1956 USAF Accidents

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Date Aircraft Type Serial Number Command Unit Squadron Type of Accident D Pilot Location State Country Record Base Name (Home Base?) Comments 1 Crew 1 Crew 2 Crew 3 Crew 4 Rest of Crew
3-Jan-56 F-86F 51-13095  ATC CTAF, 3595th CCR Tng Wg, 3595th M&S Gp  3592nd FLM Sq, Nellis AFB KCR, KSR 4 Guffey, James Harold, 1/Lt, AFRes, 3597th CCR Tng Sq, Nellis AFB Arizona, Mohave, Approx 30 NM and 278 degrees M.H. from Kingman AZ USA Nellis AFB Departed Nellis AFB on routine Instructor Proficiency Flight.  During simulated attack on two ship formation, Guffey’s aircraft impacted ground in flat, mushing attitude.            
10-Jan-56 F-100C 54-1907 AMC WRAR, MATS, 1708 Ferrying Wing 1708-12 Ferrying Wing KLAC 4 Brooks, Barty R., 1/Lt Edwards AFB, CA CA USA ROBINS AFB, GA Calif, Kern County, 4 miles SE Edwards AFB. Emergency landing, nose gear scissors disconnected, A/C destroyed.          
13-Jan-56 F-86F 52-5065 ATC 3595th CCR, 3595th M&S 3592nd FLM, Nellis AFB MISW 4 Baker, Wilson K., Capt., RegAF Near Hill AFB UT USA Nellis AFB, NV Aircraft and pilot missing after an attempted approach to Hill AFB, UT.  During go around pilot was concerned about fuel state, never declared emergency, never heard from again.  Assumed to be in Great Salt Lake.          
25-Jan-56 T-33A 51-9237 ADC 23-FG 75-FIS KCRL 4 Powell, Harley G., 1/Lt 15 miles WSW of Presque Isle AFB, Maine ME USA Presque Isle AFB, ME On instrument proficiency flight, a/c lost comms and radio direction. They squawked IFF emergency w/no response. In attempt to visually land at Loring AFB in bad weather, they encountered a hill and during pull-up engine flamed out. Pilot attempted crash landing on road but struck high tension lines. A/C struck pole and trees and struck ground catching fire. Lt Powell escaped a/c and w/help from civilians attempted to remove Lt. Hunt, but they could not get him out. A/C destroyed. Hunt, Billie B., 1/Lt        
27-Jan-56 F-86F 52-4995  ATC CTAF, 3595th CCT (Ftr), 3595th M&S 3598th FLM, Nellis AFB KCRGC (collision with ground target)  4 Kugler, Doyle Edward, 1/Lt, AFRes NV, Clark, 17 Miles N Indian Springs AFB, NV NV USA Nellis AFB, NV High angle bomb and rocketry mission, because of high-winds and weather, flight reverted to low angle bombing.  Lt. Kugler “felt a jerk” after first live skip bomb run, range officer saw no apparent damage to aircraft, but target pole appeared a little shorter than normal and target was torn at top.  Lt. Kugler did not request damage assessment from other aircraft in flight or the ground personnel.  During rocket pass, large pieces of left wing came off aircraft during pull-out at approx 200 ft AGL, flames appeared, aircraft snap-rolled into ground.          
30-Jan-56 B-45A 47-0059 AFE 3rd AF, 49th Air Div, 47th Bomb Wing 84th Bomb Sq Unknown, WAC (Probably weather-related) 4 Duncan, George Washington, Capt. Suffolk, England, (Lakenheath)   England Sculthorpe, England 3 miles east of Brandon, Suffolk, England, apparent weather-related accident on landing, plane crashed attempting landing at alternate field. Report shows three of the four crew fatal, but the gunner survived. Murray, John Caystile, Capt O’Mahoney, John A., Capt Butts, John I., S/Sgt    
1-Feb-56 F-84F 51-1690  ATC CTAF, 3600th CCRTA (Ftr), 3600th M&S  3601st CCRTRA Sq, Luke AFB BOSSP 4 Roll Jr., Frederick August, Captain, USAF Arizona, Maricopa, 24 NM Due S of Luke AFB, Glendale, AZ AZ USA Luke AFB, Arizona Scheduled two ship cruise control mission prior to ferrying aircraft.  During stall maneuver, as aircraft decreased airspeed, dropped into nose down attitude.  Entered flat spin, recovery unsuccessful.  Pilot ejected at approx 12K feet, no injuries.            
9-Feb-56 T-28A 51-3750  ATC FTAF, 3307th PLTRAGRU (Plt Trng Grp) (CONTR PRIM), Marana AB, Arizona   CR, ACC, C, KCR 4 Ewing, William Dotherow, 2/Lt, USAF (fatal) Pinal, Marana, 5 Miles N (report also says 3 miles N of Marana from other pilot witnesses) AZ USA Marana AB, Arizona Student dual night nav mission, civilian instructor and commissioned student pilot killed, crashed into ground. Hatch, Jules Lynn, civilian instructor, Darr Aero Tech Inc        
14-Feb-56 T-33A 51-9205 ATC 3525-CCTW 3525-M&S KMAC 4 Jacobs, Paul D., 2/Lt 4 miles W of Gila Bend, AZ AZ USA Williams AFB, AZ During practice air-to-air gunnery mission (four T-33 aircraft), during formation turn, instructor pilot observed large puff of black smoke and fire to his right. He then observed many pieces of wreckage and two parachutes which appeared to be open. A radio check proved that two aircraft were missing. Altitude was 17-to-18,000 ft at time of mid-air collision. Neither pilot survived accident and both mishap aircraft were completely destroyed.          
14-Feb-56 T-33A 52-9466 ATC 3525-CCTW 3525-M&S KMAC 4 Bovey, Edward H., 2/Lt 4 miles W of Gila Bend, AZ AZ USA Williams AFB, AZ During practice air-to-air gunnery mission (four T-33 aircraft), during formation turn, instructor pilot observed large puff of black smoke and fire to his right. He then observed many pieces of wreckage and two parachutes which appeared to be open. A radio check proved that two aircraft were missing. Altitude was 17-to-18,000 ft at time of mid-air collision. Neither pilot survived accident and both mishap aircraft were completely destroyed.          
17-Feb-56 F-84G 51-1257  ATC CTAF, 3600th CCRTRA, 3600th M&S  3601st Maint Flt Line, Luke AFB, AZ KCRGC, KSR 4 Wilkinson, Harold Harper, 1/Lt, AFRes, 3604th CCRTRA, Luke AFB AZ, Maricopa, Wickenburg, 20 NM South AZ USA Luke AFB, AZ Flight of four, led by 1/Lt Wilkinson, formation mission (first formation flight for 2/Lt Sabbadini, Italian MDAP student).  Number 3 & 4 positions manned by instructor pilots, Number 4 was IP in charge of flight; Lt. Wilkinson in process of being upgraded to IP status. During formation airwork, instead of pulling up, Wilkinson and Sabbadini continued down and impacted ground, fatally injured.            
17-Feb-56 F-84G 52-3278  ATC CTAF, 3600th (Ftr) CCRTRA, 3600th M&S 3601st Maint Flt Line, Luke AFB KCRGC, KSR 4 Sabbadini, Gastone (NMI), 2/Lt, MDAP (Italian), 3604th CCRTRA, Luke AFB AZ, Maricopa, Wickenburg, 20 NM South AZ USA Luke AFB, AZ Flight of four, led by 1/Lt Wilkinson, formation mission (first formation flight for 2/Lt Sabbadini, Italian MDAP student).  Number 3 & 4 positions manned by instructor pilots, Number 4 was IP in charge of flight; Lt. Wilkinson in process of being upgraded to IP status. During formation airwork, instead of pulling up, Wilkinson and Sabbadini continued down and impacted ground, fatally injured.            
19-Feb-56 T-33A 51-9307  ATC FTAF, 3640th PTWg, 3640th M&S  3641st MntSq, Laredo AFB, TX KCR, (possibly KCRW) 4 Bigelow, Wesley Floyd, 1/Lt, AFRes, instructor pilot, fatal CA, Napa, Calistoga, 6 miles N CA USA Hamilton AFB, CA  Direct flight from Hamilton AFB, CA to Williams AFB, AZ. Pilot reported severe turbulence on climb-out.  No further radio contact approx 8 minutes after takeoff.  Wreckage found on 02/24/56 on Mt St Helena, impacted level at 3,000 ft, disintegrating on impact.   Johnson, William Horace, 2/Lt, AFRes, 3640th PTSq, Laredo AFB, TX, fatal        
1-Mar-56 F-89D 53-2458 ADC Wing 4750 AD, Group 4756 AD (Wpns) 4756th AD Sq (Wpns) LACF 3 Beard, Charles D. Jr., Capt. Moody AFB, GA GA USA Moody AFB, GA Georgia, Lowndes, Yaldosta – 12 miles NE Moody AFB, GA.  Landing accident, developed fire from accumulation of raw fuel in right engine well, fire/explosion at end of landing roll, crew evacuated successfully. Wallace, Francis R., Capt.        
2-Mar-56 F-89D 53-2641 ADC WADF, 25th Air Div, 326 Ftr Grp 321st FIS WAC (report does not totally specify cause) 4 Williams, Hal Nathan, 1/Lt Paine AFB, WA WA USA Paine AFB, WA Washington, Snohomish, Derrington, 5-7 miles SW (Estimated).  Practice scramble/intercepts, low clouds and rain on letdown to landing, apparent controlled flight into mountains under instrument conditions. Von Driska, William E., 2/Lt        
2-Mar-56 F-89D 53-2647 ADC WADF, 25th Air Div, 326 Ftr Grp 321st FIS WAC (report does not totally specify cause) 4 Taylor, Wilford H.,1/Lt Paine AFB, WA WA USA Paine AFB, WA Washington, Snohomish, Derrington, 5-7 miles SW (Estimated).  Practice scramble/intercepts, low clouds and rain on letdown to landing, apparent controlled flight into mountains under instrument conditions. Gereau, Phillip E, 1/Lt        
5-Mar-56 F-84F 52-6913 SAC 407-SFW 515-SFS CRGC 4 Petersen, Norman Dean, 1/Lt 43 miles E Malmstrom AFB, Montana MT USA Malmstrom AFB, MT Aircraft impacted terrain on low-level, single-ship nav flight, aircraft completely destroyed.          
5-Mar-56 F-86F 51-13148  ATC CTAF, 3595th CCr Tng Wg (ftr), 3595th M&S Gp 3592nd FLM, Nellis BMAC 4 Lambert, Robert Echo, Captain, AFRes NV, Clark, 19 NM, 280degrees from Nellis NV USA Nellis AFB Four man flight of F-86s, applied tactics mission. While returning to Nellis to land, collided with another F-86 before evasive maneuvers could be taken.  Part of vertical stabilizer and right horizontal stabilizer missing, also approx 2-ft of right wing missing.  Pilot able to control his aircraft momentarily, he observed other aircraft burning on ground.  Low on fuel, without radio contact, trimmed nose low and headed for open area, ejected successfully.             
5-Mar-56 F-86F 52-5091  ATC CTAF, 3595th CCr Tng Wg (Ftr), 3595th M&S Gp  3598th FLM, Nellis KMAC 4 Collinson, John Leonard, Major, AFRes, fatal NV, Clark, 9 NM, 270degrees from Nellis AFB NV USA Nellis AFB Target tow mission for two air-to-air gunnery flights. After dropping target pilot was positioning himself for entry to traffic when midair collision occurred.  Aircraft crashed and burned moments after collision, pilot fatally injured.            
10-Mar-56 F-100C 54-1869 WRAMA 316-AD 045-FDS LAC 4 Mattis, William C., 1/Lt Keflavik Airport, Iceland n/a Iceland SIDI SLIMANE AB, Morocco On ferry mission from Goose Bay, Labrador to Iceland (bound for Morocco), a/c landed short, landing gear and pylon tanks sheared, slid down runway and veered left. Pilot ok. F-100C 54-1898 landed at exact same time with a drag chute failure but was not damaged.          
10-Mar-56 F-100C 54-1898 WRAMA 316-AD 045-FDS LAC 0 Ward, Claude A., Capt Keflavik Airport, Iceland n/a Iceland SIDI SLIMANE AB, Morocco On ferry mission from Labrador to Iceland (bound Morocco), a/c had drag chute failure on landing. No damage. F-100C 54-1869 landed at exact same time and was DBR when gear sheared off after landing short.          
12-Mar-56 F-89H 54-0276 ADC 4708-ADW 445-FIS KCR 4 Suggs, Arledge Wayne, 1/LT 21 NM SW Alpena, MI MI USA Wurtsmith AFB, MI A/C took off with taxi-screens still attached.  A/C cleared for emergency return to base, but crashed approx 39 NM NNW Wurtsmith AFB shortly after acknowledging problem.  Both crew killed. Parmenter, Edward Denver, 1/Lt        
14-Mar-56 B-45A 47-0072 USAFE 47-BW 85-BS LACEF 3 Conley, Keith, Maj RAF Sculthorpe. England n/a UK RAF Sculthorpe, UK Pilot forced to make emergency landing with engine fire in #1, followed by fire in #2.  Crew ok. Phillips, Edwin Lacy, 1/Lt Ross, Billy R., Capt      
14-Mar-56 F-89D 53-2651 ADC 414-FTR 437-FIS BOEF 4 Ewell, Robert L., Capt 4-5 miles off coast near Oxnard AFB, CA CA USA Oxnard AFB, CA Shortly after t/o the a/c experienced a fire in the left engine, crew forced to eject.  Back-seater (Cummings) rescued after 45 minutes.  Pilot (Ewell) not found after 3 day search. Cummings, Larry R., 1/Lt        
17-Mar-56 F-86A 49-1221 CA ANG 146-FIG 115-FIS MACCR 4 Modes, William Clark, 1/Lt 35 miles E Yuma, AZ AZ USA Van Nuys, CA Mid-air collision with F-86A 48-0160 while firing on towed target, both aircraft exploded at the time of the collision and crashed.          
17-Mar-56 F-86A 48-0160 CA ANG 146-FIG 115-FIS MACCR 4 O'Wesney, William Lyle, Capt 35 miles E Yuma, AZ AZ USA Van Nuys, CA Mid-air collision with F-86A 49-1221 while firing on towed target, both aircraft exploded at the time of the collision and crashed.          
22-Mar-56 F-86F 52-5288 FEA 58-FBG 310-FBS KMAC 4 Settrini, Raymond, 1/Lt 24 NM N of Tainan Air Base, Formosa (23 21N 120 13E)   Taiwan K-55 Korea During 5-minute alert flight, F-86F 52-5288 & 52-4956 scrambled to approx 5,500' when lead (Lt Settrini) informed GCI he was going IFR and climbing. 5 minutes after t/o flight was ordered to turn - lead acknowledged. This was the last transmission from this flight of two F-86F. GCI lost radar & radio contact at this time. Both pilots killed in this apparent mid-air collision.          
22-Mar-56 F-86F 52-4956 FEA 58-FBG 310-FBS KMAC 4 Worthington, Lemuel, 2/Lt 24 NM N of Tainan Air Base, Formosa (23 21N 120 13E   Taiwan K-55 Korea During 5-minute alert flight, F-86F 52-5288 & 52-4956 scrambled to approx 5,500' when lead (Lt Settrini) informed GCI he was going IFR and climbing. 5 minutes after t/o flight was ordered to turn - lead acknowledged. This was the last transmission from this flight of two F-86F. GCI lost radar & radio contact at this time. Both pilots killed in this apparent mid-air collision.          
25-Mar-56 XB-51 46-0685 ARDC 6515-Mntnce Grp 6515-MntSqdn KCRT 4 Rudolph, James O., Maj El Paso IAP, TX TX USA Edwards AFB, CA Crashed on t/o.  Engineer SSgt Savage killed in the crash.  Pilot Major Rudolph suffered major injuries and passed away on 16 Apr 56. Savage, Wilbur R., S/Sgt        
17-Apr-56 F-100C 54-1880 USAFE 036-TFW 036-FMS KTOA 4 Miller, James Oalis, 1/Lt BITBURG AB, Germany n/a Germany Bitburg AB, Germany Aircraft crashed off runway while taking off, exploded, burned and disintegrated.  Pilot killed.          
31-May-56 F-100C 54-1957 USAFE 036-TFW 023-TFS LACEF 4 Callahan, Leo Francis, 1/Lt Spangdahlem AB, Germany n/a Germany BITBURG AB, Germany Dead-stick landing after engine flame-out, both tires blew due to heavy braking, ran off end of runway, pilot egressed safely, there was no fire.          
5-Jun-56 F-89D 51-11314 ADC 475-FG 432-FIS TACEF 4 Hamilton, James W., Capt St. Paul IAP, MN MN USA St. Paul IAP, MN Power loss on t/o. Aircraft apparently substantially damaged by crash and fire, etc. Crew ok. Gerling, Henry G, 1/Lt        
9-Jun-56 F-89H 54-0311 ADC 78-FG 84-FIS LAC 3 Weaver, Kenneth Leroy, 2/Lt Hamilton AFB, CA CA USA Hamilton AFB, CA Aircraft stalled on approach for landing at about 20 feet, a/c hit runway, blew both main tires and collapsed the nose gear.  A/C came to rest on a taxiway suffering major damage.  The crew safely evacuated. Speegle, A. C., 2/Lt        
14-Jun-56 F-84F 52-7096 USAFE 81-FSW 92-FBS TOA 4 Adams, Thomas Bryce, 1/Lt RAF Manston, UK n/a UK RAF Manston, UK Tire failure on t/o, aircraft struck a landing light, a civilian automobile, and a 12 foot brick wall.  Pilot abandoned aircraft uninjured.          
18-Jun-56 F-86F 52-5052  ATC CTAF, 3525th CCRTRAWNG, 3525th M&S 3529th, Williams AFB   BOMAC, LAC 4 Lovrak, Oscar John, 2/Lt, AFRes, 3529th, Williams AFB (ejected, broken ankle) Arizona, Maricopa, Chandler, 4 miles NW Williams AFB AZ USA Williams AFB, AZ Flight of four, formation flight, gunnery mission, during letdown the formation became erratic, all three students having trouble holding position.  Midair collision between Number 2 and 3 aircraft in landing pattern.  Number 2 pilot ejected (Lovrak), with fractured ankle.  Number 3 aircraft (O’Brien) unable to recover, impacted ground, pilot killed.              
18-Jun-56 F-86F 52-5066  ATC 3525th CCRTRAWNG, 3525th M&S, Williams AFB, AZ 3529th, Williams AFB   LAC, KBMAC 4 O’Brien (Obrien), Thomas Henry, 2/Lt, AFRes, 3529th, Williams AFB (Fatal) Arizona, Maricopa, Chandler, 4 miles NW Williams AFB AZ USA Williams AFB, AZ Flight of four, formation flight, gunnery mission, during letdown the formation became erratic, all three students having trouble holding position.  Midair collision between Number 2 and 3 aircraft in landing pattern.  Number 2 pilot ejected (Lovrak), with fractured ankle.  Number 3 aircraft (O’Brien) unable to recover, impacted ground, pilot killed.              
18-Jun-56 F-86D 52-3740 ADC 34th  Air Div 15th Ftr Intrcptr Sq, Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ KCRT, TOA 3 Logan, Julian Eugene, Capt; AFRes Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson,Pima County, Arizona AZ USA Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ Flying to Albuquerque, NM to participate in Rocket Meet.  Capt Logan had distinguished himself two months prior in a rocket meet at Yuma, & was selected for the National Rocket Contest.  After takeoff, communications from pilot seemed odd with regard to flight plan, he leveled off at approx 250-300 ft, then transmitted “Encounter Uncle, Power Loss.”  The F-86D lost altitude in a mushing attitude, continued left turn, disappeared into smoke and dust behind some houses.  Fatal crash.          
2-Jul-56 F-89D 53-2568 ADC 4707-ADW 58-FIS LACMF 3 Lowery, Glenn T., 1/Lt Otis AFB, MA MA USA Otis AFB, MA Landing accident.  Possible trim failure.  Trim knob had to be turned 90 degrees to center the ball.  A/C landed on ruway and immediately veered off the runway to the right and stopped approx 4500 feet from touchdown.  There was no fire.  Crew ok. Hale, William R., 1/Lt        
3-Jul-56 F-89H 54-0360 ADC 412-FG 445-FIS TACEF 3 Chrietzberg, Keith D., Capt Wurtsmith AFB, MI MI USA Wurtsmith AFB, MI Engine fire shortly after t/o, expanded into dual engine fire. Pilot cut both engines and made turn back to base and dead-stick landing. Landed short with fire in the cockpit. Both crew jumped from still rolling a/c and recieved major injuries. Paik, Ernest N., 1/Lt        
5-Jul-56 F-89D 54-0211 ADC 23-FIG 76-FIS BOF 4 Gregg, Noah B., Capt 6 miles SE Wichita, KS KS USA Presque Isle AFB, ME Engine fire shortly after t/o from McConnel AFB, increasing in intensity, forcing crew to eject (safely).  A/C crashed 4 miles due east of McConnel AFB. Hobbs, Harville E., 2/Lt        
7-Jul-56 T-33A 51-17429 ATC 3700-M&S 3700-FMS KCRMF 4 Draheim, Gordon L., Capt 4 miles NNW of Denmark, Maine ME USA Lackland AFB, TX On nav proficiency flight from Kelly AFB to Dow AFB, a/c experienced compass malfunction and intermittent UHF, also low fuel, in marginal weather. Pilot declared emergency at 33,000'. Pilot did not acknowledge several tower course corrections with apparent radio difficulty. A/C collided w/SE slope of Pleasant Mtn, Maine.          
11-Jul-56 F-100C 54-1849 USAFE 316-AD 045-FDS BOEF 4 Mickelson, Gordon B., Capt 3 mi SE Sidi Slimane AB. Morocco n/a Morocco SIDI SLIMANE AB, Morocco Pilot ejected due to engine roughness, drop in oil pressure, loss of thrust, and engine RPM falling off.  Fire from tailpipe noted by wingman.  Aircraft struck ground and was totally destroyed.  Pilot ok.          
12-Jul-56 F-89D 53-2659 ADC 414-TFG 437-FIS LACF 4 Lewis, Donald G., 1/Lt Oxnard AFB, CA CA USA Oxnard AFB, CA During practice night GCA approach to Oxnard AFB, fire started under aircraft on both sides (under wings, probable engine fire).  Pilot made emergency belly landing with a/c enveloped in flames.  Crew escaped safely. Cummings, Larry R., 1/Lt        
17-Jul-56 F-84F 51-9509 TAC 390 Ftr Bmr 366 M&S BOSSPW 4 RICHARDS, Carl S. 1/Lt 16 miles SE of Cedar City, UT UT USA England AFB, LA Spatial Disorientation in WX, safely ejected.          
19-Jul-56 F-86F 52-4983 ATC 3525-CCTW 3525-M&S LACF 3 Taboada, Ignacio, 1/Lt Spanish AF On Williams AFB, AZ AZ USA Williams AFB, AZ Just after t/o pilot experienced strong fuel fumes in cockpit.  RTB made and on initial engine flamed out and caught fire.  Nose gear failed to extend.  Successful landing made on MLG and nose.  Pilot egressed safely and fire was put out.          
20-Jul-56 F-89D 54-0225 ADC 32-AD 76-FIS BMAC 4 Mattingly, Bernard F., 1/Lt 33 miles ESE Yuma, AZ AZ USA Presque Isle AFB A/C hit rag target towed by B-45 at about 35,000'.  Explosion and fire occurred.  Crew ejected safely. Walz, Rodney J., 1/Lt        
20-Jul-56 B-45A 47-0016 ADC 4750-AD 17-TOW BOMF 4 Soloski, Charles S., Capt 6 miles E of Yuma AFB, AZ AZ USA Yuma AFB, AZ On routine target towing mission, a/c experienced stuck flap.  Emergency procedures failed and crew was ordered to eject.  Only the flight engineer (Kasparek) failed to leave the aircraft and was killed in the crash. Williams, Doyle C., 1/Lt Shepard, Richard H., S/Sgt Kasparek, Harold A., S/Sgt    
25-Jul-56 F-94B 51-5441 ANG 142-FG 1230FIS FLoG 4 O'Bryant, William R., 1/Lt 45 miles NE Tuba, AZ, at Shonte Long (36 35N 110 40W) AZ USA Portland, Oregon Report heavily censored. On solo IFR flight from Hill AFB, UT to Lowry AFB, CO in heavy weather (T-storms), radio compass would not home in on Ogden, UT radio and other waypoints. Pilot became lost and repeated radio attempts to Denver met without success. Flight level was approx 42,000'. With fuel getting low, pilot descended to 20,000' below the clouds and transmitted Mayday on Guard channel and attempted to orient himself without success. At this time Winslow, AZ radio came in very faintly and attempted an assist. Fuel was approx 50 gallons so pilot searched for an area to force land towards Winslow. A/C flamed out from fuel starvation and pilot landed gear up on a short dirt strip ("Shonte Long", now apparently called Shonto Airport on the Navajo Reservation). A/C skidded for 800 ft to a stop off the end of the strip in the desert. Pilot opened the canopy but was unable to move due to a back injury and paralysis from the waist down caused when the a/c had struck an incline during its skid. Pilot evacuated shortly after without further injury. A/C apparently written-off and pilot recieved major injuries.          
26-Jul-56 F-84F 51-1738 TAC 391 FB 366 FB BOEF 4 Chennault, Claire P. Capt 50 miles ENE of Wendover AFB, UT UT USA England AFB, LA Engine flamed out during rocketry firing exercise, pilot bailed out with minor injuries.          
27-Jul-56 F-86H 53-1252 TAC 312 FBW 429 FBS MAC 4 Pidcock, Manuel A  Maj. 135 miles NNE of Nellis AFB, NV UT USA Clovis AFB, NM Midair collision en-route to Wendover ranges.  Collided with F-86H 53-1313 which landed safely at Wendover AFB.  Pilot that survived was a Brig. Gen.          
30-Jul-56 T-28A 50-0302 ATC 3307-Pilot Training Group (Contract Primary)   KCR 4 Nickson, Scott D., 2/Lt 20 miles NE or ENE Marana, AZ AZ USA Marana AB, AZ On solo contact VFR proficiency flight, this pilot was killed in a crash about 20 ENE of Marana AB, Az. This was pilot's next-to-last flight prior to graduation, pilot was reported overdue and repeated radio calls were unanswered. About 11 hours after flight had left search aircraft spotted the wreckage of this T-28. Pilot was fatal. Unknown cause.          
6-Aug-56 F-84F 52-7045 ATC 3600-M&S 3602-FLM KBO 4 McCelvey, Larry L., 2/Lt 20 miles N of Buckeye, AZ AZ USA Luke AFB, AZ Flying #3 in flight of 4 F-84Fs on high-angle bombing and strafing mission on the GB Range, range officer told this pilot that all 3 of his gear had extended 20 degrees past down & locked position. Also, the right landing gear retract cylinder had broken loose and was hanging from the strut section of the wheel well. Hyd fluid was pouring from the wheel well. Pilot then reported boost pressure was zero and emerg electrical system had cut in. Pilot told to climb and eject. Pilot followed instructions and ejected. Pilot was seen to tumble from aircraft but no parachute deployed (done from 14,000' at 210 knots). Aircrat did a gradual 180 degree descending turn and crashed approximately 8 miles from the point where the pilot's body was located.          
10-Aug-56 F-100A 53-1678 ATC 3595-CCTW 3598-CCTS BOEF 4 Brown, Aubrey D., Capt Music Mountain, AZ AZ USA Nellis AFB, NV Successive compressor stalls during solo acro flight.  Pilot forced to eject with increasing exhaust temp and low RPM.  A/C exploded on impact at the 6,000 foot level of Music Mountain 1 mile NE of Red Lake.  Pilot ok.          
13-Aug-56 F-86F 52-5104 ATC 3525-CCTW 3525-M&S BOEF 4 Ahmad, Zafar I., 1/Lt Pakistan AF 37 miles SW of Ajo, AZ AZ USA Williams AFB, AZ A/C experienced engine flameout on air-to-air range. Air start attempted w/no success.  Pilot ejected safely. A/C totally destroyed on impact in remote desert.          
22-Aug-56 F-86F 52-4990 ATC 3525-CCTW 3525-M&S BOMF 4 Dornan, Robert K., 2/Lt 20 miles W of Ajo, AZ AZ USA Williams AFB, AZ On air-to-air gunnery range a/c experienced sharp rolls to left with loss of control. After completing 8 or 9 rolls pilot ejected. Pilot suffered back injuries and minor lacerations to left eye.  A/C destroyed.          
23-Aug-56 F-86F 52-5101  ATC CTAF, 3525th CCR Wing, 3525th M&S Grp, Williams AFB 3528th CCR Sq FLMAC 2 Halteman, Howard Harvey, 1/Lt, AFRes, 3528th CCR Sq, Williams AFB,  Arizona, Pinal, Florence, 5 miles SE AZ USA Williams AFB, Arizona Flight of four F-86Fs from Williams AFB, AZ, air-to-air camera and gunnery training mission. Halteman was instructor pilot leading the mission.  Midair collision at approx 25K feet during simulated attack on other element aircraft in flight.  Skroch abandoned aircraft safely at approx 15K to 20K feet.  Halteman made successful emergency landing at home field.            
23-Aug-56 F-86F 52-5111  ATC CTAF, 3525th CCR Wing, 3525th M&S Grp, Williams AFB 3528th CCR Sq BOMAC 4 Skroch, Edward Alfred, 2/Lt, ANG, 3528th CCR Sq, Williams AFB, minor injuries Arizona, Pinal, Florence, 5 miles SE AZ USA Williams AFB, Arizona Flight of four F-86Fs from Williams AFB, AZ, air-to-air camera and gunnery training mission. Halteman was instructor pilot leading the mission.  Midair collision at approx 25K feet during simulated attack on other element aircraft in flight.  Skroch abandoned aircraft safely at approx 15K to 20K feet.  Halteman made successful emergency landing at home field.            
4-Sep-56 F-86A 49-1336 ANG 146-FIG 196-FIS KMAC 4 Henry, Philip H., 1/Lt 15 miles S of Palmdale, CA CA USA Ontario ANGB/IAP, CA During practice aerial attack mission F-86As 49-1336 and 48-0313 collided mid-air. Both a/c immediately went out of control and crashed in a remote area of the Angeles National Forest sparking a wildfire which raged out of control for 20 hours. Lt. Henry in 49-1336 did not eject and was killed in the crash. Lt. Lynch in 48-0313 was able to safely eject.          
4-Sep-56 F-86A 48-0313 ANG 146-FIG 196-FIS BOMAC 4 Lynch, Jarmon A., 2/Lt 15 miles S of Palmdale, CA CA USA Ontario ANGB/IAP, CA During practice aerial attack mission F-86As 49-1336 and 48-0313 collided mid-air. Both a/c immediately went out of control and crashed in a remote area of the Angeles National Forest sparking a wildfire which raged out of control for 20 hours. Lt. Henry in 49-1336 did not eject and was killed in the crash. Lt. Lynch in 48-0313 was able to safely eject.          
11-Sep-56 F-100A 53-1634  ATC CTAF, 3595th CCr Tng Wg (Ftr), 3595th M&S  3598th FLM Nellis AFB FLMF 1 Harvey, Gordon Ronald, Sqdn/Ldr, RAAF, Australian Nellis AFB, NV NV USA Nellis AFB, NV Gear malfunction during takeoff but problem resolved after recycling gear.  Jolt felt by pilot during dive at .92 mach. During second simulated flameout landing same gear malfunction encountered on go-around.  Left main gear strut fairing door lost in flight, damaging left side of fuselage and left horizontal stabilizer.  Left gear strut door had left aircraft while gear in up position, prior damage to gear strut door hinge mount discovered after landing.          
21-Sep-56 F-100C 54-2027 TAC 413-FDG 001-FDS BOMF 4 Lane, Alfred L., 1/Lt 6 mi NE San Bernadino, CA CA USA GEORGE AFB, CA Following local formation flight while returning to George AFB, a/c experienced fire and overheat lights and flight control failure light.  Also white smoke from the tail pipe.  #1 & #2 flight controls then failed.  Pilot elected to eject.  Pilot ok.          
1-Oct-56 F-100C 54-1988 AFE 036-TFW 032-TFS BOFSF 4 Mohamed, Rezk M., 1/Lt Oosterhout, Netherlands n/a Netherlands Soesterberg, Netherlands Flight control failure          
2-Oct-56 RF-100A 53-1551 USAFE 7499-SG 7407-SS BOEF 4 Hill, Edgar H., Capt Niederbach, Germany 1 mile N n/a Germany BITBURG AB ,Germany Engine flame-out at 32K, fuel pump failure light illuminated, pilot turned back to base and attempted numerous air-starts without success.  Last air-start attempt at 13K (in overcast).  Pilot ejected at 8,800 with no problems.          
9-Oct-56 F-100D 54-2233 USAFE 316-AD 045-FDS BOEF 4 Puckett, Claude S., 1/Lt 18 Mi S Rabat, Morocco n/a Morocco SIDI SLIMANE AB, Morocco During routine student airwork, a/c experienced flame-out (possible fuel starvation). Following one failed air-start attempt pilot ejected safely. A/C struck ground in flat attitude and disintegrated.          
9-Oct-56 B-45A 47-0038 ADC 4750-AD 17-TTS LACMF 3 Rash, Forest E., Capt Vincent AFB, Yuma, AZ AZ USA Vincent AFB, Yuma, AZ During shake-down flight for upcoming rocket meet & after t/o the right gear failed to retract (apparent hyd fluid leak), pilot returned to base for emergency landing. All hyd pressure and fluid were lost during landing and a/c could not brake.  A/C veered off runway and struck ditch collapsing nose gear.  Crew egressed safely. Gish, Wendell W., 1/Lt Haynes, Lewis G., T/Sgt      
9-Oct-56 F-107A 55-5118 LOG AFFTC   LAC     EDWARDS AFB, CA CA USA              
24-Oct-56 F-86D 53-0588 ADC 27-AD 329-FIS BOEF 4 Fleming, Melvin B., Capt 15 miles SE of George AFB, CA CA USA George AFB, CA At approx 12,000' altitude there was a violent explosion aft of the cockpit. Pilot was thrown forward and to the right of the cockpit. Pilot immediately ejected. The a/c then exploded into 2 parts and started disintegrating. Cause was apparently turbine wheel failure from an overtemp due to a fuel leak in the afterburner manifold and spray bar gland nuts into the inner cone. Pilot survived with major injuries.          
27-Oct-56 F-100C 54-2038 TAC 413-FDG 034-FDS BOoGW 4 Madden, Robert A., Capt 36 Mi SSE Cecil NAS, FL FL USA GEORGE AFB, CA Stacked up in a flight of four F-100Cs, a/c experienced bingo fuel and flamed out, pilot ejected safely at 3,000 in bad weather.          
5-Nov-56 F-84F (can't read) SAC 27 SFW (can't read) KCR 4 Claussen, Gerald A.  1/Lt Near Gunnison, UT UT USA Bergstrom AFB, TX Suspected Hypoxia, undetermined.          
6-Nov-56 B-47E 51-2421 SAC 96BW 337BS KCR 4 Wilford, Joseph E, Maj 1 Mi W Hobart, OK OK USA Altus AFB, OK Acft crashed during jet penetration at Hobart Omni.  Acft impacted right wing low and shallow descent at approx 250 Kts. Bouchard, Francis P Capt Toalson, Andrew J 1Lt Ellis, Lee L Capt    
13-Nov-56 F-80C 44-85468 ANG 137 FIW 185 FIS KCREFEX 4 Stalder, Lewis W., Capt 2 1/2 Mi SE Wheatland, OK OK USA Will Rogers Field, OK Crashed after takeoff from WRF.  Pilot radioed "Flameout" and two explosions were observed, with parts departing the acft.  Pilot attempted ejection but was unsuccessful.          
16-Nov-56 F-100D 54-2258 USAFE 316-AD 045-FDS BOSSP 4 Tester, Louis A., Capt 5 Mi WNW Rabat, Morocco, ditched into the sea n/a Morocco SIDI SLIMANE AB, Morocco Flat spin manuevering in Split-S at about 40,000 feet. Spin recovery failed and pilot abandoned a/c at approx 7,000-to-10,000 feet.  Immediately after chute opening the a/c spun by the pilot from about 50 feet away and hit the water directly underneath him and blew up.  Pilot struck the water aprox 100 feet from burning wreckage and was ok.          
17-Nov-56 F-80C 44-85284 ANG 132-FIG 173-FIS KCRL 4 Young, Robert L., 2/Lt Lincoln AFB, NE NE USA Lincoln AFB, NE On night VFR training flight, a/c landed at Lincoln AFB, NE, and crashed into two B-47s parked at the refueling pit. All three a/c became engulfed in flames on impact. 2 fatal injuries (2 Airmen) on the ground, 2 major injuries (AF personnel) on ground, 2 minor (also AF personnel) on the refueling ramp.          
21-Nov-56 T-33A 53-6033 ADC 32nd AirDiv, 23rd FG (AD) 76th FIS, Presque Isle, Maine KCR (report not specific, but this is probably KCRLW/LACW) 4 Ward, Billy Ray, Capt; USAF Presque Isle AFB, Maine, 1 ˝ miles West ME USA Presque Isle AFB, Maine (A/C departed Griffiss AFB, Maine) Filed instrument flight plan from Griffiss AFB, NY, direct to Presque Isle AFB, Me.  On approach/penetration (low ceiling, low visibility, gusting wind), witness observed A/C cross airfield under the clouds, then saw him dive into ground.          
23-Nov-56 F-100D 54-2142 USAFE 316-AD 045-FDS FLEF 4 Nobis, Raymond H., Capt 1 Mi S Sidi Slimane AB, Morocco n/a Morocco SIDI SLIMANE AB, Morocco While following a student flying a simulated forced-landing approach the instructor experienced a flame-out at low altitude and force-landed his aircraft.          
29-Nov-56 F-89D 54-0334 ADC 23-FG 76-FIS KCRT 4 Holly, Charles E., 1/Lt 9 NM S of Mapleton, Maine ME USA Presque Isle AFB, ME A/C crashed shortly after t/o from Presque Isle AFB on air defense scramble and crashed.  Both pilots killed.  A/C destroyed. Skowron, Edward, 1/Lt        

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