayfield, 33, lost his life on when his A-4C Skyhawk was struck by target debris while on a photo mission over "B" Range.
12-Mar-63 144876 A4D-2
NAF China Lake NV LCdr. Odman LCdr. Bill Odman ejected at Dugway when he couldn’t recover the landing. Aircraft ran over the Welcome to Dugway sign and rolled to a stop at the end of the runway. Aircraft was disassembled, trucked to O&R Alameda & repaired. LCdr W. Odeman was forced to eject as his Naval Test Station China Lake A4D landed in turbulent winds at Michael Army Airfield Thursday. The aircraft received minor damage and coasted to a stop on the 8,000 foot landing strip. The Ogden Standard Examiner, Friday, 13 August 1965.
14-Mar-63 144877 TA-4F
NAF China Lake MO Lt. Hall Lt. Gerald Hall, 30, was killed when his TA-4F Skyhawk rolled inverted when a blivet collapsed on approach and crashed west of the runway at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base in Belton, MO. Back seater Leroy Neville ejected safely. Hutchinson News, Friday, April 3, 1970.
20-Mar-63 144879 A4D-2
NARF Alameda CA Lt. Davis Lt. Edward C. Davis, 29, ejected safely after his A-4C Skyhawk collided with an A-3A Skywarrior piloted by Lt. Ronald L. Barr above the North end of San Francisco Bay and crashed about five miles NE of Hamilton AFB. Press Telegram, Long Beach, CA, Thur., June, 13, 1963. The A-4B pilot joined on a A-3B Skywarrior that had an unsafe gear indication on the port main gear. The A-4B descended to about 30 feet below the A-3B to make the inspection and was closing very rapidly when the A-4B pilot realized he was much to close. He pushed the stick forward and reduced power and almost immediately felt the shock as the A-4B tail section contacted the bottom of the A-3B nose section. At this point a test pilot in an F-9E joined on the A-4B and informed him that most of the vertical stabilizer, rudder and starboard horizontal stabilizer was missing. In spite of considerable vibration and a severe yaw he was able to maintain control at 225 knots clean and 185 knots with the gear down. He elected to attempt a landing at a nearby AFB. The A-4B made an approach in excess of 200 knots and touchdown at 185 knots. The aircraft immediately started a swerve to the left and became uncontrollable. The pilot added full throttle to initiate a wave-off and ejected over an unpopulated area at 2,000 feet and 225 knots. NAN, Pettibone, March 1964.
20-Mar-63 144880 A-4E
NARF Pensacola



20-Mar-63 144881 A4D-2N
NARF Alameda CA
unknown
20-Mar-63 144886 A4D-2N
NARF Alameda CA
unknown
28-Mar-63 144887 A4D-2
NARF Alameda CA
unknown to NARF Alameda 30 June 1969 from NAS Los Alamitos
11-Apr-63 144890 A4D-2N
NARF Jacksonville

unknown
2-May-63 144892 A-4E
NARF Pensacola
N/A N/A To Israel 06/1972.
20-May-63 144893 A-4E
NARF Pensacola
N/A N/A To Israel 08/1972.
31-May-63 144896 A-4F
NARF Alameda CA
Carroll (rank) Dennis Carroll exited safely after an arrested landing at NAS Alameda when the Lox line burned through on 19 July 1974. After taking off from NAS Alameda (NARF to VA-164) the Fire warning light came on and the cockpit filled with JP fumes burning his eyes and throat. Dennis opened the small door to try and get fresh air and cabin pressure off. Engine & flight controls were OK so jumping into the bay, which had a lot of wind and white caps, was a bad decision from his perspective. By the time he exited  the A-4F the fire crash crews where punching the probes through the tail section. From Dennis Carroll February 2016. 07/31/74 NAS Alameda, 2073 Hours - Status HC1 (non flyable), 11/15/74 VA-164, 2073 Hours - Status IC0 (enroute via surface transportation), 12/24/74 NARF Pensacola, 2073 Hours - Status EH1 (awaiting, non flyable), 03/03/75 NARF Pensacola, 2073 Hours - Status KCF, 03/01/78 NARF Pensacola, 2073 Hours - Status M80 (in storage - damaged - non-flyable), 03/01/78 NARF Pensacola, 2073 Hours - Status 1S0 (SOC Cat 1 damage).
5-Jun-63 144897 TA-4F DA-000 NARF Pensacola FL N/A N/A MALS-32 OA-4M DBR on the ground at MCAS Cherry Point when VMA-231 AV-8A Harrier BuNo 159242, CG-06, crashed. The crash was one of the most spectacular in Harrier history: During a vertical takeoff at Cherry Point, the plane rolled, dropped to the runway, bounced into a ditch, burst into flames, flipped, slid through the SOES hangar and into a parking lot, where it damaged/destroyed 20 vehicles. MALS-32 OA-4M BuNo 154336 was destroyed at Cherry Point after aircraft crashed during VSTOL landing striking parked aircraft/pvm's, 01 May 1980. pilot fatal. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
12-Jun-63 144900 A-4F
NARF Pensacola AL LCdr. Awood LCdr. Michael Awood was killed when his A-4F Skyhawk crashed in a cypress swamp 1.7 miles SE of Foley, AL during a post rework test flight from NAS Pensacola. The pilot radioed that he was in trouble moments before the crash. Tuscaloosa News, Saturday, Jan 27, 1983. LCdr. Michael Atwood, 39, was killed when his A-4F Skyhawk crashed in a cypress swamp 1.7 miles SE of Foley, AL at 10:56 a.m. The plane had been reconditioned at Pensacola's Naval Air Rework Facility. Detroit Free Press, Monday, 31 January, 1983. This aircraft was on a PMCF just out of rework. The aileron trim tab was hooked up backwards and not caught on preflight. The airplane went out of control after the flight control disconnect. Pilot David Awood was killed because his ejection seat was incorrectly installed. From John Patterson. NARF Pensacola A-4F BuNo 154979 was destroyed at Barin Field when aircraft crashed durin PMCF, 28 January 1983. Ejection attempt failed, pilot fally injured. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
12-Jun-63 144902 A-4E
NARF Pensacola


4th MAW, MAG-49 Det. A, S. Weymouth, A-4E BuNo 149972 Class B damage at S. Weymouth when aircraft departed runway during rollout and nose gear collapsed, 13 August 1982. The plane was SOC at NARF Pensacola in June of 1983.
26-Jun-63 144905 A4D-2
NARTU Olathe KS Lt. Jones Lt. Bruce R. Jones was uninjured when the brakes on his A-4B Skyhawk apparently failed and crashed through a barricade at NAS Olathe Friday and broke into flames. Lawrence Daily Journal - World, Lawrence, KS, Saturday, January 29, 1966.
2-Jul-63 144907 A4D-1 6F NARTU6F Jacksonville

unknown
2-Jul-63 144909 A4D-1 6F NARTU6F Jacksonville

unknown
5-Jul-63 144910 A4D-2
NARTU6F Jacksonville FL Capt. Hernacki Capt. Thomas R. Hernacki (USMC) (age 29) disappeared yesterday in rough weather after making a radio check with NAS Jacksonville. The A-4B Skyhawk took off from Patrick AFB at Cape Kennedy on a flight to NAS Memphis. The pilot is attached to NAS Jacksonville. The Orlando Sentinel, Sunday, 03 May 1964. Capt. Thomas R. Hernacki (USMC Res.) was killed when he ejected from his A-4C Skyhawk in a raging thunderstorm that apparently tore holes in his parachute. His body was found in a patch of woods east of Hilliard, FL, yesterday with his chute still attached. Orlando Evening Star, Monday, 04 May 1964. Capt. Thomas R. Hernacki (USMC Res.) was found dead yesterday 5 miles east of Hilliard, FL. Wreckage of his Navy A4 jet was found in a hole of water just off Hwy. 1, six miles from where rescuers discovered his body. The Orlando Sentinel, Monday, 04 May 1964.
5-Jul-63 144911 A4D-2 6F NARTU6F Jacksonville FL Maj. Bryson Maj. Walter Bryson, Flying Gators XO, ended a 10 years and 11 months accident free record Sunday when a landing wheel crumpled on his A4 Skyhawk as he landed at NAS Cecil Field. Bryson pulled his plane back up to a safe altitude and safely ejected after guiding it to crash in a desolate forest. San Antonio Express - Monday, December 4, 1967.
8-Jul-63 144912 A4D-2 6F NARTU6F Jacksonville FL Lt. Kelaghan Lt. Charles "Spanky" Kelaghan, 27, was killed when his A-4 Skyhawk crashed into the St. John's River Sunday while making a landing approach to NAS Cecil Field. Panama City News, Panama City, FL, Monday Morning, October 27, 1969.
10-Jul-63 144920 A4D-2N
NARTU6F Jacksonville

unknown Went to MARTD NY 1 May 1970 and back to NARTU Jacksonville same day and no further flight hours logged after that date. Went to NARF Jacksonville 9 June 1970 from NARTU Jacksonville and was SOC at NARF Jacksonville 02 June 1971
11-Jul-63 144921 A4D-1 6G NARTU6G Alameda CA
unknown
16-Jul-63 144928 A4D-1 6G NARTU6G Alameda CA Capt. Matthews Capt. Leroy Mathews was killed when his A4D Skyhawk crashed in the High Sierras north of Bass Lake in the Strawberry Mine area while on a tactical flight from NAS Alameda. Oakland Tribune, Monday, Oct. 2, 1961 and Thursday, Oct. 5, 1961.
22-Jul-63 144929 A4D-1 6G NARTU6G Alameda CA
unknown
24-Jul-63 144934 A4D-1 6G NARTU6G Alameda CA Capt. Beggin Capt. John P. Beggin was killed when his Skyhawk crashed on landing at NAS Alameda at noon on Sunday. Marine Air Reserve Capt. Beggin was a planner for the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. Santa Cruz Sentinel, Monday, 11 February 1963.
24-Jul-63 144935 A4D-2 6G NARTU6G Alameda TX LCdr. Glather LCdr. W.O. Glather escaped with minor injuries when his A-4B went off the runway on takeoff from El Paso International Airport. The takeoff roll was computed at 7,400 feet and he waited until the lead aircraft was about 1,000 feet down the runway commencing takeoff. He began to rotate at 5,000 feet and 120 knots and retracted the landing gear. As the gear retracted he felt the A-4B vibrate and begin to settle back on the runway and he immediately placed the gear handle down and in a few seconds departed the runway. After skidding several hundred feet both wing tanks were torn away and the aircraft finally dug a wing into a sand dune and came to rest in a flood of JP. The pilot exited the aircraft which had a small fire in the intake ducts. In a few minutes the seat cooked off and fire consumed the aircraft. NAN, Pettibone, June 1964. LCdr. W.O. Glather ejected safely when his Skyhawk lost power on takeoff from International Airport, El Paso, TX, at about 5,000 feet off the east runway at an altitude of 1,000 feet and crashed. El Paso Herald Post, El Paso, TX, Wednesday, July 31, 1963.
29-Jul-63 144938 A4D-2 6G NARTU6G Alameda NV Maj. Waddell Maj. Walter D. Waddell (USMC Reserve) was killed when he crashed and exploded against a mountain in stormy weather 75 miles north of Las Vegas, NV. The Daily Review. Monday, November 4, 1963.
30-Jul-63 144941 A4D-2 6G NARTU6G Alameda CA
unknown
15-Aug-63 144942 A4D-2 6G NARTU6G Alameda CA
unknown
15-Aug-63 144945 A4D-2 6G NARTU6G Alameda CA
unknown
15-Aug-63 144946 A4D-1 6G NARTU6G Alameda CA LCdr. Meader LCdr. Clarence T. Covill (42) and LCdr. Alan L. Meader (34) were killed when their A-4 Skyhawks crashed about 80 feet from each other in rugged terrain 15 miles north of Lake Berryessa Monday night. Both were active duty fliers attached to Alameda Naval Reserve Squadron Two as instructors. They had been on a round robin flight which took them from Alameda to Fort Bragg, CA, Sutcliff, NV, Fallen, NV and back to Alameda. The Daily Review, Hayward, CA, Monday, January 15, 1968 and The Times, San Mateo, CA, Tuesday, January 16, 1968.
15-Aug-63 144955 YA4D-1 6G NARTU6G Alameda CA LCdr. Covill LCdr. Clarence T. Covill (42) and LCdr. Alan L. Meader (34) were killed when their A-4 Skyhawks crashed about 80 feet from each other in rugged terrain 15 miles north of Lake Berryessa Monday night. Both were active duty fliers attached to Alameda Naval Reserve Squadron Two as instructors. They had been on a round robin flight which took them from Alameda to Fort Bragg, CA, Sutcliff, NV, Fallen, NV and back to Alameda. The Daily Review, Hayward, CA, Monday, January 15, 1968 and The Times, San Mateo, CA, Tuesday, January 16, 1968.
18-Aug-63 144958 A4D-2
NARTU6G Alameda CA
unknown No flight hours logged after 19 June 1968. Went to NARF Alameda 15 November 1968 from NARTU Alameda and was SOC NARF Alameda 13 August 1969
19-Aug-63 144959 A4D-1 6G NARTU6G Alameda CA
unknown
19-Aug-63 144962 A4D-1 6G NARTU6G Alameda CA
unknown on display since at the main (north) gate of the former Alameda Naval Air Station
23-Aug-63 144963 YA4D-1 6G NARTU6G Alameda CA
unknown
23-Aug-63 144968 A4D-2N 6G NARTU6G Alameda CA Lt(jg). Yoder Lt(jg). Leo Yoder, 27, (VRF-32) ejected safely at an altitude between 300-400 feet Friday before his A-4 Skyhawk exploded and burned in an open field near the intersection of State College Boulevard and Orangewood Avenue, Anaheim, CA, while ferrying the aircraft from NAS North Island to NAS Los Alamitos. Independent Press-Telegram, Long Beach, CA, Saturday, March 14, 1970 and Star News, Pasadena, CA, Saturday, March 14, 1970.
30-Aug-63 144969 A4D-2N 6G NARTU6G Alameda NM Cdr. Sheppard Cdr. H.I. Sheppard Jr. ejected safely at low altitude from his A-4C Skyhawk before it crashed Tuesday following take-off from Kirtland AFB's east-west runway and was heading east and turning south when the engine failed. Sheppard stayed with the plane trying to restart the engine until just before it crashed on hilly ground south of Sandia Base Headquarters. Albuquerque Journal, Wednesday, July 1, 1970. The Skyhawk was cleared for takeoff on the 12,000+ foot runway with a 5,000 foot elev. and a runway temp of 90 degrees. After rolling about 6,500 feet and reaching 145 knots the Skyhawk became airborne. Acceleration was very slow with a negligible rate of climb; flap retraction speed was not reached and, at 135 knots, the aircraft was slightly descending. The pilot selected full flaps, noted the engine instruments were normal and decided he was on the "backside of the power curve" and ejected at around 300 feet AGL. Post-accident investigation revealed that the plane was 1,400 pounds overweight for the existing temperature and pressure. NAN, Pettibone, October 1971.
10-Sep-63 144970 A4D-2 6M NARTU6M Memphis AR LCdr. Hilkie Cdr. Monroe C. Smith & LCdr. James L. Hilkie from NAS Millington both ejected safely from their A-4B Skyhawks Monday after the planes went into spiral dives under icing conditions during a thunderstorm and crashed about 21 miles southwest of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, near Okolona en route to a refueling stop at Webb AFB, Big Springs, TX. Northwest Arkansas Times, Tuesday, June 15, 1965. The two A-4's departed the mid-west NAS on a point-to-point IFR plan with a weather briefing advising of scattered thunderstorms enroute with tops of 25,000 feet. During climb out IFR conditions were encountered and the flight level was progressively raised from FL 280 to FL 350 and finally to FL 390. In IFR conditions at FL 390 both canopies frosted over and in a very few minutes the leader noted his DME and radio were out and the altimeter was unwinding. At about the same time the wingman's gyro horizon and TACAN went off. As the leader descended, the wingman decided to separate and go on partial panel, but neither pilot regained control and both ejected. NAN, Pettibone September 1965.
11-Sep-63 144973 A4D-2 6M NARTU6M Memphis AR Cdr. Smith Cdr. Monroe C. Smith & LCdr. James L. Hilkie from NAS Millington both ejected safely from their A-4B Skyhawks Monday after the planes went into spiral dives under icing conditions during a thunderstorm and crashed about 21 miles southwest of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, near Okolona en route to a refueling stop at Webb AFB, Big Springs, TX. Northwest Arkansas Times, Tuesday, June 15, 1965. Cdr. Monroe C. Smith & LCdr. James L. Hilkie from NAS Millington both ejected safely from their A-4B Skyhawks Monday after the planes went into spiral dives under icing conditions during a thunderstorm and crashed about 21 miles southwest of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, near Okolona en route to a refueling stop at Webb AFB, Big Springs, TX. Northwest Arkansas Times, Tuesday, June 15, 1965. The two A-4's departed the mid-west NAS on a point-to-point IFR plan with a weather briefing advising of scattered thunderstorms enroute with tops of 25,000 feet. During climb out IFR conditions were encountered and the flight level was progressively raised from FL 280 to FL 350 and finally to FL 390. In IFR conditions at FL 390 both canopies frosted over and in a very few minutes the leader noted his DME and radio were out and the altimeter was unwinding. At about the same time the wingman's gyro horizon and TACAN went off. As the leader descended, the wingman decided to separate and go on partial panel, but neither pilot regained control and both ejected. NAN, Pettibone September 1965.
12-Sep-63 144975 A4D-2 6M NARTU6M Memphis FL LCdr. Schloredt LCdr. David Louis Schloredt, 39, of Huntsville, was killed when his Navy jet crashed 3 miles S of NAS Jacksonville Saturday. The right wing and a belly tank were found in the muddy St. Johns River Sunday after a Navy helicopter spotted an oil slick in one of the rivers widest spots in the approximate location radar contact was lost. The pilot, on a routine training flight from NAS Memphis to NAS Pensacola, had completed one practice approach and was commencing the second when radio and radar contact was lost at 10:40 p.m. The Orlando Sentinel, Monday, 01 May 1967.
12-Sep-63 144978 A4D-1 6S NARTU6S Norfolk VA Lt. Faubion Lt. John M. Faubion, 28, (USNR) was killed Wednesday when his parachute failed to open after a low - level ejection from his crippled A-4 Skyhawk jet. Faubion's jet apparently had control difficulties which worsened as he approached Oceana. The Progress-Index, Thursday, October 26, 1967. An A-4 Skyhawk crashed while landing on the main runway at Oceana. The pilot ejected but was killed. The Virginian-Pilot, 07 April 2012.
2-Oct-63 144982 A4D-2 7E NARTU7E Twin Cities MN N/A N/A A fire Tuesday at the NAS Minneapolis hangar destroyed a Navy A-4B aircraft and caused extensive damage to the hangar. One workman was injured in the fire, which was caused when a gas tank being repaired exploded. The Daily Telegram, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1964.
25-Oct-63 144983 A4D-2 7E NARTU7E Twin Cities MN LCdr. Jantscher LCdr. Hubert N. Jantscher, 31, was killed when his A-4B Skyhawk crashed and exploded Sunday as he was bringing it down for a landing at the Naval Air Station, World Chamberlain Field. After hitting ground it crunched under the steel framework for the ILS beacons, plowed into a metal shed behind the beacons and shattered when the fuel exploded. Fergus Falls (MN) Daily Journal, Monday, April 27, 1964 & Winona Daily News, Winona, MN, Monday, April 17, 1964.
3-Nov-63 144983 A4D-2 7E NARTU7E Twin Cities SD Cdr. Carter Cdr. Allen W. Cater, 33, parachuted to safety Sunday moments before his A-4B Skyhawk crashed five miles SW of Fargo, SD, when his controls malfunctioned during a landing approach. Winona Daily News, Winona, MN, March 13, 1967.
8-Nov-63 144984 A4D-1 7L NARTU7L Los Alamitos

unknown
5-Dec-63 144987 A4D-2
NARTU7L Los Alamitos n/a LCdr Johnson LCdr. Milton Johnson, 35, in A-4B BuNo 142922 landed safely Saturday after a midair collision in the middle of the NAS Los Alamitos landing pattern. Joseph Pascal Niens, 42, a disabled student pilot, was killed after the tail of his single engine Ercoupe 415C, N3062H, was sheared off. Niens had taken off from Fullerton shortly before and had requested landing instructions from the tower at Orange Co. Airport. The collision occurred at 12.25 p.m. over Westminster, six miles SE of NAS Alamitos, as two Navy Reserve A4D's piloted by Johnson and LCdr. L.W. Asquith approached the airfield. Johnson said he did not see the Ercoupe and the only thing he felt was a slight bump. The collision caused slight damage to his wings and flaps and he was uninjured. Independent Press, Sunday, 17 May 1964.
7-Dec-63 144991 A4D-2 7L NARTU7L Los Alamitos CA Capt. Moffett Capt. J. H. Moffett, 31, (Marine Reserve) ejected safely when his A-4B Skyhawk clipped a row of trees on takeoff from NAS Los Alamitos in heavy fog yesterday and plunged into Yellowtail Drive in Rossmoor, a densely populated residential area in Orange County, 30 miles south of Los Angeles, CA. Oakland Tribune, Fri., Dec. 16, 1966.
11-Dec-63 144992 A4D-1 7L NARTU7L Los Alamitos CA LCdr. Shirey LCdr. Ralph E. Shirey, 31, (USNR) was killed when his powerless Skyhawk crashed on a stubble field about 350 yards southwest of the San Diego Freeway, a mile from Bay Boulevard Wednesday, seconds after takeoff from NAS Los Alamitos. Press-Telegram, Thursday, January 11, 1968.
30-Dec-63 144993 A4D-2 7L NARTU7L Los Alamitos CA
unknown
3-Jan-64 144997 A4D-2 7R NARTU7R New York

unknown
6-Jan-64 144998 A4D-2 7R NARTU7R New York

unknown
7-Jan-64 145002 A4D-2 7R NARTU7R New York FL Lt. Nedelsky Lt. Michael Nedelsky, 29, killed Monday when his jet plane crashed on a runway at NAS Cecil moments after he radioed that smoke was in the cabin of his A-4B Skyhawk. Mt Vernon Register News, Wednesday, July 19, 1967.
13-Jan-64 145004 A4D-2N 7R NARTU7R New York FL Lt. Peterson Lt. Harold “Pete” Peterson was killed after a flameout in the FCLP pattern at OLF Whitehouse. He was found still in his seat after the unsuccessful ejection. From Skip Wood.
15-Jan-64 145005 A4D-2
NARTU7V Glenview IL Capt. Ferree Capt. Charles R. Ferree, 30, (USMC) escaped with facial burns from his A-4D Skyhawk Sunday moments before it exploded after an unsuccessful takeoff attempt at NAS Glenview. Daily Herald, Tuesday, September 3, 1964, Chicago, IL.
31-Jan-64 145006 A4D-2
NARTU7V Glenview

unknown
4-Feb-64 145007 A4D-1 7V NARTU7V Glenview IL Lt. Reinders Lt. William T. Reinders (VA-727) lost power & crashed on takeoff from NAS Glenview and crashed into a home in Glenview, IL. His parachute did not open after he ejected and suffered a broken arm and leg. The Daily Telegram, Eau Claire, WI, Monday, July 8, 1968.
5-Feb-64 145009 A4D-2 7X NARTU7X New Orleans NV Lt. Patterson Lt. Vincent D(eWitt) Patterson, 33, (USNR) was killed when his A-4B Skyhawk crashed about 12 miles east of Nellis AFB while on a cross-country flight to Nellis from NAS New Orleans. Reno Evening Gazette, March 6, 1964. The pilot was on a routine cross-country IFR training flight and was cleared IFR at 31,000 feet. Very shortly after takeoff he cancelled his IFR reporting a compass malfunction and stated he would proceed VFR. Approximately an hour later he requested and received a change of flight plan and filed for an enroute time of 2 hours with 2 hours 30 minutes of fuel remaining. One hour and 20 minutes later he requested the winds at 35,000 and 40,000 feet. Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes after refiling he contacted the destination control tower and told them he was 15 minutes out, requested landing instructions, reported fluctuating fuel pressure and asked for a DF steer. Some ten minutes after initial contact the pilot informed the tower he was passing through 9,000 feet and a short time later the plane crashed nine miles east of the base. The pilot ejected at an estimated altitude of 10 feet, NAN Pettibone August 1964.
7-Feb-64 145010 A4D-2 7Z NARTU7Z S. Weymouth TX Lt. Hamft Lt. Robert Hamft broke both legs and received internal injuries when he ejected from his burning A4D over the Hueco Mountains late yesterday enroute from Lemoore to Dallas. The A4D exploded after he ejected and the wreckage landed 17 miles east of the Hueco Inn on U.S. Highway 62-180. El Paso Herald-Post, Tuesday, July 30, 1963.
11-Feb-64 145014 A4D-2 7Z NARTU7Z S. Weymouth NY Lt. Gerety Lt. William Gerety, 29, (USNR) of Marshfield, MA ejected safely when his A-4B Skyhawk plummeted into an open space in the NYC transit authority train yards in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn. Kingsport Times, Friday, September 13, 1963 & Bennington Banner, Monday, March 8, 1965.
20-Feb-64 145015 A4D-2 7Z NARTU7Z S. Weymouth MA Lt. Gerety Lt. William H. Gerety Jr., 31, died late Sunday when his VA-911 A-4B Skyhawk crashed and burned during radar ground control approach landing at NAS South Weymouth after he landed in soft mud 80 feet short of the runway and the nose gear collapsed. The plane skidded across the runway and burst into flames. Bennington Banner, Monday, March 8, 1965.
3-Mar-64 145018 YA4D-1
NAS Alameda CA
unknown DBR 25 Jan. 1961
5-Mar-64 145019 A4D-2
NAS Jacksonville FL Lt. McKay Lt. Robert W. McKay, 30, Jacksonville, ejected successfully and parachuted into an open area near Green Cove Springs after his jet plane developed engine trouble yesterday. The Orlando Sentinel, Friday, 23 June 1961.
6-Mar-64 145020 A4D-2N
NAS Lemoore CA Lt(jg). Kramer Lt(jg) Henry E. Kramer, 25, ejected safely when his A4D2 Skyhawk crashed in a field six miles west of NAS Lemoore Wednesday. Eureka Humboldt Standard, Thursday, 07 December 1961.
9-Mar-64 145023 A4D-2
NAS Lemoore CA Lt(jg). Boyders Lt(jg). Lowell J. Boyders, 23, of VA-125 at NAS Lemoore, was in fair condition in nearby Lemoore Naval Air Station Hospital after bailing out of his A4D Skyraider jet fighter Wednesday. The Lancaster (0.). Eagle-Gazette, Thursday, March I5, 1962
27-Mar-64 145024 YA4D-1 7L NAS Los Alamitos

unknown
8-Apr-64 145025 A4D-1 6F NAS Jacksonville FL Lt. Stephenson Lt. George Stephenson, 27, (USNR) suffered a fractured shoulder, back injury and cuts when he had trouble with his A4D Skyhawk controls during a training flight and landed on a barbed wire fence in Suwannee county after he ejected. Ocala Star-Banner, Monday, September 17, 1962.
11-Apr-64 145026 A4D-2
NAS Lemoore CA
unknown
11-Apr-64 145027 A4D-2N
NAS Patuxent KY Cdr. Craney Cdr. Loran Craney, 42, NAS Patuxent River, MD, ejected safely Friday when his A-4C Skyhawks engine froze up on a cross-country flight & crashed into a mountaintop south of Williamsburg, KY, on the Tennessee-Kentucky line. Mount Vernon Register-News, Mount Vernon, IL, Saturday, October 24, 1964.
13-Apr-64 145032 A-4E
NAS Cubi Point
LCdr. Miles LCdr John I. Miles (VA-163) ejected from A-4E BuNo 151085 en-route from NAS Cubi Point to Vietnam - engine fire following refuel.
13-Apr-64 145036 A4D-2 7L NAS Los Alamitos CA Cdr. Bethel Cdr. Edward L. Bethel, 36, ejected successfully from his A-4B which crashed in an open field while coming in for a landing at NAS Los Alamitos Saturday. The New Mexican, Santa Fe, NM, Sunday, January, 8, 1967.
26-Apr-64 145037 A4D-2 7Z VMA-322 S. Weymouth CN Capt. Perlin Capt. Stephen J. Perlin, 26, (Marine Reserve) pilot was killed Saturday when his A-4B Skyhawk crashed into woods on training maneuvers at East Lyme, CN. Nashua Telegraph, Nashua, NH, Monday, June 5, 1967.
29-Apr-64 145039 A4D-2 7V NAS Glenview IL LCdr. Bryant LCdr. H. Donald Bryant, 33, safely ejected from his fiery A-4B Skyhawk jet Thursday night and landed 15 miles from where the $1 million craft plummeted to earth and exploded in a cornfield near Lindenwood, IL. Freeport Journal-Standard, Fri. Sept. 22, 1967.
2-May-64 145040 A4D-2 7L NAS Los Alamitos CA Lt. Boch Lt. Ronald C. Boch, 30, ejected safely after smoke began billowing from his A-4 Skyhawks engine and crashed 24 miles SW of San Diego Saturday. Independent Press-Telegram, Long Beach, CA, Sunday, Jan. 12, 1969.,
6-May-64 145042 A4D-2 7L NAS Los Alamitos CA Lt. Jewell Lt. Wesley Wayne Jewell, 26, was killed when his A-4 Skyhawk blew a tire while doing touch-and-gos at NALF Crows Landing and flipped on its side and burst into flames. Jewell was on a routine flight from NAS Los Alamitos to NAS Moffett Field via Crows Landing when the accident occurred yesterday. The Modesto Bee, Friday, 4 July 1969. Buzz Jewell was killed in a reserve Skyhawk from NAS Alameda while performing dirty aileron rolls after liftoff from touch-and-goes at an outlying field. He completed the first four successfully while a friend stood alongside the runway shooting pictures. On the fifth, he dragged a wingtip, crashed, and burned. Unconfirmed.
8-May-64 145044 A4D-2 7V-28 NAS Glenview

unknown
11-May-64 145045 A4D-2 7R NAS New York FL
Cunningham Jerry Cunningham Saratoga 1964-6 my brother-in-law, died the fall of '69, on approach to Pensacola as described, while flying a Skyhawk out of New York! I picked up his remains at Houston International He is buried in Houston He was working as flight engineer for American at the time! Clarence Buel cabuel@charter.net
13-May-64 145048 A4D-2
NAS New Orleans AZ Lt, Bertsch Lt. William Bertsch, 27, ejected safely from his jet at 400 feet waiting until he was open field last night with his seat coming to rest about 100 feet from the impact site. His 4CB (sic) slammed down only yards from a cluster of homes at Gardner Lane and Miller Ave. at the N end of the Freeway Airport. He was on final for Davis-Monthan AFB after a flight from San Diego. Tucson Daily Citizen, 27 November 1969.
16-May-64 145049 YA4D-1
NATC Patuxent MD Lt. Long Lt. John O. O. Long Jr. was killed when his plane lost power in the break for runway 9.
21-May-64 145050 A4D-2
NATC Patuxent

unknown requested accident report 25 January 2013 GV.
5-Jun-64 145051 A4D-2
NATC Patuxent MD LCdr. Nichols LCdr. William Joseph Nichols A4D was presumed to have crashed yesterday in the Chesapeake Bay after a takeoff from NAS Patuxent. Search planes sighted an oil slick, a fuel tank and a pilot's helmet in the bay about 1.5 miles from the station. Evening Times, Cumberland, MD, Friday, January 30, 1959.
10-Jun-64 145054 A4D-2N
NATC Patuxent MD LCdr. Switzer LCdr. John Lamar Switzer, 34, was killed yesterday when his A4D Skyhawk crashed into Chesapeake Bay while he was making an approach for a landing at NAS Patuxent. The Capital, Annapolis, MD., Monday, November 23, 1959.
24-Jun-64 145055 A4D-5
NATC Patuxent VA Lt. Augustine Lt. Grant Augustine III, 32, (Navy Air Test Center at Patuxent, MD) ejected safely yesterday from his A-4E Skyhawk after it developed engine trouble and crashed in a Richmond County soybean field. The Bee, Danville, VA, Thursday, July 11, 1963. Lt. Grant Augustine III, 32, (Navy Air Test Center at Patuxent, MD) ejected safely yesterday and landed some 10 miles from his A-4E Skyhawk after it developed engine trouble and crashed in a Richmond County soybean field scattering fragments and burning fuel along its path. The Skyhawk bounced across a side road, tore a swath in some trees beyond and tore out power lines when it hit within a quarter mile of about a dozen rural homes on VA 619 about a half mile E of Emmerton, VA. Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Thursday, July 11, 1963.
24-Jun-64 145060 A4D-2
NATC Patuxent
Lt. Seaman Lt. Roy Seaman, 29, was killed when his A-4C Skyhawk crashed in a marshy area, not far from the Blackwater Migratory Bird Refuge. The Salisbury Times, Friday, October 30, 1964.
25-Jun-64 145062 A4D-5
NATC Patuxent VA Cdr. Kastner Cdr. T.M. Kastner based at NAS Patuxent River ejected safely from his disabled aircraft Saturday and splashed down into waist-deep water of the Rappahannock River not far upstream from where his Navy jet aircraft had plunged into the water near Weems, VA. A young woman on a pier heard the splash and looked up to see the pilot, about 50 yards away, gathering in his parachute. All she could say was "Good morning" and Kastner casually replied "Good morning." Bluefield Daily Telegraph Monday, 30 November 1964, Bluefield, WV. requested accident report 25 January 2013 GV.
5-Aug-64 145063 A-4E
NATC Patuxent MD Lt. Griggs Lt. S.D. Griggs, 30, ejected safely from his A-4 Skyhawk over Solomons Island when the engine failed on takeoff from NATC Patuxent on a cross country flight to NAS New York. The Daily Times, Salisbury, MD, Thurs., Jan. 1, 1970.
13-Aug-64 145066 A-4E
NATC Patuxent

unknown requested accident report 25 January 2013 GV.
19-Aug-64 145070 NTA-4F
NATC Patuxent

unknown requested accident report 25 January 2013 GV.
27-Aug-64 145072 YA4D-5
NATC Patuxent MD Maj. Vermaire Maj. P.J. Vermaire, 34, (USAF) was killed Wednesday afternoon when his Navy A-4 jet plunged into the Chesapeake Bay off Deal Island while on a routine training mission. The Daily Times, Salisbury, MD, Thursday, October 24, 1974
31-Aug-64 145075 A-4F
NATC Patuxent MD Lt. Chalke Lt. George Chalke ejected safely after his A-4 Skyhawk apparently malfunctioned just six minutes into a routine training flight Sunday and exploded, crashed and burned in a field near Drawbridge, MD. The Daily Times, Salisbury, MD, Monday, April 26, 1976. Lt. George P. Chalke ejected safely Sunday before his A-4 Skyhawk crashed and burned in Dorchester County during a post-maintenance check flight. Chalke landed in a tree and was picked up by a helicopter crew. Cumberland News, Monday, 26 April 1976.
31-Aug-64 145079 TA-4J
NATC Patuxent MD Lt. Patterson Lt. John B. Patterson and civilian photographer Randy Hepp of McDonnell Aircraft Co ejected safely from their TA-4 Skyhawk when a wing was torn off by a bomb rack jettisoned from a FA-18 Hornet over Chesapeake Bay, MD. Newspaper Archive, October 13, 1981 and November 8, 1981. NATC Sys. Eng. Tst. Dir. was destroyed at Patuxent River when aircraft was struck by jettisoned Ver. and crashed at sea, 30 September 1981. Crew ejected. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
2-Sep-64 145080 YA4D-1
NATF Lakehurst

unknown requested accident report 25 January 2013 GV.
6-Sep-64 145081 A4D-2
NATFSI Lakehurst
Lt. unknown Lt. (Unknown) survived an aborted takeoff in which he ran off the end of runway 24 and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
24-Sep-64 145084 A-4E 24 NFWS Miramar AZ Lt. Garland Lt. Michael Garland ejected safely after a mid-air collision near Yuma between his NAS Miramar based A-4 Skyhawk and VMFA-251 F-4J Phantom DW-13 from MCAS Beaufort. The Phantoms RIO (Capt. L. S. Strickland) ejected safely and the unknown pilot (Capt. George Ladd) was killed. The Stars and Stripes, February 19, 1976. Casa Grande Dispatch, Wednesday, February 18, 1976.
29-Sep-64 145085 A-4E
NFWS Miramar CA Lt. Chanik Lt. Evan Martin Chanik, 26, ejected safely when his A-4 Skyhawk crashed into the Pacific Ocean about 80 kilometers west of San Diego near San Clemente Island. Winnipeg Free Press, Tuesday, March 28, 1978 and The Stars and Stripes Thursday, 30 March, 1978.
30-Sep-64 145086 A-4E 553 NFWS Miramar AZ Cdr. Campbell Cdr. Jay Campbell, 37, of Arcadia, CA, assigned to NFWS Miramar ejected safely from his A-4E Skyhawk when it crashed about 1 pm Thursday during a routine training mission over a restricted range target area near MCAS Yuma (115 miles east of NAS Miramar). Arizona Republic, Friday, 14 January 1983. NFWS A-4E BuNo 149969 was destroyed at Yuma when aircraft crashed following catastrophic engine failure, 13 January 1983. Pilot ejected. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
6-Oct-64 145087 NA-4F
NFWS Miramar CA LCdr. O'Connor LCdr. Stanley R. O'Connor, 37, Top Gun flight instructor, was approaching Miramar after a routine flight when he radioed the air traffic control tower that the single-seat attack jet was losing power and ejected safely before his A-4 Skyhawk jet crashed six miles east of NAS Miramar on Thursday. LA Times, December 01, 1989. NFWS NA-4F BuNo 152101 was destroyed at Miramar after PMCF aircraft problems forced pilot to eject. 30 November 1989. 0 fatalities. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
10-Oct-64 145088 A-4M 55 NFWS Miramar AZ
unknown unknown pilot ejected safely when his NAS Miramar based A-4M Skyhawk crashed on the Barry Goldwater Air Force Range about 45 miles NE of Yuma while on a on a training mission. Arizona Daily Star, October 29, 1992. NFWS A-4M BuNo 160034 was destroyed at Yuma when aircraft crashed in military ops area. 28 October 1992. Pilot ejected. 0 fatalities. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
17-Oct-64 145089 A4D-2N
NPTR El Centro CA

SOC June 1976, to Republic of Singapore AF as A-4SU 939
17-Oct-64 145090 A4D-2
NTPS Patuxent MD F/L Burrows Flight Lt. R.S. Burrows (British training pilot) parachuted safely from his A-4 Skyhawk training jet today and escaped without injury although his plane exploded and crashed into the Nanlicoke River area. The Daily Times, Salisbury, MD, Friday May 8, 1970.
22-Oct-64 145091 TA-4J
NTPS Patuxent MD Lt. Jewett Lt. Carlton B. Jewett and Richard M. Prevatt ejected safely before their TA-4 Skyhawk jet plunged into the water near Bloodsworth Island in Chesapeake Bay, MD, Friday. The Capital, Sat., Feb. 19, 1983. Lt. Carlton B. Jewett and Richard M. Prevatt ejected safely before their TA-4 Skyhawk jet plunged into the frigid waters of Chesapeake Bay near Bloodsworth Island. Frederick News Post, 19 February 1983. NATC Sys Eng Tst Dir TA-4J BuNo 155119 was destroyed at Patuxent River when aircraft departed controlled flight during aerobatic maneuver, 18 February 1983. Crew ejected. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
23-Oct-64 145093 TA-4F
NWC China Lake CA Lt. Oxford Lt. Wayne T. Oxford ejected safely and the back seater Lt. Bill Weiler was severely injured, impacted the runway while simulating flame-out approaches
28-Oct-64 145094 TA-4F
NWC China Lake VA Cdr. Miller Cdr. Ron Miller and Maj. Tom White, USMC, ejected safely and parachuted into a clump of trees seconds before their TA-4 Skyhawk nose-dived into the ground off Route 623 near Helmet in King and Queen County at 4:55 p.m. The project pilots are assigned to NWC China Lake, CA and had just taken off from NATC Patuxent en route to China Lake via Little Rock, AR. Daily Press (Newport News, VA), Thursday, 07 November 1985. Cdr. Ron Miller and Maj. Tom White, USMC, safely ejected after a loud explosion and the aircraft went out of control at 14,000 feet 30 miles east of Richmond, VA on departure from NATC Patuxent. NWC China Lake NTA-4J BuNo 152848 was destroyed at Richmond when aircraft became uncontrollable following inflight explosion. 06 November 1985. Aircrew ejected. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
3-Nov-64 145095 A4D-2
O&R NAS Quonset VA Lt(jg). Anderson Lt(jg). Ralph Walker Anderson, 24, of Orlando, was killed yesterday in the crash landing of his A4D-2 Bantam jet bomber. The Navy said that Anderson radioed that his plane was losing power and he would attempt to land it in a clearing about four miles S of Fentress, VA, near an Aux. Field of NAS Oceana. Andersons plane landed wheels up, skidded across a highway and stopped in the yard 60 feet away from a rural home. Orlando Evening Star, Wednesday, 19 February 1958.
12-Nov-64 145096 A4D-1
O&R Alameda CA
unknown
13-Nov-64 145097 A4D-1
O&R Alameda CA
unknown 06 Jan 59 VA-125?
21-Nov-64 145098 A4D-1
O&R Alameda CA
unknown
23-Nov-64 145100 A4D-2
O&R Quonset Point

unknown
28-Nov-64 145102 A4D-2
O&R Quonset Point

unknown SOC October 1965 no records after June 1965
1-Dec-64 145104 A4D-2N
Pool Patuxent
Maj. Bacas. Maj George Augustus Bacas. Survived 90 deg. cross wind landing - A/C stricken
29-Dec-64 145105 A-4F 873 RAN Nowra NSW SBlt. DerKinderen SBlt. Tony DerKinderen ejected over water and was recovered by RAAF helicopter 20 nm east of RAAF Williamstown NSW after Turbine shroud failure. RAN ejection number 7.
30-Dec-64 145107 A-4G 889 RAN HMAS Melbourne
SBlt. Evans SBlt. Barry Evans remained in the aircraft while the ship passed overhead and freed himself underwater after a catapult failure while launching from HMAS Melbourne during multinational exercise near Singapore. Picked up by helicopter.
7-Feb-65 145109 TA-4F 879 RAN Nowra
Lt. McMillan Lt. R. McMillan was killed when he crashed into sea 64Km NE of Nowra during mock attack on HMAS Melbourne.
8-Feb-65 145111 A-4F 872 RAN Nowra NSW SBlt. McCoy SBlt. Malcolm McCoy (872) was killed and LCdr. Grahame S. "Dusty" King, CO VF805 (870) landed into NAS Nowra arrestor gear after hydraulics failure and nose-wheel collapse after colliding near Beecroft Head Firing Range, NSW. Both were part of a 4-ship flight conducting bombing practice at the range when 872 pulled up off the range into the underside of 870.
11-Feb-65 145115 A-4F 870 RAN Nowra NSW SBlt. Tomlinson SBlt. C. Tomlinson ejected and was rescued by RAAF helicopter after a turbine failure/engine fire 24Km SE of Braidwood, NSW. RAN ejection number 8. The Engine was picked up by Wessex N7-200 on a 150 foot strap and return to Nowra.
17-Feb-65 145117 A-4G 888 RAN HMAS Melbourne NSW LCdr. Finan LCdr. K. Finan, USN exchange pilot, ejected and was rescued unhurt by the SAR Wessex & returned onboard HMAS Melbourne after the arrestor wire broke/parted during landing and went over the side of HMAS Melbourne 90Km east of Jervis Bay, NSW. The alert rescue Sea King (N16-098 / 01) suffered a tail-rotor failure and ditched by HMAS Melbourne before it was able to retrieve the pilot of the A-4. A second Sea King performed the recovery of both crews. RAN Ejection number 9.
20-Feb-65 145123 A-4G 886 RAN HMAS Melbourne
N/A N/A Aircraft came free from chains when being repositioned and rolled off the deck when HMAS Melbourne suddenly rolled 20 degrees to starboard during a storm 355km east of Australia. Maintenance sailor in cockpit ABATWL Eric R. Krenn suffered lacerations but managed to get clear and was thrown a lifebuoy and joined in water by diver. Both picked up by HMAS Hobart (DDG 39).
25-Feb-65 145124 TA-4F 878 RAN Nowra NSW Lt. Sinclair Lt. Andy Sinclair, 27, ejected and was picked up by RAN helicopter uninjured after engine failure 5 Km south of Nowra while in landing circuit (downwind) at 1,000' for Runway 26 at HMAS Albatross. RAN ejection number 10.
27-Feb-65 145125 A-4F 875 RAN HMAS Melbourne
LCdr. Blennerhasset LCdr. Clive Blennerhasset ejected at low level with only minor injuries when the engine failed immediately following catapult launch from HMAS Melbourne, Andaman Sea, 35 nm north of Sumatra, Indonesia. RAN ejection number 11.
28-Feb-65 145126 A-4G 885 RAN HMAS Melbourne
SBlt. Baddams SBlt. David Baddams ejected and was picked up by RAN helicopter with minor injuries after catapult failure and premature hold back failure 200km SW of Columbo Sri Lanka on launch from HMAS Melbourne. RAN ejection number 12.
3-Mar-65 145128 A4D-2
RDT&E Quonset Point RI Lt. Richardson Lt. Phillip Guy Richardson (31), Navy test pilot, was killed Tuesday when his A-4B Skyhawk crashed in Narragansett Bay just short of the runway at NAS Quonset Point, RI. Owosso Argus-Press, Wednesday, January 26, 1966.
7-Mar-65 145130 A4D-2N
RDT&E Warminster

unknown requested accident report 25 January 2013 GV.
7-Mar-65 145134 A-4PTM
RMAF Malaysia
Lt. Asri Lt. Udara Khairil Asri ejected safely when his RMAF Sixth Squadron A-4 Skyhawk skidded off the runway while trying to land at the Royal Malaysian Air Base in Kauntan while on a routine circuit and landing exercise today. New Straits Times, Tuesday, 24 September 1985.
One A-4PTM Skyhawk crashed in RMAF Kuantan. The aircraft developed engine problems on landing and the aircraft skidded off runway while landing at air base. Wings torn away and aircraft exploded. The pilot Lt (U) Khairil Asri bin Baharin ejected at low level and safely landed on the runway.
7-Mar-65 145136 A-4PTM
RMAF Malaysia
Lt. Amin Lt. Wahi Anuar Mat Amin, 30, is still missing after his Skyhawk crashed in the South China Sea on June 24 while on a training flight from Labuan to Kuantan. New Straits Times, October 1, 1988.
9-Mar-65 145137 A-4PTM
RMAF Malaysia

unknown unknown pilot was killed when his A-4 Skyhawk crashed in September 1988
18-Mar-65 145138 A-4PTM
RMAF Malaysia
Capt. Mues Capt. Abdul Mues, 27, ejected safely when his Skyhawk developed engine problems and crashed in the South China Sea. It was the second Skyhawk crash in less than a week and the fifth since 1984 and as a result the remaining 35 Skyhawks have been grounded for checks. Williamson Daily News, October 4, 1988.
22-Mar-65 145140 A-4PTM
RMAF Malaysia
Maj. Keong Maj. Ong Cher Keong with the RMAF Ninth Squadron was killed when his Skyhawk crashed into a mountain in low clouds while leading a two plane formation. New Straits Times, August 15, 1990.
26-Mar-65 145142 TA4-PTM
RMAF Malaysia Kauntan
unknown unknown pilots ejected safely when their Sixth Squadron TA4-PTM trainer crashed at Kuantan RMAF airbase on July 30. New Straits Times, August 12, 1992.
28-Mar-65 145143 TA4-PTM
RMAF Malaysia
Maj. Duad Maj. Suri Mohamad Duad and unknown student pilot ejected safely ejected safely when their Sixth Squadron TA4-PTM trainer crashed over Bukit Range in Pahang State.
29-Mar-65 145144 A-4K NZ6207 RNZAF Ohakea Ohakea W/Cdr. Kinvig Wing Commander F. Kinvig ejected safely, but broke leg on landing. Crashed one mile N of Ohakea after engine failure caused by oil pump failure.
3-Apr-65 145145 TA-4K NZ6253 RNZAF
Ruahine Ranges F/L Dick F/L J.N. Dick killed, crashed Ruahine ranges 25m SE Taihape, North Island, NZ.
7-Apr-65 147670 A-4K NZ6210 RNZAF Ohakea Ohakea F/O Carter F/O G.T. Carter killed after collision with NZ6211 during "Kiwi Red" practice. Crashed Ohakea.
7-Apr-65 147672 A-4K NZ6208 RNZAF
Wairarapa Coast F/O Armour F/O S. Armour ejected safely after a flame out caused by fuel transfer problems. Aircraft crashed off Wairarapa, SE coast of the North Island.
8-Apr-65 147676 A-4K NZ6203 RNZAF Ohakea Ohakea F/L Fraser F/L A. Fraser ejected safely when his aircraft crashed 10km N of Ohakea after engine failed due to total loss of oil pressure and as pilot attempted to return from cross country.
9-Apr-65 147677 A-4K NZ6211 RNZAF
Nowra S/L Nielson Squadron Leader Murray Neilson, 37, was killed when his Skyhawk (NZ6211) crashed near HMAS Albatross, near Nowra, NSW, on 16 February 2001 while practicing a plugged barrel roll with NZ6213 hooked up. At the apex of the barrel roll the aircraft did not maintain the correct roll attitude that commenced at a lower than planned altitude led to insufficient height to recover the maneuver. Neilson's shouted warning allowed Sqn. Ldr. Easthope to safely recover the dive.
20-Apr-65 147679 A-4S
RSAF Singapore Singapore Lta. Hoong Lta. Chong Khal Hoong, ejected safely at low level before his Skyhawk jet plunged into the Chanji Creek soon after take-off from the Chanel airbase.
20-Apr-65 147680 A-4S
RSAF Singapore S. China Sea
unknown unknown pilot of a Singapore A-4S Skyhawk on a training flight was missing after his A-4S crashed into the South China Sea northeast of Singapore Monday, Pacific Stars & Stripes, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1976
11-May-65 147682 A-4
RSAF Singapore S. China Sea
unknown unknown pilot was believed killed after his Singapore Air Force Skyhawk crashed into the sea about 10 miles south of Singapore today. The ministry said the plane was on a training flight. It was the second aircraft of the Singapore Air Force to crash this month. The Herald, Provo. UT, Tuesday, August 31. 1976.
12-May-65 147683 TA-4S
RSAF Singapore Singapore
unknown unknown pilot and copilot ejected safely before their Singapore Air Force Skyhawk trainer aircraft crashed in a poultry farm destroying a farmhouse and 8,000 chickens, police said. Pacific Stars and Stripes, Saturday, February 4, 1978.
19-May-65 147684 A-4
RSAF Singapore P.I.
unknown Four Singaporean pilots aboard three Skyhawk aircraft were killed after they crashed on Mount Demahonte in Aurora Province 95 miles NE of Manila. The three Skyhawks were part of a squadron of Singapore Air Force planes engaged in training in the Philippines with the help of the U.S. Air Force at Clark AB and were on their way from Clark to the Crow Valley Bombing Range near the base. Pacific Stars and Stripes, Saturday, December 22, 1979 and Pacific Stars and Stripes, Friday, January 4, 1980
21-May-65 147686 A-4
RSAF Singapore P.I.
unknown Four Singaporean pilots aboard three Skyhawk aircraft were killed after they crashed on Mount Demahonte in Aurora Province 95 miles NE of Manila. The three Skyhawks were part of a squadron of Singapore Air Force planes engaged in training in the Philippines with the help of the U.S. Air Force at Clark AB and were on their way from Clark to the Crow Valley Bombing Range near the base. Pacific Stars and Stripes, Saturday, December 22, 1979 and Pacific Stars and Stripes, Friday, January 4, 1980
2-Jun-65 147688 TA-4S
RSAF Singapore P.I.
unknown Four Singaporean pilots aboard three Skyhawk aircraft were killed after they crashed on Mount Demahonte in Aurora Province 95 miles NE of Manila. The three Skyhawks were part of a squadron of Singapore Air Force planes engaged in training in the Philippines with the help of the U.S. Air Force at Clark AB and were on their way from Clark to the Crow Valley Bombing Range near the base. Pacific Stars and Stripes, Saturday, December 22, 1979 and Pacific Stars and Stripes, Friday, January 4, 1980
2-Jun-65 147692 A-4S
RSAF Singapore N.S.W. Lt. Singh Lt. Jaspal Singh 23, ejected safely when his engine failed during gunnery practice near Newcastle, in New South Wales.
3-Jun-65 147693 A-4
RSAF Singapore Singapore
unknown unknown pilot of a Singapore RSAF Skyhawk ejected safely before his Skyhawk crashed Wednesday morning during defense maneuvers and smashed into a beach close to the causeway connecting Singapore and Malaysia, missing heavy populated areas nearby. Pacific Stars and Stripes, Friday, June 17, 1983.
3-Jun-65 147694 A-4S
RSAF Singapore P.I. Capt. Tan Capt. Francis Tan, ejected safely when his A-4 Skyhawk crashed in in the Caraballo mountains about 70 miles NE of Clark AB in Central Luzon in the Philippines. Capt. Tan was rescued by a USAF helicopter operating from Clark Air Base. The Galveston Daily News, Wednesday, August 28, 1985.
11-Jun-65 147695 A-4S
RSAF Singapore Singapore Lt. Yean Lt. Leow Yong Yean, 22, ejected safely and was picked up by a boat when his A-4 Skyhawk crashed into the sea south of Tengah Airbase
14-Jun-65 147697 TA-4S
RSAF Singapore Singapore Capt. Ming Capt. Tsu Way Ming, 29, and his student pilot, Lt. Goh Char Li, 22, both ejected safely when their A4 Skyhawk crashed into the sea SW of Tengah Air Base during a routine exercise.
14-Jun-65 147699 A-4SU 636 RSAF-142 Singapore Tengah Lt. Ngan Lt. Foo Siew Ngan ejected successfully after a midair collision with 75 Squadron RAAF Mirage III-OA A3-69 that was on final for runway 36 and crashed 1 nm south of Tengah Airfield, Singapore. The RAAF Mirage was approaching Tengah Air Base in a straight descending path after being cleared by Tengah’s air traffic control when it collided with the RSAF Skyhawk about 100 meters above ground. Jim Winchester and Pacific Stars and Stripes, Friday, April 1, 1983.
25-Jun-65 147700 A-4S
RSAF-142 Singapore P.I.
unknown unknown pilot ejected safely when his Skyhawk crashed north of Manilla, Philippines, while on a training mission out of Clark AFB
25-Jun-65 147704 TA-4J A-722 TW-1 Meridian NM Lt. Holt Lt. Jack Holt, 29, and the co-pilot, Marine Capt. Mike Lange, 30, ejected safely when their plane rolled out of control after landing on the main east-west runway, struck an equipment storage shed and came to rest nose-down in a dirt strip north of the runway at Kirtland AFB at 1:05 p.m. Monday. The officers left their home base, NAS Meridian, MS, early Monday enroute to Yuma Marine Corps Station in Arizona. Alamogordo Daily News Tuesday, November 5, 1985, Alamogordo, NM. On Display, U.S.S. Hornet Museum, Alameda, CA
8-Jul-65 147705 TA-4J B-2.. TW-2 Kingsville TX
unknown unknown pilot ejected safely when his TA-4J crashed Wednesday about 10 miles SW of Hebbronville, TX, which is about 50 miles southwest of Kingsville. Seguin Gazette Enterprise, Thursday, June 3, 1982. VT-22 TA-4J BuNo 158086 was destroyed at Kingsville when aircraft departed controlled flight during ACM flight and crashed, 03 June 1982. Pilot ejected. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
15-Jul-65 147707 TA-4J B-113 TW-2 Kingsville TX
unknown unknown crew ejected safely … VT-21 TA-4J BuNo 158508 was destroyed at Kingsville when aircraft developed left drift during takeoff roll. 21 September 1986. The student pilot proceeded to the approach end for a roll and go takeoff and entry into the FCLP pattern. He was slightly fast as he taxied onto the runway, decided he was on centerline, and added military power. He then looked inside the cockpit and sensed something was wrong as he was reading his engine instruments, looked up and saw he was drifting left. He applied right rudder and right brake but didn't reduce power, actuate nose wheel steering, or abort takeoff. The LSO realized the Skyhawk was heading off the side of the runway and xmitted "Check your lineup" three times, then told the student to eject (present on the LSO platform were three LSO's, three wives, a fiancee and a girlfriend of other students on the FCLP hop.) The ejection was successful as a voice from the tower exclaimed "Oh God" as the Skyhawk's left main gear was sheared off by an arresting gear motor housing. With the engine still at military power, the Skyhawk sped toward the embankment of another runway left of the original and smashed into it. The TA-4 became airborne, rolled inverted and crashed to earth on the opposite side of the runway and slid to a halt. NAN, Pettibone, May-June 1987. Pilot ejected. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
18-Jul-65 147709 TA-4J B- TW-2 Kingsville CA
unknown unknown crew ejected safely … VT-22 TA-4J BuNo 158091 was destroyed at El Centro when aircraft experienced engine failure on target pass. 09 October 1986. Aircrew ejected. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
19-Jul-65 147710 TA-4J
TW-2 Kingsville TX Capt. Peters Capt. John Peters (IP) and 1st Lt. Robert Pair (student pilot) ejected safely after their VT-22 TA-4J lost power and crashed on the Ninfa Martinez ranch, about 14 miles north of Escobas. The aircraft was the lead plane in a two plane formation that took off from Kingsville at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday for air combat maneuvers in restricted airspace about 30 miles east of Laredo. Less than a half hour into the flight their engine was malfunctioning and losing power. The pilot of the 2nd plane noticed smoke and called for them to eject. New Braunfels Herald, Wednesday, March 9, 1988. Capt. John Peters instructor pilot, and Marine 1st Lt. Robert Pair, student pilot, ejected safely after their VT-22 TA-4J lost power and crashed 8 miles north of Escobas, Zapata City, TX on Tuesday. Kerrville Times, Wednesday, March 9, 1988. VT-22 TA-4J BuNo 158504 was destroyed at Kingsville when aircrew ejected following flux. oil pressure and fire. 08 March 1988. Crew ejected, minor injuries. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
20-Jul-65 147711 TA-4J B- TW-2 Kingsville TX
unknown unknown pilot ejected safely... TW-2 TA-4J BuNo 158074 was destroyed at Corpus Christi when pilot ejected following flameout on initial departure climb. 12 April 1989. 0 fatalities. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
28-Jul-65 147712 TA-4J
TW-2 Kingsville TX Lt. Myers Lt. Jim Myers broke his left arm and the student pilot was uninjured after they got into an inverted spin and ejected. From Lance Patterson. VT-21 TA-4J BuNo 159100 was destroyed at Kingsville when aircraft crashed in local area on NATOPS training flight. 14 September 1989. Crew ejected. 0 fatalities. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
1-Aug-65 147713 TA-4J B-150 TW-2 Kingsville Gulf Cdr. Marksbury Cdr. John Marksbury (instructor) and Lt. Russell Coombs (instructor under training) ejected safely when the engine of their TA-4J training jet failed and the plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico 20 miles south of Pensacola, FL around 3:40 p.m. They were returning from NAS Pensacola to their home base at NAS Kingsville on a cross country training mission with two other pilots in a second plane which landed safely at Sherman Field. Pensacola News Journal Saturday, November 18, 1989. Cdr. John Marksbury, 44, and Ens. Paul Bledsoe ejected safely when the engine of their TA-4J Skyhawk flamed out and the plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico 20 miles south of Pensacola, FL. They were returning from NAS Pensacola to their home base at NAS Kingsville. Gainesville Sun, Monday, November 20, 1989. TW-2 TA-4J BuNo 152847 was destroyed at Gulf of Mexico when aircrew ejected over water after engine failure and explosion. 17 November 1989. 0 fatalities. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
1-Aug-65 147714 TA-4F A- TW-2 USS Lexington Gulf Ens. Costen Ens. Christopher T. Costen based in Meridian, MS with VT-7 crashed into the Gulf of Mexico west of Key West Sunday and was declared missing while on a flight to the training carrier USS Lexington. Santa Fe New Mexican, Monday, January 21, 1991. VT-25 TA-4J BuNo 158093 (not destroyed) and VT-7 TA-4J BuNo 153674 was destroyed at Key West when wingman crashed into water during CQ training flight. 20 January 1991. 1 fatality. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
4-Aug-65 147716 TA-4J B- TW-2 Kingsville TX Lt. Bowes Lt. Terence F. Bowes and Lt. Timothy Schilds ejected safely when their TA-4J Skyhawk (TW-2 NAS Kingsville) crashed Friday about 1/2 mile short of the NAS Corpus Christi runway. Del Rio News-Herald, Saturday, June 26, 1993. VT-22 TA-4J BuNo 153498 was destroyed at Corpus Christi from inflight fire and impending control loss. 25 June 1993. Crew successfully ejected. 0 fatalities. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
11-Aug-65 147717 TA-4F
TW-3 Chase Field TX LCdr. Sullivan LCdr. "Silky" Sullivan and student 1st Lt. Michael V. "Mike" Franzak ejected safely after engine fire while on a night fam flight. VT-25 TA-4J BuNo 154303 was destroyed at Chase Field when single aircraft experienced engine failure inflight. 18 April 1990. 0 fatalities. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
12-Aug-65 147718 A4D
unknown unknown

unknown A division of A4D's were engaged in night MLP at an outlying field and were running somewhat behind schedule when they landed to refuel. Three of the pilots remained in the cockpit during refueling and on one the plane captain noticed the fuselage fuel cell cover and cap were missing. Climbing to the cockpit the plane captain told the pilot he was refueled but his gas cap cover was missing. The pilot told him to find something to cover it up with and to hurry. Unable to find another cap he was returning to the cap-less A4D and stopped another plane captain from stuffing rags in the filler pipe. Climbing the ladder again he informed the pilot that he couldn't find a cap. The pilot had his APH-5 on and the huffer was connected and running. The pilot thought the man said the cover plate was missing and signaled he wanted to start the engine. During taxi-out the pilot informed the LSO that he had a missing gas cap and was returning to home base. The LSO said "say again" and the pilot repeated the message. The LSO then asked if he was going to fly without a gas cap and the pilot replied "affirmative." Not believing anyone would be foolish enough to fly without a gas cap and thinking he meant the fuselage cover he cleared the A4D for takeoff. During the take-off role observers saw the plane burst into flames and heard a loud explosion. As the pilot heard the explosion and saw the flames he cut the engine, braked to a fast stop, jumped out and ran for safety. Although the Crash crew promptly put out the fire the wreck may be irreparable. NAN, Pettibone, June 1961.
12-Aug-65 147719 A4D
unknown unknown USS ?
unknown An experienced A4D pilot departed an east coast base for some practice night CCA approaches to a big carrier and as he hadn't made a night carrier landing in almost three years all approaches were to be waved off at a safe distance and altitude. Two other A4D's were at the marshal point ahead of him and at the ten-mile gate he was well to the right of the desired track. The CCA gave him a 90 deg. turn followed by a 90 deg. right and the carrier was in front of him and moments later he called meatball and flew the glide slope. He saw two bright lights ahead and assumed it must be the other two A4D's climbing out. The meatball was going low and he was drifting off to the right and he was adding power just as the wave-off lights flashed and he commenced a climbing turn to the right and saw what looked like an flashing white tail light directly ahead and closing. He reduced power to stay behind and dropped the nose to stay below the bogie, saw he was over-running and banked hard right climbing to pass level, crashed into the ships steel yardarm in a 60 deg. bank and ejected as something smashed into his knee, After disentangling himself from the seat and chute he lit off a flare and was rescued by the plane guard DD. NAN, Pettibone, April 1962. Probably VA-43 27 Nov 1961.
13-Aug-65 147720 A4D-2N
unknown unknown

unknown A young A-4B pilot who had been more or less grounded with a bad shoulder for six months had been trying to requalify himself in the A-4B after getting back in a Group 1 status. On his own he reread the flight handbook and flew 7.3 hours in a local A-4B outfit's aircraft. He managed to have an A-4C assigned for an afternoon local area fam. hop and called aerology for the local weather forecast and got that and nothing more in the way of weather along his proposed route. He took off at about 1300 local with 9200 pounds of fuel and headed out on his planned low level route at 1,000 feet altitude. After an hour he noticed a band of rain ahead of him and low ceilings that seemed to go clear to the ground and had a line of thunderstorms in it. He was in a small hole with about 5,000 pounds of fuel so he climbed at full power to 30,000 feet in an attempt to top the weather. The cloud still towered way above him and it was real trouble staying VFR so he started an idle descent in a spiral and leveled off at 1,000 feet. He made brief but poor radio contact with an AFB weather service which told him the weather at his home base was still good, but there were severe thunderstorms in the area. He decided to retrace his route remaining VFR with 4,000 pounds of fuel estimating that he could make it with 800 pounds to spare. All went well for 250 miles except for a higher fuel consumption than anticipated, but only 100 miles from home he hit a band of rain and low ceilings which stretched across his route. After attempting to circumnavigate the weather fuel was down to 800 pounds and he was no longer sure of his position and requested help on traffic control frequencies and finally on Guard. Soon after he made contact with his home field and radar gave him a DF steer at 40 miles. At 1352 local time at an altitude of 3,000 feet and a fuel state of 200 pounds he notified home base of his intention and ejected. NAN, Pettibone, June 1963.
13-Aug-65 147723 A-4E
unknown


unknown SOC March 1966 no history card
16-Aug-65 147724 A4D
unknown unknown

unknown A section of A-4 Skyhawks departed on a routine cross-country instrument navigation flight and a section penetration with individual final approaches was requested and approved. The descent was made at 75% power with speed brakes extended. Passing 7,000 feet the flight was split up and the wingman followed vectors and altitude instructions until he retracted the speed brakes leveling off at 1,200 feet. After being instructed to reduce to approach speed the wingman actuated the speed brakes and extended the gear and flaps at 220 knots. Power was added to maintain level flight at 150 knots and as the power advanced through 80% a popping noise was heard. Power was momentarily reduced to idle and then advanced to full throttle and as rpm increased the popping noise returned, more pronounced than before. The pilot attempted several more times to increase power and each time the popping resumed he would reduce power until it stopped. Engine instruments were normal at all settings. The pilot lost 600 feet of altitude during this evolution and airspeed was allowed to fall to 130 knots in a nose low attitude. At 500 feet AGL the pilot selected manual fuel but popping accompanied increased power. Now in extremis at 125 knots and 200 feet AGL he reduced power and ejected. NAN, Pettibone, August 1978.
18-Aug-65 147725 A4D-2 AK-3.. VA-106 Cecil Field FL Lt(jg). Rupert B. Lowe Lt(jg). Rupert B. Lowe, 23, (Cecil Field) ejected safely from his Skyhawk and landed beside a Lake County Road while on a bombing mission Friday. Lowe suspected he collided with something -- believed to be a bird -- and the planes controls were damaged. The plane crashed in the Ocala National Forest. Orlando Sentinel, Sunday, February 8, 1959.
24-Aug-65 147729 A4D-2N
VA-106 Cecil Field

unknown
24-Aug-65 147730 A4D-2N
VA-106 Cecil Field Atl. Lt. Stathers Lt. George D. Stathers Jr. based at NAS Cecil Field is missing and presumed lost after his A-4C Skyhawk crashed into the ocean about 250 miles off Norfolk, VA. He was on a practice mission and about 8 miles from the USS Shangri-La while making an approach to the carrier. Pensacola News Journal, Wednesday, 24 July 1966.
25-Aug-65 147732 A-4E AE- VA-106 Cecil Field FL Lt(jg). Davis Lt(jg). Davis ejected safely when his test bird came apart over the runway
28-Aug-65 147735 A-4E AA-312 VA-106 USS Forrestal Pac N/A N/A destroyed in flight deck fire
31-Aug-65 147737 A-4E AA-310 VA-106 USS Forrestal Pac N/A N/A destroyed in flight deck fire
6-Sep-65 147738 A-4E AA-303 VA-106 USS Forrestal Pac N/A N/A destroyed in flight deck fire
9-Sep-65 147739 A-4E AA-301 VA-106 USS Forrestal Pac N/A N/A destroyed in flight deck fire
10-Sep-65 147740 A-4E AK-216 VA-106 USS Intrepid SEA LCdr. Callahan LCdr. David F. Callahan in VA-106 BuNo 152091 was killed when he crashed into port quarter of flight deck and went into the sea off the port quarter at latitude 18-12.2N and longitude 107-09.1E and sank in 38 fathoms of water at 1116. USS Stoddard (DD 566) and helicopter commenced search for pilot. USS Intrepid deck log, 23 September 1968. Generator failure and banked sharply left on approach, struck the LSO platform and crashed into the sea. The LSO Lt. Robert William Harris also was killed.
13-Sep-65 147741 A-4E AK-217 VA-106 USS Intrepid NVIET Lt. Knabb Lt. Kenneth "Keith" Knabb was killed when his A-4 Skyhawk crashed Monday about 38 miles south of a stand-down area. The Skyhawk, the 910th American warplane reported lost in combat over North Vietnam, made a strafing run on a truck, went into a dive, and a large fireball was observed. Reno Evening Gazette, Tuesday, October 22, 1968.
14-Sep-65 147746 A4D-1
VA-112 Miramar CA Cdr. Lee Cdr. C.J. Lee (VA-112 CO) ejected safely following an inflight fire and hydraulic failure on a practice bombing run over one of the Navy's bombing ranges in the Imperial Valley. He landed about four miles south of Holtville, CA and his plane crashed several miles away. The Yuma Daily Sun, Yuma, AZ, Wednesday, October 14, 1959.
20-Sep-65 147747 A4D-2
VA-112 Miramar CA
unknown unknown pilot ejected safely 10 miles NE of El Centro in Superstition Mountains, CA. The experienced pilot with 400+ A4D hours had just completed a climb to 40,000 during the course of the acceptance test for the newly received A4D-2. Suddenly there was a muffled explosion followed by the TPT maxing out at 900 degrees. He retarded to throttle to idle with no effect on the TPT and then shut down the engine, dropped the RAT, set up for a glide to El Centro and notified to tower of his situation and intentions. Arriving over the field at 27,000 feet he restarted the engine in both manual and primary fuel systems, but both resulted in 900 degree TPT's and RPM that wouldn't accelerate beyond idle. The last attempt was made at 9,000 feet and the pilot shut down the engine and notified GCI and the airfield that he was going to eject immediately. NAN Pettibone, March 1960.
28-Sep-65 147751 A4D-2
VA-112 Miramar CA Lt. Bechtel Lt. William P. Lee, 25, ejected safely from his A4D at about 11,000 feet about 14 miles off Point Loma following an explosion while refueling another A4D over the ocean. Five A4D Skyhawks were on a refueling mission from NAS Miramar. Lee, pilot of the tanker, was picked up by a torpedo recovery boat. Lt(jg). James H. Bechtel, 25, pilot of the other A4D is missing. The Bridgeport Telegram, Thursday, March 3, 1960. Lt. William P. Lee, 28, ejected safely from his Navy bomber at about 20,000 feet about 14 miles off Point Loma following a mid-air explosion while refueling another A4D over the ocean. Lee, pilot of the tanker, was picked up by a torpedo recovery boat. Lt(jg). James H. Bechtel, 25, pilot of the other A4D is missing. Corpus Christi Times, Friday, March 4, 1960. Lt(jg) James H. Bechtel, 24, is presumed dead. He had been missing since Thursday when the Navy plane he was flying exploded during refueling operations over the Pacific Ocean. Lt. William P. Lee who was piloting the tanker plane ejected himself an parachuted to safety. The Morning Call, Tuesday, March 8, 1960.
28-Sep-65 147755 A4D-2
VA-112 Miramar CA Lt. Lee Lt. William P. Lee, 25, ejected safely from his A4D at about 11,000 feet about 14 miles off Point Loma following an explosion while refueling another A4D over the ocean. Five A4D Skyhawks were on a refueling mission from NAS Miramar. Lee, pilot of the tanker, was picked up by a torpedo recovery boat. Lt(jg). James H. Bechtel, 25, pilot of the other A4D is missing. The Bridgeport Telegram, Thursday, March 3, 1960. Lt. William P. Lee, 28, ejected safely from his Navy bomber at about 20,000 feet about 14 miles off Point Loma following a mid-air explosion while refueling another A4D over the ocean. Lee, pilot of the tanker, was picked up by a torpedo recovery boat. Lt(jg). James H. Bechtel, 25, pilot of the other A4D is missing. Corpus Christi Times, Friday, March 4, 1960. Lt(jg) James H. Bechtel, 24, is presumed dead. He had been missing since Thursday when the Navy plane he was flying exploded during refueling operations over the Pacific Ocean. Lt. William P. Lee who was piloting the tanker plane ejected himself an parachuted to safety. The Morning Call, Tuesday, March 8, 1960.
28-Sep-65 147757 A4D-2N
VA-112 Miramar TN Lt(jg). Law Lt(jg). Donald Kent Law, 24, ejected safely after a mid-air collision with Lt. David Francis Callahan, 26, about 10 miles SE of NAS Millington, TN, early today. The pilots were on a night training mission and were enroute from NAS Miramar, CA, to NAS South Weymouth, MA, when they collided at an altitude of about 2,500 feet. Lt(jg). Law's aircraft crashed in the vicinity of Austin Peay Highway about 23 miles SE of Memphis. Lt. Callahan returned to Millington with a badly damaged fuselage and right wing tip. Press Telegram (Long Beach, CA), Saturday, July 22, 1961.
1-Oct-65 147758 A4D-2N AJ-5.. VA-112 USS Forrestal Atl. Lt(jg). Burch Lt(jg). John Charles Burch was killed when he crashed thought the elevator barrier and fell to the hangar deck level. He ejected from his aircraft before it hit the elevator and he went into the sea at position Lat. 39 degrees 34.3’ N., Long. 07 degrees 07.8’ E. From USS Forrestal Historian Ken Killmeyer.
1-Oct-65 147759 A4D-2N AJ-501 VA-112 USS Forrestal Atl. Lt. Bradford Lt. James D. Bradford was killed when A-4C BuNo 149501, AJ-501, crashed. 2145 received MAYDAY bearing 060, 43 miles from USS Forrestal’s position of 36-50.5 N, 16-31.6E. Planes position 37-15N, 17-14E. Lt. Bradford was not recovered. From USS Forrestal Historian Ken Killmeyer.
3-Oct-65 147760 A4D-2N AJ-300 VA-112 USS Forrestal Atl. Lt(jg). Galloway Lt(jg). Charles E. Galloway was killed when he crashed into the water off the port bow 34-26.5N, 11-34.8 E. From Forrestal Historian Ken Killmeyer.
3-Oct-65 147762 A4D-2N
VA-112 Lemoore NM Cdr. Alvis Cdr. John H. Alvis ejected safely and was rescued by a Cannon AFB helicopter late Friday when his A4 attack jets engine flamed out enroute from NAS Lemoore to Dyess AFB. He was attempting to glide into Cannon AFB and ejected at 8,000 feet when he realized he couldn't make it. The plane continued for several miles and crashed three miles N and two miles W of Melrose, about 14 miles NE of the Melrose Bombing Range. Clovis News Journal, Sunday, August 14, 1966.
9-Oct-65 147763 A4D-2N NH-4.. VA-112 Lemoore CA LCdr. Eichinger LCdr. J.C. Eichinger, of NAS Lemoore, ejected safely from his Skyhawk following a collision with VF-114 F-4B Phantom BuNo 152995, piloted by Lt. H.D. Wisely and flight officer Lt.(jg). G.L. Anderson, both from NAS Miramar. The men ejected from their crippled planes about 120 miles SW of San Diego and were picked up by helicopters. The planes were participating in Operation Baseline II off the coast. Long Beach Press Telegram, Thursday, October 20, 1966.
11-Oct-65 147764 A4D-2N NH-415 VA-112 USS Kitty Hawk SEA Lt(jg). Hogan Lt(jg). Jerry Franks Hogan was killed when his Skyhawk flew into the ground on a night attack on barges near Hoang Xa illuminated by flares.
15-Oct-65 147765 A4D-2N NH-415 VA-112 USS Kitty Hawk SEA Lt. Palenscar Lt. Alexander J. Palenscar III disappeared after a bomb run on the Dao My bridge. His remains were recovered on August 28, 1996.
19-Oct-65 147766 A4D-2N NH-405 VA-112 USS Kitty Hawk VTNAM LCdr. Estes LCdr. Edward Dale Estes was leading an Iron Hand flight and as he approached Haiphong from the North at 11,000 feet he saw three SA-2s tracking towards their flight. The Skyhawks dived towards the SA-2s in an attempt to break the radar lock but one of them hit Estes' aircraft. The A-4 began to disintegrate and LCdr. Estes ejected about eight miles SW of Kien airfield and he became the first POW of 1968.
25-Oct-65 147767 A4D-2N AH-410 VA-112 USS Ticonderoga SEA Lt. Helmsin Lt. F.K. Helmsin ejected safely when VA-112 AH-410 BuNo 148310 crashed into the sea close aboard to starboard following an incomplete catapult launch and sank in 30 fathoms of water at latitude 17-46N longitude 107-33.5E at 0855. Pilot recovered by reserve helo no apparent injuries at 0907. USS Ticonderoga deck log, 22 July 1969. (bridle failed)
28-Oct-65 147769 A4D-2N AH-416 VA-112 USS Ticonderoga SEA Lt. Brenning Lt. Richard David Brenning was killed when VA-112 A-4 BuNo 147833/416 crashed into the sea off the port bow at latitude 18-06N, longitude 107-27E and sank in 40 fathoms of water. The pilot was not recovered. USS Ticonderoga deck log, 26 July 1969. (bad cat shot)
28-Oct-65 147770 A4D-1 NH-3.. VA-113 Miramar CA Lt(jg). Callison Lt(jg). Max P. Callison, 25, noticed a fire warning light on a training mission out of NAS Miramar Thursday and set his prop-driven A4D Skylark on the runway at NAAS El Centro just as the engine burst into flames. Redlands Daily Facts, Friday, November 8, 1957.
28-Oct-65 147771 A4D-1 NH-3.. VA-113 USS Shangri La Pac Lt. Matthews Lt. William Rufus Mathews, Jr. was killed Wednesday night while on a flight from the USS Shangri-La in the Pacific. Long Beach Independent, Friday, May 16, 1958. 2030 two aircraft missing. 2253 USS Blue (DD-744) is 090, 2 miles. USS Cunningham (DD-752) is at 270, 2 miles. Commencing search for 2 missing A4D's (aircraft) and printed at the bottom 142221 - LT William Rufus Matthews, JR. 142231 - LT(jg) Asa D. Morton. USS Shangri La deck log, Wednesday, 14 May 1958. 00-04 The USS Blue (DD-744) is 090, 2 miles and the USS Cunningham (DD-752) is 270 2 miles conducting search for 2 A4D aircraft. 0321 USS Blue (DD-744) detached on a bearing of 215 to investigate debris reported by searching aircraft. 0603 Detached USS Blue (DD-744) and USS Cunningham (DD-752) to conduct expanded square search. 0630 Maneuvering on various courses and speeds to remain in area of lifeboat while searching for debris. 08-12 Steaming as before on various courses and speeds while searching for missing A4D's and launching rescue planes. 1730 USS Blue (DD-744) USS Cunningham (DD-752) detached to conduct engineering exercises. USS Shangri-La deck log, Thursday, 15 May 1958.
31-Oct-65 147773 A4D-1 NH-3.. VA-113 USS Shangri La Pac Lt(jg). Morton Lt(jg). Asa D. Morton was killed Wednesday night while on a flight from the USS Shangri-La in the Pacific. 2030 two aircraft missing. 2253 USS Blue (DD-744) is 090, 2 miles. USS Cunningham (DD-752) is at 270, 2 miles. Commencing search for 2 missing A4D's (aircraft). USS Shangri La deck log, Wednesday, 14 May 1958. 00-04 The USS Blue (DD-744) is 090, 2 miles and the USS Cunningham (DD-752) is 270 2 miles conducting search for 2 A4D aircraft. 0321 USS Blue (DD-744) detached on a bearing of 215 to investigate debris reported by searching aircraft. 0603 Detached USS Blue (DD-744) and USS Cunningham (DD-752) to conduct expanded square search. 0630 Maneuvering on various courses and speeds to remain in area of lifeboat while searching for debris. 08-12 Steaming as before on various courses and speeds while searching for missing A4D's and launching rescue planes. 1730 USS Blue (DD-744) USS Cunningham (DD-752) detached to conduct engineering exercises. USS Shangri-La deck log, Thursday, 15 May 1958.
1-Nov-65 147774 A4D-2 NH- VA-113 USS Shangri La Japan Lt(jg). Turnbull Lt(jg). Robert W. Turnbull ejected from his A4D Skyhawk jet near Mito in Ibaraki Prefecture while on a routine training mission from NAS Atsugi on Tuesday. Lt(jg). Turnbull was rescued uninjured about an hour and 15 minutes later by a Japanese Maritime Safety Board ship sent to the area where the plane plunged into the sea. A helicopter from the 36th Air Rescue Squadron flew him to Johnson AB. Pacific Stars & Stripes, Thursday, 14 May 1959.
1-Nov-65 147775 A4D-2 NH- VA-113 Miramar CA
unknown unknown pilot's single seat Navy A4D fighter crashed in the San Bernardino Mountains touching off a brush fire near Fawnskin, CA, which is near Big Bear Lake today. Star News, Wednesday, 06 July 1960. A/C status was reported as SOC decision pending on 7 July 1960 and SOC on 18 July 1960.
3-Nov-65 147776 A4D-2 NH-3.. VA-113 USS Hancock Japan
unknown unknown pilot was killed Wednesday morning when his A4D Skyhawk crashed at the end of the runway while attempting to take-off from NAS Atsugi. Pacific Stars & Stripes, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 1961.
7-Nov-65 147777 A4D-2N
VA-113 Lemoore CA Lt(jg). Creighton Lt(jg). George C. Creighton III, 27, safely ejected before his Skyhawk crashed into a field 25 miles NE of Lemoore, near Helm. The Stars and Stripes, February 17, 1962.
13-Nov-65 147784 A4D-2N NH-301 VA-113 USS Kitty Hawk SEA Lt. Wickham Lt. David Wallace Wickham was killed when he hit the round down on landing after combat mission. 0253 Aircraft 148510 struck ramp while attempting landing. Pilot LT D.W. Wickham assumed dead. Resulting residual fuel fire extinguished. The aircraft parts remaining on deck consisting of a wing stub and small section of fuselage pushed over the side. USS Ozborn (DD-846) and USS Mansfield (DD-728) searching area for any remains. USS Kitty Hawk deck log, 17 December 1965.
17-Nov-65 147789 A4D-2N NH-305 VA-113 USS Kitty Hawk SEA Lt(jg). Johnson Lt(jg). A.E. Johnson ejected safely. 1405 After being catapulted from No. one cat. an A4 aircraft bureau number 148583 piloted by LTJG Johnson crashed into the water (missing) ahead of this vessel. Ships position 18-28.5 N, 107-10.0 E. USS Ticonderoga helo number 61 picked up the downed pilot. Pilot taken to sickbay condition satisfactory. USS Kitty Hawk log book, Sunday, 17 April 1966.
17-Nov-65 147791 A4D-2N NH-314 VA-113 USS Kitty Hawk SEA Cdr. Abbott Cdr. John Abbott ejected and was captured when his Skyhawk was hit in the starboard wing while leading an 8 plane strike against the Vinh Son road bridge over the Song Ca river. As he flew toward the coast the Skyhawk began to roll uncontrollably and disintegrated. Cdr. Abbott died in captivity.
22-Nov-65 147794 A4D-2N NH-303 VA-113 USS Kitty Hawk CVA-63 Lt(jg). Welch Lt(jg). H.G. Welch was rescued by the plane guard helo after he ejected when the landing gear wouldn't lower. Damaged by AAA while orbiting NH-314. 1455 Received report from Buckeye 801 that two A4 aircraft were hit over the North Vietnamese coast; one aircraft shot down, the other proceeding back to ship. SAR effort in progress. 1504 A-4 aircraft passing down port side of ship, pilot ejected. Directed USS Obannon (DD-450) to assist helo in rescue. 1515 sighted pilot in water 020, two miles. 1516 pilot in helo directed Obannon to resume ISE. 1517 rescue helo on deck; pilot LTJG Harry Welch in excellent condition. Resumed normal ops. USS Kitty Hawk deck log, 20 April 1966.
1-Dec-65 147795 A4D-2N NG-3.. VA-113 Lemoore CO Cdr. Bennett Cdr. Robert E. Bennett ejected safely at low altitude during a landing at Buckley ANG Base Friday while enroute from NAS Lemoore to Minneapolis. His A-4C Skyhawk crashed into a vacant field SE of Denver, CO, about 1/2 mile west of Buckley. Humboldt Standard, Monday, Aug. 22, 1966.
5-Dec-65 147799 A4D-2N NG-314 VA-113 USS Enterprise SEA Lt(jg). Graham Lt(jg). James Scott Graham ejected near the village of Kieu Thon and although alive never arrived at a POW camp after he was apparently hit by AAA while attacking a Sam site near Sam Son.
9-Dec-65 147800 A4D-2N NG-316 VA-113 USS Enterprise SEA Lt. Naughton Lt. Robert John Naughton ejected and was captured when his Skyhawk was hit by ground fire and caught fire while making a rocket attack on the Dong Thuong railway bridge.
16-Dec-65 147801 A-4F NG-302 VA-113 USS Enterprise CVA-65 LCdr. Paine LCdr. Paul Warren Paine ejected and was killed, suddenly pitched nose down in the pattern and crashed into the sea. 1623 A-4 BuNo 154214 pilot LCDR Paul W Paine crashed in water relative bearing 230 distance 2 miles ships position 18-16.5N 107.34E. 1639 A-4 pilot picked up by USS Cochrane (DDG-21). 1645 see 1545 entry F4H BuNo 151485 Pilot Cramer, Worth Alan LTJG Naval Flight Officer Christensen, Ejnar Sigfred, JR LCDR crashed picked up by USS Jouett DDG29 crew in satisfactory condition. 1727 LCDR Paul W. Paine pilot A-4 BuNo 154214 reported deceased. USS Enterprise deck log, 07 May 1968.
17-Dec-65 147803 A-4F NG-301 VA-113 USS Enterprise SEA Lt. Christensen Lt. Ernest E. Christensen ejected and was rescued by USS Enterprise (CVN-65) HC-7 Seadevils Det. 110 SH-3A Sea King 80 miles, 85⁰ from Vinh, 70 miles off shore, lost throttle control. 1652 received report that Lt. Ernest E. Christensen ejected from his A-4F aircraft due to a flameout. A/C was reported down bearing 259 deg. at 22 miles from Enterprise. Pilot was reported as being in good condition. 1700 recovered downed pilot Lt. Ernest E. Christensen. USS Enterprise deck log, 23 June 1968.
22-Dec-65 147804 A4D-2 NT- VA-113 Q USS Bennington SEA Lt(jg). Pierce Lt(jg). Mark V. Pierce was rescued after VA-113 Detachment Quebec A-4B BuNo 144938 caught number (2) wire while attempting an arrested landing and skidded off the port side of the deck aft of the landing mirror at latitude 10-48N, longitude 101-56E and sank in 38 fathoms of water after being cut loose from the wire at 1300. Pilot recovered by helicopter and delivered on board USS Bennington with abrasions and contusions. USS Bennington deck log, 21 May 1965.
22-Dec-65 147805 A4D-2 AK- VA-12 Cecil Field FL Lt(jg). Wahl Lt(jg). John Wahl ejected safely at 5,000 feet when his Cecil Field based VA-12 A4D crashed in Doctor's inlet 25 March 1958 after an engine failure at 20,000 feet. Lt(jg) Wahl came down about 100 yards off the west shore and was rescued by a helicopter from NAS Jax. Divers and YSD-33 salvage crews from NAS Jacksonville recovered everything except the engine which couldn't be found. NAS Jacksonville, FL, 1940-2000: An Illustrated History By Ronald M. Williamson and Jax Air News 10 April 1958.
23-Dec-65 147808 A4D-2 AK- VA-12 Cecil Field

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29-Dec-65 147810 A4D-2 AK-3.. VA-12 USS Forrestal Med Lt(jg). Davis Lt(jg). Thomas J. Davis was lost at sea during flight operations from the USS Forrestal (CVA-59). 0800 plane crashed into water off port quarter. Aircraft identified as A4D Skyhawk, tanker BuNo 142691, piloted by LTjg Thomas J. Davis of VA-12, the Flying Ubangis. Crash sight Lat. 33 degrees 17’N; Long. 25 degrees 11.7’E and sank in 1,200 fathoms of water. 0802 Captain Shinn has the conn. All engines back full. 0803 starboard engine ahead standard, port engine stop. 0804 all engines stop. Rudder amidships. Maneuvering while attempting to recover downed pilot. 0805 port lifeboat in water. 0835 port lifeboat aboard.  0840 OOD LTjg A.L. Mayfield has the conn. 0841 speed 15 knots. 0843 Search negative, no sight of LTjg Thomas J. Davis. USS Forrestal deck log, 08 October 1958.
2-Jan-66 147811 A4D-2 AK-3.. VA-12 USS Forrestal Med Cdr. Sullivan Cdr. John R. Sullivan perished in A4D-2 BuNo 142686 during CVA-59 (USS Forrestal) flight operations. 2110 detached USS John W. Weeks DD-701 to search for possible downed aircraft from Forrestal. Position Lat. 39 degrees 30’ N. Long. 05 degrees 45’ E. 2136 completed recovery of aircraft.  2138 USS Haynsworth (DD-700), USS Willard Keith (DD-775), USS Dupont (DD-941), USS Ault (DD-698) and USS Waldron (DD-699) were detached to proceed to crash area of possible downed aircraft. 2232 speed 10 knots. 2346 aircraft lost has been confirmed as having crashed into sea. An A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo. 142686 of VA-12 the Flying Ubangis, piloted by Cdr. John Sullivan in 1,500 fathoms of water. Pilot not recovered. USS Forrestal deck log, 07 January 1959. Steaming in company with Task Unit 60.1.2, operating within area Summit presently conducting search for downed pilot Cdr. John Sullivan. Destroyers USS John W. Weeks DD-701, USS Haynsworth DD-700, USS Willard Keith DD-775, USS Dupont DD-941, USS Ault DD-698 and USS Waldron DD-699 are assisting in search for Cdr. Sullivan. 0735 commenced launching aircraft. 0816 maneuvering on various courses and speeds at crash area. 0846 lying to in wind at datum. 0902 object sighted off starboard side, maneuvered to launch lifeboat. 1010 recovered lifeboat. Results negative. USS Forrestal deck log, 08 January 1959. The Fifty-Niner, and the entire crew of the USS FORRESTAL, offer their deepest regret and sympathy to the family and friends of Commander John Sullivan, USN of attack Squadron TWELVE, who lost his life in aircraft accident at sea on 7 January 1959.
11-Jan-66 147812 A4D-2 AK- VA-12 Cecil Field FL Lt(jg). Zinner Lt(jg). Marshall W. Zinner, 28, was killed when his Skyhawk crashed in Nassau county about 25 miles north of Jacksonville. Observers stated that the plane was headed for a group of four houses when it suddenly pulled up and exploded after it cleared the houses. Ocala Star Banner, Wednesday, June 3, 1959. Lt(jg). Marshall W. Zinner, 28, was killed in the crash of his jet plane near Yulee, FL, 18 miles north of Jacksonville when a hydraulic line broke on his A-4DL Skyhawk on a routine radar tracking mission. LA Times , 04 July, 1959.
14-Jan-66 147813 A4D-2 AK- VA-12 Cecil Field

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25-Jan-66 147816 A4D-2 AK- VA-12 USS FDR Atl. LCdr. Engel LCdr. Gordon L. Engel stationed at Cecil Field was killed near Jacksonville, FL, when his A4D Skyhawk crashed shortly after takeoff from the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Pittsburgh Press, Wednesday, 15 November 1961.
25-Jan-66 147817 A4D-2N AB-4.. VA-12 Cecil Field

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27-Jan-66 147818 A4D-2N
VA-12 Cecil Field Intrepid
Kelly Robert J. Kelly ejected safely when the RPM unwound and the plane settled when rotating off the bow after launch and was rescued by the ships helicopter. Adm. Robert J Kelly collection.
27-Jan-66 147819 A4D-2N AB-4.. VA-12 USS FDR Bermuda LCdr. Kornoroff LCdr. Robert A. Kornoroff was killed the night of May 8 when his A-4C Skyhawk crashed into the sea 10-15 miles from the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt which was operating near Bermuda. His body was recovered the following morning. Newport Daily News, Tuesday, 12 May 1964.
28-Jan-66 147820 A4D-2N AB-401 VA-12 USS FDR Med LCdr. Pullar LCdr Andrew Pullar ejected safely when A4C #401 BuNo 149491 crashed into the sea about five miles off the front quarter at 1642 while the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt was en-route from Pollensa Bay to Barcelona, Spain. Pilot was recovered by the ships helo in good condition and the plane sank in 1,500 fathoms. USS Franklin D. Roosevelt deck log.
31-Jan-66 147822 A-4E AB-410 VA-12 USS FDR SEA Cdr. Frosio Lt(jg). James Gradey Jones was killed in a mid-air collision with 150051 in the final stages of approach 1.5 miles astern as Frosio was leading Jones back to the ship due to TACAN failure. 1009 Received information that at 0344 A4E, Bureau No. 150051 of VA-12, pilot Cdr Robert C. Frosio and A4E BuNo 150048 of VA-12, pilot LTjg James G. Jones, collided in the air and crashed into the sea about four miles astern at latitude 18-37.0N, longitude 107-11.0Eand sank in 37 fathoms of water. Both pilots are missing and presumed dead. USS Thomas (DD-833) and helicopter immediately commenced search for pilots. USS Franklin D. Roosevelt deck log, Saturday, 12 November 1968.
1-Feb-66 147824 A-4E AB-408 VA-12 USS FDR SEA Lt(jg). Jones Cdr. Robert Clarence Frosio was killed in a mid-air collision with 150048 in the final stages of approach 1.5 miles astern as Frosio was leading Jones back to the ship due to TACAN failure. 1009 Received information that at 0344 A4E, Bureau No. 150051 of VA-12, pilot Cdr Robert C. Frosio and A4E BuNo 150048 of VA-12, pilot LTjg James G. Jones, collided in the air and crashed into the sea about four miles astern at latitude 18-37.0N, longitude 107-11.0Eand sank in 37 fathoms of water. Both pilots are missing and presumed dead. USS Thomas (DD-833) and helicopter immediately commenced search for pilots. USS Franklin D. Roosevelt deck log, Saturday, 12 November 1968.
2-Feb-66 147828 A4D-2N AB- VA-12 USS FDR Med LCdr. Baals LCdr John Baals. 1801 A-4 A/C in water off port quarter. 1804 recovered pilot LCdr John Baals, CVW-1, by helo. no injuries. USS Franklin D. Roosevelt deck log, Thursday, 07 March 1968.
7-Feb-66 147829 A4D-2N AJ-404 VA-12 USS Shangri La Med Lt(jg). Neuman Lt(jg). Frank Peter Neuman was killed 12 Feb '69 when he ejected almost on a parallel path to the water when he dropped for the wire and turned to the port side catching the #2 wire, but at such an angle his aircraft proceeded to go over the side. The plane remained suspended over the side with its’ nose just touching the water by the wire. Atkron 12 Newsletter, Volume IV, Issue 1
9-Feb-66 147831 A4D-2N AJ-4.. VA-12 USS Shangri La SEA Lt(jg). Filoss Lt(jg) J. Filoss ejected safely and was rescued by USS Ranger (CVA-61) HC-7 Seadevils Det. 110 SH-3A Sea King, unable to refuel and ran out of fuel. Nothing in the Ranger deck log. 0300 commenced launching and recovering A/C received distress signal pilot is in the water bearing 167 range 61 milesdetached USS Paul Jones (DDG-32) to effect rescue. 0306 Completed launch of 9 A/c received word that USS Ranger's helo enroute to SAR scene, our E-1B and various other A/C orbiting downed pilot. Received word that pilot is okay. 0355 Received word that pilot aboard helo and helo returning to USS Ranger (CVA-61). 0415 Downed pilot is LT(jg) John Filoss, VA-12, crashed aircraft was A-4C BuNo 147803. USS Shangri-La deck log, 28 April 1970.
14-Feb-66 147832 A4D-2N AJ-412 VA-12 USS Independence

unknown On 6-21-1970 it’s status was A1 (combat) aboard USS Independence; No additional hours were recorded after that date; On 9-7-1970 it’s status was H0 (non-flyable,) USS Independence; On 10-27-1970 it’s status was G3 (repair,) USS Independence; On 12-23-1970 it’s status was Z (disposition undetermined,) USS Independence; On 1-27-1971 it’s status was 1S (SOC due to damage,) USS Independence.
25-Feb-66 147833 A4D-2N AJ-401 VA-12 USS Shangri La SEA Lt. Flynn Lt. D.B. (Denny) Flynn ejected when A-4 aircraft BuNo 149553 suffered collapsed nose gear on takeoff from port catapult and hit water 100 feet forward of ship at 1959. Helo recovered pilot, no apparent injuries at 2001. USS Shangri-La deck log, 06 August 1970.
25-Feb-66 147837 A4D-2 NJ- VA-125 Moffett CA Cdr. Thomas Cdr. John E. Thomas, 41, (CO) was killed when he lost power on landing approach and crashed into an orchard a quarter mile from the Bayshore freeway. Oakland Tribune, Fri., Dec. 12, 1958
1-Mar-66 147839 A4D-1 NJ- VA-125 Moffett CA
Langford IP Philip Langford Jr., 25, ejected safely before his Skyhawk crashed into the mountains near Gilroy, CA, about eight miles south of Crows Landing. Oakland Tribune, Oakland, CA, Mon. Oct. 5, 1959 and Pacific Stars & Stripes, Thursday, October 8, 1959.
1-Mar-66 147840 A4D-1 NJ- VA-125 Moffett CA Lt(jg). Ward Lt(jg). Burke Ward, 25, was killed when his Skyhawk overturned and burned in an emergency landing at Crow's Landing while making an emergency landing after his hydraulic system failed. Appeal-Democrat Marysville-Yuba City, CA, Wed., Dec. 16, 1959.
4-Mar-66 147842 A4D-2N NJ- VA-125 Moffett NV Lt(jg). Nommensen Lt(jg). Gene Nommensen, 24, was killed Tuesday when his Skyhawk crashed seven miles southeast of Fallon, during a night training mission. Pacific Stars and Stripes, (Saturday) 20 August 1960. Lt(jg). Gene O. Nommensen, 24, was killed Tuesday when his Skyhawk crashed on a mountainside eight miles east of NAS Fallon on a training flight Tuesday night. The Lt. is survived by his wife Janet Marie and 10 month old son Kyle of Alameda, CA. Nommensen was attached to VA-125 at NAS Moffett, CA. Reno Gazette Journal, Wednesday, 17 August 1960.
10-Mar-66 147843 A4D-1 NJ- VA-125 USS Ticonderoga Atl. Lt. Busch Lt. Roland George Busch, 32, from Moffett Field, was killed when his A4D attack plane crashed on take-off from the carrier Ticonderoga at sea Friday and sank before a rescue helicopter could reach the scene. Independent, Long Beach, CA, Saturday, February 18, 1961. Lt. Roland George Busch, 32, was killed Friday when his A4D Skyhawk plunged into the ocean while attempting to take off from the carrier Ticonderoga operating off the southern CA coast. Navy officials said the accident occurred when a second jet broke loose from a catapult as Busch's A4D was taking off. Busch tried to stop his aircraft before it reached the end of the deck but it toppled into the sea and sank before a rescue helicopter could reach the scene. Independent, Pacific Stars and Stripes, Saturday, February 19, 1961. 0638 A4D BuNo 139942 of VA-125, pilot Lt. R.G. Busch went over the bow from the port catapult and crashed into the sea at latitude 32-54N , longitude 117-36W and sank in 460 fathoms of water. Commenced maneuvering as necessary while searching for the pilot. 0800 search concluded. Results negative. Pilot Lt. R.G. Busch resumed dead. 0820 A4D BuNo 142203 of VA-125, pilot LCdr. W.R. Horner crashed on flight deck due to collapsed nosewheel. Damage to aircraft: major. 1141 sighted object in water believed to be a parachute. USS Ticonderoga deck log, Friday, 17 February, 1961.
17-Mar-66 147844 A4D-1 NJ- VA-125 Lemoore CA Lt. Blythe Lt. R.M. Blythe, 23, escaped injury Tuesday night when his A4D-1 crashed short of the runway at NAS Lemoore when he lost power. Humboldt Standard, Eureka, CA, Thursday, December 20, 1961. Trim forced nose down when stick was being pulled back into contact with the Mark 3 life preserver in the the landing pattern (chase plane for an early fam before A4Ts) and ensuing nose down trim over rode elevator to cause a landing at 45 degrees from runway heading; strike damage but light injury. After that a trim cut-off switch was added to preclude “runaway” trim, during landing and takeoffs. From Paul Barrish
20-Mar-66 147848 A4D-1 NJ- VA-125 Lemoore CA
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20-Mar-66 147849 A4D-2 NJ- VA-125 Lemoore AR Lt. Papa Lt. J.A. Papa of VA-125 ejected safely when his A4D developed electrical failure, flamed out and crashed near Tamo 19 miles SE of Pine Bluff, AR while on a flight from Dallas to NAS Jacksonville, FL. European Stars and Stripes, Monday, April 30, 1962.
21-Mar-66 148305 A4D-2N NJ- VA-125 Lemoore CA Lt. Grant Lt. Richard L. Grant, from VA-125, safely ejected from his A-4C Skyhawk shortly before the aircraft crashed at NAS Lemoore. The Bakersfield Californian, Saturday, March 2, 1963.
21-Mar-66 148308 A4D-2N NJ- VA-125 Lemoore CA Lt(jg). Shaffer Lt(jg). Roger A. Shaffer (VA-125, NAS Lemoore) ejected safely before his A4D Skyhawk crashed and burned in a field eight miles north of NAS Lemoore Friday night. Eureka Humboldt Standard, Saturday, June 1, 1963.
23-Mar-66 148309 A4D-2 NJ- VA-125 Lemoore CA
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24-Mar-66 148310 A4D-2 NJ- VA-125 Lemoore CA Lt(jg). Spence Lt(jg). James T. Spence III of VA-125 was killed when his A4D Skyhawk crashed during a routine training flight 55 miles NE of Fallon, NV. The Bakersville Californian, Thursday, Sept. 12, 1963. Lt(jg). James T. Spence III, 24, of Pink Hill, NC, was killed when his A4 Skyhawk crashed and exploded near Fallon, NV. He was stationed at NAS Lemoore and was on a routine training mission when the crash occurred. Reno Gazette, Thursday, 12 September 1963.
25-Mar-66 148312 A4D-2N NJ- VA-125 Lemoore USS Coral Sea Ens. Brooks Ens. William Charles Brooks, 23, attached to NAS Lemoore VA-125 was killed when his A-4 attack jet crashed into the Pacific on a catapult launching from the aircraft carrier Coral Sea. Oakland Tribune, Sun., Feb. 9, 1964.
27-Mar-66 148313 A4D-2N NJ- VA-125 Lemoore CA Lt(jg). Fraser Lt(jg). J.R. Fraser, 27, NAS Lemoore, was killed Wednesday when his A-4C Skyhawk crashed during a night landing practice. Freeport (IL) Journal-Standard, Friday, Oct. 2, 1964
28-Mar-66 148315 A-4E NJ- VA-125 Lemoore CA Lt. Howard Lt. Richard A. Howard, 30, ejected safety when his A-4 Skyhawk crashed into farmland seven miles NE of Coalinga today when the plane's engine failed in flight at about 4,000 feet. Oakland Tribune, Thur., Nov. 12, 1964.
28-Mar-66 148317 A4D-2N NJ- VA-125 Lemoore USS Bon Homme Richard Ens. Huntley Ens. Donald P. Huntley, yr., 24 was killed when his VA-125 A-4C Skyhawk went over the side of the USS Bon Homme Richard and crashed into the ocean about 11 pm Friday while the carrier was operating 10 miles west of San Clemente Island. The Fresno Bee, Sunday, 21 February 1965. 2258 A-4C Bureau No. 149511 of VA-125, pilot Ens. Donald P. Huntley, crashed into the sea off the angle deck, port side at Lat. 32-56N Long. 118-45W and sank in 625 fathoms of water. 2259 Commenced manuvering on various courses at various speeds while searching for pilot. 2315 Launched helo to aid USS Ozbourn (DD-846) NPLG. in search of pilot. 0622 Detached USS Ozbourn (DD-846) for I.S. E. instructed Ozbourn to discontinue search efforts. USS Bon Homme Richard deck log, February 19, 1965 and February 20, 1965.
1-Apr-66 148435 A4D-2N NJ- VA-125 Lemoore CA Lt(jg). Territo Lt. (jg). Rosolino J. Territo, 23, of NAS Lemoore was killed when his A4C “Skyhawk“ attack bomber crashed and exploded in swampland east of St. Vincent's Hill as it was about to make a radar landing at Hamilton AFB at 7:20 p.m. yesterday. Territo’s plane was one of two making a practice radar approach to the base, to gain experience in landing at unfamiliar fields. He was followed by instructor Lt. Harold D. Barnhart of Lemoore, who said he lost visual and radio contact with Territo minutes before they were supposed to land. San Rafael Daily Independent Journal, Wednesday, 10 March 1965, San Rafael, CA. The body of Lt. (jg). Rosolino J .Territo, 23, was found at 4:19 p.m. yesterday just south of the Hamilton AFB runway. Location of the body nearly two miles north from the wreckage raised the possibility that the jet had circled Marin County without a pilot. The pilots body was not in the line of the crashed plane, according to LCdr. Raymond Sinwell, information officer at NAS Alameda. The body was spotted by a Coast Guard helicopter and recovered by a ground crew from Western Air Rescue at Hamilton. The parachute had streamed out, but failed to open, according to Western Air Rescue. The body was still in the ejection seat which had been covered by water during the day and was revealed at low tide. San Rafael Daily Independent Journal, Wednesday, 11 March 1965, San Rafael, CA. Unknown pilot was killed when a NAS Lemoore based A4D single-seat jet crashed and exploded Wednesday night in marsh land along San Francisco Bay two miles south of Hamilton AFB and was evidently trying to land at Hamilton's airfield. The name of the pilot was not released. Pacific Stars & Stripes, Friday, March 12, 1965.
1-Apr-66 148440 A-4E NJ- VA-125 Lemoore CA Lt. Belcher Lt. Job O. Belcher Jr., 31, ejected safely Thursday when his A4D Skyhawk crashed near Crows Landing, about 20 miles west of Turlock, CA. The plane developed mechanical trouble while flying a practice weapons mission. The Daily Review, Friday, July 9, 1965.
6-Apr-66 148441 A4D-2N NJ- VA-125 Lemoore NV Lt(jg). Edgar Lt(jg). Clyde E. Edgar, 34, was killed Wednesday when his jet attack bomber crashed at NAAS Fallen during a training flight. The public information office at Lemoore reported Edgar was taking part in weapons delivery training when the crash occurred. Nashua Telegraph, Monday, 09 August 1965. Lt(jg). Clyde E. Edgar, 34, was killed Wednesday when his jet attack bomber crashed at NAAS Fallen during a training flight. He was identified by a Navy Spokesman at NAS Lemoore. Gazette-Journal (Reno, Nevada,) Thursday, 05 August 1965.
11-Apr-66 148442 A4D-2N NJ- VA-125 Lemoore
Lt. Lawton Lt. Thomas P. Lawton Jr., 23, ejected
11-Apr-66 148443 A-4E NJ- VA-125 Lemoore AZ
unknown unknown USMC pilot ejected safely yesterday before his disabled A-4E crashed 8 miles SE of Yuma. The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Sat., Oct. 2, 1965.
17-Apr-66 148444 A4D-2N NJ- VA-125 Lemoore CA Ens. Vanko Ens. Anthony Karl Vanko, 22, parachuted to safety Friday before his A-4 Skyhawk crashed into Blue Ridge peak at about 5,300 feet nine miles SE of Three Rivers in Tulare county while on a training mission from NAS Lemoore. Eureka Humboldt Standard, Saturday, October 16, 1965.
17-Apr-66 148445 A-4E NJ- VA-125 Lemoore CA Cdr. McDonald Cdr. Wesley McDonald (CAG-15) ejected successfully Wednesday when his Skyhawk flamed out on a flight from NAS Lemoore to NAS Miramar. Pasadena Star-News, Thursday, November 18, 1965.
20-Apr-66 148447 A4D-2N NL-3.. VA-125 Lemoore CA LCdr. Brown LCdr. Charles Brown (VA-125) ejected safely from his A-4 Skyhawk over the Pacific just before it exploded and crashed 15 miles SE of the Farallon Islands Friday. The Modesto-Bee, Sunday, November 28, 1965.
20-Apr-66 148448 A-4E NJ- VA-125 Lemoore CA LCdr. Cullen LCdr. Joseph P. Cullen, 33, of NAS Lemoore, escaped injury when he ejected from his A-4 Skyhawk before it crashed and burned in the Kettleman Hills of western Kings County yesterday. Oakland Tribune, Wed., May 25,1966.
23-Apr-66 148450 A4D-2N NJ- VA-125 Lemoore CA Lt(jg). Cox Lt(jg). Walter Roy Cox was killed when his A-4C Skyhawk crashed and burned at 3:45 p.m. near Shelter Cove yesterday. The plane was one of two on a routine training mission from NAS Lemoore. The crash site was located three hours after the wingman radioed the Arcata Flight Tower that the plane had crashed. The fog was too thick to attempt a landing and the plane apparently nosed into Queen's Peak and bounced over the top, the wreckage scattering over a large area on the Simpson Ranch. The crash, about three quarters of a mile inland and about two mile north of Shelter Cove, touched off a brush and timber fire which was controlled by 70 firefighters at 9:15 p.m. Eureka Humboldt Standard, Eureka, CA, Saturday, August 20, 1966.
27-Apr-66 148451 A-4E NJ-503 VA-125 Lemoore USS Kearsarge Cdr. Shaw Cdr. John D. Shaw (VA-125 CO) was killed when his A-4 Skyhawk landed aboard the USS Kearsarge and then continued off the angled deck and crashed into the sea during carquals 115 miles SW of San Diego, CA, on Monday. Press-Telegram, Long Beach, CA, Tuesday, March 14, 1967. 1533 A-4E number NJ-503 of VA-125 pilot Cdr. J.D. Shaw, unhooked from #5 crosswind pennant and rolled off angled deck. Pilot sustained fatal injuries. Damage to aircraft: strike. Designated USS Walke (DD-723), as rescue destroyer. Maneuvered on various courses and speeds to close the crash scene. 155 All engines stop. 1602 The Captain assumed the conn. Maneuvering to take lifeboat alongside to port. 1626 The remains of Cdr. J.D. Shaw were received on board from lifeboat. USS Kearsarge (CVS-33) deck log, Monday 13 March 1967.
29-Apr-66 148452 A-4E NJ- VA-125 Lemoore CA Lt. Olsen Lt. William Olsen of NAS Lemoore, CA clipped a 66,000-volt transmission line in SE Oklahoma Saturday, but the A-4E Skyhawk landed with considerable damage and trailing about 12 feet of electrical wire. The plane hit the power line about two miles east of Sawyer, 30 miles NE of Paris, TX, in Choctaw County, OK during series of low-level test flights over AR and OK called Joint Task Force II. Big Spring (Texas) Herald, Sunday, July 30, 1967.
30-Apr-66 148453 A-4E NJ- VA-125 Lemoore CA
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1-May-66 148454 A4D-2N NJ- VA-125 Lemoore AZ Ens. Baker Ens. B.J. Baker, 22, VA-125 at Lemoore, ejected safely from his A-4 Skyhawk last night when he had a flameout after making an orientation pass on a target complex and the plane crashed in the desert about 18 miles SE of Yuma. The Yuma Daily Sun, Fri., Oct. 6, 1967 and The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Sat, Oct. 7, 1967.
2-May-66 148455 A4D-2N NJ- VA-125 Lemoore CA


5-May-66 148456 A4D-2N NJ- VA-125 Lemoore USS Bennington LCdr. Rook LCdr. Wilson Rook, 35, of VA-125, NAS Lemoore is missing after his A4 Skyhawk fell into the sea about 20 miles north of San Clemente Island after a crash on the stern ramp of the aircraft carrier USS Bennington. Press-Telegram, Friday, January 26,1968. Bennington's 104,000th landing was made by LCdr. W.C. Rook of VA-125. On Rook's next attempt that evening, his A4D Skyhawk, struck the round down, exploded and skidded off the port side of the flight deck.
5-May-66 148457 A4D-2N NJ- VA-125 Lemoore CA Lt(jg). Brittenhan Lt(jg). John C. Brittenhan ejected safely from his A-4C Skyhawk yesterday when a napalm bomb refused to drop off during a practice bombing run and was hanging in such a manner as to make landing impossible. His Skyhawk crashed in the Chocolate Mountains approximately 45 miles north of El Centro. Arizona Republic, Sat., March 9, 1968.
11-May-66 148459 A4D-2N NJ- VA-125 Lemoore CA
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12-May-66 148461 A-4E NJ VA-125 Lemoore NV Lt(jg). Brix Lt(jg). C.W. Brix of Lemoore, CA, ejected safely when his A-4 Skyhawk crashed on takeoff Thursday at NAS Fallon, NV. Independent Press-Telegram, Long Beach, CA, Friday, July 26, 1968.
21-May-66 148466 A4D-2N NJ- VA-125 Lemoore CA Lt. Smith Lt. Larry E. Smith, 29, ejected (suffered severe injuries and succumbed 16 September at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital) when his A-4 Skyhawk crashed and burned 12 miles SE of Mariposa while on a routine training flight. The Bakersfield Californian, Thursday, Sept. 12, 1968.
23-May-66 148467 A-4E NJ- VA-125 USS Lexington Gulf Lt(jg). Dobbs Lt(jg). James T. Dobbs, 25, was killed when his NAS Lemoore VA-125 A-4 Skyhawk skidded off the deck of the USS Lexington and dropped into the Gulf of Mexico 40 miles S of Pensacola, FL, due to a mishap with the arresting gear Monday. The Pensacola News, Tuesday, 25 February 1969.
25-May-66 148470 unknown
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Lt(jg). Toon Lt(jg). Thomas A. Toon IV was holding short for night FCLP when his O2 mask burst into flame. He tried to snuff it out against his leg which ignited his oil-stained cotton flight suit and he climbed over the side. From Boom Powell. Navy flier Thomas A. Toon IV died at Brooks General Hospital at Ft. Sam Houston, TX. He was injured in a plane crash in May. Iowa City Press-Citizen, Saturday, 16 August 1969.
1-Jun-66 148471 A4D-2N NJ- VA-125 Lemoore NV Lt(jg). Lagano Lt(jg). George B. Clark, 24, and Lt(jg). James P. Lagano, 25, ejected when VA-125 A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 148537 (#3 in a four plane formation) after a mid-air collision with VA-125 A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 149967 (#2 in a four plane formation ) following a live ordnance (Mk-81's) mission at NAS Fallon filmed by Lt. R.R. Powell from the backseat of a TA-4J. During the join-up, lead called a frequency change, #3 looked down and collided with #2. The Skyhawks locked together and #3 ejected. The airplanes came apart and both us instructors are screaming Eject, Eject! The nose section of #2 (A-4E) had come loose and was pounding on the canopy and the RP in #2 finally ejected from his falling A-4E after the nose section tore away, 29 May 1969. From R.R. Powell, 11 February 2016.
2-Jun-66 148472 A-4E NJ- VA-125 Lemoore NV Lt(jg). Clark Lt(jg). George B. Clark, 24, and Lt(jg). James P. Lagano, 25, ejected when VA-125 A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 148537 (#3 in a four plane formation) after a mid-air collision with VA-125 A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 149967 (#2 in a four plane formation ) following a live ordnance (Mk-81's) mission at NAS Fallon filmed by Lt. R.R. Powell from the backseat of a TA-4J. During the join-up, lead called a frequency change, #3 looked down and collided with #2. The Skyhawks locked together and #3 ejected. The airplanes came apart and both us instructors are screaming Eject, Eject! The nose section of #2 (A-4E) had come loose and was pounding on the canopy and the RP in #2 finally ejected from his falling A-4E after the nose section tore away, 29 May 1969. From R.R. Powell, 11 February 2016. Lt(jg). George B. Clark, 24, and 2nd Lt. James P. Lagano, 25, ejected safely when their Navy A4 attack jets collided and crashed during routine bombing practice Thursday near NAAS Fallon. A rescue helicopter picked up both pilots who are stationed at NAS Lemoore. The Bridgeport Post, Sunday, June 1, 1969.
3-Jun-66 148473 A4D-2N NJ- VA-125 Lemoore USS Bennington Lt(jg). Demick Lt(jg). Victor A. Demick of VA-125 reported a loss of gyro in his A-4 aircraft four minutes after a night catapult launch. He was told to use the stand-by gyro, level his wings and climb. Lt(jg). Demick reported his aircraft was stalling and 10 seconds later, with the aircraft approximately 6 nautical miles away, radar contact was lost. An extensive search was conducted yielding only aircraft debris.
10-Jun-66 148474 A-4F NJ- VA-125 Lemoore CA


15-Jun-66 148475 TA-4F NJ- VA-125 Lemoore NV Lt. Knickerbocker Lt. Brad L. Knickerbocker, 28, ejected before his NAS Lemoore VA-125 jet crashed and burned east of Fresno, CA. Nevada State Journal, Saturday, 28 February 1970. A TA-4B (sic) jet trainer was destroyed Thursday when the tow cable from a CH-47 helicopter which was towing it from NAAS Fallon broke and it dropped about 200 feet onto a farmers field. The helicopter had just taken off to tow the trainer to Sharpe Army Depot at Lathrop, CA, for structural repairs. Reno Gazette-Journal (Reno, Nevada), Friday, 13 March 1970.
16-Jun-66 148476 TA-4F NJ- VA-127 Lemoore CA LCdr. Lucchessi LCdr. James W. Lucchessi, 34, an instructor, and Lt(jg). Harlow W. Ralls, 27, are missing while on a flight south of Cedar Grove, CA. Their NAS Lemoore based TA-4F Skyhawk was reported missing Monday at 2 pm. when it vanished from the radar screens while flying east of Porterville in Tulare County, in mountains 6,000 to 9,000 feet high. Oakland Tribune, Wednesday, February 26, 1969. A memorial service will be held for LCdr. James W. Lucchessi Saturday at 3 pm. Lucchessi was the pilot of a Navy plane which vanished February 24 and presumedly crashed in an uninhabited region of the Sierra Nevada mountains in northern California. After search efforts failed he was listed as deceased. Waukesha Daily Freeman, Friday, May 16 1969. NAS Lemoore ... the Navy believes the aircraft wreckage spotted near Mineral King Valley Sunday may be that of a training jet lost in the High Sierra on Feb. 24. Nevada State Journal, Wednesday. August 6, 1969.
17-Jun-66 148477 A-4E NJ- VA-127 Lemoore NV Lt. Moore Lt. Robert B. Moore, 29, ejected safely when his NAS Lemoore VA-127 A-4E Skyhawk crashed Thursday about 8 miles NE of Sparks, NV. Nevada State Journal, Friday, September 18, 1970.
20-Jun-66 148478 TA-4F NJ- VA-127 Lemoore CA Lt. Schuele Lt. Sherman L. Schuele and Lt(jg). Richard Clayton ejected safely when their A-4 fighter crashed and burned Monday at Edwards AFB while on a routine instrument training flight from NAS Lemoore. Independent, Tue., Mar. 23, 1971.
25-Jun-66 148480 TA-4F NJ- VA-127 Lemoore CA Lt. Verdi Lt. James Verdi and an unidentified pilot from NAS Lemoore were killed Wednesday when their light jet attack plane crashed in a wooded area 10 miles south of the Mineral King wilderness area in the Sierra Nevada range during an instrument and orientation training flight. The Bakersfield Californian, Friday, Aug, 27, 1971. Lt. James R. Verdi, 30, IP, and an unidentified student pilot from NAS Lemoore were killed August 25 while on a routine training flight. Lt. Verdi had served as flight instructor of six years, four years at Lemoore and the previous two in FL. His plane crashed about 90 miles north of the base and the bosies were recovered Thursday (26th) and apparently neither was able to eject. The Daily Journal, Monday, August, 30, 1971. The instructor and student manned a TA-4J for a day instrument training flight. Departure was normal and they arrived at the designated training area which was over mountainous terrain. Once in the area no further communications were heard. About 45 minutes after departure two forest rangers saw a Navy jet in the dirty configuration flying straight and level up a valley. They watched for about ten seconds until it passed out of view and the engine sound suddenly stopped. About the same time a forest fire lookout reported smoke and a possible forest fire. It turned out to be the crash site of the TA-4J below a ridge line at 8,000 feet. Evidence indicated the TA-4J was in level flight and the port wing hit a tree moments before it hit the ridge. Although a last minute ejection was attempted time and distance precluded successful completion prior to impact. NAN, Pettibone, March 1973.
27-Jun-66 148481 TA-4F NJ-7.. VA-127 Lemoore CA Lt. Segars Lt. Roy Segars, 29, and Ens. John Ross, 25, ejected safely from their TA-4 Skyhawk before it crashed yesterday 7 1/2 miles west of George AFB yesterday. They were on a routine training flight from the San Joaquin Valley Air Station when their Skyhawk became disabled and were rescued by a USAF helicopter. The San Bernardino County Sun, Friday, 21 September 1973.
27-Jun-66 148484 A-4F NJ- VA-127 Lemoore CA
unknown
1-Jul-66 148486 TA-4F NJ- VA-127 Lemoore CA Lt. Moreau Lt. Steven Moreau, 30, was killed in a July 30 (1987) crash of his A-4 Skyhawk in Saline Valley... Fresno Bee, 15 August, 1987. Possibly the A-4 that ran out of fuel during a training exercise closer to China Lake attempted a dead stick landing and lost his life. I was helping train pilots at NAS Lemoore at the time. VFA-127 is the aggressor squadron and was flying out of Lemoore and Fallon at the time. VFA-127 TA-4J BuNo 153504 was destroyed at Lemoore when aircraft failed to return from fam solo flight. Wreckage located during SAR. 07 August 1987. 1 fatality. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
4-Jul-66 148488 A-4E NJ- VA-127 Lemoore CA Lt. Rullman Lt. Thomas Rullman, ejected safely from his A-4E Skyhawk when it crashed about three mile north of NAS Lemoore shortly after take-off Tuesday. Fresno Bee, 26 October 1987. VFA-127 A-4E BuNo 150007 was destroyed at Lemoore when pilot ejected immediately after takeoff. Aircraft crashed into ground. 25 August 1987. 0 fatalities. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
4-Jul-66 148489 A-4E NJ-7.. VA-127 Fallon NV Lt. Bodine Lt. George Bodine Jr., ejected safely from his disabled VFA-127 A-4E Skyhawk which crashed about 3 mile SW of Gabbs Airport Thursday evening and was picked up by a SAR helicopter. The plane, acting the part of an aggressor for routine combat training, crashed at about 6 pm. Reno Gazette-Journal, Friday, 07 October 1988. VFA-127 A-4E BuNo 151090 was destroyed at Nevada when aircraft crashed into ground during local fam. flight. 06 October 1988. 0 fatalities. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester.
5-Jul-66 148495 A4D-2 AE- VA-133 Cecil Field



7-Jul-66 148496 A4D-2 AE- VA-133 Cecil Field FL Lt. Swenson Lt. Nils Swenson, 29, was killed last night when his A4D jet crashed and burned during a landing approach. Swenson was returning to Cecil Field from a training flight to NAS Oceana, VA when the plane crashed about 15 miles south of Jacksonville in an area covered with brush and small pines. The Pensacola News, Friday, 02 January 1962.
8-Jul-66 148498 A4D-2 AE- VA-133 Cecil Field FL Lt. Bates Lt. H. Bates safely ejected at 3,000 feet when his Skyhawk developed engine trouble on a rocket firing run and crashed into woods 10 miles from Jacksonville. Panama City Herald, Thursday, June 7, 1962.
10-Jul-66 148499 A4D-2N NK-411 VA-144 USS Constellation SEA Lt(jg). Alvarez Lt(jg). Everett Alvarez - POW, lost to AAA
11-Jul-66 148501 A4D-2N
VA-144 USS Ticonderoga CA Cdr. Peters Cdr. Charles H. Peters, VA-144 XO from NAS Lemoore ejected safely and was rescued by the destroyer USS Wadsworth after 5 hours in the sea. His A4C Skyhawk, operating from the USS Ticonderoga, crashed 66 miles south of San Diego Monday night. Reno Evening Gazette, Tuesday, August 17, 1965 and The Daily Review, Wednesday, August 18, 1965.
15-Jul-66 148505 A4D-2N NF-547 VA-144 USS Ticonderoga SEA Lt(jg). McCormick Lt(jg). John Vern McCormick was killed when his aircraft exploded instantly after being hit by 57mm AAA during a raid on the Hai Duong Bridge near Tranh Hoa.
21-Jul-66 148506 A4D-2N NF-546 VA-144 USS Ticonderoga SEA Cdr. Snyder Cdr. Jack L. Snyder ejected and was rescued by a Navy SAR helicopter from the USS England after a SA-2 missile exploded near his Skyhawk at 500 feet and riddled it with shrapnel causing hydraulic failure and fire that caused the tail to break off seconds after he ejected.
23-Jul-66 148507 A4D-2N NF-543 VA-144 USS Ticonderoga SEA Lt(jg). Durham Lt(jg). J.C. Durham ejected and was rescued by a USMC helicopter 20 miles off the coast when the engine eventually failed after pulling off a target in southern Laos.
24-Jul-66 148508 A4D-2N NF-553 VA-144 USS Ticonderoga SEA Lt(jg). Pinneker Lt(jg). Jereld Lee Pinneker was killed when after dropping napalm (2nd pass) on a VC troop concentration in the Mekong Delta he flew into several trees and his aircraft exploded.
28-Jul-66 148510 A4D-2N NH-303 VA-144 USS Kitty Hawk SEA Lt(jg). Glenn Lt(jg). Danny Elloy Glenn ejected and was captured after his Skyhawk was hit by AAA about 15 miles W of Mu Ron Ma while flying a armed reconnaissance mission.
29-Jul-66 148511 A-4E NH-3.. VA-144 USS Kitty Hawk

unknown moored at North Island
29-Jul-66 148512 A-4E NH-306 VA-144 USS Kitty Hawk Atl LCdr. Lamaur LCdr. Virgil J. LaMaur, 30, was lost at sea Thur. when his A4 Skyhawk plunged into the ocean just after launch from the carrier Kitty Hawk operating 400 miles east of HI. Pacific Stars &. Stripes Mon., Nov. 27, 1967. 0636 (hours) While launching aircraft an A-4 from VA-144, side number 306 Bureau# 151199 piloted by LCDR V.J. Lamaura flew into the water 2 miles off the port bow at position 24-28.5N 150-06.3W. 0645 USS Prichett (DD-561) searching for pilot. 0704 USS Prichett recovered 1 pilot log book and wallet belonging to LCDR Lamaura. Pilot lost at sea. USS Kitty Hawk deck log, Wednesday, 22 November 1967.
1-Aug-66 148514 A-4E NH-304 VA-144 USS Kitty Hawk VTNAM Cdr. Schweitzer Cdr. Robert James Schweitzer flying A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 152074, NH 304, was leading an Iron Hand mission against a SAM site just to the west of Haiphong and was hit by 37mm flak just as the last aircraft had dropped its bombs. His aircraft suffered complete electrical and hydraulic failure and he ejected close to Haiphong and was captured.
4-Aug-66 148515 A-4E NH-303 VA-144 USS Kitty Hawk NVIET Lt(jg). Gingiss Lt(jg). J.D. Gingiss had a fire in the cockpit and ejected safely from VA-144 Nr. 303 Bupers Nr. 151055 at 1301. 1320 pilot recovered by helo and returned to ship. Pilot in good health. USS Kitty Hawk deck log, 29 January 1968.
5-Aug-66 148517 A-4E NH-300 VA-144 USS Kitty Hawk VTNAM Lt. Curtis Lt. R.E. Curtis ejected safely when his Skyhawk was hit by automatic weapons fire on his 3rd strafing run attacking a location on Route 9 about 20 miles west of Khe San. The engine began to vibrate as it lost power and he ejected a few miles south of the target and was rescued by USAF HH‑3E.
5-Aug-66 148518 A-4E NH-303 VA-144 USS Kitty Hawk VTNAM LCdr. Saaverda LCdr. Robert Saavedra was killed while strafing a number of trucks on a road 30 miles south of Vinh. Thirty seconds after rolling in his wingman saw a large fireball near the road and it could not be determined if LCdr. Saaverda had been shot down or flew into the ground.
7-Aug-66 148519 A-4E NF-5.. VA-144 USS Bon Homme Richard CA LCdr. Wees LCdr. H. Ross Wees Jr., 34, was killed Friday when the A-4 Skyhawk he was piloting collided with an A-7 Corsair (VA-122 BuNo 153476) over CA. He had been stationed at NAS Lemoore and had been recalled to active duty in December 1967. His body was found In the plane's wreckage near Huron, Calif. The other pilot reportedly parachuted to safety. Bedford Gazette, Bedford, PA., Tuesday, March 11, 1969.
10-Aug-66 148520 A-4E NF-503 VA-144 USS Bon Homme Richard VTNAM Lt(jg). Sage Lt(jg). Leland Charles Cooke Sage led his wingman on a night Steel Tiger strike near Ban Soppeng, 15 miles west of Mu Gia Pass, under control of an FAC. He didn't drop any bombs on his 1st attempt and on his 2nd attempt rolled in from 11,000 feet and reported that he would egress to the left of the target. Two FAC's in the area saw him dive towards the target in a straight line until his Skyhawk exploded on the ground near the target. Although he may have been hit there was a strong possibility that he became preoccupied and flew into the ground.
12-Aug-66 148522 A-4E NF-510 VA-144 USS Bon Homme Richard SEA Lt. Mickelson Lt. William Emil Mickelson, Jr. killed when his aircraft crashed into the fantail during his landing approach. The crash sprayed aircraft parts about the carrier's flight deck and fantail injuring several people. The belly fuel tank ruptured and ignited, but was brought under control by the shipboard damage control fire fighters. 2112 (hours) A-4E BuNo 151131, side No. 510 of VA-144, pilot William E. Michelson Jr., crashed into the fantail at longitude 107-22.8E, latitude 59N and apparently sank in 225 feet of water. Detailed the USS Gurke to search for the pilot. 2114 Fire on the flight deck, port side aft of fueling spaces fwd. of the LSO platform. 2116 Fire is out. 2203 Ceased operating aircraft. USS Bon Homme Richard deck log, 10 August 1969.
15-Aug-66 148523 A-4E NF-504 VA-144 USS Bon Homme Richard SEA Lt. Easterlin Lt. W. "Bill" H. Easterlin was rescued after VA-144 A-4E BuNo 152003 crashed into the sea off the starboard bow at latitude 18-00N longitude 107-17.8E and sank in 245 feet of water at 1932 hours. 1935 Pilot recovered by helicopter and returned on board this ship. Pilot was unharmed. USS Bon Homme Richard log book, 13 August 1969. The A-4E was launched on a bombing mission from the starboard catapult set for a gross weight of 23,000 pounds for an end speed of 141 knots. Witnesses noted a definite decrease in engine RPM as the A-4 proceeded down the catapult. Off the end with 14 knots excess end speed they also noted a possible over-rotation. The A-4E encountered immediate buffet and began to settle. Seven to ten seconds later, as the stricken A-4E reached 20 feet above the water, the pilot initiated ejection on the air boss' call. NAN, Pettibone, September 1970.
18-Aug-66 148524 A-4F NF-514 VA-144 USS Bon Homme Richard SEA Lt. Speed Lt. Jim Speed VA-144 No. 514 A-4F Skyhawk BuNo. 154215 reported in the water at 1200 hours. Detached Helo and the Small (DD-838) to investigate area bearing 170 deg. CT, 25 miles. At 1214 pilot was on board helo. 1253 The Small reported recovering pilots life raft. No other debris located. USS Bon Homme Richard deck log Sunday, 7 June, 1970
19-Aug-66 148527 A4D-2N NK-607 VA-146 USS Constellation Pac Lt(jg). Gissel Lt(jg). D.R. Gissel was killed … At 1235 A4C, Bu. No. 149568 of VA-146, Pilot Lt(jg). Gissel, D.R., crashed dead ahead into the water, range 3 miles, at 26-19.4N, 128-56.8E in 1,750 fathoms of water (enroute from Sasebo, Japan to Buckner Bay, Okinawa.) At 1250 pilot was returned to the ship by helo and taken to sick bay. At 1335 Lt(jg). Gissel died on board due to injuries received from plane crash at 1235 this date. USS Constellation deck log, Monday, 8 July 1963.
19-Aug-66 148530 A4D-2N NK-606 VA-146 USS Constellation SEA Lt(jg). Knollmueller Lt(jg). James H. Knollmueller, ejected safely last Friday after his A-4C Skyhawk collided at about 9,500 feet with VMCJ-1 RF-8A Crusader 146879 after taking off from the Carrier Constellation. Both planes were seen falling in pieces and burning and Marine Capt. Darl R. Bloom was not observed to eject. The Progress, Clearfield, Curwensville, Philipsburg, Moshannon Valley, PA., Tuesday, November 17, 1964. 1705 Lost radar and radio contact with F4B BuNo 151042 of VF-142. 1813 Fireball sighted hitting the water, bearing 090, range about 15 miles. Fireball result of mid-air collision between A4C BuNo 149570 of VF146 and RF8A BuNo 146879 of VMCJ-1. Directed Coontz (DLG-9) and MacKenzie (DD-836) to collision area for search and rescue operations. 1820 Helo sent to collision area for search and rescue operations. 1850 Pilot of A4C aircraft LTJG Knollmueller was rescued by helo. Injuries undetermined. 2121 Two survivors of lost aircraft (F4 Phantom) picked up by helo. 2135 Survivors returned onboard by helo; LTJG W.M. Myers and LT W.R. Moore. Injuries undetermined. 2233 Recovered one helo. 2251 c/c to 160. Destroyers commenced search in area where green flare reported. USS Constellation deck log, 13 November 1964.
21-Aug-66 148531 A4D-2N NK-600 VA-146 USS Ranger SEA Cdr. Loheed Cdr. Hubert Bradford Loheed entered the cloud cover at 1,000 feet after a raid against barges 20 miles N of Vinh and was not seen or heard from again until his remains were handed over in 1994.
22-Aug-66 148532 A4D-2N NK-6.. VA-146 USS Ranger SEA
unknown Unknown pilot ejected and was rescued after the pilot accidently hit the water during an armed reconnaissance mission off the coast on North Vietnam, remained airborne and caught fire.
25-Aug-66 148533 A4D-2N NK-604 VA-146 USS Ranger SEA Lt. Magee Lt. F. Hugh Magee ejected and was rescued by a Navy helicopter after his Skyhawk was hit under the cockpit by 57mm AAA during RESCAP for VA-65 A-6A Intruder BuNo 151816 three miles NE of Vinh.
27-Aug-66 148535 A4D-2N NK-6.. VA-146 USS Constellation NV LCdr. Kennedy LCdr. John F. Kennedy, 30, VA-146 at NAS Lemoore, was killed when his A-4C Skyhawk crashed Friday 20 miles SW of Fallon, NV. Nevada State Journal, Saturday, March 4, 1967.
27-Aug-66 148537 A4D-2N NK-605 VA-146 USS Constellation SEA Lt. McGrath Lt. John Michael McGrath ejected and was captured when his Skyhawk was hit by AAA during attack on bridge near Thieu Ang.
1-Sep-66 148539 A4D-2N NK-602 VA-146 USS Constellation SEA Lt. Lee Lt. Charles Richard Lee was killed when his Skyhawk was hit by a SA-2 missile while approaching the main Haiphong POL storage site.
1-Sep-66 148540 A4D-2N NK-6.. VA-146 USS Constellation SEA LCdr. Casimes LCdr J. Casimes in A-4C BuNo 147719 crashed off the starboard bow of USS Constellation (Lat. 18 34.5N, Long. 107 24.0E) and was rescued by ship's helo with minor injuries. USS Constellation deck log, Tuesday, 8 August, 1967.
9-Sep-66 148542 A4D-2 AK-301 VA-15 USS Intrepid SEA LCdr. Moran LCdr. Richard Allen "Moose" Moran perished, flew overhead at pattern altitude and broke to turn downwind and descended into the water alongside Intrepid and exploded. No attempt to eject. LCdr. R.A. Moran in VA-15 A-4B Bureau No. 145040 crashed into the sea off the port quarter at latitude 17-51.8E, longitude 107-30N, and sank in 40 fathoms of water at 0942. USS Conway (DD-507) and helo detached to commence search for pilot. Detached USS Conway (DD-507) from search and directed USS Bradley (DE-1041) to assume search at 1028. Search concluded. Results negative. Pilot presumed dead at 1145. USS Intrepid deck log, 07 August 1966. LCdr. Moran gently flew into the water 180 abeam the ship. The canopy was blown and he was observed leaving the cockpit, but appeared to be stuck as the aircraft disappeared below the surface.
13-Sep-66 148544 A-4C AK-3.. VA-15 Cecil Field FL Lt(jg). Gerard LCdr. Jerry Tuttle, 32, and Lt(jg) Samuel J. Gerard Jr., 25, (VA-15 Cecil Field) ejected safely when their A-4 Skyhawks collided over sparsely populated woodlands and crashed near MacClenny, FL. The Stars and Stripes, Thursday, February 16, 1967.
16-Sep-66 148546 A4D-2N AK-3.. VA-15 Cecil Field FL LCdr. Tuttle LCdr. Jerry Tuttle, 32, and Lt(jg) Samuel J. Gerard Jr., 25, (VA-15 Cecil Field) ejected safely when their A-4 Skyhawks collided over sparsely populated woodlands and crashed near MacClenny, FL. The Stars and Stripes, Thursday, February 16, 1967.
17-Sep-66 148547 A4D-2N AK-205 VA-15 USS Intrepid SEA Lt. Cole Lt. LeGrande Ogden Cole was killed when his Skyhawk crashed during an attack on the Ben Thuy thermal plant on the Song Ca river.
20-Sep-66 148549 A4D-2N AK-208 VA-15 USS Intrepid SEA Lt. Craig Lt. Phillip Charles Craig was killed when his Skyhawk was shot down near the coast S of Haiphong after a raid on the railway at Hai Duong.
4-Oct-66 148550 A4D-2N AK-212 VA-15 USS Intrepid SEA Lt. Thornhill Lt. David W. Thornhill ejected and was rescued by a Navy SAR helicopter among the numerous islands off the coast of Hon Gay after his Skyhawk was hit by AAA on a flak suppression mission for a raid on the ammo storage site near Hon Gay.
7-Oct-66 148551 A4D-2N AK-211 VA-15 USS Intrepid SEA Lt(jg). Gerard Lt(jg). R.W. Gerard ejected and was rescued by helicopter near the Intrepid after his Skyhawk was hit in the nose and stbd wing by AAA as he was pulling off the target during an attack on barges eight miles N of Vinh.
10-Oct-66 148553 A4D-2N AK-000 VA-15 USS Intrepid SEA LCdr. VanRuyter LCdr. Peter VanRuyter Schoeffel ejected and was captured after his Skyhawk was hit by AAA during a flak suppression mission during a raid on a ferry one mile N of Haiphong.
12-Oct-66 148554 A4D-2N
VA-15 Cecil Field FL
unknown Charles remembers early 1968 that during a training flight a Skyhawk crashed in the swamp in Southern Florida. From Will McManus
15-Oct-66 148556 A4D-2N AA-4.. VA-15 USS Forrestal Med. Lt. Gerard Lt. Ronald William Gerard, Sr. was killed during a mid-cruise off the USS Forrestal. Charles believes it was mechanical failure and that the pilot ejected upside down in Mediterranean Sea but was too close to water. Rumor had it that he did not get ejected from his seat. from Will McManus.
19-Oct-66 148557 A4D-2N AA-412 VA-15 USS Forrestal Med Lt(jg). Harms Lt(jg). W.A. Harms ejected safely when his engine Failed. 1454 received report of A-4 Skyhawk aircraft engine failure. Aircraft #412, of VA-15, pilot ejected, position of crash 260 degrees 100 miles from FORRESTAL Lat., 36 degrees 02’N,  Long. 13 degrees 28.6’ E.  1458 speed 15 knots. 1500 speed 12 knots.  1505 course change to 290 degrees, launched helo, dispatched to crash scene. 1507 course change to 010 degrees. 1514 speed 20 knots. 1515 speed 10 knots, changed course to 245. 1521 Speed 8 knots. Name of Pilot who ditched A-4 Skyhawk aircraft, LTJG Harms. A-4 aircraft #410 reports sighting pilot of aircraft #412 in water. 1524 changed course to 265. 1533 commenced operating aircraft. 1610 changed course to 350. 1620 changed course to 250. 1622 LT. R.M. Campbell assumed the OOD watch.  Speed 30 knots. 1642 speed 15 knots. 1645 LT. Harms, pilot of aircraft #412 has been recovered by helo of HC-2 the Fleet Angles. 1645 recovered one helo with downed pilot aboard. USS Forrestal deck log, 25 October 1968.
20-Oct-66 148559 A-4E AJ-505 VA-152 USS Shangri La SEA Lt(jg). Sears Lt(jg). J.A. Sears ejected safely from VA-152 A-4E BuNo 149993. 0455 hours Received report of downed A/C 210 deg. 5 miles. 0502 directed USS Waddell (DDG-24) and USS Brinkley Bass (887) to proceed to scene of downed pilot. 0513 USS Waddell reports she has picked up pilot by boat in good condition. 0532 Received details of downed aircraft. Aircraft was an A-4E BUNO # 149993 attached to VA-152. Pilot was LT(jg) J.A. Sears. Pilot not injured. Position of downed aircraft 17-27.2N, 107-26,5E. USS Shangri-La deck log, Wednesday, 27 May 1970. (engine failure from fuel ingestion during in-flight refueling.)
20-Oct-66 148560 A4D-1
VA-153 Moffett CA Cdr. Byers Cdr. Alexander D.C. Byers, 38, CO of VA-153 at NAS Moffett Field, was killed yesterday when his A4D crashed into San Francisco Bay about one mile south of International Airport. The Daily Review, Hayward, CA, Thursday, Feb. 21, 1957. Cdr. Alexander D.C. Byers, 38, CO of VA-153 at NAS Moffett Field, was killed yesterday when his Skyhawk apparently developed engine trouble at a low altitude. He ejected, but the chute failed to open completely before he hit the water. He was recovered by a Coast Guard crash boat 8 minutes after his plane plunged into the water off the San Francisco International Airport. Oakland Tribune, Thursday, February 21, 1957.
23-Oct-66 148561 A4D-1
VA-153 Moffett NV Lt. Rich Lt. Robert T. Rich, 28, was killed when he crashed during a night practice bombing run at Fallon, NV. Rich was member of VA-153 at Moffet Field. Long Beach, CA Independent, Wednesday October 23, 1957. Lt. Robert T. Rich, 28, was killed last night when his Skyhawk crashed and exploded on a practice bombing run 10 miles SW of NAAS Fallon, NV. VA-153 was TAD to Fallon from NAS Moffett for bombing practice. The explosion was seen by Fallon residents about 9:45 p.m. Reno Gazette, Tuesday, 22 October 1957.
26-Oct-66 148562 A4D-1
VA-153 Moffett CA Lt(jg). Sanford Lt(jg). Douglas O. Sanford, 22, was killed Thursday night when his Skyhawk jet caught fire hit the field and exploded during landing practice at Crows Landing. Redlands Daily Facts Friday, Nov. 22, 1957. His A4D jet crashed to earth and burst into flame near Ward Ave., about three miles southwest of NALF Crows Landing on the Covell ranch about 200 feet off Ward.
29-Oct-66 148563 A4D-2
VA-153 Moffett TX Lt(jg). Allen Lt(jg). Alvin Allen was on a cross country when the Oil Pressure Flip/Flop Gauge became erratic prompting him to execute a "Precautionary Flameout Approach" to NAS Kingsville. With excessive speed the aircraft touched down 4,000 ft. down the runway, the tailhook was pulled from the aircraft, Field Arresting Gear failed, the fuselage and wing separated and caught fire off the runway end. Lt(jg). Allen was uninjured. From Jim Doolittle, VA-153 Maintenance Officer in 1959.
29-Oct-66 148564 A4D-2
VA-153 Moffett CA Lt(jg). Blake Lt(jg). Gordon N. Blake and a housewife were killed when his VA-153 Skyhawk hit a house on Emily Drive as he was coming in for a landing. The crash occurred a half mile from Moffett Boulevard, near NAS Moffett Field. Blake was seen to eject and to come down into the home his Skyhawk hit which, according to an eyewitness, was just an inferno. The Skyhawk glanced off the front part of the roof, crashed into a field and broke in half. The site is just south of the Bayshore highway just inside the Mountain View City line. San Mateo Times, Monday, February 15, 1960.
1-Nov-66 148565 A4D-2 NL-3.. VA-153 USS Coral Sea CA Lt(jg). Morton Lt(jg). Richard E. Morton (VA-153 based at Moffett Field) was killed last night when his A4D-2 Skyhawk plunged upside down just in front of the USS Coral Sea 115 miles NW of Santa Cruz due to insufficient airspeed on a night launch. Oakland Tribune, Friday, September 9, 1960. 2205 A4D BuNo 142925 with pilot LTJG R.E. Morton, USN, crashed into the water off the port bow at Latitude 37-32.2 N, Longitude 122-45.2 W, following an unsuccessful port catapult launch. Ship's course is 300, speed 27 knots. Commanding Officer ordered left 5 deg. rudder and all engines stop to avoid the aircraft. USS Preston and USS Everett F. Larson commenced searching for the pilot. Maneuvering to remain clear of search area. 2310 Motor Whaleboat from USS Preston came alongside and delivered the pilot's helmet and part of the aircraft recovered in their search. 2335 USS Coral Sea discontinued search and c/c to 089, c/s to 17 knots. USS Preston detached. USS Everett Larson ordered to remain at the crash area and search for the pilot until sunrise. USS Coral Sea deck log, 8 September 1960.
5-Nov-66 148566 A4D-2 NL-3.. VA-153 USS Coral Sea Japan Lt. Cress Lt. Tom Joseph Cress was killed when his A4D exploded on 6 January 1961 as it hit the carrier Coral Sea's deck, careened into men and planes and exploded again as the aircraft bounced over the side. History of the USS Henry W. Tucker - DDR 875 (1960-1964). Lt. Cress landed with a full buddy store that had malfunctioned and there was a great flash of sparks and an explosion starting at the round down and coming up the deck in a fiery trail of flame and sparks. It appeared that the port landing gear, most of the port wing, and the tail hook had sheared off as the starboard wing was sticking up in about a 60 degree angle to the deck and sliding up the deck across into the planes stacked on the port bow. There was then, another tremendous explosion, followed by others and a furious fire all along the port bow near the front of the canted deck.... the wreckage fell into the sea off the port bow, near the front of the canted deck. From VA-153 plane captain Don DeKoker.1822 Received emergency message from a/c stating no oxygen and electrical fire. 1922 A4D BuNo 142918 of VA-153 Pilot, Lt. T.J. Cress, crashed on deck and went into the water, port side. Pilot missing at present. Major damage to three (3) a/c parked forward port side flight deck. Further casualties to follow. Notified ships in company to begin search. Flight Operations ceased, remaining airborne a/c directed proceed to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan. 2152 Secured from fire quarters. Secured all damage control parties. 2210 Screen commander reports negative search results. USS Coral Sea deck log, 6 January 1961.
0141 While trying to avoid flying debris from aircraft accident on flight deck, Abercrombie, Delbert L., AN, ran into propeller of AD-6, which was turning up. He received a wound, lacerated, right deltoid muscle with artery nerve and tendon involvement. Treatment debrided surgical closure, four fluids to replace blood loss, narcotics to ease pain. Disposition: temporary disability, loss of duty for six (6) weeks, placed on sick list. 0141 Exact details unknown, Foster, John Gary, AO3, USN, was apparently struck by flying debris from aircraft accident on flight deck. He received fractures multiple skull, man was dead on arrival in sick bay. 0235 After apparently being struck by wreckage from aircraft accident on flight deck, Darrow, Dennis Ray, AA, of VA-152, received amputation, traumatic, right upper thigh; probable skull fracture, and multiple compound fractures left lower extremity. Treatment ... numerous blood transfusions, four fluids and extensive surgical procedures. Disposition: critical list. 0623 Darrow, D.R. AA, USN, died aboard ship as a result of injuries sustained during aircraft accident at 1930, 6 Jan 1961. 0811 Received injury reports in the case of: Evans, M.W., PH1, USN; Stone, R.L., AN, USN; Walis, M, AN, USN; and Jordan, M.M., AMS3, USN, who got HEAF in their eyes ... resulting from crash on flight deck. 1041 Received injury report in the case of Rodriquez, A.G., AN, USN, who was injured at about 1922 6 Jan 1961, when he jumped into catwalk upon seeing flight deck crash and was hit in back by unidentified object. Disposition: admitted as a sleeper. 1325 The remains of Darrow, Dennis R., AOAA, USN, and Foster, John G., AO3, USN, were transferred to U.S. Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan. USS Coral Sea deck log, 7 January 1961.
11-Nov-66 148567 A4D-2N NL-3.. VA-153 Moffett CA Lt. Leutschwager Lt. Ed Leutschwager ejected successfully while he was on a navigational training flight after the tailpipe separated from the engine and his Skyhawk caught fire. The Skyhawk from NAS Moffett Field crashed and exploded yesterday morning two miles south of the old Tejon Ranch headquarters and 15 miles south of Arvin igniting the Tejon Ranch fire. At 6 a.m. this morning the blaze had consumed 350 acres and the Kern County Fire Departments 121 personnel on scene have been joined by 77 inmates from CA conservation camps in Tulare and Fresno counties. Bakersfield Californian, Saturday, August 5, 1961.
12-Nov-66 148568 A4D-2N NL-3.. VA-153 USS Coral Sea

unknown (nothing in the deck log for 13 Feb., needs further research.) Try the 28th
12-Nov-66 148570 A4D-2N
VA-153 Lemoore USS Coral Sea Lt. Peacock Lt. John Peacock survived a ramp strike during a night time recovery aboard the USS Coral Sea. From Stan Thompson.
12-Nov-66 148574 A4D-2N NL-3.. VA-153 USS Coral Sea SEA Lt. Majors Lt. W.T. Majors ejected over the sea and was rescued by a USAF helicopter when his engine failed shortly after an attack on the Chanh Hoa complex.
18-Nov-66 148577 A4D-2N NL-3.. VA-153 USS Coral Sea SEA Lt. Roark Lt. William Marshall Roark ejected a half mile offshore after he was hit by ground fire on his third pass during an attack on AAA site. A helicopter reached him after two hours but he was found floating face down.
23-Nov-66 148578 A4D-2N NL-312 VA-153 USS Coral Sea SEA LCdr. McNeil LCdr. C.H. McNeil ejected and was rescued by a USAF HU-16 Albatross after he was hit by 37mm AAA during an attack on the Tam Da bridge and caught fire which burned through the fuselage causing the tail section to separate.
23-Nov-66 148579 A4D-2N NL-306 VA-153 USS Coral Sea SEA Cdr. Mongilardi Cdr. Peter Mongilardi (CVW-15 CAG) was killed when he was hit by 37mm AAA during an armed reconnaissance mission NW of Than Hoa.
23-Nov-66 148580 A4D-2N NL-308 VA-153 USS Coral Sea SEA Lt. Bennet Lt. A.J. "Skip" Bennet was rescued by a USN Destroyer after his plane crashed in the South China Sea, lost to AAA over Mu Ron Ma.
2-Dec-66 148582 A4D-2N NL-312 VA-153 USS Coral Sea SEA Cdr. Thomas Cdr. Harry Eugene Thomas (CO) was killed when he was hit by AAA at a very low level on an Iron Hand mission 30 miles N of Than Hoa.
2-Dec-66 148583 A4D-2N NL-304 VA-153 USS Constellation SEA LCdr. Wilkins LCdr. George Henry Wilkins was killed after he flew into the ground while flying under flares he had dropped to positively id a target N of Vinh.
5-Dec-66 148584 A4D-2N NL-314 VA-153 USS Constellation SEA LCdr. Coakley LCdr. William Francis Coakley was killed when he flew under flares to id a target and flew into the ground 15 miles S of Thanh Hoa.
6-Dec-66 148585 A4D-2N NL-311 VA-153 USS Constellation SEA Lt(jg). Edwards Lt(jg). Harry Sanford Edwards was killed when his Skyhawk flew into the ground a few hundred yards from the Trinh Xuyen bridge after releasing his bombs.
13-Dec-66 148590 A-4E NL-313 VA-153 USS Coral Sea SEA Lt. Allard Lt. Michael John Allard was killed when his Skyhawk entered high speed stall and spun in as he rolled in the attack a cave storage site at Nanh Thap with M-117 bombs.
13-Dec-66 148592 A-4E NL-312 VA-153 USS Coral Sea VTNAM Cdr. Woolcock Cdr. Thomas E. Woolcock (CO) ejected after his Skyhawk was hit by a SAM at 12,000 feet about 15 miles south of Vinh while approaching a coastal defense target from inland. Cdr. Woolcock was leading a flight of four A-4E Skyhawks to attack gun emplacements that were exchanging fire with the HMAS Perth (D 38) and the USS Bordelon (DD-881) who were shelling a N. Vietnamese highway bridge. He was recovered five miles offshore and ten miles from the ships by HS-6 SH-3A Big Mother from the USS Dewey (DLG-14) piloted by Lt. Vern Von Sydow. Big Mother made a night landing on the Dewey illuminated only by their hover lights only to launch again to medevac Wollcock to the USS Ranger for a four hour surgery on his injured hand.
14-Dec-66 148594 A4D-2 NL-5.. VA-155 USS Hancock CA Cdr. Joralmon Cdr. Deforest Q. Joralmon, 37, VA-155 CO, was killed when his Moffet Field based A4D Skyhawk operating from the USS Hancock crashed on Stoddard Mountain northeast of Victorville. He was found some distance from the wreckage about 15 miles northeast of George AFB. He apparently ejected and his parachute was partially open. Redlands Daily Facts, Redlands, CA, Thursday, July 9, 1959. Cdr. DeForest Joralmon, NAS Moffett squadron CO and veterean of 17 years of Navy flying, died Wednesday in the crash of his jet on Stoddard Mountain. Cdr. Joralman, winner of the Navy Cross and two Distinguished Flying Crosses in WW II and Korean war combat flying, ejected but at too low an altitude for his parachute to work. Pacific Stars and Stripes. Although he ejected, the cannon armed ejection seat did not carry Cdr. Joralmon high enough to allow full parachute deployment. VA-155 Tribute To Commander Deforest Joralmon. VA-155 CO DeForest Joralmon took off from the USS Hancock (CVA-19) in BuNo 142817 with another A4D-2 flown by LT(jg). J.F. Donahue. Their flight plan was to include a low altitude “Sandblower” (simulated special weapon attack mission) over the Mojave and Colorado deserts en route to El Centro NAF before returning to the USS Hancock. At about 8:30 AM Cdr. Joralmon’s “Skyhawk suffered an explosion in the J-65 jet engine, he immediately jettisoned his external fuel tanks and the inert practice weapon and then tried to gain as much altitude as possible before ejecting. Joe Idoni.
15-Dec-66 148595 A4D-2 NL-5.. VA-155 Moffett NV LCdr. White LCdr. Garrett White ejected safely while making practice bombing approaches at Fallon when his engine suddenly heated up to 900 degrees and the plane burst into flames and crashed. White ejected at 8,000 feet and received minor burns before the plane burst into flames and crashed. Oakland Tribune, Thursday, 14 July 1960.
21-Dec-66 148596 A4D-2 NL-503 VA-155 USS Coral Sea Japan Lt(jg). Dunning Lt(jg). Dave Dunning was killed when his A4D lost control on 7 January 1961 and hit the water in an inverted attitude. USS Rupertus (DD 851) recovered a wing tank. History of the USS Henry W. Tucker - DDR 875 (1960-1964) . The A4 banked sharply right immediately at the end of the launch and apparently stalled, hitting the water inverted to the right of the ship's course. From John Lyons. I was strapped into an A-4 and waiting for my launch behind the catapult blast deflector when Dave Dunning was launched from the right forward catapult rolled over to the right and went into the sea upside down. No sign of egress was observed. From Fred Shaffer. 0945 A4D BuNo 142857, VA-155, pilot LTjg D.B. Dunning, USN, crashed into the sea off the starboard bow immediately after take-off at Lat. 31-14.2N, Long. 135-27.8E, and sank immediately in 2250 fathoms of water. Rescue helicopter commenced search. USS Rupertus (DDR-851), 10 miles distant, was immediately told to close the scene for rescue duties. Maneuvering to pass clear of possible wreckage. Sighted one wing tank afloat. USS Coral Sea deck log, 7 January 1961.
27-Dec-66 148599 A4D-2 NL-5.. VA-155 USS Coral Sea Japan LCdr. Orr LCdr. William E. Orr ejected safely when his A-4D flamed out and crashed into a mountainous region east of Nagoya Japan about 7:40 p.m. Friday. LCdr. Orr is stationed at NAS Atsugi. Pacific Stars & Stripes, Sunday, 12 March 1961.
28-Dec-66 148601 A-4E NL-504 VA-155 Lemoore CA Lt. Dickson Lt. Edward Andrew Dickson, 26, ejected from his disabled A4 Skyhawk jet over a desolate area of the Sierra Nevada about 60 miles northwest of Bishop, CA (Rainbow Ridge SE of June Lake, CA.) and survived a 1,000 foot fall when his parachute failed to open, landed in a deep snow drift, and bounced out again, about 50 feet high the air, skittered along the snow and hit a pine tree. The Daily Review, Hayward, CA, Sunday, February 23, 1964 & The Titusville Herald, Monday, February 24, 1964. Lt. Dickson was one of four A-4s out of NAS Lemoore on practice aerial refueling, bomb and rocket deliveries and defensive tactics flight. The A-4s met up with the tanker at approximately 12,500 feet MSL and headed towards the target area with the A-4s practicing refueling enroute. The four aircraft, NL506, NL505, NL510 and NL504, in that order, all made routine plug-ins and received a token amount of fuel, 20-30 gallons. The exercise was repeated and another round of plug-ins commenced. NL505, NL506, and NL510 preformed the operation normally, but a small amount of fuel sprayed from the store drogue onto the windshield of NL510 when it unplugged, a common occurrence. Lt. Dickson in NL-504 moved into position and pushed the drogue in fuel began streaming from the drogue basket at a high rate spraying over the aircraft nose, canopy and into the engine intakes. Lt. Dickson radioed to the tanker telling him to turn the transfer off and at the same time reduced the throttle to at or near idle in attempt to back away from the drogue. The ingested fuel caused fumes in the cockpit and Lt. Dickson diverted his attention momentarily to place the air conditioning system to RAM AIR, moved under the tanker in spite of the throttle being at idle and then extended the speed brakes backed free from the drogue. The period during which fuel initially started streaming from the drogue until it stopped after NL504 backed free was 10 to 15 seconds. The ingested fuel damaged the engine and caused a compressor stall and he entered a 180-190 knot glide with the throttle at idle which did not change the compressor stall condition. Next he shifted to manual fuel control and shortly thereafter advanced the throttle to about three quarters of full throttle position in an effort to stop his sink rate. There was no noticeable power response or any change in the compressor stall condition. At this time he realized he would not clear the ridge ahead and ejected from the aircraft. The ESCAPAC seat fired but the parachute did not deploy as the elevation was too high to allow normal parachute deployment using the automatic features of the egress system and Lt. Dickson did not have time to manually deploy his parachute. The pilot impacted on a 10 degree down slope near the top of a ridge in approximately 30 inches of snow and bounced 43 feet and hit a pine tree. He sustained moderate injuries consisting of a broken femur and a fractured ankle of the right leg. He attempted to signal to his flight using 5 rounds of .38 caliber tracer ammunition with no success. Then he ignited the day smoke end of a MK 13 MOD O distress signal which was immediately seen by members of the flight. An Air Force HH-43 helicopter effected rescue at about 1450. Joe Idoni.
4-Jan-67 148607 A-4E NL-5.. VA-155 Lemoore CA Lt. Mischke Lt. G.J. Mischke, 34, from NAS Lemoore ejected safely from his A-4 Skyhawk after a collision with another A-4 Skyhawk Monday and was found about four miles east of the crash site 20 miles NE of El Centro, Tuesday. The second pilot, Ens. J.D. Starling, 21, landed his damaged plane at NAS El Centro. Nevada State Journal Thursday, April 16, 1964 & Winona Daily News, Winona, Minnesota, Thursday, April 16, 1964.
6-Jan-67 148608 A-4E NL-503 VA-155 USS Coral Sea SEA Lt. Dickson Lt. Edward Andrew Dickson – KIA. As he started his attack run on the Dong Hoi staging area his Skyhawk shuddered and burst into flames when hit by 37mm flak. With his aircraft trailing a 50 foot stream of flame, he radioed that he was staying with the burning A-4 to continue his attack run. Soon afterward, he dropped his bombs then turned  heading for the sea, but by now his A-4 was engulfed in flames forcing him to eject. Unfortunately his parachute didn’t deploy and he was considered lost at sea.
7-Jan-67 148609 A-4E NL-505 VA-155 USS Coral Sea SEA Cdr. Harris Cdr. Jack H. Harris ejected and was rescued by USS Charr in the Gulf of Tonkin, lost to AAA During bomb run. This was one of the few combat rescues by a submarine since WWII. From Ernie Mares.
13-Jan-67 148612 A-4E NL-507 VA-155 USS Coral Sea SEA Lt. Fidelibus Lt. William T. Fidelibus ejected after his Skyhawk was hit on the stbd side by 37mm AAA which blew the off the flap, most of the aileron, the wing tip and 2/3 of the horizontal stabilizer on a North Vietnam SAM site search and destroy mission. He dropped all externals, climbed to 15,000 feet and headed for the Coral Sea despite a small fire and loss of hydraulics. Without enough elevator control for a safe landing he ejected alongside the Coral Sea. 1752 Pilot Lt. W.T. Fidelibus ejected from his A4E into sea off Starboard bow at Latitude 16-55.0 N, Longitude 109-11.0 E. Plane sank in 65 fathoms of water. Turner Joy and Coral Sea helicopter detached to recover pilot. 1809 Pilot entered water. 1810 Pilot recovered by helicopter. 1813 Pilot delivered on board Coral Sea. Injuries to pilot: none. USS Coral Sea deck log, Thursday, 12 August 1965. Lt. William T. Fidelibus, 30, has received the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroic action in bringing his crippled A-4E Skyhawk some 300 miles to the USS Coral Sea on August 12, 1965. He ejected into the Gulf of Tonkin near the USS Coral Sea when his Skyhawk couldn't be landed. Delaware County Daily Times, Thursday, January 27, 1966.
14-Jan-67 148614 A-4E NL-500 VA-155 USS Coral Sea SEA LCdr. Rivers LCdr. Wendell Burke Rivers ejected and was captured when he was hit by AAA during an attack on the power station at Vinh. Unsure if the hit was from AAA or a premature explosion of his own bomb(s) he climbed and turned toward the sea with his aircraft on fire. Before he reached the sea the fire burned through the tail, his Skyhawk pitched nose down and the engine surged wildly.
14-Jan-67 149487 A-4E NL-555 VA-155 USS Coral Sea SEA LCdr. Moore LCdr. P.M. Moore ejected when his Skyhawk was hit by ground fire on his 2nd attack on barracks near Lin Qui, 20 mile NE of Thanh Hoa. His engine flamed out at 300 feet and although he managed a restart, the engine it wouldn't achieve full power. He manage to rendezvous with a KA-3B tanker but the engine continued to lose power and headed for the SAR Destroyer and ejected.
14-Jan-67 149488 A-4E NL-507 VA-155 USS Constellation SEA LCdr. Smith LCdr. Gene Albert Smith was killed when his Skyhawk crashed and exploded during an attack on transport barges near Van Yen. It was assumed that his aircraft had been hit by 37mm AAA on his run in.
14-Jan-67 149490 A-4E NL-511 VA-155 USS Constellation SEA Cdr. Peters Cdr. Charles Henry Peters, VA-155 CO, ejected at extremely low altitude among the islands of the Fai Tsi Long Archipelago and was killed after his Skyhawk was hit in the starboard wing by 37mm AAA during a raid on a POL site at Dong Nham.
15-Jan-67 149491 A-4E NL-513 VA-155 USS Constellation SEA Lt. Holben Lt. N.E. Holben ejected and was rescued by a Navy helicopter when his Skyhawk was struck in the tail by ground fire during his 3rd pass over what were assumed to be patrol boats 15 miles E of Dao Cat Ba island during an armed night reconnaissance mission.
20-Jan-67 149494 A-4E NL-513 VA-155 USS Constellation SEA Lt(jg). Cameron Lt(jg). Virgil King Cameron was killed when his Skyhawk crashed after being hit by AAA while making a ZUNI attack on barges at Phu Dien Chau, 20 miles N of Vinh. Diving at 480 knots and passing 2,000 feet when he was hit in the stbd wing root causing the Skyhawk to roll rapidly to the left and crash before he could eject.
22-Jan-67 149496 A-4E NL-5.. VA-155 USS Constellation SEA LCdr. Henriquez LCdr. Joseph Stephen Henriquez ejected and was killed when his engine failed on launch and his parachute failed to open. 0635 A-4E Bureau No 151065 of VA-155, pilot LCDR J.S. Henrique crashed into the sea off the port bow at Lat. 18-31.1 N long. 107-22.4 E, and sank in 35 fathoms of water. Detached USS Greene (DD-711) for rescue operation. Changed course to avoid a/c in water. 0638 c/c to 210 degrees. 0642 Received report pilot picked up by helo. 0654 c/c to 030 degrees. 0709 Received report from Dr. R.W. Smith Flight Surgeon that LCDR J.S. Henrique was dead on arrival aboard this ship. USS Constellation deck log, Wednesday, 10 August 1966. Vice President Humphrey presented the Distinguished Flying Cross to the widow of one of the Navy's greatest fliers, the late LCdr. Joseph Stephen Henriquez. The Harlem product who was on his way to becoming the Navy's first negro squadron commander was killed last summer during a takeoff from the USS Constellation. Jet magazine, 02 March 1967.
22-Jan-67 149499 A-4E NL-512 VA-155 USS Coral Sea VTNAM Lt(jg). Fortner Lt(jg). Fredrick John Fortner was killed when his Skyhawk crashed after attacking a military storage site near Dao Cai Bau island, 20 mile NE of Hon Gay. As he pulled up from his dive on the target his plane was seen to be trailing smoke and streaming fuel. He turned for the open sea and radioed that his controls were locked. The crash was attributed to a 2.75" FFAR malfunction.
26-Jan-67 149501 A-4E NL-501 VA-155 USS Coral Sea VTNAM Cdr. Daniels Cdr. Verlyn Wayne Daniels ejected about 15 miles NW of Thai Nguyen and was captured when his Skyhawk crashed after a direct hit from an SA-2 during a raid on Phuc Yen. His aircraft was engulfed in flames and went out of control when the hydraulics failed.
29-Jan-67 149504 A-4E NL-5.. VA-155 USS Coral Sea SEA Cdr. Searfus Cdr. William H. Searfus was killed when he and his Skyhawk went over the side ... The Skyhawk (Bill's plane) was parked last slot/port/fantail. The F-4 was adjacent, and of course a full air strike was in progress, daylight hours, but late in day. As you probably are aware some confusion may exist as to whether your dad was fully strapped and buckled in. It was very hot and it was not uncommon for the pilots to wait until the last minute to get fully strapped. In any event, the F4 pilot made a very simple, but critical error. In applying thrust he under judged the required power to get his aircraft out of the slot, and turned up the deck. He obviously applied more power at about the 45 degree angle of the turn, when he realized he had misjudged his initial power application. This of course meant his secondary power increase was directed straight at the A-4. This coupled with about 40 knots of wind over the deck, turned the A-4's nose towards the fantail, and ultimately over the side. From Gary Chappell. 0833 hours A-4E BuNo 150037 of VA-155, pilot Cdr. William H. Searfus, fell from the flight deck off the fantail into the sea at latitude 18-42.4 N., Longitude 107-24 W. and sank in 34 fathoms of water. USS Coral Sea deck log, Saturday, 25 November 1967.
8-Feb-67 149507 A-4E NL-506 VA-155 USS Coral Sea NVIET LCdr. Cook LCdr. Wilmer Paul Cook was killed when his Skyhawk caught fire, probably from his own bomb explosion, while bombing a pontoon bridge 13 miles S of Vinh and crashed two miles from the coast. Rescue attempted by USS Dale (DLG-19/CG-19) HC-7 Seadevils Det. 106 UH-2B Seasprite 18 miles, 130⁰ from Vinh, four miles inland. Helo hovered 4' above deceased pilot still strapped into his parachute 300 feet from the wreckage, but couldn't land due to intense ground fire.
14-Feb-67 149509 A-4F
VA-155 Lemoore CA LCdr. Jones LCdr. Gary Jones, 34, ejected safely and was not injured when his A-4 Skyhawk crashed in an open field five miles west of NAS Lemoore Monday. Press-Telegram, Tues., May 14, 1968.
14-Feb-67 149510 A-4F
VA-155 Lemoore CA Lt(jg). White Lt(jg). (Mike) White ejected safely when his VA-155 Skyhawk from NAS Lemoore crashed near Stokes Mt, about 10 miles from Woodlake, CA. He was treated for minor injuries after he was picked up by a Tulare County Deputy Sheriff and taken to the Alta local hospital in Dinuba. The Fresno Bee, Friday, 13 September 1968.
21-Feb-67 149511 A-4F NE-4.. VA-155 USS Ranger SEA Cdr. Weaver Cdr. John Herbert Weaver killed when A-4 Skyhawk BuNo 155059 crashed into the sea off the starboard bow at latitude 17-54.6N, longitude 107-29.8E at 0006 hours. 0007 USS Wilson (DD-867), USS Waller (DD-466) and helicopter commenced search for pilot. 0102 Body of CDR J.H. Weaver recovered by whaleboat from USS Wilson and delivered on board Wilson. Wilson remaining on scene to search for debris. USS Ranger deck log, Friday, 17 January 1969.
27-Feb-67 149512 A-4F NE-412 VA-155 USS Ranger CA Lt. Poggi Lt. Steven N. Poggi in VA-155 A-4F side number 412 reported control difficulties and advised intention to eject at 1335. Pilot seen to eject bearing 226T 7500 yards from ship at 1336. Ships position 37-56.3N, 128-36.9 W. Good chute sighted by ship and helos. Pick-up effected at 1346. Received injury report that Lt. Poggi received contusions of the shins in aircraft accident. USS Ranger deck log, 16 May 1969. The pilot was assigned one of the squadron A-4F Skyhawks for the fly off to the beach and although a thorough brief was given by the CO no mention was made that his plane hadn't been flown since acceptance by the squadron and only four hours since a calendar inspection by another squadron 60 days earlier. Immediately after the cat shot things turned to worms, the nose came up to high and the pilot encountered a lot of resistance when he pushed forward on the stick and it required both hands on the stick to prevent a stall. Nose down trim was of no help and after several oscillations the pilot raised the gear and flaps and radioed his problem. The plane was buffeting and narrowly averted a stall several times and a slow climb was accomplished to about 5,000 feet. An attempt was made to get the nose down by putting the plane into a shallow turn but the plane continued to buffet and slowly losing altitude. After making a complete 360 the Skyhawk neared a completely stalled condition and the pilot ejected and he was rescued by the plane guard helicopter. NAN Pettibone January 1970
27-Feb-67 149513 A4D-2 AH-3.. VA-163 Lemoore CA Lt(jg). Kramer Lt(jg). Henry E. Kramer, 25, ejected safely from his A4D-2 Skyhawk before it crashed in a field six miles west of NAS Lemoore Wednesday. Humboldt Standard, Eureka, CA, Thursday, December 7, 1961.
3-Mar-67 149515 A4D-2 AH-3.. VA-163 USS Oriskany Pac Lt(jg). Kemmer Lt(jg). Alva Ernest Kemmer, 24, ejected and was killed when his Skyhawk caught fire and crashed in Japanese waters on a scheduled practice glide bombing flight Wednesday. He ejected at a low level and although the parachute deployed he was too close to the surface for it save his life. Journal and Courier, Thursday, August 23, 1962. Lt(jg). Alva Ernest Kemmer, 24, was killed when his Skyhawk developed engine trouble and crashed in the western Pacific. Videlle Messenger, August 23, 1962. 1628 A4D BuNo 144883 with LTJG A.E. Kemmer as pilot crashed into the sea bearing 170 distance 3 miles and sank in 2270 fathoms of water. Latitude 31-59.0 north, longitude 135-38.6 east. 1629 c/c to 165. 1632 c/s 12 knots. 1634 launched helicopter No. 27. LTJG A.E. Kemmer was recovered from the sea and returned on board by helicopter No. 26. LTJG A.E. Kemmer's condition unknown. 1650 LTJG A.E. Kemmer was pronounced dead on board by the Medical Officer as a result of the airplane crash. USS Oriskany deck log, 22 August 1962.
3-Mar-67 149517 A4D-2 AH-3.. VA-163 USS Oriskany P.I. LCdr. Zibilich VA-163 pilot (LCdr. Michael A. Zibilich) was killed during a training flight Tuesday when his A4D Skyhawk crashed on Luzon Island 20 miles south of Lingayen Gulf. The pilot attempted to eject from the plane at low altitude. Pacific Stars & Stripes, Tuesday, September 17, 1963. LCdr. Michael A. Zibilich, VA-163 Ops Officer, was killed in an operational accident in 1963. From the 1952 Lucky Bag.
4-Mar-67 149519 A4D-2 AH-314 VA-163 USS Oriskany Pac. Ens. Small Ens. D.B. Small was rescued when VA-163 A-4B BuNo 144982/314 rolled off the starboard side of the flight deck forward of the island into the sea at latitude 27-54N and longitude 134-56E at 1028. Helicopter and USS Phillip (DD-498) commenced search for pilot. Recovered helicopter with rescued pilot onboard at 1035. USS Oriskany deck log, 13 January 1964.
4-Mar-67 149521 A-4E AH-3.. VA-163 USS Oriskany SEA Lt. Avore Lt. Malcom Arthur "Art" Avore was killed when his engine failed as his Skyhawk was catapulted off the Oriskany for a mission over South Vietnam. The aircraft sank within seconds and he was unable to escape. This accident occurred on the last day of the line period for the Oriskany. 0922 launched the helicopter. 0932 An A4E aircraft Bureau No. 151089 piloted by Lt. Malcom A. Avore crashed (cont) into the sea approximately 300 yards on the starboard bow following launch from the starboard catapult. The plane sank in 75 fathoms of water. Position 09-20.0N - 108-51.0E. The pilot was not found. Maneuvered to avoid aircraft and continue aircraft operations. 1032 Recovered the helicopter. USS Oriskany deck log, 18 July 1965.
6-Mar-67 149524 A-4E AH-352 VA-163 USS Oriskany SEA Cdr. Stockdale Cdr. James B. Stockdale ejected and was captured when he was hit by 57mm AAA during an attack on railway sidings about 15 miles S of Thanh Hoa.
11-Mar-67 149525 A-4E AH-343 VA-163 USS Oriskany SEA LCdr. Wack LCdr. Charles G. Wack ejected 12 miles off the coast and was rescued by a USAF HU-16 piloted by 1st Lt. J. Kirby when he was hit by ground fire as he rolled in on a SAM site 10 miles SW of Nam Dinh.
12-Mar-67 149526 A-4E AH-340 VA-163 USS Oriskany SEA Cdr. Jenkins Cdr. Harry T. Jenkins ejected and was captured after he was hit by 37mm AAA during an armed recce mission over Route Package 1.
13-Mar-67 149527 A-4E AH-350 VA-163 USS Oriskany SEA LCdr. Bowling LCdr. Roy Howard H. "Hap" Bowling was killed when his Skyhawk was shot down by AAA during an Alpha strike against the Hai Duong bridge between Hanoi and Haiphong.
15-Mar-67 149528 A4D-2
VA-163 Yuma CA Ens. Kapner Ens. Daniel S. Kapner, 25, a member of a NAS Lemoore attack squadron, was killed yesterday when his A-4 Skyhawk jet crashed during a practice strike mission at the Chocolate Mountain range in Imperial County, CA. Oakland Tribune, Tues., April 12, 1966.
17-Mar-67 149529 A-4E AH-301 VA-163 USS Oriskany SEA Cdr. Foster Cdr. Wynn Foster (CO) ejected after his Skyhawk was hit by 57mm AAA at 12,000 feet as he crossed the coast N of Vinh. The shrapnel severed his right arm just below the shoulder. He managed to fly 20 miles out to sea and ejected near the SAR destroyer USS Reeves which picked him up and he was rapidly transferred to the Oriskany.
27-Mar-67 149533 A-4E AH-3.. VA-163 USS Oriskany SEA Lt(jg). Schroder Lt(jg). Schroder ejected safely from VA-163 150079 when it crashed into the sea. 0356 A4E 150079 of VA-16, pilot LTJG Schroeder, crashed into the sea at 18-46N 106-37. 0357 USS Buck (DD-761) commenced search for pilot. 0510 A4E BuNo 152092 of VA-168 (sic VA-164) pilot Ens. B.T. Wood crashed into the sea bearing 350 T15 miles from Oriskany. 0511 helicopter #47 launched to search for pilot. 0520 USS Buck recovered downed pilot. 0603 helicopter #47 recovered downed pilot and returned to ship. USS Oriskany deck log, 27 August 1966.
27-Mar-67 149534 A-4E AH-3.. VA-163 USS Oriskany SEA Cdr. Caldwell Cdr. R.H. Caldwell ejected safely from VA-163 A-4E BuNo 150072 crashed into the sea, estimated position 18-55N and 107-08E at 0120. Detached USS Buckley to proceed to scene of accident. 0142 detached USS Hamner to investigate red flare sighted bearing 040 from Oriskany. 0213 Cdr. Caldwell recovered by USS Hamner, USS Oriskany deck log, 23 October 1966. mid-air collision with another A-4
30-Mar-67 149535 A-4E AH-304 VA-163 USS Oriskany SEA N/A N/A A fire in a flare locker in Hangar Bay One of the USS Oriskany (CVA-34) spreads through the hangar deck and to the flight deck. Before the fires are extinguished SH-2F Seasprite BuNo 149774 & BuNo 150183 are lost & VA-163 A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 151075 is destroyed and three others are damaged, 26 October 1966. SOC NARF Alameda 16 January 1967.
7-Apr-67 149538 A-4E AH-307 VA-163 USS Oriskany SEA Lt. Wood Lt. Don M. Wood ejected safely from VA-163 A-4 BuNo 150102 when it crashed off the starboard bow at latitude 17-39N and longitude 116-10E and sank in 2,150 fathoms of water at 1002. Pilot was picked up by helo in good condition. USS Oriskany deck log, 12 July 1967. (bad cat shot)
8-Apr-67 149539 A-4E AH-312 VA-163 USS Oriskany SEA Lt. Kuhl Lt. Russ W. Kuhl ejected near the northern SAR destroyer about 45 miles S of Hon Gay after his Skyhawk was hit by light flak approaching the coast for a strike on the My Xa POL storage site.
10-Apr-67 149542 A-4E AH-304 VA-163 USS Oriskany SEA LCdr. Davis LCdr. Donald Vance Davis was killed when he was either shot down or flew into the ground during a night attack under flares on a truck convoy near Ha Tinh.
10-Apr-67 149543 A-4E AH-313 VA-163 USS Oriskany SEA Lt(jg). Bisz Lt(jg). Ralph Campion Bisz was killed when his Skyhawk was hit by a SA-2 missile as he approached a POL storage site at Luc Nong. Four SA-2 missiles were seen to be fired from a site near the target. Lt. Biscz put his aircraft into a climb, was hit at about 10,500 feet and became a mass of flames.
12-Apr-67 149546 A-4E AH-315 VA-163 USS Oriskany SEA Lt(jg). Carey Lt(jg). David Jay Carey ejected and was captured after his Skyhawk was hit by a SA-2 missile which also brought down LCdr. Stafford as he approached the railway bridge target at Vat Cach Thuong.
25-Apr-67 149548 A-4E AH-310 VA-163 USS Oriskany SEA LCdr. Stafford LCdr. Hugh Allan Stafford ejected, was badly injured and captured after his Skyhawk was hit by a SA-2 missile at about 16,000 feet which blew him out of the cockpit still strapped to his seat as he approached the railway bridge target at Vat Cach Thuong.
25-Apr-67 149549 A-4E AH-3.. VA-163 USS Oriskany SEA Lt. Landroth Lt. Dale Landroth ejected and was rescued. 0800 one A-4 type aircraft crashed in water on the bow. Pilot ejected. Pilot recovered by helo #39. 0827 received medical report of A-4 pilot: no injuries. USS Oriskany deck log, 10 September 1967. The Skyhawk was configured as a tanker. Lt. Landroth, a last minute replacement on the tanker for LCdr A. Adeeb, lost power immediately on launch from the stbd cat, ejected and came down in the water on the stbd side. The HC-2 Det. 34 UH-2, piloted by Lt(jg.) L.W. Livermore and Lt(jg.) J.H. Fraser, moved in to pick him up as soon as he was clear of the ship and settled in the water as it had a full load of fuel. It struggled back into the air, dumped fuel and returned for the pickup. The hoist operator, AN John B. Miller, and swimmer, AN Albert E. Barrows, effected the rescue. From Dale Landroth.
25-Apr-67 149552 A-4E AH-306 VA-163 USS Oriskany NVIET Lt(jg). Dooley Lt(jg). James Edward Dooley was killed when his Skyhawk was hit by ground fire during a strike on Haiphong's railway yard. As he began to pull up after releasing his bombs his Skyhawk began to stream fuel, made a gentle descending turn and at the muth of the Cua Cam River.
25-Apr-67 149553 A-4E AH-311 VA-163 USS Oriskany NVIET Lt(jg). Foulks Lt(jg). Ralph Eugene "Skip" Foulks ejected after his Skyhawk was hit by AAA at 6,500 feet south of Haiphong during an attack on the Haiphong railway yard. He was rescued three miles off the coast by a US Navy helicopter 10 minutes after ejecting.
26-Apr-67 149554 A-4E
VA-163 USS Oriskany NVIET Lt. Krommenhoek Lt. Jeffery Martin Krommenhoek was presumed killed when his Skyhawk went missing during an attack on the Phuc Yen airfield. His aircraft was last seen by his squadron just prior to rolling in on the target. Declared KIA 10 years later.
26-Apr-67 149557 A-4E AH-300 VA-163 USS Oriskany NVIET LCdr. McCain LCdr. John Sidney McCain III ejected when his Skyhawk was hit by an SA-2 during a strike on a thermal power plant at Hanoi. The explosion blew most of the stbd wing off and he ejected over Hanoi and was captured.
29-Apr-67 149559 A-4E AH-303 VA-163 USS Oriskany NVIET Lt(jg). Foulks Lt(jg). Ralph Eugene Foulks was killed when his Skyhawk was either hit by AAA or flew into the ground during a night attack on trucks 25 miles SW of Nam Dinh.
3-May-67 149560 A-4E NP- VA-163 USS Hancock HI LCdr. Rankin LCdr. William Rankin was killed in route to Vietnam, off Hawaii immediately after a night cat shot. No one is sure, but the radar package may have come out of the instrument panel with the shot, impeding movement of the stick. It happened later to other pilots, so we removed the damn thing from all our planes. I trained Bill during our four month turn-a -round. He was a good friend, pilot, officer and a gentleman. From Ed Chadwick. 2340 A-4 aircraft Bureau Number 150006 with LCDR Rankin as pilot crashed in the water 000 relative, 1000 yds from ship. Maneuvered to avoid pilot and plane. 2341 Passed wreckage abeam to starboard. 2352 USS Brinkley Bass (DD-887) is in area searching for pilot. Helo number 38 is over wreckage searching for pilot. 0011 USS Brinkley Bass (DD-887) has lowered its lifeboat and is searching the wreckage. 0017 USS Brinkley Bass (DD-887) has recovered an empty ejection seat. 0038 USS Brinkley Bass (DD-887) has recovered empty pilots helmet. 0133 USS Brinkley Bass (DD-887) reports that her lifeboat has picked up part of inside of the pilots helmet, several classified documents, and some electronic gear. 0141 US Coast Guard C-130 has joined search and will illuminate the area with flares. USAF plane is proceding to join search. 0148 USAF plane joined search. Launched helicopter #88 to assist in search operations. 0655 Completed search for A-4E aircraft. No further wreckage sighted. Pilot was not recovered. USS Hancock deck log, 25 & 26 July 1968.
4-May-67 149561 A4D-2
VA-164 Lemoore AZ Lt(jg). Linn Lt(jg). Richard S. Linn (VA-164) ejected safely when his A4D Skyhawk engine flamed out on a routine practice bombing run at the special weapons instrumental range at MCAS Yuma this morning. He landed uninjured in the desert about 10 miles from the air station and was returned by helicopter. The Yuma Daily Sun, Yuma, AZ, Tuesday, November 14, 1961.
6-May-67 149562 A4D-2 AH- VA-164 Lemoore CA
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10-May-67 149565 A-4E
VA-164 Lemoore CA Ens. Bir Ens. Frederick X. Bir, 25, of NAS Lemoore was killed when his Navy Skyhawk jet crashed north of China Lake. Corpus Christi Times, Thur., June 11, 1964.
10-May-67 149566 A-4E AH-4.. VA-164 Lemoore CA Lt. Burton Lt. J.L. Burton, 35, ejected safely Saturday following a mid-air collision between his VA-164 A-4E Skyhawk and a USMC F-8E Crusader while taking part in exercise "Silver Lance" about 230 miles SE of San Diego near the USS Oriskany. USMC 2nd Lt. Glenn R. Bollenback, 28, attached to a Marine all - weather fighter squadron at Kaneohe, HI made a safe landing at NAS Miramar. Independent, Monday, March 1, 1965. 1638 (hours) observed mid-air collison off the starboard bow, bearing 015 R, 2500 yards between an A-4 aircraft piloted by LT J.A. Burton, USN, and a F-8 aircraft piloted by 2/Lt R.G. Bollenbach, USMC. The A-4 crashed into the sea, position LAT 31-24.0N, LONG 122-13.7W. Lt Burton ejected and was picked up by the USS Isbell (DD-869). The F-8 was directed to proceed to NAS Miramar having sustained slight damage to the starboard wing. USS Oriskany deck log, Saturday, 27 February 1965.
11-May-67 149567 A-4E AH-475 VA-164 USS Oriskany SEA Lt. Burton Lt. J.L. Burton's Skyhawk was hit by 37mm AAA while on a strike against the Hai Yen naval base near Thanh Hoa. Burton climbed immediately so as to reach the relative safety of the sea before the engine failed. Ninety seconds later, with fuel streaming and his aircraft on fire, his hydraulics failed, causing him to lose control of the aircraft. He ejected less than one mile from shore and was picked up by an Air Force HU-16 amphibian.
13-May-67 149568 A-4E AH-466 VA-164 USS Oriskany SEA LCdr. Powers LCdr. Trent Richard Powers POW (killed while POW), lost to AAA leading a joint Navy/USAF (8 F-105's) hunter killer mission to knock out SAM sites near Hanoi. LCDR Powers led eight F-105s on a strike again near Kep as part of a larger strike package involving 65 Air Force and Navy airplanes. While bombing the SAM site, his aircraft was hit by AAA and burst into flames at 150 feet. He climbed and banked suddenly, ejecting at less than 200 feet. Although he was seen waving to his wingman, and his SAR beeper was briefly heard, attempts to contact him via radio were unsuccessful. His remains were returned by the North Vietnamese November 1987. LCDR Powers was awarded the Navy Cross for this mission.
15-May-67 149569 A-4E AH-4.. VA-164 USS Constellation CA Lt(jg). Mettler Lt(jg). Larry S. Mettler, 27, was killed Wednesday night when his Skyhawk crashed in the ocean as it was launched from the USS Constellation and sank about 45 miles NW of San Diego, CA. Albuquerque Journal, (Friday) February 4, 1966.
18-May-67 149571 A-4E AH-407 VA-164 USS Oriskany SEA Ens. McSwain Ens. George Palmer McSwain ejected and was captured after a SA-2 missile exploded near his Skyhawk after a Iron Hand Shrike attack an a SAM site near the mouth of the Song Ca river near Vinh.
18-May-67 149572 A-4E AH-4.. VA-164 USS Oriskany SEA Lt(jg). Ewoldt Lt(jg). Donavan Ewoldt was killed when he flew into water during a practice in-flight refueling in marginal weather. (no deck log entry)
20-May-67 149574 A-4E AH-4.. VA-164 USS Oriskany SEA Lt(jg). Bullard Lt(jg). William Henry Bullard in VA-164 A-4E BuNo 152084 crashed into the sea bearing 355 R, one mile, at latitude 18-48.5N, longitude 106-54.0E and exploded and sank in 25 fathoms of water at 0432. OTC directed USS Buck to search crash are at 0433. Search concluded. Results negative. Pilot presumed dead at 0900. USS Oriskany deck log, Thursday, 25 August 1966.
23-May-67 149576 A-4E AH-4.. VA-164 USS Oriskany SEA Ens. Wood Ens. B.T. Wood ejected safely his Skyhawk crashed into the sea. 0356 Bureau No. A4E 150079 of VA-163, pilot LTJG Schroeder, crashed into the sea at 18-46N 106-37. 0357 USS Buck (DD-761) commenced search for pilot. 0510 A4E BuNo 152092 of VA-168 (sic s/b VA-164) pilot Ens. B.T. Wood crashed into the sea bearing 350 T 15 miles from Oriskany. 0511 helicopter #47 launched to search for pilot. 0520 USS Buck recovered downed pilot. 0603 helicopter #47 recovered downed pilot and returned to ship. USS Oriskany deck log, Saturday, 27 August 1966.
24-May-67 149578 A-4E AH-411 VA-164 USS Oriskany SEA Lt. Elkins Lt. Frank Callihan Elkins was killed when his Skyhawk was hit by an SA-2 missile or flew into ground taking evasive action on a night time armed reconnaissance mission near Tho Trang.
25-May-67 149579 A-4E AH-407 VA-164 USS Oriskany SEA Lt(jg). Cunningham Lt(jg). L.J. Cunningham ejected near the Oriskany and was rescued by a HC-1 Seasprite after his Skyhawk was hit by AAA as he attacked barges near Gia La. 1215 A4E BuNo 152049 of VA-164, pilot LTjg Cunningham crashed into the sea off the stbd quarter at Lat. 18-26.5N, Long. 107-31E, into 40 fathoms of water. Pilot was rescued by helo an (sic) was in good condition. USS Oriskany log book, 14 July 1967.
26-May-67 149582 A-4E AH-415 VA-164 USS Oriskany SEA Lt(jg). Duthie Lt(jg). Larrie J. Duthie ejected and was rescued by a HH-3E piloted by Maj. Glen York after his Skyhawk was hit by AAA while on SAR mission for LCdr. Hartman from A-4E 151986.
30-May-67 149584 A-4E AH-404 VA-164 USS Oriskany SEA LCdr. Hartman LCdr. Richard Danner Hartman ejected and was captured three days later after his Skyhawk (BuNo 151986, AH 404) was hit by AAA after a strike on the Co Trai railway and road bridge. He was killed when he was captured or died shortly after he was captured. On the 19th SH-3A BuNo 151538 from the USS Hornet was shot down while attempting to reach Hartman killing all on board. Lt. Dennis Peterson, Ens. Donald Frye, AX2 William Jackson and AX2 Donald McGrane, were laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery May 2, 2013. Cdr. Wayne W. Andrews, USN - XO, HSC-22 Sea Knights.
30-May-67 149585 A-4E AH-401 VA-164 USS Oriskany SEA Lt(jg). Wood Lt(jg). Barry T. Wood ejected and was rescued by a boat from the SAR destroyer USS Richard B. Anderson after his Skyhawk was hit by AAA as he was firing rockets against gun positions while on SAR mission for LCdr. Hartman from A-4E 151986.
31-May-67 149586 A-4E AH-402 VA-164 USS Oriskany SEA LCdr. Perry LCdr. Richard Clark Perry ejected and was killed after his Skyhawk was hit by a SA-2 missile as he approached the railway bridge target at Vat Cach Thuong. Although the SAR helicopter was on scene LCdr. Perry failed to surface and the Para rescuer found him to be dead.
31-May-67 149589 A-4E AH-413 VA-164 USS Oriskany NVIET Lt. Hodges Lt. David Lawton Hodges was killed when his Skyhawk was hit by a SA-2 at 11,000 feet about 15 miles southwest of Hanoi, burst into flames, rolled to the right and dove into a karst ridge near Hoang Xa. He was part of a flight searching for a Fan Song radar site known to be active south of Hanoi.
3-Jun-67 149590 A-4E AH-416 VA-164 USS Oriskany NVIET Lt(jg). Cunningham Lt(jg). L. J. Cunningham ejected from his Skyhawk when his engine flamed out a few minutes after he crossed the coast following an attack on a pontoon bridge at Nao Quan. He was rescued by a USN helicopter.
9-Jun-67 149592 A-4E AH-402 VA-164 USS Hancock NVIET LCdr. Barr LCdr. John Frederick Barr was killed when his Skyhawk was hit by triple A and exploded while engaging a SAM site near Hanoi.
9-Jun-67 149596 A-4E AH-414 VA-164 USS Oriskany NVIET Lt(jg). Knapp Lt(jg). Frederic Woodrow Knapp was killed when his Skyhawk (BuNo 151985, AH 414) flew into the ground during a rocket attack on a truck about five miles west of Cho Giat, 30 miles north of Vinh.
10-Jun-67 149597 A-4E AH-4.. VA-164 USS Hancock NVIET Lt. Schindelar Lt. George Frank Schindelar ejected safely during an armed recon. sortie when his Skyhawk had a total electrical failure which froze the controls. He ejected over the sea and was rescued 30 miles NE of DaNang.
21-Jun-67 149598 A-4E AH-404 VA-164 USS Oriskany VTNAM LCdr. Weichman LCdr. D.R. Weichman ejected when his Skyhawk was hit by small arms fire while attacking a small bridge 10 miles north of Ban Dong Pang in southern Laos. He managed to fly the aircraft out to sea where the engine caught fire and the flight controls failed. He was rescued by a Navy helicopter.
22-Jun-67 149599 A-4E NP-411 VA-164 USS Hancock NVIET Cdr. Erwin Cdr. Donald Edward Erwin was killed when his Skyhawk (BuNo 151126, NP 411) was hit by AAA while on a road recon. mission near the village of Ngoc Long Ha, 20 miles NW of Vinh. His Skyhawk caught fire and as soon as he crossed the coast he ejected and a few seconds later the aircraft exploded. Rescue attempted by USS Turner HC-7 Seadevils Det. 110 SH-3A Sea King 18.5 miles, 354⁰ from Vinh, 200 yards off shore, among a fleet of fishing boats.
30-Jun-67 149601 A-4E NP-4.. VA-164 USS Hancock SEA LCdr. Meyers LCdr. Roger Allen Meyers was killed when his Skyhawks (BuNo 151103) nose gear collapsed during launch and aircraft pitched nose down and crashed into the sea without a chance to eject. It was his last flight of the cruise. His plane was carrying phosphorus flares which created a dome of light off the stern of the Hancock.
30-Jun-67 149602 A-4F NP-404 VA-164 USS Hancock SEA Lt. Rosenberger Lt. G.C. Rosenberger ejected and was rescued when his A-4F tanker developed a fuel problem that led to an explosion as it was refueling another aircraft which landed safely. 0441 Report of possible ejection from an A-4 aircraft near the ship. 0450 Helicopter 005 in vicinity of ejection with smoke light marking the area, USS Mansfield (DD-728) assisting in search. 0452 Pilot sighted by helo. Aircraft in water is an A-4 from VA-164 piloted by Lt. G.C. Rosenberger, aircraft side number 404, serial number 155023. Ships position at time of ejection was 18-04.8N, 107-39.9E obtained from a radar fix. Ejection occurred approximately 160 deg. T, 3 miles from Hancock... depth of water 38 fathoms. 0522 helo aboard Hancock with downed pilot. 0542 Preliminary medical report on downed pilot - excellent condition. USS Hancock deck log, 10 February 1970.
2-Jul-67 149603 A-4F NP-416 VA-164 USS Hancock SEA Lt(jg). Carter Lt(jg). Gerald Lynn Carter, 28, was killed when the bridle hook failed on launch leaving him with an end speed of 80 knots. Although Carter had the immediate foresight to pull his emergency jettison handle; there were six olive drab streaks on the flight deck where his MK-82 bomb load slid across the cat-track non-skid paint and over the side. His Skyhawk fell into the water ahead of the ship rolled inverted and sank carrying the pilot with it. U.S. Navy and Marine Corps A-4 Skyhawk Units of the Vietnam war by Peter Mersky and USS Hancock Air Groups Casualties and MIA's. 1632 A-4F Bureau No. 154980, side No. 416 of VA-164, pilot LTJG Gerald L. Carter, crashed in the water after being launched off port catapult. Pilot missing. Damage to aircraft strike. Dispatched USS Somers (DDG-34) and airborne helo to scene of crash. Sounded man overboard. plane in water. USS Hancock deck log, 26 January 1971.
4-Jul-67 149609 A4D-2
VA-172 Cecil Field FL Lt. Ney Lt. Edward L. Ney was killed when he crashed near Cecil Field. The News—Newport, RI, Tue., Aug. 18, 1958. Flew into the ground during a high speed, low altitude turn after an apparent structural failure. Parts of the aircraft were found short of the crash site. From "Pat" Patrick.
6-Jul-67 149610 A4D-2 AB-3.. VA-172 USS FDR Atl Lt(jg). McKinney Lt(jg). James "Jim" McKinney rolled left and crashed after cat shot due to asymmetrical slat extension or a partially loaded drop tank, or tanks, that caused the rotation into the stall. From Bob Graham and Dunkirk Evening Observer, Wednesday, November 26, 1958. Soon after a night catapult launch just under a broken 2,000 foot cloud layer an A4D pilot was forced to eject when his aircraft went into uncontrollable left rolls. The seat and chute worked perfectly and as he swung in the harness he decided to signal before the ships went by. He was attempting to load his .38 when he realized the water was getting pretty close. Holstering his pistol, he grabbed the rocket fasteners and hit the water almost immediately. He was able to release the right fastener, but not the left, and found himself being dragged through 7 foot seas by a 30 knot wind. After getting the left fastener to release and inflating his life vest he followed his life raft lanyard down to the inflation bottle. There was no toggle so he raised the aluminum lever and it partially inflated. He loaded five rounds into his pistol and fired them off at 2 minute intervals. Seeing a destroyer headed his way he tried without success to eject the expended cartridges. Looking up he noticed the rescue vessel was closing at a startlingly high rate of speed which went roaring by at about two feet and flipped him and his raft end over end. He managed to get back in the raft, load the remaining chamber and fire a tracer round that was spotted by a lookout on the destroyer. The destroyer heeled over in a fast turn and as it came by one of the ships officers dove into the heavy seas with a line and he was helped aboard. NAN, Pettibone, September 1960.
9-Jul-67 149611 A4D-2 AB-3.. VA-172 USS FDR Atl Lt(jg). Waleszczak Lt(jg). Stanley "Stan" Peter Waleszczak was killed when his plane rolled to the right (asymmetrical slat extension) when launched or a partially loaded drop tank, or tanks, caused the rotation into the stall. A spokesman said Waleszczak righted the plane but it pancaked into the ocean and crashed. From Bob Graham and Dunkirk Evening Observer, Wednesday, November 26,1958.
9-Jul-67 149612 A4D-2 AB-3.. VA-172 USS FDR Med Lt(jg). Strong Lt(jg). Paul Strong was on a buddy approach at night on the wing of the XO after a gyro failure. Consensus is that the XO got too low and pulled up quickly (probably when he saw the reflection of the lights in the water) and scraped Paul off into the water. Paul had his hands on the ejection seat handle at impact and the impact ejected him. He hit the water still in the ejection seat and was seriously injured in the back but survived and was rescued. He was unable to continue in ejection seat aircraft but later flew helicopters.
12-Jul-67 149613 A4D-2 AB-3.. VA-172 USS FDR Med Lt(jg). Mohr Lt(jg). Charles Mohr ejected on a night flight off the FDR with his wing mate, Howie Young. A few seconds after launch the engine was at about 102% and TPT was pegged and he throttled back a bit and heard some unusual noises and the engine flamed out. He had accelerated to about 250 knots, so pulled up and told his wing mate that he had flamed out and would attempt a relight and, if not successful, would eject at the top. We were a few miles ahead of the ship by now and he called Mayday for me. I reached about 2000 ft. and, no relight, so I ejected. From Charley Mohr.
12-Jul-67 149615 A4D-2 AB-3.. VA-172 USS FDR Med Lt(jg). Rohsenberger Lt(jg) Carl J. Rohsenberger was lost when his aircraft was catapulted from the FDR and sank directly in front of the ship. The Roosevelt was en route across the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. Destroyers and helicopters searched for the pilot without success. Salt Lake Tribune, Wednesday, February 10, 1960.
14-Jul-67 149616 A4D-2 AB-3.. VA-172 USS FDR Gitmo Lt(jg). Russo Lt(jg). Anthony J. Russo was presumed to have crashed into the sea in the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, area after his A4D was catapulted from the carrier Roosevelt Friday on a night training flight. The Aiken Standard and review, Aiken, SC, Wednesday, January 18, 1961. 1950 (about) A4D BuNo 142756 of VA-172, pilot LTJG Anthony J. Russo, believed lost at sea. Plane was launched from position 19-38.2N, 75-14.2W with orders to proceed on course 100. No further reports received. 2210 Searchlights turned on to guide missing a/c. USS Ingram (DD-938) commenced searching for missing aircraft. 1250 (sic) Destroyers released to proceed on duty assigned. USS Ingram continued search. USS Franklin D. Roosevelt deck log, Friday, 13 January 1961.
14-Jul-67 149618 A4D-2N AB-3.. VA-172 USS FDR MED Lt(jg). Meinhardt Lt(jg). Gary Francis Wheatley (BuNo 149589) and Lt(jg). Paul Meinhardt (BuNo 149584) ejected safely following a mid-air collision enroute from Taranto, Italy to Athens, Greece. 0946 (hours) Stationed USS King within visual signalling range. Discontinued search for LTJG Janiak (VF-14, F3B BuNo 145281, AB-103) Two A4C type a/c BuNo's 149586 (sic) and 149584 were involved in a mid-air collision at estimated position 33-55.5N and 21-21.5E, bearing about 175 (T), yards from this ship. Plane altitudes were estimated to be 9,000 feet and the depth of the water 2,130 fathoms. Pilots were Lt(jg). Gary Francis Wheatley and Lt(jg). Paul Meinhardt. Both pilots and planes from VA-172. Sighted two parachutes bearing 175.5 (T) and 184.5 (T), estimated range 5 miles. 0952 both parachutes hit the water. 0953 Both pilots recovered by helo. 0957 Pilots on board and in good condition. USS Franklin D. Roosevelt deck log, Wednesday, 20 March 1963.)
14-Jul-67 149619 A4D-2N AB-3.. VA-172 USS FDR MED Lt(jg). Wheatley Lt(jg). Gary Francis Wheatley (BuNo 149589) and Lt(jg). Paul Meinhardt (BuNo 149584) ejected safely following a mid-air collision enroute from Taranto, Italy to Athens, Greece. 0946 (hours) Stationed USS King within visual signalling range. Discontinued search for LTJG Janiak (VF-14, F3B BuNo 145281, AB-103) Two A4C type a/c BuNo's 149586 (sic) and 149584 were involved in a mid-air collision at estimated position 33-55.5N and 21-21.5E, bearing about 175 (T), yards from this ship. Plane altitudes were estimated to be 9,000 feet and the depth of the water 2,130 fathoms. Pilots were Lt(jg). Gary Francis Wheatley and Lt(jg). Paul Meinhardt. Both pilots and planes from VA-172. Sighted two parachutes bearing 175.5 (T) and 184.5 (T), estimated range 5 miles. 0952 both parachutes hit the water. 0953 Both pilots recovered by helo. 0957 Pilots on board and in good condition. USS Franklin D. Roosevelt deck log, Wednesday, 20 March 1963.
17-Jul-67 149624 A4D-2N AB-302 VA-172 USS FDR Carib Lt. Malone Lt. Donald W. Malone, 33, of VA-172 based at NAS Cecil Field was killed Wednesday night when his A-4C Skyhawk crashed into the water after being launched from the carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt in the Caribbean. Malone was catapulted from the deck on a night training flight, went a short distance without rising, then struck the water and exploded. The Gazette, Emporia, KS, Thursday, February 6, 1964. 2115 Commenced launching aircraft. First aircraft launched (A4C) made contact with the water and crashed. Lat. 19-19.5N, Long. 75-08.5W in 1800 fathoms of water. 2116 Maneuvering various courses and speeds to avoid crashed A4C. Vectored ships helo and USS Perry (DD-844) to scene of crash to effect rescue. 2250 Recovered helo, results of search negative. Released USS Perry (DD-844) and USS Borderlon (DD-881) to proceed independently on duty assigned. USS Franklin D. Roosevelt deck log, Wednesday, 05 February 1964.
18-Jul-67 149625 A4D-2N AB-5.. VA-172 USS FDR PI
unknown unknown pilot ejected and was rescued off Philippines after engine failure over the South China Sea. (nothing in the deck log)
18-Jul-67 149627 A4D-2N AB-300 VA-172 USS FDR SEA Cdr. Nystrom Cdr. Bruce August Nystrom, VA-172 CO, (BuNo 145143) and his wingman Ens. Paul Laurance Worrell (BuNo 145116) were killed when their aircraft were hit by SA-2 missiles or flew into the ground while on a night armed reconnaissance mission near Phuc Nhac. Ens. Worrell had been heard to warn Cdr. Nystrom that he had a SAM warning. Cdr. Nystrom told him to commence evasive action and then announced a SAM launch. Another pilot saw two flashes on the ground about 1 minute apart followed by two explosions in the air.
18-Jul-67 149631 A4D-2N AB-304 VA-172 USS FDR SEA Ens. Worrell Ens. Paul Laurance Worrell (BuNo 145116) and flight leader Cdr. Bruce August Nystrom, VA-172 CO, (BuNo 145143) were killed when their aircraft were hit by SA-2 missiles or flew into the ground while on a night armed reconnaissance mission near Phuc Nhac. Ens. Worrell had been heard to warn Cdr. Nystrom that he had a SAM warning. Cdr. Nystrom told him to commence evasive action and then announced a SAM launch. Another pilot saw two flashes on the ground about 1 minute apart followed by two explosions in the air.
20-Jul-67 149632 A4D-2N AJ-3.. VA-172 Cecil Field

unknown deck log clearly shows Shangri La to be moored at Mayport, FL 31 July 1969. Deployment aboard the Shang ended 29 July 1969
20-Jul-67 149634 A4D-2N AJ-3.. VA-172 Cecil Field FL Lt(jg). Martin Lt(jg). John R. Martin, 24, and Lt(jg). Robert A. McLeery, 24, were killed when their VA-172 A-4 Skyhawks collided at low level while in formation with a 3rd VA-172 Skyhawk. Portions of one crashed into a home along State Road 13 about 30 miles south of Jacksonville, FL and the other cut a quarter mile long fiery swath through an orange grove in the Switzerland area of NW St. Johns county. The third plane landed safely at NAS Cecil Field. Fort Pierce News Tribune, Wednesday, November 26, 1969. Photo Sarasota Herald Tribune, Wednesday, November 26, 1969.
24-Jul-67 149637 A4D-2N AJ-3.. VA-172 Cecil Field FL Lt(jg). McLeery Lt(jg). John R. Martin, 24, and Lt(jg). Robert A. McLeery, 24, were killed when their VA-172 A-4 Skyhawks collided at low level while in formation with a 3rd VA-172 Skyhawk. Portions of one crashed into a home along State Road 13 about 30 miles south of Jacksonville, FL and the other cut a quarter mile long fiery swath through an orange grove in the Switzerland area of NW St. Johns county. The third plane landed safely at NAS Cecil Field. Fort Pierce News Tribune, Wednesday, November 26, 1969. Photo Sarasota Herald Tribune, Wednesday, November 26, 1969.
25-Jul-67 149639 A4D-2N
VA-172 USS Shangri La FL AA Williams AA Stuart B. Williams, 21, and AN James E. Sexton Jr., 21, were hospitalized at NAS Jacksonville with serious burns and AMS3 George Rose, 21, was hospitalized at NAS Jacksonville with a fractured pelvis after a flash fire aboard the USS Shangri-La at sea off the FL coast Saturday night. The fire erupted as flight crews were fueling an A4 Skyhawk on the ships forward flight deck. Wichita Falls Times, Monday, 12 January 1970. AA Stuart D. Williams, 21, died in the Jacksonville Naval Hospital of burns and AN James D. Sexton Jr., 21, and AMS3 George L. Rose, 21, remain hospitalized as a result of a flash fire aboard the USS Shangri-La during flight maneuvers off the FL coast Saturday night. The fire erupted as flight crews were fueling an A4 Skyhawk on the ships forward flight deck. San Antonio Express, Tuesday, 13 January 1970. BuNo 147795 went to NARF Jacksonville 27 January 1970 from VA-172 (Shangri-La). SOC NARF Jacksonville 02 June 1971.
27-Jul-67 149640 A4D-2N AJ-305 VA-172 USS Shangri La SEA Lt(jg). Golz Lt(jg). John Bryan Golz was killed when he failed to pull out of dive during a night attack on trucks on the Trail 10 miles NE of Ban Talan.
29-Jul-67 149641 A4D-2N AJ-310 VA-172 USS Shangri La SEA Lt. Earle Lt. J.S. (John Stiles) Earle was killed when A-4C BuNo 148495 crashed. 2112 Commenced launch. 2118 A4C #310, VA-172, Bureau number 148495 piloted by LTJG Earle was reported down 2 miles 10 degrees on starboard bow at 2118. Pilot apparently did not eject. Cause of a/c failure unknown. SAR effort by helicopter and destroyer begun. 2224 Still no report of pilot at sight of crash. 2345 Reports by SAR commander CO Shelton (DD-790) that various debris including foam rubber, papers and part of seat only objects found. USS Shangri-La deck log, Monday, 22 June 1970.
29-Jul-67 149642 A4D-2N AJ-313 VA-172 USS Shangri La SEA Lt(jg). Hartman Lt(jg). J.G. Hartman ejected safely when A-4 of VA-172 went in the water off the starboard catapult at 0026. Ships helo recovered pilot at 0043. Pilot was returned to ship and suffered only minor injuries, but was retained in sick bay. USS Shangri-La deck log, 23 September 1970. (bridle hook failed on launch)
29-Jul-67 149643 A4D-2N
VA-192 Moffett CA Lt. Falconer Lt. A.S. "Sandy" Falconer, 29, ejected safely when his Skyhawk crashed at the north boundary of Moffett Field when the engine failed on take-off. The Daily Review, Wednesday, June 7, 1961. Photo San Mateo Times, Wednesday, June 7, 1961. The pilots of two A4D-2N's started their engines for a night instrument training hop, ran through the pre-taxi check lists and took position on the runway for a section take-off. The wingman found everything checked okay and placed his lights on bright and flashing, signaling he was ready to roll. Both pilots released brakes and at about 130 knots the leader lifted his nose off, and the wingman attempted to do the same. He received no response from the back stick despite heavy control movements. Thinking his nose strut had deflated he put in a good amount of forward stick and then full back stick. No response. He had to decrease power to keep from over-running the lead plane. At that point he had used up about 2/3 of the runway, the arresting gear was still ahead of him and he decided to abort. Speed brakes were extended, power cut to idle, maximum braking and hook down. He now saw some colored lights to the side of the runway and got off the brakes since thinking they marked the arresting gear. After an endless wait and no arrestment he realized he was going off the end. Checking his airspeed with ejection in mind he saw he saw he was slightly below 100 knots with about 1,500 feet of runway left. He quickly decided on ejection, pushed full throttle, retracted the speed brakes and alternated between watching his airspeed and the airfield boundary fence. As he passed through 110 knots he ejected. Almost instantly the parachute began streaming out between his legs gleaming sort of pink from the reflected glow of the burning plane. He felt no opening shock and hit the ground with what seemed a tremendous impact and remained conscious although the wind was knocked out of him for 10-15 seconds. At that point he realized he had driven his legs in soft marshy ground almost to his hips. As heat waves from the burning A4 washed over him he was motivated get away before it blew. He managed to unstrap, unzip and climb out of his torso harness leaving the whole works in the mud as he crawled away from the fire and met the crash crew about 50 feet further away. NAN, Pettibone, September 1961.
29-Jul-67 149644 A4D-2N
VA-192 Lemoore NV LCdr. Humphreys LCdr. F. M. Humphreys ,VA-192, NAS Lemoore, was uninjured when his A4C Skyhawk crash landed at NAAS Fallon early Friday. Humphreys was on a night bombing mission when the jets engine failed. Reno Gazette-Journal, Saturday, 03 Aug 1963. Flight Leader accepted and took off in an incompletely fueled A/C for a night loft bombing flight, his third flight of the day and sixth within 24 hours. On the sixth loft at about 12,300 feet and 220 knots the engine unwound. At 8,000 feet he prepared to eject he saw the runway lights and since he was in a good position for a flame-out approach he decided to attempt an approach. Things looked good as he passed over the threshhold lights at 200 feet and 150 knots, a slight flare was initiated and flap handle lowered as the sink rate seemed a bit excessive. Shortly after touchdown the right wing contacted the ground and the aircraft porpoised and became completely airborne. When it contacted the runway the second time it started a severe swerve to the right, left the runway, crossed a drainage ditch and several hundred yards of rough dessert terrain before coming to rest against a pile of sand. The pilot jetisoned the canopy, released the fittings and exited uninjured. NAN Pettibone, April 1964.
29-Jul-67 149648 A4D-2N NM-209 VA-192 USS Bon Homme Richard ATL Lt. Higgins Lt. "Ted" Higgins was killed when he crashed astern of the USS Bon Homme Richard. 2303 (hours) Lookout reported aircraft crash in water astern of the ship. Aircraft No. 209 unaccounted for. Commenced maneuvering on various courses at various speeds in company with USS Taylor (DD-468) and USS O'Bannon (DD-450) conducting search for aircraft. USS Bon Homme Richard deck log, Thursday, 11 February 1964.
29-Jul-67 149649 A4D-2N NM-207 VA-192 USS Bon Homme Richard P.I. Lt(jg). Cooke Lt(jg). Joe G. Cooke was presumed dead Friday after his A-4C crashed in the waters off Panay Island in the Philippines. Cooke was assigned to VA-192 aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard. Pacific Stars & Stripes, Sunday, May 24, 1964. 1600 (hours) Moored as before (Leyte Wharf, NAS Cubi Point, Philippine Islandss). 1930 Received report that LTJG J.G. Cooke is missing and presumed dead after having crashed at sea. LTJG Cooke had launched earlier this date from NAS Cubi Point and was flying VA192 A4C aircraft No. 207, Bureau No. 145140. USS Bon Homme Richard deck log, Thursday, 21 May 1964.
29-Jul-67 149650 A4D-2N NM-2.. VA-192 USS Bon Homme Richard SEA Lt(jg). Taylor Lt(jg). Neil Brooks Taylor was killed when his aircraft made a descending spiral into the ground from 4,000 feet prior to his seventh run on a target at Ap So Hai.
29-Jul-67 149652 A-4E NM-204 VA-192 USS Ticonderoga SEA Cdr. Hill Cdr. Allen E. Hill ejected and was rescued by a Navy helicopter after his Skyhawk was hit by AAA as he pulled up after a rocket attack while on an Iron Hand strike.
29-Jul-67 149655 A-4E NM-200 VA-192 USS Ticonderoga SEA LCdr. Stratton LCdr. Richard Allen Stratton ejected and was captured after his Skyhawk ingested 2.75" FFAR rocket debris & engine exploded while attacking bridge sections along a river bank after a weather recce mission.
29-Jul-67 149657 A-4E NM-200 VA-192 USS Ticonderoga SEA Lt. Young Lt. S.N. Young ejected near the USS Ticonderoga and was rescued after his Skyhawk suffered a gaping hole in the rear fuselage during a strike on a AAA site near Ban Nathong in southern Laos, flamed out and would not restart as he approached the carrier. Nothing in the 11 March deck log.
29-Jul-67 149659 A-4E NM-209 VA-192 USS Ticonderoga SEA Cdr. Moore Cdr. Ernest Melvin Moore ejected and was captured when his Skyhawk was hit by a SA-2 missile during an Iron Hand strike on a SAM site at Lang Cam.
1-Aug-67 149660 A-4E NM-212 VA-192 USS Ticonderoga SEA LCdr. Shattuck LCdr. George W. Shattuck ejected and was rescued, lost to 37mm AAA which blew a large hole in the left wing setting the fuel on fire and severely damaging the engine. Ejected after the engine flamed out and was picked up by the mail helo. From George Shattuck. LCdr. 1807 (hours) LCdr. George W. Shattuck was returned to the ship. His A-4C, BuNo 151200 sustained battle damage over North Vietnam and he was forced to eject at 17-22N 107-25E. He was rescued by a SAR helo and received no injuries. USS Ticonderoga deck log, Monday, 10 April 1967.
2-Aug-67 149661 A-4E NM-204 VA-192 USS Ticonderoga SEA LCdr. Almberg LCdr. F.J. Almberg ejected near a SAR destroyer and was rescued by a Navy helicopter after an SA-2 missile exploded close to his Skyhawk during an Iron Hand Shrike attack on a SAM site a few miles N of Haiphong.
3-Aug-67 149662 A-4E NM-200 VA-192 USS Ticonderoga SEA Lt(jg). Cain Lt(jg). J.W. Cain ejected offshore about 15 miles S of Haiphong and was rescued by a Navy helicopter after he was hit by AAA during an attack on a POL site at Haiphong.
4-Aug-67 149663 A-4E NM-208 VA-192 USS Ticonderoga SEA LCdr. Estocin LCdr. Michael John Estocin was killed when he was hit by a SA-2 missile during an Iron Hand attack on a SAM site during the Haiphong POL attack.
8-Aug-67 149665 A-4F NM-2.. VA-192 USS Oriskany SEA Cdr. Almberg Cdr. F. W. Almberg ejected safely and was rescued after a mid-air collision with VF‑194 F-8E 149615, NM-401, flown by Lt J. F. Strahm who also ejected.
11-Aug-67 149959 A-4F NM-4.. VA-192 USS Oriskany SEA Lt(jg). Franson Lt(jg). Bill Franson ejected safely. 0715 Received report that A4E Bureau No. 155003, pilot Lt. Kenneth T. Sanger, and A-4E BuNo 134199 (actually 154199), pilot Lt(jg) William E. Franson, Jr., suffered a midair collision about 2257, 21 July; both pilots ejected. SAR effort called off for the night about 2328 and resumed 0514 this morning. The pilots were sighted about 0657 and picked up at 0713. Both reported to be in excellent condition, being taken to NKP Nakhon Phanon. USS Oriskany deck log, Tuesday, 22 July 1969.
13-Aug-67 149960 A-4F NM-4.. VA-192 USS Oriskany SEA Lt. Sanger Lt. Kenneth T. Sanger ejected safely. 0715 Received report that A4E Bureau No. 155003, pilot Lt. Kenneth T. Sanger, and A-4E BuNo 134199 (actually 154199), pilot Lt(jg) William E. Franson, Jr., suffered a midair collision about 2257, 21 July; both pilots ejected. SAR effort called off for the night about 2328 and resumed 0514 this morning. The pilots were sighted about 0657 and picked up at 0713. Both reported to be in excellent condition, being taken to NKP Nakhon Phanon. USS Oriskany deck log, Tuesday, 22 July 1969.
14-Aug-67 149961 A-4F NM-5.. VA-192 USS Oriskany SEA Lt. Lawrence Lt. Walter B. Lawrence ejected safely from A-4E Bureau No. 154206 of VA-192. 1335 crashed into the sea dead ahead one mile at Latitude 17-17.8 N, Longitude 108-32.8 E, and sank in 47 fathoms of water. Pilot ejected immediately after launch from port catapult, chute observed, pilot passed close aboard the port side of the ship, distance 100 yards. Aircraft continued flying ahead, entered a starboard turn impacting the water after about 450 deg. of turn. 1348 pilot recovered by helicopter, no injuries. USS Oriskany deck log, Friday, 15 August 1969.
17-Aug-67 149962 A4D-2 NM-5.. VA-195 USS Bon Homme Richard ATL Lt(jg). Cooper Lt(jg). Brian Cooper (age 24) was killed when VA-195 A4D BuNo 144909 crashed into the sea astern at Latitude 13-10N, Longitude 145-52E (enroute from Pearl Harbor to Guam) at 2122 hours and sank in 3,000 fathoms of water. USS Bon Homme Richard, USS Lofberg, DD-759, and the USS Buck, DD-761 commenced search for the pilot. 000 hours Steaming on various courses at various speeds while conducting search for pilot and aircraft wreckage. USS Bon Homme Richard deck log, Tuesday, 22 December 1959, & Wednesday, 23 December 1959. 2222 hours Observed jet aircraft fly into water bearing 165 distant 1000 yards. Maneuvering to recover survivor. 2226 Passed through point of impact. No survivor seen, maneuvering independently to further search area of crash. Flight Ops discontinued. USS Buck and USS Bon Homme Richard maneuvering independently to search for survivor or wreckage. 0000 Conducting SAR operation under the direction of the USS Bon Homme Richard. 0439 Maneuvering to investigate objects in water marked by USAF, SAR Aircraft. 0446 Objects identified as life rings. 0932 Life ring recovered. 1105 Maneuvering to investigate objects in water marked by USAF, SAR Aircraft. 1149 Objects identified as trash. USS Lofberg deck log, Tuesday, 22 December 1959, & Wednesday, 23 December 1959. 2226 USS Lofberg in plane guard station one reports aircraft in water 1 1/2 mile astern. 2235 c/c 280 (T) to close position on downed aircraft. 2236 c/s 10 kts while searching for wreckage and possible survivors. 0000 Steaming on various courses and speeds in search of downed pilot, The aircraft was an A4D lost at 221123Z approximately 2 miles astern of the USS Bon Homme Richard. POSIT of plane 13-08N, Longitude 145-53E. 1114 ... proceeding to area indicated by searching aircraft. 1300 Ceased search for downed pilot. USS Buck deck log, Tuesday, 22 December 1959, & Wednesday, 23 December 1959. Lt(jg). Brian Cooper, wartime Kodakid, has been missing at sea in the Pacific Ocean since Dec. 22 (1959). Lt. Cooper was reportedly flying from the carrier Bon Homme Richard, en route to Guam, when he was lost. Rochester Democrat, Friday, 01 January 1960.
17-Aug-67 149963 A4D-2 NM-5.. VA-195 USS Bon Homme Richard ATL Lt(jg). Bachman Lt(jg). Jerome V. Bachman VA-195 in A4D BuNo 145036 did not return to the USS Bon Homme Richard (enroute from Kobe, Japan to Sasebo, Japan) at 0925 hours. A pilot reported seeing a possible flash and finding an oil slick. 1000 The USS Bon Homme Richard commenced searching for downed aircraft with assistance from the USS Morton, DD-948, USS Chevalier, DDR-805, USS Wiltsie, DD-716, USS Hamner, DD-718, and USS Tang. 1116 Commenced searching oil slick for evidence of downed aircraft. 1222 Completed search of oil slick area. USS Bon Homme Richard deck log, Friday, 4 March 1960. Jerome V. Bachman, 29 September 1936 - 4 March 1960 (aged 23), Burial Saint Augustines Catholic Church Cemetery, Bowdle, Edmunds County, South Dakota, USA.
17-Aug-67 149965 A4D-2N NM-5.. VA-195 USS Bon Homme Richard P.I. LCdr. Price LCdr. Allen B. Price was killed when he struck the deck of a carrier off the Philippines. The Midland Reporter-Telegram, Fri., July 21, 1961.
18-Aug-67 149966 A4D-2N NM-5.. VA-195 USS Bon Homme Richard Japan Lt(jg). Smith Lt(jg). Thomas L. Smith Jr. died a hero's death when his A4D Skyhawk crashed in a field near NAS Atsugi, Monday. A preliminary investigation indicated Smith could have ejected at a safe altitude over the heavily populated cities of Tsuruma and Sagami Otsuka. But, he stayed with the plane long enough to head for an open field and ejected at an altitude too low for his parachute to open. Thomasville Times-Enterprise, Thursday, 30 November 1961. Unknown pilot temporarily attached to VA-195 was killed when he crashed in an open field 2 1/2 miles northeast of NAS Atsugi. Pacific Stars & Stripes, Tuesday, November 28, 1961. Crashed, near civilian house, 3 Choume, Hongou, Seya Town, Totsuka Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. From Don "Gamera" Chan. A Navy pilot killed in the crash of his A4D Skyhawk near NAS Atsugi Monday apparently gave his own life to keep the plane from crashing in a heavily populated area. Preliminary Investigation indicated the pilot could have ejected from his plane at a safe altitude, over the heavily populated area, the Navy reported. However, it appeared that the pilot headed the plane for an open field and ejected at an altitude that did not give his parachute sufficient time to open. The pilot, temporarily attached to Attack Sq. 195, was on a final landing approach when his plane crashed into an open field 2 1/2 miles northeast of NAS Atsugi. The pilot's name is being withheld pending notification of kin. Pacific Stars and Stripes.
24-Aug-67 149967 A4D-2N NM-5.. VA-195 USS Bon Homme Richard South China Sea AA Cotton AA L.E. Cotton was killed when VA-195 A4D BuNo 147692 went over the port side at 2024 hours at 15-28N, 115-34.5E and sank in 2,300 fathoms of water. USS Small, DD-838, and USS Buckley, DD-808, commenced search for man in water. 2102 secured from man overboard. USS Bon Homme Richard deck log, Tuesday, 21 August 1962.
25-Aug-67 149969 A4D-2N NM-5.. VA-195 USS Bon Homme Richard Japan LCdr. unknown LCdr. John T. Parks from the USS Bon Homme Richard is missing and presumed dead after a three-plane collision (VA-195 BuNo 145142, VA-195 BuNo 148542 and unknown) off Japan that occurred during a night refueling operation on Sept. 22. Two other pilots ejected from their aircraft and were rescued. Pacific Stars & Stripes, 28 Sep., 1962.
26-Aug-67 149970 A4D-2N NM-5.. VA-195 USS Bon Homme Richard Japan LCdr. Parks LCdr. John T. Parks from the USS Bon Homme Richard is missing and presumed dead after a three-plane collision (VA-195 BuNo 145142, VA-195 BuNo 148542 and unknown) off Japan that occurred during a night refueling operation on Sept. 22. Two other pilots ejected from their aircraft and were rescued. Pacific Stars & Stripes, 28 Sep., 1962.
28-Aug-67 149972 A4D-2N NM-512 VA-195 USS Bon Homme Richard SEA Lt(jg). Worcester Lt(jg). John Bowers "Smiley" Worcester disappeared after attacking a bridge while on armed recon mission between Than Hoa and Vinh and was last seen 35 miles SE of Thanh Hoa and 20 miles from the coast. The flight leader retraced the entire route three times, but saw no trace nor indication of any kind of a crash or anti-aircraft artillery fire. A fighter pilot in the general area saw an explosion on the ground near the alternate rendezvous point, but was too far away to determine its origin.
29-Aug-67 149974 A4D-2N NM-5.. VA-195 USS Ticonderoga Pac LCdr. Nightengale LCdr. Chester L. Nightengale, Jr. was killed in a daylight ramp strike during routine ops during a trans Pac the day before arriving in Yokosuka Japan. After the strike, the A/C rolled inverted and departed the port side wiping the lens etc. platform clean. The only thing recovered was his helmet. I was a JG in VA-195 at the time on my second cruise, saw the plat tape several times. Dick Nielsen. 1305 hours ... An A4C of Attack Squadron 195, piloted by LCDR C.L. Nightengale, struck the fantail, burst into flame, and continued overboard on the port side. USS R.K. Turner and Ticonderoga helicopter commenced search of area around 34-27N, 142-06.8E for pilot. 1510 search for pilot ceased with negative results. Turner proceeding to rejoin Task Group. USS Ticonderoga deck log, Saturday, 29 October 1966.
29-Aug-67 149975 A4D-2N NM-500 VA-195 USS Ticonderoga SEA LCdr. Barnett LCdr. Charles Edward Barnett ejected and was rescued by one of the Ticonderoga's helicopters after his Skyhawk was hit by an SA-2 missile while attacking a SAM site at the Xuan Mai Bridge and was too damaged attempt a carrier landing. 1718 LCDR C.E. Barnett pilot of a damaged A-4C of VA-195 ejected from his aircraft. Position of ejection from this ship 075 degrees at 4 miles. Pilot recovered by helicopter and returned to this ship. Pilots condition reported to be good. USS Ticonderoga deck log, 13 December 1966
31-Aug-67 149976 A4D-2N NM-502 VA-195 USS Ticonderoga SEA Lt(jg). Taylor Lt(jg). Donald O. Taylor ejected and was rescued by a Navy ship when his Skyhawk was hit by ground fire leaving the target after a rocket attack on a SAM site at the Xuan Mai Bridge and his aircraft flamed out due to fuel loss. 1652 LTJG Donald O. Taylor piloting an aircraft of VA-195 ejected after engine failed. Position of ejection from this ship 243 degrees at 16 miles. Pilot recovered by helicopter and returned to this ship. No report received on his condition. USS Ticonderoga deck log, 13 December 1966.
31-Aug-67 149980 A4D-2N NM-512 VA-195 USS Ticonderoga SEA Lt. Luker Lt. Richard A. Luker in VA-195 A-4C BuNo 148607 crashed into the sea off the port bow at latitude 18-35N longitude 107-19E and sank in 35 fathoms of water at 1107. USS Keppler (DD-765) and helicopter commenced search for pilot at 1108. Pilot recovered by helicopter and delivered onboard Ticonderoga at 1115. USS Ticonderoga deck log, 27 February 1967.
31-Aug-67 149982 A4D-2N NM-506 VA-195 USS Ticonderoga SEA Cdr. Hathaway Cdr. Charles E. Hathaway ejected safely on mission No. 281 and was recovered after his A-4C Skyhawk was hit by ground fire as he started a strafing run on a truck park. As he headed for the Ticonderoga flames began burning through the right side of the airplane and spread to the wing. When he got over the water he ejected about 40 miles from the ship. Fergus Falls Daily Journal, Tuesday, April 25, 1967.
7-Sep-67 149983 A4D-2N NM-5.. VA-195 Lemoore CA Lt(jg). Miles Lt(jg). Clarence K. Miles, 25, VA-195, NAS Lemmore, was killed when his Skyhawk roared in at low level and crashed on the Precie Farms property at 9399 Ave. 384 at the end of Road 96. It exploded on impact, digging a huge hole and scattering fragments up to 150 feet away. A witness said he saw the plane crash shortly after 3 p.m. yesterday, that it was on an even keel, and did not appear to be attempting an emergency landing. The CA Division of Forestry said the plane struck high power lines 24 miles south of the Precie ranch at Pine Flat Reservoir moments earlier, touching off a 25 acre grass and brush fire. The crash was the third Lemoore based Skyhawk to be lost in the last week (Sept 10, Sept 13 and Sept 18) and the third fatal air accident (May 17 2 NAS Lemoore Corsair II's) in the Dinuba area in four months. The Fresno Bee, Thursday, September 19, 1968.
9-Sep-67 149987 A4D-2 6G VA-202 NAS Alameda NV LCdr. Dolan LCdr. Edward H. Dolan, 35, was killed when his VA-202 NAS Alameda based A-4 Skyhawk crashed on takeoff from the Naval Auxiliary Air Station in Fallon, NV, yesterday. Oakland Tribune, Monday, 16 December 1968. LCdr. Edward H. Dolan, 35, a San Francisco based UAL pilot of Mountain View, CA, was killed when his A-4 Skyhawk crashed and burned beside the runway while starting a return flight to Alameda from NAS Fallon, NV, yesterday. Reno Gazette, Monday, 16 December 1968.
10-Sep-67 149988 A4D-2N
VA-203 Lemoore CA Lt. Draper Lt. Michael H. Draper, 34, ejected safely before his NAS Alameda reserve (VA-203) A-4C Skyhawk attack jet crashed in an uninhabited area about four miles NW of Truckee in the Sierra yesterday after an engine failure while returning to Alameda. Oakland Tribune, Sat., March 14, 1970.
11-Sep-67 149989 A4D-2N AF-313 VA-203 Jacksonville FL
Condon Dan Condon ejected safely at low altitude over the Ortega River when his A-4L engine failed at 1,500 feet during a practice GCA to runway 9 at NAS Jacksonville. Dan had taken the time to turn away from an apartment building before ejecting. The airplane pancaked onto the river, skidded on it's belly to the far bank and flipped upside down. From Dave Dollarhide.
13-Sep-67 149991 A4D-2N
VA-204 NAS Memphis TN LCdr. Dabbs LCdr. Sid C. Dabbs (Naval Reserve) ejected safely Sunday when his Skyhawk crashed into a field about six miles from its base at NAS Memphis while on a landing approach, Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Mon., Feb. 8, 1971.
18-Sep-67 149992 A4D-2N AF-4.. VA-204 NAS Memphis AL LCdr. Burke LCdr. Paul E. Burke, Jr. walked away unhurt when his Navy jet fighter crashed and burned at the Anniston-Calhoun County Airport Sunday, A spokesman at Ft. McClellan said he was on a training flight from NAS Memphis when his A-4 lost power about 10,000 feet over Cheaha and made a crash landing at the airport. According to eye witnesses, the plane “fell out of the sky” and crashed just short of the runway. Another FAA official said the plane skidded about 250 feet down the runway engulfed in flames. The airport was closed from the time of the crash at 2:14 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. Anniston Star, Monday, 08 April 1974, Anniston, AL. Two LCdr's manned A-4 Skyhawks configured with two 300 gallon external fuel tanks for a combined low level navigation and instrument round-robin flight. At the turnaround point, the leader executed a climbing turn to begin an IFR return to home base. Passing through an est. alt. of 8-10,000 feet the lead A-4 pilot "heard and felt an engine chug." and the engine flamed out within seconds. After several unsuccessful air start attempts the pilot attempted a flameout approach to a nearby civilian airport. The A-4 impacted an earth overrun 250-300 feet short of the intended runway with the gear and flaps down and the speed brakes closed. The main gear sank approximately two feet into the overrun and folded aft, ripping loose from the A-4. The nose gear also sank into the earth and was torn loose. The external fuel tanks ruptured about five feet past the initial impact releasing a large amount of fuel which ignited as the aircraft continued onto the runway. The forward sections of the tanks veered to the left coming to rest 600 feet from the point of first impact. The A-4 came to rest on the right edge of the runway 700 feet from the initial impact and continued to burn. The pilot jettisoned the canopy and exited the A-4 which continued to burn beyond repair. The investigation revealed that the fuselage tank had less than 1 gallon of fuel. NAN, Pettibone, October 1974.
21-Sep-67 149993 A4D-2N AF-403 VA-204 NAS Memphis AR Lt. Carver Lt. Gary Carver was killed and LCdr. James S. Greenwood, 35, ejected safely following a mid-air collision with 147843 south of Batesville Thursday while on a routine training flight from NAS Millington. Hope (AR) Star, Friday, March 7, 1975. Gary was approaching Jim from the right side and did an aileron roll cross over. Unfortunately he had a closure rate and came down canopy first and hit Jim's left wing and broke it off. Kenneth Juergens.
27-Sep-67 149996 A4D-2N AF-401 VA-204 NAS Memphis AR LCdr. Greenwood Lt. Gary Carver was killed and LCdr. James S. Greenwood, 35, ejected safely following a mid-air collision with 147843 south of Batesville Thursday while on a routine training flight from NAS Millington. Hope (AR) Star, Friday, March 7, 1975. Gary was approaching Jim from the right side and did an aileron roll cross over. Unfortunately he had a closure rate and came down canopy first and hit Jim's left wing and broke it off. Kenneth Juergens.
29-Sep-67 149997 A4D-2N AF-405 VA-204 Memphis TN LCdr. Flagler LCdr. Norris Flagler ejected safely Tuesday night after he heard an explosion and saw flames coming from the fighter as he approached a runway at the Memphis Naval Air Station at Millington. Kingsport Times, Wednesday, 11 June 1975, Kingsport, TN.
3-Oct-67 149998 A4D-2N AF-4.. VA-204 NAS Memphis AR Lt. Brett Lt. Jerry Brett, 31, ejected safely at about 1,000 feet when his A4 jet became crippled 50 minutes into a training flight Saturday from the Millington Naval Air Station at Memphis. The plane crashed, exploded and burned near the Gaither community, about seven miles southwest of Harrison, AR, about 2:45 p.m. and landed about three fourths of a mile from where the plane crashed. Northwest Arkansas Times, Monday, 25 August 1975, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
4-Oct-67 149999 A4D-2N
VA-205 NAS Atlanta GA Lt. Boardman Lt. Fred R. Boardman was killed and LCdr. John E. Owens Jr. ejected safely Sunday when their A-4L Skyhawks attached to NAS Dobbins AFB at Marietta, GA, collided in mid-air near Rome, GA, scattering debris widely across the campus of Berry College. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Monday, June 21, 1971. The midair was a flight of four A-4s, Doug Cutter (DAL), me (Shand Gause), John Owens (PAA) and Jim Boardman (EAA). I (Shand) was wing on John and Doug was wing on Jim. 2 V 2 and Jim Boardman hit John Owens from a low attack and cut John's a/c in half. John punched out from 18,000 ft. and I followed him down until he landed in a cow pasture. Not a scratch on him. From Shand Gause, 12 February 2016. The LCdr. flight leader conducted a thorough brief for an A-4 Skyhawk four plane division practice road reconnaissance. Shortly after takeoff the second section leaders radio failed and the lead was passed to his wingman. After they reached the road reconnaissance reversal point it was decided to terminate since visibility and clouds were lower than briefed. Approaching the local area the division leader asked the second section leader if he wanted to make a "few turns" which was accepted and the flight proceeded northwest and started a gradual separation as the climbed to flight level 220. The two sections turned toward each other with one section staying high and the other at a slightly lower altitude. Following the turn-in the leader of the higher section dropped his right wing and then his left several times as if he were trying to keep the lower section in sight under his nose. Immediately following these wing dips the section leaders collided killing the leader of the high section instantly while the leader of the second section made a successful ejection. NAN, Pettibone, October 1973.
4-Oct-67 150000 A4D-2N
VA-205 NAS Atlanta GA LCdr. Owens Lt. Fred R. Boardman was killed and LCdr. John E. Owens Jr. ejected safely Sunday when their A-4L Skyhawks attached to NAS Dobbins AFB at Marietta, GA, collided in mid-air near Rome, GA, scattering debris widely across the campus of Berry College. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Monday, June 21, 1971. The midair was a flight of four A-4s, Doug Cutter (DAL), me (Shand Gause), John Owens (PAA) and Jim Boardman (EAA). I (Shand) was wing on John and Doug was wing on Jim. 2 V 2 and Jim Boardman hit John Owens from a low attack and cut John's a/c in half. John punched out from 18,000 ft. and I followed him down until he landed in a cow pasture. Not a scratch on him. From Shand Gause, 12 February 2016. The LCdr. flight leader conducted a thorough brief for an A-4 Skyhawk four plane division practice road reconnaissance. Shortly after takeoff the second section leaders radio failed and the lead was passed to his wingman. After they reached the road reconnaissance reversal point it was decided to terminate since visibility and clouds were lower than briefed. Approaching the local area the division leader asked the second section leader if he wanted to make a "few turns" which was accepted and the flight proceeded northwest and started a gradual separation as the climbed to flight level 220. The two sections turned toward each other with one section staying high and the other at a slightly lower altitude. Following the turn-in the leader of the higher section dropped his right wing and then his left several times as if he were trying to keep the lower section in sight under his nose. Immediately following these wing dips the section leaders collided killing the leader of the high section instantly while the leader of the second section made a successful ejection. NAN, Pettibone, October 1973.
5-Oct-67 150002 A4D-2N AF-5.. VA-205 NAS Atlanta GA Lt. Zerblis Lt. James E. "Zman" Zerblis, 26, Navy Reserve pilot was killed when he ejected from his A-4L Skyhawk which crashed in a swamp about 10 miles north of Baxley, GA, Thursday, near the banks of the Altamaha River while returning from a training mission along the Atlantic Coast. Playground Daily News, Fort Walton Beach, FL, Friday, November 12, 1971. Lt. James E. Zerblis, 26, was killed when his jet exploded in the air during a practice bombing mission in a wooded area near here. Employees of the Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Power plant rescued the pilot who was unconscious and died later at Appling County Hospital. His Reserve Squadron 205 plane was based at NAS Marietta. Thomasville Times Enterprise, Thomasville, GA, Friday, 12 November 1971, Zman punched out and the parachute cords got wrapped around his neck, from Shand Gause.
7-Oct-67 150004 A4D-2N AF-410 VA-205 NAS Atlanta NC
Currie Raymond Michael Currie, 40, VA-205 XO, was killed on a routine training flight when his A-4 crashed on a hillside about 50 miles west of Asheville, NC, in the Savannah Community off U.S. 441 near Sylva Saturday afternoon. He "was accompanied by another jet, and the pilot could not report a probable cause." Gastonia Gazette, Sunday, 16 June 1974, Gastonia, NC and Thomasville Times Enterprise, Monday, 17 June 1974, Thomasville, GA.
9-Oct-67 150005 A-4E
VA-212 Lemoore CA Lt(jg). Gastrock Lt(jg). Barry Gastrock, 27, ejected safely from his VA-212 A-4E Skyhawk when it crashed and burned about 5 miles NW of the NAS Lemoore runway starting a fire that burned two to three acres of stubble before being brought under control. The Fresno Bee, Thursday, 25 June 1964.
17-Oct-67 150006 A-4E NP-227 VA-212 USS Hancock SEA Cdr. Shugart Cdr. K.L. Shugart ejected (BuNo. 150130) after his aircraft was hit on his 2nd run dropping SNAKEYE bombs on the Vinh Son radar site. The aircraft caught fire and suffered an electrical failure and he ejected about 10 miles offshore and was rescued by a USAF helicopter.
18-Oct-67 150007 A-4E NP-2.. VA-212 USS Hancock SEA LCdr. Donnelly LCdr. V.G. Donnelly ejected and was rescued, lost to flame-out. 1704 A4 Bureau No. 150128 of VA-212, Pilot LCdr. Donnelly, crashed into the sea bearing 280 deg. T 11 miles latitude 8-29.5N longitude 107-06.0E and sank in 21 fathoms of water. Pilot recovered by helicopter. 1713 Recovery complete. 2116 received injury report at 1700 this date while ejecting from his aircraft LCdr. V.G. Donnelly, 545128 received contusions of upper 2nd anterior portion of left shoulder. Treatment administered by medical officer. Disposition: Duty. USS Hancock deck log, Sunday, 27 March 1966.
19-Oct-67 150008 A-4E NP-2.. VA-212 USS Hancock SEA Lt. Cook Lt. Dennis Philip Cook killed, cat malfunction. 0534 A4E Bureau No. 152052, VA-212, Pilot Lt. Dennis Phillip Cook, crashed into the sea off the ships bow at latitude 17-56.0N, longitude 108-11.0E and sank in 50 fathoms of water. 0534 maneuvered to avoid aircraft. All engines stopped. 0539 c/s to 19 knots. USS Hancock deck log, Wednesday, 06 April 1966.
22-Oct-67 150009 A-4E NP-2.. VA-212 USS Hancock

unknown No records after 28 Feb 1965. SOC April 1966? Nothing in the April 1966 deck logs.
24-Oct-67 150010 A-4E NP-228 VA-212 USS Hancock SEA Lt. Mansfield Lt. R.H. Mansfield ejected and was rescued by a Navy helicopter after firing a rocket from a LAU-3 which either hit his Skyhawk or fodded the engine while attacking a truck convoy 10 mile S of Vinh.
25-Oct-67 150011 A-4E NP-2.. VA-212 USS Hancock SEA Lt Thiele Lt. Gary Thiele ejected safely when his Skyhawk caught fire on his way to a target in South Vietnam. 1109 received report of downed pilot position 11-00.0N, 108-34.0E, ships helo detached to proceed to area of downed pilot. 1205 A4E pilot Lt. Gary Thiele was recovered from the water and returned to Than Rang Air Field. USS Hancock deck log, Monday, 27 June 1966.
25-Oct-67 150012 A-4E NP-225 VA-212 USS Bon Homme Richard SEA Lt(jg). Crebo Lt(jg). Al R. Crebo ejected and was rescued after an SA-2 missile exploded close to his Skyhawk during an attack on an ammo depot on the outskirts of Haiphong. After flying out to sea on manual control he ejected near a Bon Homme Richard escort destroyer when the engine flamed out.
26-Oct-67 150014 A4D-5 NP-233 VA-212 USS Bon Homme Richard SEA Cdr. Smith Cdr. Homer Leroy Smith (CO) ejected and was captured when his Skyhawk was hit by AAA and caught fire during a strike on the Bac Giang thermal power plant. Cdr. Smith died after a few days in captivity.
26-Oct-67 150017 A-4E NP-223 VA-212 USS Bon Homme Richard SEA LCdr. Chauncey LCdr. Arvin Roy Chauncey ejected and was captured when his Skyhawk was hit by intense AAA about 20 mile NE of Kep. His aircraft was hit in the engine, caught fire and lost power.
2-Nov-67 150018 A-4E NP-229 VA-212 USS Bon Homme Richard SEA Lt(jg). Daniels Lt(jg). M.T. Daniels ejected and was rescued by the SAR Destroyer's Seasprite helicopter after his Skyhawk was hit by AAA about eight miles NE of Kep. He headed out to sea in search of a tanker but couldn't rendezvous as his radio was inop. Unable to refuel he found a SAR destroyer and ejected when the engine flamed out.
7-Nov-67 150019 A-4E NP-228 VA-212 USS Bon Homme Richard SEA LCdr. Kirkpatrick LCdr. J.H. Kirkpatrick ejected and was rescued by a Navy SAR helicopter after his Skyhawk was hit in the port wing and fuselage by ground fire on his way to a strike on the railway at Mai Truong.
9-Nov-67 150020 A-4E NP-222 VA-212 USS Bon Homme Richard SEA Cdr. Whittmore Cdr. Fredrick H. Whittmore (XO) ejected over the sea 60 miles east of Hon Gay and was rescued after his Skyhawk was hit by AAA during a strike on the My Xa POL storage site.
16-Nov-67 150021 A-4F NF-502 VA-212 USS Bon Homme Richard VTNAM LCdr. Thomas LCdr. R.S. Thomas ejected safely and was rescued by USS Halsey (DDG-97) HC-7 Seadevils UH-2A Seasprite, 16 miles 355⁰ from Vinh, 0. 5 miles off shore, lost to AAA.
17-Nov-67 150022 A-4F NF-5.. VA-212 USS Bon Homme Richard SEA Lt(jg). Durdent Lt(jg). Hugh Durdent experienced engine loss, or perhaps fire, during a night combat sortie en route to control by "Moonbeam", the orbiting command post C-130 which assigned FAC control missions to Yankee Station aircraft. He ejected off the coast of North Vietnam and was rescued after several hours in his life raft. From Steve Gray.
17-Nov-67 150024 A-4F NF-513 VA-212 USS Bon Homme Richard NVIET Lt. Killian Lt. J.E. Killian ejected safely and was rescued by USS Halsey (DDG-97) HC-7 Seadevils Det. 110 SH-3A Sea King 38 miles, 72⁰ from Vinh, 30 miles off shore, engine ingested rocket debris.
22-Nov-67 150025 A-4F NP- VA-212 Lemoore CA Lt(jg). Linkey Lt(jg). Leon A. Linkey was killed... An A4 Skyhawk from NAS Lemoore crashed into the sea eight miles west of Pt. Arguello in Southern California. The Argus, Saturday, April 26, 1969. A search for the body of Navy Lt. Leon A. Linkey, presumably killed when his Navy jet crashed into the sea off Point Arguello Thursday night, has been called off. His plane crashed about 6:40 p.m. Thursday when he was returning from a missile firing exercise over the Pacific. According to another pilot in the formation, Linkey’s aircraft appeared to explode in the air. Searchers later found an oil slick and some debris but the body of the pilot has not been located. Lompoc Record, Tuesday, April 29, 1969.
25-Nov-67 150028 A-4F NP- VA-212 Lemoore CA
unknown
26-Nov-67 150029 A-4F
VA-212 USS Hancock



27-Nov-67 150030 A-4F NP-307 VA-212 USS Hancock Da Nang Lt. Griner Lt. John Arthur Griner was killed when he ejected as his Skyhawk veered off the runway when he diverted to Da Nang with hung ordnance after a strike mission, 09 February 1970. 1700 Held Memorial Service for Lt. John A. Griner, VA-212. USS Hancock deck log, 12 February 1970. I recall that CAG mandated we divert to Da Nang if we had hung bombs rather than jettisoning the TER. Westpac had a shortage of the triple ejector racks. John complied. At touchdown the aircraft started to leave the runway and John ejected into an arresting gear stanchion as the aircraft rolled. From Kip Burton, 27 February 2016. It was his second hop of the day. He blew a main tire on the cat stroke. He had a hung bomb and diverted to Da Nang, but didn’t execute a field arrestment with the blown tire and on touchdown the aircraft left the runway and headed for the arresting gear unit. It appears that he did not initiate ejection until he hit the arresting gear installation because the airplane was inverted and the seat took him into the ground or into the arresting gear unit itself. From Roger Shinkle, 28 February 2016. The Skyhawk was repaired at Atsugi and sent to VA-127 on 24 Nov. 1971 almost two years after the accident.
3-Dec-67 150032 A-4F NP-3.. VA-212 USS Hancock SEA Lt. Smith Lt. Gary B. Smith ejected safely when VA-212 A-4F BuNo 154994 exploded and crashed into the sea off the starboard bow at latitude 18-08.0N and longitude 107-48.9E and sank into the sea in 44 fathoms of water at 0835. Pilot recovered by helo 005 with no apparent injuries at 0907. USS Hancock deck log 8 March 1970.
22-Dec-67 150033 A-4F NP-307 VA-212 USS Hancock SEA LCdr. Hunter LCdr. R.W. Hunter ejected and was rescued by Hancock's helicopter about 90 miles NE of Dong Hoi after his Skyhawk was hit by 37mm AAA on a daylight Steel Tiger strike on a section of road near Ban Topen. 1435 A-4 in the water off the starboard beam at (130 deg.) at five (5) miles. Ships position 17-51.9W 107-50.9E. Water depth 43 fathoms. 1441 Pilot out of water. 1503 Received information on Pilot Name: LCdr Hunter. Plane side number 307. Plane BuNo 505044 (sic). Squadron VA-212. Medical report Pilot alright scratched knee taking X Rays. Weather condition clear sky with visibility of five (5) miles Sea temp 75 Air temp 77 with three foot seas aircraft downed by enemy fire and could not be controled. USS Hancock deck log, Sunday, 15 March 1970.
26-Dec-67 150034 A-4F NP-301 VA-212 USS Hancock SEA Cdr. Strong Cdr. Henry Hooker Strong (VA-212 CO) was killed during a strike on the Ben Thuy road bridge three miles S of Vinh. His aircraft was last seen by his wingman as he rolled in on the target. There wasn't any sign of wreckage or an ejection and was most likely lost to AAA.
1-Jan-68 150036 A-4F NP-312 VA-212 USS Hancock SEA Cdr. Green Cdr. Frank Gifford Green was killed when he flew into the ground while attacking a truck on a road near Dam Khanh, 50 miles S of Hanoi in a light haze at night.
3-Jan-68 150037 A-4F NP-304 VA-212 USS Hancock SEA Lt. Pear Lt. W.F. Pear rescued by USS Gridley (DLG-21/CG-21) HC-7 Sea Devils Det. 110 HH-3A Sea King 15 miles, 154⁰ from Thanh Hoa, five miles off shore, Hwy 1A. Lost to AAA while attacking trucks on a coastal Road about 10 miles S of Thanh Hoa.
5-Jan-68 150038 A-4F NP-3.. VA-212 Lemoore CA Lt. Schwab Lt. Frank Schwab, 27, ejected safely when his NAS Lemoore based A4 Skyhawk developed engine trouble while on a routine post maintenance check flight Monday. The plane crashed into a farmer's field 5 miles NE of Hanford and Schwab, attached to VA-212 at Lemoore, walked to a house and phoned the base to report the crash. He was picked up by a helicopter and returned to Lemoore. Bakersfield Californian, Wednesday, 14 March 1973.
5-Jan-68 150040 A-4F NP-310 VA-212 Lemoore NV Capt. Emmett Capt. John Pryor Emmett Jr., was killed when his A-4F Skyraider (sic) crashed in a big ball of flame 12 miles east of Hawthorne, NV Friday. The A-4F based at NAS Lemoore was temporarily assigned to NAS Fallon for training. Redlands Daily Facts, Saturday, July 13, 1974 and Bakersfield Californian, Tuesday, July 16, 1974. A young pilot with about 800 hours was scheduled for a low level navigation exercise flight of two A-4 Skyhawks and assigned as safety pilot and observer flying in the chase position while the other pilot was the flight leader. During the brief the chase pilot was instructed to keep the lead pilot in sight at all times and to ensure the safety of the flight. When told to maintain the same altitude as the lead he said something to the effect that "you'll probably see me below you." The lead pilot maintained an altitude of 200-400 feet and observed the chase pilot below him on several occasions. At one of the checkpoints the chase pilot acknowledged the leads radio transmission, but there was no visual sighting. Six minutes later at the next checkpoint there was no acknowledgment of the leads radio transmission and the lead pilot climbed in an attempt to gain visual or radio contact without success. Lead then began to retrace the route and requested SAR assistance and the crash site of the chase aircraft was located about two-thirds of the way up the side of a small hill where it had impacted at high speed in a slightly nose high attitude killing the pilot instantly. NAN, Pettibone, April 1975.
7-Jan-68 150041 A-4F NP-310 VA-212 USS Hancock P.I. Lt(jg). Carrier Lt(jg). Bruce Carrier, 25, (VA-212) was killed when his A-4 Skyhawk crashed into the South China sea 50 miles SW of Cubi Point and three miles from the USS Hancock. Carrier was assigned to VA-212 aboard the USS Hancock. The Argus, Fremont - Newark, CA, Thursday, September I9, 1975 and The Transcript, Friday, September 19, 1975.
10-Jan-68 150043 A4D-2N NP-684 VA-216 USS Hancock SEA Lt. Crismon Lt. Frank Scot Crismon, 28, was killed last night when his Skyhawk fighter crashed into the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Hancock in The South China sea and exploded on contact with the end of the flight deck. Lowell Sun, Thursday, 31 December 1964 and Pacific Stars & Stripes, Friday, Jan. 1, 1965. U.S., Vietnam War Military Casualties, 1956-1998, Lt. Frank Scot Crismon, VA-216, USS Hancock, 31 December 1964. Hit the rounddown after 8 passes and crashed with the cockpit coming to rest near the island. I knew him as he was in the A-4 outfit (VA-216). John C. Black, pilot from VA-215, 28 February 2013.
11-Jan-68 150045 A4D-2N NP-510? VA-216 USS Hancock SEA Lt. Mineau Lt. Thomas F. Mineau, VA-216, is listed as missing after his A4D Skyhawk crashed during a training exercise off Manila while attempting an instrument landing aboard the USS Hancock. The Fresno Bee The Republican, Friday, March 5, 1965, Page 27. A search was being conducted Friday for a U.S. Navy A4C Skyhawk assigned to VA-216. It is believed to have crashed at sea while making a landing approach to the USS Hancock Thursday night. Pacific Stars and Stripes, Saturday, March 6, 1965.
14-Jan-68 150046 A4D-2N NP-5.. VA-216 USS Hancock SEA LCdr. Vohden LCdr. Raymond Arthur Vohden ejected and was captured after he was hit by small arms fire during an attack on a bridge at Dong Phuong Thong.
14-Jan-68 150047 A4D-2N NP-690 VA-216 USS Hancock SEA LCdr. Baldwin LCdr. O.F. Baldwin ejected near the Hancock and was rescued when he couldn't lower the starboard landing gear due to fire damage sustained after an attack on a cargo barge near Phong Bai. 1725 O.F. Baldwin, LTCMDR, ejected from his plane and was rescued by ships helo. Pilot was reported to be uninjured. 1721 (late entry) LCDR Baldwin of VA-216 ejected from A4C 690 BuNo 148473. 1722 A4C 690 crashed into the sea two (2) miles off the port bow at Lat. 18-41.8 N, Long. 107-16.0E and sunk in thirty five (35) fathoms of water. 1728 (late entry) LCDR Baldwin recovered by helo number six (6). 1732 (late entry) Recovered helo number six (6) with LCDR Baldwin aboard. 1823 Medical Department reported LCDR Baldwin received no injuries. USS Hancock deck log, 21 May 1966.
21-Jan-68 150048 A4D-2N NP-693 VA-216 USS Hancock SEA Lt(jg). Galanti Lt(jg). Paul Edward Galanti ejected and was captured when his Skyhawk was hit by small arms fire during an attack on a railway yard at Qui Vinh.
23-Jan-68 150050 A4D-2N NP-688 VA-216 USS Hancock SEA LCdr. Baldwin LCdr. O.F. Baldwin ejected and was rescued by a Navy helicopter 25 NE of Mu Ron Ma when his engine disintegrated after he was hit by AAA as he pulled up from an attack on a bridge 5 miles S of Mu Ron Ma .
24-Jan-68 150051 A4D-2N NP-685 VA-216 USS Hancock SEA LCdr. Isenhour LCdr. William J. Isenhour ejected and was rescued by a Navy helicopter after he was hit in the cockpit and engine by AAA during a POL storage system at Haiphong.
25-Jan-68 150052 A4D-2N NP-683 VA-216 USS Hancock SEA Lt. Haglund Lt. Paul Haglund ejected safely at 4,000 feet and was rescued after a bomb dropped off his aircraft on the cat shot and bounced repeatedly into the aircraft. Within seconds the fire light illuminated and he lost the primary attitude indicator, oxygen system and both hydraulic systems. 0110 Plane reported in the water at 18-06 North, 107-20 East in forty (40) fathoms of water. Pilot is LT Paul Haglund of VA-216. Aircraft is an A4C Skyhawk Bureau Number 149494, Aircraft Number 683. 0129 Helo #37 recovered pilot. Pilot in good condition. USS Hancock deck log, 08 July 1966.
25-Jan-68 150053 A4D-2N NL- VA-216 Lemoore CA LCdr. Elich LCdr. Robert Lewis Elich, 33, ejected safely and was rescued from the waters near Berkley Marina when his jet flamed out and plunged into San Francisco Bay 400 yards SW of Brooks Island, off Richmond Harbor. His A4C Skyhawk (attached to VA-152) departed NAS Alameda at 1:59 p.m. on a training mission and flamed out 2 minutes later. Elich was picked up by a 31 foot cabin cruiser operated by Edgar Guthrey. Oakland Tribune, Saturday, April 6, 1968.
29-Jan-68 150054 A4D-2N NL-5.. VA-216 USS Coral Sea SEA Cdr. Naschek Cdr. Marvin Joel Naschek was killed when his Skyhawk lost altitude after launch and crashed. 0433 (hours) Aircraft crashed into the sea following launch, bearing about 070, distance about 1,500 yds., position 17-29N, 108.07E. 0434 Detached USS Tucker (DD-875) to commence search for the pilot. Detached USS Decatur (DDG-31) to assist in the search. USS Coral Sea deck log, Thursday, 21 November 1968.
29-Jan-68 150055 A4D-2N NL-610 VA-216 USS Coral Sea VTNAM Lt(jg). Aaron Lt(jg). R.M. Aaron was shot down over southern Laos while on a Steel Tiger mission. As he was pulling up from a bomb run on a 37mm gun postion near Thakkapang, 20 miles NE of Muang Fangdeng he felt the engine begin to vibrate. He crossed the coast near Chu Lai and ejected 10 miles off the coast when the engine failed. He was rescued by a USMC helicopter.
9-Feb-68 150056 A4D-2N NL-501 VA-216 USS Coral Sea VTNAM LCdr. Meehan LCdr. J.F. Meehan ejected safely when his Skyhawk was damaged by the explosion of A-4C BuNo 149529 while accompanying an Intruder on a night interdiction mission over the Ho Chi Minh trail in southern Laos with Lt(jg). Larry James Stevens. As the three aircraft headed west near Ban Kate at 12,000 feet. LCdr. Meehan saw AAA fire moments before his aircraft was rocked by two massive explosions and Lt(jg). Stevens aircraft crashed into the ground and exploded. LCdr. Meehan flew his damaged aircraft until he reached the coast and ejected about 20 miles off Hue and was rescued by a USAF SAR helicopter.
25-Feb-68 150057 A4D-2N NL-507 VA-216 USS Coral Sea VTNAM Lt(jg). Stevens Lt(jg). Larry James Stevens was killed while accompanying an Intruder on a night interdiction mission over the Ho Chi Minh trail in southern Laos with LCdr. J.F. Meehan. As the three aircraft headed west near Ban Kate at 12,000 feet. LCdr. Meehan saw AAA fire moments before his aircraft was rocked by two massive explosions and Lt(jg). Stevens aircraft crashed into the ground and exploded.
25-Feb-68 150059 A4D-2 NE-2.. VA-22 USS Midway

unknown (USS Midway was moored to pier 3N, NAS Alameda on 9 Jan 1961)
4-Mar-68 150060 A4D-2N
VA-22 Lemoore CA Lt. Johnson Lt. Richard V. Johnson, 22, ejected safely when his VA-22 A4D Skyhawk crashed in an open field 3 miles south of NAS Lemoore yesterday. The Fresno Bee, Wednesday, 17 July 1963.
6-Mar-68 150061 A4D-2N NE-2.. VA-22 USS Midway Pac Lt. Mandly Lt. Charles R. Mandly was killed when A-4C BuNo 149533 crashed into the sea off the port bow at Lat. 31-37.5N and Long. 132-15.5E and sank almost immediately in 975 fathoms of water. Midway did an immediate right 15˚ right rudder, all engines stop, 5˚ rudder, all engine back full, helo attempting to rescue pilot, USS Berkeley (DDG-15) and USS Picking (DD-685) vectored in for rescue. USS Midway log Monday 13 April 1964.
7-Mar-68 150062 A4D-2N NE-2.. VA-22 Lemoore CA Cdr. Duchow Cdr. Claude E. Duchow (CO, VA-22) NAS Lemoore, was killed when his A-4B Skyhawk struck the seawall at NAS Alameda and exploded as he was coming in for a landing under radar control and was waved off as another plane was on the runway. San Mateo Times, San Mateo, CA, Tuesday, October 6, 1964.
7-Mar-68 150063 A4D-2N NE-228 VA-22 USS Midway
Lt. Grafton Lt. Paul M. Grafton, 27, was killed when his A-4 Skyhawk crashed into another aircraft (149494) piloted by Lt. Warner F. Lee that was still on the flight deck of the USS Midway. AN George W. Lipe Jr., who was directing Lt. Lee's aircraft also was killed. Oakland Tribune, Tues., 20 October 1964. Lt. Paul M. Grafton of Lemoore, CA, was killed when another jet plane crashed into his A-4C on the flight deck of the USS Midway. SN George W. Lipe Jr., was fatally injured. Pasadena Independent, Tuesday, 20 October 1964. Grafton ejected from his plane at the moment of impact. It was not known whether he ejected intentionally or whether the ejection seat was accidentally fired. 2135 Plane crash on flight deck. Manned all Fog Foam systems. All engines stop. Commenced flashing man overboard lights. Aircraft #228 (BuNo 148576) of VA-22 was struck by aircraft #223 (BuNo 149494) of VA-22. Aircraft #223 was making an arrested landing and #228 was still on landing area. Both aircraft slid to port side coming to rest against landing lens system. LT P.M. Grafton pilot of #228 ejected overside into water. LTJG W.F. Lee pilot of #223 escaped from aircraft and reported to Ready Room of VA-22. Position was marked as 21-05N & 158-46.2W in 2500 fathoms of water. USS Nicholas (DD-449) and USS Renshaw (DD-499) were immediately ordered to begin rescue operations. A crewman working with towbar to pull #228 off deck was struck down by the aircraft. Man was identified as Lipe, G.W., V-1 Division, Rate unknown at the time man removed to sick bay. 2158 Mustered crew on stations. All personnel present. 2203 LT Grafton recovered from water by lifeboat of the USS Nicholas condition unknown. 2224 c/c 230 ship making slow circles in area to remain clear of destroyer rescue operations. 2307 Secured all Fog Foam and repair party stations. USS Midway deck log, 17 October 1964. Both 148576 and 149494 went to O&R Alameda 24 November 1964 and were repaired.
7-Mar-68 150064 A4D-2N NE-223 VA-22 USS Midway
Lt(jg). Lee Lt. Paul M. Grafton, 27, was killed when his A-4 Skyhawk crashed into another aircraft (149494) piloted by Lt. Warner F. Lee that was still on the flight deck of the USS Midway. AN George W. Lipe Jr., who was directing Lt. Lee's aircraft also was killed. Oakland Tribune, Tues., 20 October 1964. Lt. Paul M. Grafton of Lemoore, CA, was killed when another jet plane crashed into his A-4C on the flight deck of the USS Midway. SN George W. Lipe Jr., was fatally injured. Pasadena Independent, Tuesday, 20 October 1964. Grafton ejected from his plane at the moment of impact. It was not known whether he ejected intentionally or whether the ejection seat was accidentally fired. 2135 Plane crash on flight deck. Manned all Fog Foam systems. All engines stop. Commenced flashing man overboard lights. Aircraft #228 (BuNo 148576) of VA-22 was struck by aircraft #223 (BuNo 149494) of VA-22. Aircraft #223 was making an arrested landing and #228 was still on landing area. Both aircraft slid to port side coming to rest against landing lens system. LT P.M. Grafton pilot of #228 ejected overside into water. LTJG W.F. Lee pilot of #223 escaped from aircraft and reported to Ready Room of VA-22. Position was marked as 21-05N & 158-46.2W in 2500 fathoms of water. USS Nicholas (DD-449) and USS Renshaw (DD-499) were immediately ordered to begin rescue operations. A crewman working with towbar to pull #228 off deck was struck down by the aircraft. Man was identified as Lipe, G.W., V-1 Division, Rate unknown at the time man removed to sick bay. 2158 Mustered crew on stations. All personnel present. 2203 LT Grafton recovered from water by lifeboat of the USS Nicholas condition unknown. 2224 c/c 230 ship making slow circles in area to remain clear of destroyer rescue operations. 2307 Secured all Fog Foam and repair party stations. USS Midway deck log, 17 October 1964. Both 148576 and 149494 went to O&R Alameda 24 November 1964 and were repaired.
13-Mar-68 150067 A4D-2N NE-204 VA-22 USS Midway SEA Lt. Butler Lt. Phillip Neal Butler ejected and was captured four days later after his six mk-81 bombs detonated on release and blew the Skyhawks wings and tail off.
18-Mar-68 150068 A4D-2N NE-2.. VA-22 USS Midway SEA Ens. Gregory Ens. D.D. Gregory ejected safely when his A-4C went into the water 250˚ relative 4,000 yards ships position Lat. 14-35N and Long. 1116-47.4E. Midway released USS Hoel (DDG-13) to proceed to area of crash. The Midway helicopter recovered to pilot and returned him aboard uninjured at 1747. At 1756 an A-4C landed and caught fire on the flight deck. USS Midway deck log Tuesday 11 May 1965.
18-Mar-68 150069 A4D-2N NE-2.. VA-22 USS Midway SEA Lt. Ilg Lt. Raymond P. Ilg ejected and evaded capture for two days until he was rescued by an Air America helicopter. Lost to AAA during armed reconnaissance mission over Route 65 near Ban Nakay Neua.
20-Mar-68 150070 A4D-2N NE-207 VA-22 USS Midway SEA Lt. Newman Lt. W.E. Newman ejected near a USN Destroyer on SAR watch about five miles off the coast of Sam Son after a large caliber shell blew the nose off his Skyhawk and fodded the engine while on an Iron Hand mission N of Vinh
21-Mar-68 150071 A4D-2N NE-211 VA-22 USS Midway SEA Lt(jg). Brunhaver Lt(jg). Richard Marvin Brunhaver ejected and was captured after his A-4C struck a karst ridge on pullout from a Snakeye attack on a bridge near Phon Bai due to some restriction on aft movement of the stick, sustained structural damage and caught fire. In 1977 Richard Brunhaver filed a civil suit in Federal Court against McDonnell Douglas Corp. charging negligent design and defective manufacture caused it to crash. European Stars and Stripes, Saturday, September 24, 1977.
24-Mar-68 150072 A4D-2N NE-2.. VA-22 USS Midway SEA Lt. Murray Lt. Thomas E. Murray was KIA when crashed astern of the Midway (course 065° T) in 490 fathoms of water at Lat. 10-18.5 N and Long. 109-48.3E after a combat mission. USS Ingersoll (DD-652) whaleboat recovered the pilot who was pronounced dead by the Ingersoll's medical officer. USS Midway log 28 October 1965 which incorrectly states it was A-4C NM-511 from the USS Bon Homme Richard.
5-Apr-68 150073 A4D-2N NE-000 VA-22 USS Coral Sea SEA Lt(jg). Hegstrom Lt(jg). R.A. Hegstrom rescued ejected and was rescued by a Navy helicopter after his Skyhawk was hit in the tail by ground fire while he was taking evasive action to avoid SAMs near the Day Giang river near Phu Nhac.
11-Apr-68 150074 A4D-2N NE-224 VA-22 USS Coral Sea SEA LCdr. Burns LCdr. John Douglas Burns ejected and was captured after his Skyhawk was hit by AAA while he was taking evasive action to avoid SAMs while on a armed reconnaissance flight 10 miles N of Thanh Hoa.
11-Apr-68 150075 A4D-2N NE-225 VA-22 USS Coral Sea SEA
unknown unknown pilot ejected and was rescued after his wingman in another A-4C overran and badly damaged his Skyhawk. The wingman landed safely. (nothing in the deck log, needs further research)
17-Apr-68 150077 A4D-2N NE-222 VA-22 USS Coral Sea SEA Lt(jg). Arnold Lt(jg). William Tamm Arnold was killed when he flew into the sea on descent through clouds after aborting a mission due to dense overcast.
19-Apr-68 150078 A4D-2N NE-2.. VA-22 USS Coral Sea SEA Lt(jg). Hays Lt(jg). James M. Hays, USNR 679 157, 0908 A-4C aircraft, Bureau no. 147737 (sic) of VA-22 crashed into the sea off starboard bow. 0923 pilot recovered on board by helicopter. Pilot received laceration and contusion on left side of face. Treatment administered by Medical Officer. Disposition: no duty for 24 hours. USS Coral Sea deck log. (right rudder deflection at launch)
23-Apr-68 150079 A4D-2N NE-233 VA-22 USS Coral Sea SEA Lt(jg). Hays Lt(jg). J.M. Hays ejected about 20 miles off the coast and was rescued by a Navy SAR helicopter after his Skyhawk was hit by groundfire during a strike against a road bridge at Thus Diem.
27-Apr-68 150080 A-4F NF-3.. VA-22 Lemoore NV Lt(jg). Leone Lt(jg). Bob Leone crashed 35 miles east of Fallon as we were pulling out from a practice Alfa strike and he had a flameout. Never could determine the cause of the flameout. From James C. (Jim) Thompson. Lt. R.W. Leone ejected safely when his A4 Skyhawk had a flameout and crashed into Fairview Peak while on a training flight 5 miles east of NAAS Fallon. Reno Gazette-Journal, 22 January 1970. I flew with VA-22 from 1968 to 1970 and I remember the crash in question. During a weapons training det. in Fallon or a hop from Lemoore, pilot Bob Leone encountered complete fuel starvation (despite ample fuel gauge level) and flamed out near the bombing range; he could not restart so ejected safely near a road. Subsequent investigation showed a broken fuel line. From Bryan Remer. Confirmed by VA-22 pilot John Cataldo, who writes: There was no fire.  A fuel line broke and it flamed out. There was nothing that Bob could do to restart the engine. That was my first of 40 aircraft investigations.
30-Apr-68 150081 A4D-2 NE-411 VA-23 Alameda NV Lt(jg). Winterbottom Lt(jg). Arthur W. Winterbottom, 27, of Ardmore, PA, was killed Friday when his VA-23 Skyhawk crashed into a 30-foot steel target when he failed to pull out of a dive on a low-level bombing run at NAAS Fallon, NV. Reno Gazette, 10 October 1970. Lt(jg). Arthur W. Winterbottom, 27, was killed when he struck a 30-foot steel target during a low-level bombing run at Fallon. The squadron was engaged in competitive low level napalm lay down at 500 knots and 50-300 feet altitude. On this run the pilot was at 20 feet on release and failed to clear the top of the billboard and disintegrated into bits and pieces that scattered for almost a mile beyond the target. NAN Pettibone July 1961.
5-May-68 150083 A4D-2
VA-23 Lemoore USS Midway Lt(jg). Huff Lt(jg). Robert Anthony Huff, 20, of VA-23 was killed when his A4D was lost at sea off the Monterey Peninsula Sunday night during night carrier operations with the USS Midway. Humboldt Standard, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 1961.
6-May-68 150084 A4D-2 NE-3.. VA-23 USS Midway Japan Lt(jg). Cianciotto Lt(jg). Andrew F. Cianciotto (VA-23) ejected from his disabled A4D Skyhawk shortly after take-off a quarter mile out from the from NAS Atsugi runway. The Skyhawk crashed 200 yards further on after it tore through the power lines of a nearby elcetric railway. A rescue helicopter picked up Cianciotto and rushed him to the U.S. Army Japan hospital. Doctors say he may have suffered a broken shoulder. Pacific Stars and Stripes, August 12, 1962.
6-May-68 150085 A4D-2 NE-3.. VA-23 USS Midway
Cdr. Veling Cdr. George Morwood Veling (VA-23 CO ) is presumed dead after his A4D-2 Skyhawk crashed Tuesday night shortly after taking-off from the USS Midway. The Navy said he is presumed to have died after an 11 hour search failed to turn up any trace of Veling. Pacific Stars & Stripes, 20 September, 1962. 1955 an A4D, CDR Veling, pilot, crashed shortly after catapulting from Midway. Ozbourn (DD-846) detached to investigate. 2149 Detached Hollister (DD-788) to assist Ozbourne. USS Midway deck log, 18 September 1962.
7-May-68 150086 A4D-2 NE-3.. VA-23 USS Midway Pusan East
unknown A flight of three A-4B Skyhawks launched from their home CVA for a coastal air station in Japan. From there they made a navigation flight to a target area in South Korea, released a practice bomb on the target and climbed to 38,000 feet for the return to the ship. The number 3 man on the leaders starboard wing noted he was falling behind and increased power to 99%, easing the nose over to pick up some airspeed. As he closed up alongside he eased the nose up to resume his stepped up position and noted an immediate 5% loss of RPM. Lowering the nose and increased throttle didn't regain the lost power and he was rapidly falling behind the other two planes. He decided to switch to manual and pulled the throttle back to the halfway position and threw the switch as the RPM was coming down which resulted in a loud thud which shook the whole aircraft followed by three more violent thuds. He shut the engine down, switched to primary and hit the air start switch without success. As he glided down he informed the flight of his problem and tried several more air starts without a relight and the engine sounded like a bucket of loose bolts. At 17,000 feet he spotted an airfield in a small valley surrounded by rugged mountains behind him and decided to try a flameout approach to the airfield. He hit the 180 position at 5,000 feet and 240 knots, gear up, flaps and hook down and speed-brakes out. At the 135 position he had 4,000 feet and 230 knots and lowered his landing gear with excess airspeed that would make him land long. As he rolled into the groove he retracted the brakes and pushed the nose over resulting in a tremendous rate of descent and he had to break his glide at 5-600 feet and set down at 200 knots and 3,500 feet down the 6,600 feet runway. As he went off the end of the runway at the old K-9 airfield with the brakes locked at 100 knots he ejected. NAN, Pettibone, February 1963. (USS Midway was anchored in Beppu Wan, Japan on 27 Sep 1962)
8-May-68 150087 A-4E
VA-23 Lemoore CA Lt(jg). Davis Lt(jg). Francis J. Davis, 24, (VA-23, NAS Lemoore) ejected from his A-4B Skyhawk Wednesday while on a routine training flight 55 miles west of the Golden Gate. The Daily Herald, Thursday, October 3, 1963.
9-May-68 150088 A-4E NE- VA-23 Lemoore CA Lt(jg). Cooper Lt(jg). Larry J. Cooper, 25, is presumed to have been killed Thursday when his A4E Skyhawk crashed into the sea about 150 miles SW of San Diego. While operating from the USS Midway he flew into a restricted area, was mistaken for an expected target drone, and shot down by a Terrier missile fired from the USS Preble (DDG-88) in the Silver Lance training exercises off A search of the crash area revealed scattered debris. Independent, Saturday, February 27, 1965.
13-May-68 150089 A-4E NE- VA-23 Lemoore CA Lt(jg). Sloat Lt(jg). James W. Sloat Jr., ejected safely when his A-4E exploded in flight at 2,500 feet during a refueling operation from another A-4E while participating in Operation Silver Lance. The plane crashed about 160 miles SW of San Diego and the pilot was pulled from the water by a helicopter piloted by Lt (jg). D.H. Jung. European Stars and Stripes, Wednesday, March 3, 1965.
14-May-68 150090 A-4E NE-348 VA-23 USS Midway SEA Lt(jg). Christian Lt(jg). David Marion Christian was killed when he was hit by AAA while pulling up from his second ZUNI attack on a radar site south of Than Hoa.
17-May-68 150093 A-4E NE-349 VA-23 USS Midway SEA Lt. McKamey Lt. John Bryan McKamey ejected and was captured after he was hit by ground fire at low level during an armed reconnaissance mission NE of Vinh.
21-May-68 150094 A-4E NE-341 VA-23 USS Midway SEA Lt. Townsend Lt. Grant R. Townsend, 27, ejected when he was pulling his A4 Skyhawk jet out of a bombing run when a sudden explosion jolted the plane and he was engulfed in a ball of flame and the aircraft was completely out of control, lost to own bomb explosion. After a 90 minute visit to North Vietnam he was rescued by a helicopter piloted by USAF Lt. Walter Turk. The Progress-Index, Thursday, July 29, 1965.
22-May-68 150096 A-4E NE-345 VA-23 USS Midway SEA Lt(jg). Brown Lt(jg). Donald Hubert Brown was killed when he was hit by an SA-2 missile at 9,000 feet while on an armed recce mission 30 miles NW of Than Hoa.
23-May-68 150097 A-4E NE-3.. VA-23 Lemoore CA LCdr. Blair Cdr. Robert R. King and LCdr. Stewart Blair, both assigned to VA-23 at NAS Lemoore, ejected when their Skyhawks collided about one mile south of MCAS El Toro, CA while making a practice GCA. Blair's Skyhawk crashed about six miles south of MCAS El Toro at 7:16 p.m. and King's Skyhawk crashed more than 15 minutes later in an open area at Camp Pendleton. King was hospitalized at Camp Pendelton with a dislocated shoulder. Redlands Daily Facts, Friday, Feb. 25, 1966.
24-May-68 150098 A-4E NE-3.. VA-23 Lemoore CA Cdr. King Cdr. Robert R. King and LCdr. Stewart Blair, both assigned to VA-23 at NAS Lemoore, ejected when their Skyhawks collided about one mile south of MCAS El Toro, CA while making a practice GCA. Blair's Skyhawk crashed about six miles south of MCAS El Toro at 7:16 p.m. and King's Skyhawk crashed more than 15 minutes later in an open area at Camp Pendleton. King was hospitalized at Camp Pendelton with a dislocated shoulder. Redlands Daily Facts, Friday, Feb. 25, 1966.
28-May-68 150099 A-4E NE-340 VA-23 USS Coral Sea SEA Lt(jg). Confer Lt(jg). Michael Steele Confer KIA. Lt. Confer flew a Douglas Skyhawk A-4C on a night road reconnaissance mission that covered a waterway system formed by the Song Hong Ha River, better know as the Red River, south of Hanoi, North Vietnam. The official Navy report indicates that Confer's jet was likely struck by a SAM and exploded, and that he was unable to eject. Confer was listed as "killed in action/body not recovered."
30-May-68 150100 A-4E NE-345 VA-23 USS Coral Sea SEA Lt(jg). Cronin Lt(jg). Michael Paul Cronin ejected and was captured when his Skyhawk was hit by AAA in the center fuselage section, caught fire and broke in two during a mk-82 strike on a railway siding at Vin Loc.
31-May-68 150101 A-4E NE-346 VA-23 USS Coral Sea SEA Lt(jg). Moran Lt(jg). Daniel Hagan Moran Jr. ejected and was killed when his A-4E was hit by AAA while he was participating in a strike on the Qui Vinh railroad yard about 10 miles SW of Van Yen. Although the Skyhawk had a large hole in the starboard nose under the cockpit it remained flyable - and Lt(jg). Moran took it out to sea. Escorting air crewmen saw him move in the cockpit, but Moran was flying erratically and did not respond to radio or hand signals. Moran took his aircraft to the North SAR destroyer and ejected close alongside, but he was dead when a boat crew from the destroyer pulled him from the water.
31-May-68 150102 A-4F NM-3.. VA-23 USS Ticonderoga SEA LCdr. Gosen LCdr. Lawrence Dean Gosen killed, cold cat shot. Independent Press Telegram, Long Beach, CA, July 24, 1968. 0728 Plane crash off starboard bow during launch position 18-21N 107-48E, pilot not sighted. USS Ticonderoga deck log, 23 July 1968.
9-Jun-68 150103 A-4F NM-306 VA-23 USS Oriskany VTNAM Lt. Smiley Lt. Stanley Kutz “Tiny” Smiley KIA, his wingman thinks that Stan was hit by a 37mm and was either killed by the round or his aircraft was disabled and he could not eject. From "Pat" Patrick.
14-Jun-68 150104 A-4F NM- VA-23 USS Oriskany SEA Lt. Machens Lt. Ronald R. Machens ejected safely. 1647 received report of parachute off starboard side. 1650 received word that reported man overboard was erroneous and was actually an ejection off the starboard side. 1653 received word that Lt. Ronald R. Machens from VA-23 was recovered by helo #005 having ejected from his burning A-4 (BuNo 154184). He was taken to sick bay and examined by the ships medical officer, then released in good condition. USS Oriskany deck log, Tuesday, 29 July 1969.
15-Jun-68 150106 A4D-1 K-307 VA-34 USS Saratoga Med Lt(jg). Jackson Lt(jg). Donald T. Jackson in A4D BuNo 139963 crashed into the sea off starboard quarter at latitude 38-51N, longitude 10-48.3E, at 2111 and sank in 680 fathoms of water. At 2112 the USS Ingram (DD-694) commenced search for pilot. 2205 F3H BuNo 137013 of VF-31, pilot Cdr. J.E. Tefft crashed into ramp while attempting landing. Damage to aircraft major-strike. 2224 F8U BuNo 143742 of VF-32, pilot Cdr G.C. Buhrer, suffered damage to port landing gear due to hard landing. The USS Saratoga was steaming in TF 60 enroute from Naples to Barcelona. USS Saratoga Deck Log, Friday, 7 March 1958.
19-Jun-68 150107 A4D-1 AC-3.. VA-34 USS Saratoga

unknown
23-Jun-68 150108 A4D-2 AC-306 VA-34 USS Saratoga Med Lt(jg). Goodwin LT(jg). Andrew J. Goodwin, Jr. is missing after his A4D-2 night tanker plane from the carrier Saratoga crashed in the Mediterranean Wednesday night, a Navy spokesman reported Thursday. The name of the pilot was withheld. Pacific Stars & Stripes, (Sunday) Oct. 25, 1959
25-Jun-68 150109 A4D-2 AC-3.. VA-34 USS Saratoga

unknown (not deployed on the Saratoga on this date, deck log not on-line)
4-Jul-68 150111 A4D-2
VA-34 Cecil Field

unknown
7-Jul-68 150112 A4D-2 AC-3.. VA-34 USS Saratoga Turkey Lt(jg). Hall Lt(jg). Carlton Stewart Hall, was killed Tuesday when his A4D Skyhawk crashed near Akseki, in the mountainous region of south central Turkey while on an operational training flight from the USS Saratoga. Harrisonburg Daily News Record, Thursday, April 12 1962.
15-Jul-68 150113 A4D-2N AC-6.. VA-34 USS Saratoga Med N/A N/A An F-3B piloted by LCdr. Keneth E. Cornell crashed on the flight deck of the USS Saratoga, plowed into several parked planes and burst into flames. Cornell was not injured. KIlled were AMS3 J.A. Sherrill and Airman D.W. Cors. Stars and Stripes, 15 August 1963. 2214 An F-3B BuNo 146716 piloted by LCDR K.E. Cornell of VF-31, having been recovered by engaging number two deck pendant, crashed into A4C BuNo 148554 which was being taxied through the landing area. As a result of this crash it appears that both aircraft caught fire. GQ was ordered. The fire on the deck appears to have spread to aircraft in the vicinity of the after part of the island. Commenced a left turn and slowed to five knots in order that the wind would be positioned so that damage by this fire could be minimized. Position at the time of the crash is 38-43N; 06-41E. 2219 Steady on course 290 speed 5 Kts. The nineteen aircraft that are airborne have been diverted to Decimomannu, Sardinia. Initial report of injuries show: two dead: AMS3 Jack Augusta Sherrill (V-1). ADJAN Donald William Cors (VA-36) and six injured as follows: ABE2 Richard Charles Kinzig (V-2), ABEC Richard Daniel Evans (V-2), AN Larry Dennis Sowers (V-2), Lt. Robert (n) Dvorak (cat officer), AN Charles O'Neal Jr. (V-1) and AN Theodore Joseph Arsenault (VA-34). 2250 All fires having been reported out and reflash watches having been set, secured from GQ and directed all repair parties to remain on station. As a result of the crash and subsequent fire it appears that seven aircraft have suffered damage. USS Saratoga Deck Log, Thursday, 15 August 1963. In addition to the colliding aircraft the ensuing fire destroyed VA-34 A-4C BuNo 148476, VA-34 A-4C BuNo 149592, VAW-12 E-1B BuNo 147216, and damaged VF-31 F-3B BuNo 143476 and VF-32 F-8D BuNo 147917.
19-Jul-68 150114 A4D-2N AC-3.. VA-34 USS Saratoga Med N/A N/A An F-3B piloted by LCdr. Keneth E. Cornell crashed on the flight deck of the USS Saratoga, plowed into several parked planes and burst into flames. Cornell was not injured. KIlled were AMS3 J.A. Sherrill and Airman D.W. Cors. Stars and Stripes, 15 August 1963. 2214 An F-3B BuNo 146716 piloted by LCDR K.E. Cornell of VF-31, having been recovered by engaging number two deck pendant, crashed into A4C BuNo 148554 which was being taxied through the landing area. As a result of this crash it appears that both aircraft caught fire. GQ was ordered. The fire on the deck appears to have spread to aircraft in the vicinity of the after part of the island. Commenced a left turn and slowed to five knots in order that the wind would be positioned so that damage by this fire could be minimized. Position at the time of the crash is 38-43N; 06-41E. 2219 Steady on course 290 speed 5 Kts. The nineteen aircraft that are airborne have been diverted to Decimomannu, Sardinia. Initial report of injuries show: two dead: AMS3 Jack Augusta Sherrill (V-1). ADJAN Donald William Cors (VA-36) and six injured as follows: ABE2 Richard Charles Kinzig (V-2), ABEC Richard Daniel Evans (V-2), AN Larry Dennis Sowers (V-2), Lt. Robert (n) Dvorak (cat officer), AN Charles O'Neal Jr. (V-1) and AN Theodore Joseph Arsenault (VA-34). 2250 All fires having been reported out and reflash watches having been set, secured from GQ and directed all repair parties to remain on station. As a result of the crash and subsequent fire it appears that seven aircraft have suffered damage. USS Saratoga Deck Log, Thursday, 15 August 1963. In addition to the colliding aircraft the ensuing fire destroyed VA-34 A-4C BuNo 148476, VA-34 A-4C BuNo 149592, VAW-12 E-1B BuNo 147216, and damaged VF-31 F-3B BuNo 143476 and VF-32 F-8D BuNo 147917.
19-Jul-68 150115 A4D-2N
VA-34 USS Intrepid Atl.
unknown Unknown pilot was rescued by an HS-3 SH-3A piloted by Lt. James V. Hensley when his A-4C Skyhawk crashed on take-off from the USS Intrepid off the coast of Norfolk, VA. The rescue was made in winds up to 32 knots. Asheville Citizen Times, Sunday 15 December 1963. VA-34 provided detachments of A-4C Skyhawks aboard USS Intrepid (CVS 11) in December 1963 and January through February 1964.
23-Jul-68 150116 A4D-2N AC-3.. VA-34 Cecil Field FL Lt(jg). Mahnke Lt(jg). Calvin C. Mahnke, 26, (VA-34 at Cecil and the USS Saratogga) and Lt(jg). Robert F. Silvestri, 25, were killed Tuesday night on a routine night flying session from Memphis to Cecil Field when their A-4A (sic) Skyhawks collided in the soupy weather and burst into flames. The two aircraft crashed about six miles S of Cecil Field during an IFR approach when one pilot experienced radio failure and the pilot of the second jet tried to guide the other flyer to the runway. Manitowoc Herald Times & Janesville Daily Gazette, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1965.
25-Jul-68 150118 A4D-2N AC-3.. VA-34 Cecil Field FL Lt(jg). Silvestri Lt(jg). Calvin C. Mahnke, 26, (VA-34 at Cecil and the USS Saratogga) and Lt(jg). Robert F. Silvestri, 25, were killed Tuesday night on a routine night flying session from Memphis to Cecil Field when their A-4A (sic) Skyhawks collided in the soupy weather and burst into flames. The two aircraft crashed about six miles S of Cecil Field during an IFR approach when one pilot experienced radio failure and the pilot of the second jet tried to guide the other flyer to the runway. Manitowoc Herald Times & Janesville Daily Gazette, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1965.
25-Jul-68 150119 A4D-2N AK-312 VA-34 USS Intrepid SEA LCdr. Martin LCdr. Edward Holmes Martin (XO) ejected and was captured when his Skyhawk was struck by shrapnel from a SA-2 missile approaching the Army barracks at Ban Yen.
26-Jul-68 150122 A4D-2N AK-301 VA-34 USS Intrepid SEA LCdr. Hawkins LCdr. S.H. Hawkins ejected 10 miles from the coast and was rescued by a Navy SAR helicopter after his Skyhawk was bracketed by two SA-2 missiles as he approached the targeted railway yard at Haiphong.
27-Jul-68 150123 A4D-2N AK-314 VA-34 USS Intrepid VTNAM Lt(jg). Krebs Lt(jg). M.A. Krebs safely ejected and was rescued from his A-4 after being hit by AAA over Viet Nam.
1-Aug-68 150126 A4D-2N AK-306 VA-34 USS Intrepid VTNAM Lt. Key Lt. Wilson Denver Key – POW, lost to SAM
2-Aug-68 150128 A4D-2N AK-3.. VA-34 Cecil Field CA LCdr. Hawkins LCdr. Sam Hawkins ejected safely when two Navy A-4 Skyhawks stationed at Fallon, NV, collided while on a simulated Alfa Strike Wednesday over the Southern California desert near Ludlow, CA. Lt(jg). Jim Gill in A-4C BuNo 149626 landed safely at NOTS China Lake. Independent Press-Telegram, Long Beach, CA, Thursday, March 7, 1968. LCdr. Sam H. Hawkins in A-4C BuNo 148520 and Lt. Jim M. Gill in A-4C BuNo 149626 departed NAAS Fallon, NV as a section and part of a 22 plane air group coordinated strike force participating in a simulated Alfa strike. The take off, rendezvous, tanking and subsequent flight to the target complex were normal and uneventful. The flight proceeded to the Twenty Nine Palms tactical Range E and as the last section in the flight, these two aircraft made the final bombing runs of the strike. While retiring from the target LCdr. Hawkins in BuNo 148520 commenced jinking to avoid simulated AAA fire. Lt. Gill attempting to maintain bearing and close the distance on the lead, suddenly found himself slightly ahead of bearing. The lead commenced a fake right turn followed by a descending left turn into the wingman. The aircraft collided while Lt. Gill was attempting to cross under to the outside of the turn. BuNo 148520 lost the outboard four feet of the left wing along with the left drop tank and the aircraft immediately went into a violent left spin. LCdr. Hawkins ejected almost immediately at approximately 3,000 feet AGL. The aircraft impacted at the base of a ridge of mountains between two peaks. Lt. Gill circled the scene of the crash to determine LCdr. Hawkins condition and then was escorted by a participating A-6 aircraft to an uneventful landing at NAF China Lake. LCdr. Hawkins was picked up by a power line worker and later transferred to an Air Force helicopter and taken to George AFB hospital.  
3-Aug-68 150129 A4D-2N AA-3.. VA-34 USS Forrestal Med Lt(jg). Kobylk Lt(jg). N.S. Kobylk ... 1241 A-4C Skyhawk aircraft BuNo. 149499 of VA-34 piloted by LTJG. N.S. Kobylk, crashed at sea at Lat. 37 54.8 N, Long 16 39.8 E and sank in 100 fathoms of water. 1245 detached USS Bordelon DD-881 to proceed to crash scene. 1248 speed 15 knots. 1250 set course 270; speed 28 knots. 1300 maneuvering while operating aircraft. 1320 completed operating aircraft. 1325 set course 205; speed 22 knots. 1334 pilot, LTJG. N.S. Kobylk of VA-34 recovered by HC-2 squadrons helicopter the Fleet Angles and delivered on board, no injuries to pilot. USS Forrestal deck log, 26 January 1969.
18-Aug-68 150130 A4D-2N AA-310 VA-34 USS Forrestal Med Lt. Gill Lt. James M. Gill reported a flame out and ejected from aircraft, bearing 229, range 37 miles. Helo recovered downed pilot who is in satisfactory condition. From Forrestal Historian Ken Killmeyer.
20-Aug-68 150131 A4D-2 AC-6.. VA-36 Cecil Field

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22-Aug-68 150133 A4D-2 AC-6.. VA-36 USS Saratoga Med LCdr. Meredith LCdr. Carl Meredith of Jacksonville is presumed dead after his plane crashed into the stern of the USS Saratoga while attempting to land on the carrier in the Mediterranean. The Newark Advocate, Fri., Dec. 16, 1960.
30-Aug-68 150135 A4D-2N AC-6.. VA-36 Cecil Field FL Lt(jg). Benoit Lt(jg). Richard O. Benoit successfully ejected at an altitude of 300' when his Skyhawk developed engine problems, crashed and exploded in flames, during an approach to NAS Cecil Field. The News Journal, Monday, November 6, 1961. Lt(jg). Richard O. Benoit successfully ejected at an altitude of 300' when his Skyhawk developed engine problems crashed and exploded in flames near Jacksonville. Benoit was enroute from the USS Saratoga. Delaware County Daily Times, Chester, PA., Tuesday, November 7, 1961.
2-Sep-68 150136 A4D-2N AC-606 VA-36 USS Saratoga Med Capt. Metz Capt. J.H. Metz (USAF) pilot of A-4C NR-606 (BuNo 148551) reported to have ejected at 270 (T), 59 miles from this ship at 1103. Proceeding to scene of downed pilot at 1107. OIC reported Capt. Metz had been picked up in good condition by USS Perry (DD-844) at 1250. USS Saratoga Deck Log, Wednesday, 24 July 1963.
6-Sep-68 150137 A4D-2N AC-6.. VA-36 USS Saratoga Med ADJAN Cors An F-3B piloted by LCdr. Keneth E. Cornell crashed on the flight deck of the USS Saratoga, plowed into several parked planes and burst into flames. Cornell was not injured. KIlled were AMS3 J.A. Sherrill and Airman D.W. Cors. Stars and Stripes, 15 August 1963. 2214 An F-3B BuNo 146716 piloted by LCDR K.E. Cornell of VF-31, having been recovered by engaging number two deck pendant, crashed into A4C BuNo 148554 which was being taxied through the landing area. As a result of this crash it appears that both aircraft caught fire. GQ was ordered. The fire on the deck appears to have spread to aircraft in the vicinity of the after part of the island. Commenced a left turn and slowed to five knots in order that the wind would be positioned so that damage by this fire could be minimized. Position at the time of the crash is 38-43N; 06-41E. 2219 Steady on course 290 speed 5 Kts. The nineteen aircraft that are airborne have been diverted to Decimomannu, Sardinia. Initial report of injuries show: two dead: AMS3 Jack Augusta Sherrill (V-1). ADJAN Donald William Cors (VA-36) and six injure