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The 1940's
Date Pilot Aircraft Serial Number Location Group Remarks
421202 Packer, Leon C. B-24D 41-23674 Upper Heyford, England - -
440523 - UC-78 43-31827 Upper Heyford ATC -


The 1950's
Date Pilot Aircraft Serial Number Location Group Remarks
530702 Russell, Thomas P. III B-47B 51-2267 Upper Heyford, England 306 Landing; stall
550802 Beale, John C. B-47E 52-397 Upper Heyford, UK - Take-off


Aircraft: B-36 Tail Number: Unknown Date: June, 1954 Location: Enstone Airfield
Submitted by Jonathan (last name witheld by request).

"The day when a village held its breath"

An Historical Account as reported by Tony O'Gorman.

Submitted by Jonathan (last name witheld by request).


Aircraft: B-47 Tail Number: Unknown Date: May, 1954 Location: 300 yards NW of the Banbury Oxford railway line, UH

Bomber_in_field_BA-thm.jpg The day bomber crashed in field

An Historical Account as reported by Tony O'Gorman.

Submitted by Jonathan (last name witheld by request).


The 1960's
Aircraft: B-47 Tail Number: 32258 * Date: May 26, 1964 Location: UH Flightline
"They were going to go around again but when the pilot pushed the throttles forward, he got full power on the right wing and totally lost it on the left wing. As a result, the left wing dropped, hit the runway and he cartwheeled through the alert area. He went between uploaded B-47s on his wingtip, wiped out a building that just the day before was loaded with JATO bottles and came to rest where you see it."

First-hand report submitted by Raymond J. Tomory, TSgt, USAF (Ret); A2C 3918th Combat Defense Squadron, 1961 - 1964.

* webmaster's note: Upon close examination of the first photo on the left, it appears that the tail number is 32258. Notice that the tail section, the rudder and stabalizer, is intact in the third photo from the left.

Submitted by Raymond J. Tomory, TSgt, USAF (ret); A2C 3918th Combat Defense Squadron, 1961 - 1964. Submitted by Raymond J. Tomory, TSgt, USAF (ret); A2C 3918th Combat Defense Squadron, 1961 - 1964. Submitted by Raymond J. Tomory, TSgt, USAF (ret); A2C 3918th Combat Defense Squadron, 1961 - 1964. Submitted by Raymond J. Tomory, TSgt, USAF (ret); A2C 3918th Combat Defense Squadron, 1961 - 1964. Submitted by Raymond J. Tomory, TSgt, USAF (ret); A2C 3918th Combat Defense Squadron, 1961 - 1964. Submitted by Raymond J. Tomory, TSgt, USAF (ret); A2C 3918th Combat Defense Squadron, 1961 - 1964.
Submitted by Raymond J. Tomory, TSgt, USAF (ret); A2C 3918th Combat Defense Squadron, 1961 - 1964. Submitted by Raymond J. Tomory, TSgt, USAF (ret); A2C 3918th Combat Defense Squadron, 1961 - 1964. Submitted by Raymond J. Tomory, TSgt, USAF (ret); A2C 3918th Combat Defense Squadron, 1961 - 1964. 'Heyford Men Save 3 in B-47 Crash'. From the HEYFORDIAN, June 3, 1964. Submitted by Raymond J. Tomory, TSgt, USAF (Ret); A2C 3918th Combat Defense Squadron, 1961 - 1964. 'Heyford Men Save 3 in B-47 Crash'. From the HEYFORDIAN, June 3, 1964. Submitted by Raymond J. Tomory, TSgt, USAF (Ret); A2C 3918th Combat Defense Squadron, 1961 - 1964.


Submitted compliments of Paul Metzner.

"Local Rescuemen Aid Downed British Copter"

From the HEYFORD OBSERVER, March 1968.

Submitted compliments of Paul Metzner, 66th CES Crash Fire/Rescue, Aug 1966 - Aug 1969 and Det# 2, 40th ARRW "Pedro", 1967 - 1969.


The 1970's
Aircraft: F-111E Tail Number: 68-018 Date: 18 January 1972 Location: Scotland
Lt. Col's "Sweet & Burns"
"I was an "unofficial" member of the crash team. I had one of the first video recorders on the base. Since I was Sp. Svc, we had purchased it to tape Skyking football instead of using film. I went to Scotland and taped fly overs by other F-111E's on the route taken by 018. This was then presented at a briefing to David Jones who was USAFE Commander at the time."
Submitted by Al Pinto, Special Services. Submitted by Al Pinto, Special Services. Submitted by Al Pinto, Special Services. Submitted by Al Pinto, Special Services. Submitted by Al Pinto, Special Services. Submitted by Al Pinto, Special Services. Submitted by Al Pinto, Special Services. Submitted by Al Pinto, Special Services. Submitted by Al Pinto, Special Services. Submitted by Al Pinto, Special Services. Submitted by Al Pinto, Special Services. Submitted by Al Pinto, Chief, Special Services Division, 20CSG, 1971 - 1973.


Aircraft: F-111E Tail Number: 68-024 Date: 11 January 1973 Location: North Crawley
F-111E 68-024 Mishap Report, Page 1. F-111E 68-024 Mishap Report, Page 2. F-111E 68-024 Mishap Report, Page 3. F-111E 68-024 Mishap Report, Page 4. F-111E 68-024 Mishap Report, Page 5. Supplemental photo of F-111E 68-024, (not from the Department of The Air Force, Headquarters Air Force Safety Center). Releasable excerpts of the USAF Mishap Report from the Department of The Air Force, Headquarters Air Force Safety Center, through the Freedom of Information Act.
F-111E 68-024, submitted by Colin Mackenzie, Local Aviation Research Historian. F-111E 68-024, submitted by Colin Mackenzie, Local Aviation Research Historian.

Photos courtesy of Colin Mackenzie, Local Aviation Research Historian.
Web site for Local Aviation Research at http://www.mackz.demon.co.uk/cm_aviation%20main.htm


Aircraft: F-111E Tail Number: 68-081 Date: 5 March 1975 Location: 4.5 nautical miles S-SE of Shap, Cumberland, UK
F-111E 68-081 Mishap Report. Releasable excerpts of the USAF Mishap Report from the Department of The Air Force, Headquarters Air Force Safety Center, aquired through the Freedom of Information Act. Submitted by Submitted by Roy Chismar, 20th Avionics Maintenance Squadron, 1974 - 1976. Supplemental:
F-111E 68-081 March, 1975.

Submitted by Roy Chismar, 20th Avionics Maintenance Squadron, 1974 - 1976.


Aircraft: F-111E Tail Number: 68-060 Date: 5 November 1975 Location: North Sea, 5 nautical miles E-SE of Boston, Lincolnshire, UK
F-111E 68-060 Mishap Report. Releasable excerpts of the USAF Mishap Report from the Department of The Air Force, Headquarters Air Force Safety Center, aquired through the Freedom of Information Act. Supplemental:
F-111E 68-060 Crashed into the North Sea 5 November 1975.
Submitted by Roy Chismar, 20th Avionics Maintenance Squadron, 1974 - 1976. Submitted by Roy Chismar, 20th Avionics Maintenance Squadron, 1974 - 1976. Submitted by Roy Chismar, 20th Avionics Maintenance Squadron, 1974 - 1976. Submitted by Roy Chismar, 20th Avionics Maintenance Squadron, 1974 - 1976. Submitted by Roy Chismar, 20th Avionics Maintenance Squadron, 1974 - 1976.


Aircraft: F-111E Tail Number: 68-070 Date: 31 October 1977 Location: 2 miles NW of Llangadfan, Wales, UK, 95 miles NW of RAF Upper Heyford
F-111E 68-070 Mishap Report. F-111E 68-070 Crash Site photo 'R-1 AERIAL VIEW - showing left wing scar and blast pattern'. F-111E 68-070 Crash Site photo 'R-2 AIRCRAFT CRASH SITE - Viewed from hill south of crater, looking down a seven degree slope along the flight path between trees'. Releasable excerpts of the USAF Mishap Report with photos from the Department of The Air Force, Headquarters Air Force Safety Center, acquired through the Freedom of Information Act. Also includes two USAF photos of the accident scene. Submitted by Shane Gaster, Sgt, 20th SPS, Jun 1975 - Jun 1977. Supplemental:

Submitted by Shane Gaster, Sgt, 20th SPS, Jun 1975 - Jun 1977.


The 1980's
Aircraft: F-111E Tail Number: 68-057 Date: April 28, 1980 Location: Blandford, UK
Crash occured in Blandford, UK. Photos submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, 'B' Flight, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982. F-111E 068-057 mishap article submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, 'B' Flight, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982. F-111E 068-057 mishap photo submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, 'B' Flight, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982. F-111E 068-057 mishap photo submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, 'B' Flight, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982. F-111E 068-057 mishap photo submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, 'B' Flight, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982. F-111E 068-057 mishap photo submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, 'B' Flight, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982. F-111E 068-057 mishap photo submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, 'B' Flight, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982.
F-111E 068-057 mishap photo submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, 'B' Flight, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982. F-111E 068-057 mishap photo submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, 'B' Flight, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982. F-111E 068-057 mishap photo submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, 'B' Flight, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982. F-111E 068-057 mishap photo submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, 'B' Flight, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982. F-111E 068-057 mishap photo submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, 'B' Flight, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982. F-111E 068-057 mishap photo submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, 'B' Flight, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982.
F-111E 068-057 mishap photo submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, 'B' Flight, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982. F-111E 068-057 mishap photo submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, 'B' Flight, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982. F-111E 068-057 mishap photo submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, 'B' Flight, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982. F-111E 068-057 mishap photo submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, 'B' Flight, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982. F-111E 068-057 mishap photo submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, 'B' Flight, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982. F-111E 068-057 mishap photo submitted by Stuart Poehner, 20th SPS, 'B' Flight, Dec 1979 - Dec 1982.


Aircraft: F-111E Tail Number: 68-082 Date: 25 March 1981 Location: RAF Fairford
F-111E 68-082 Mishap Report. Releasable excerpts of the USAF Mishap Report from the Department of The Air Force, Headquarters Air Force Safety Center, acquired through the Freedom of Information Act. Supplemental:

"Here's a link for a new site on RAF Fairford, even a page on 79th TFS F-111E 68-082 that crashed there on 25 March 1981." Submitted by Terry Horstead. http://groups.msn.com/RAFFairford/f111crash.msnw


Submitted by Mark Lauzon, 20th CRS Photo Shop, Apr 1988 - Apr 1990.

June 8, 1989(?)

Submitted by Mark Lauzon, 20th CRS Photo Shop, Apr 1988 - Apr 1990.


The 1990's
Aircraft: F-111E Tail Number: 68-0001 Date: 5 February, 1990 Location: Lincolnshire, UK
"Feb 5 crash was aircraft 68-0001 or "Balls 1" as it was more commonly referred to. 68-0001 crashed Feb 5, 1990 Wainfleet Range off Lincolnshire, UK when wingtip hit water. Both crew killed."

Submitted by William Maydwell, TSgt, USAF.

Submitted by Mark Lauzon, 20th CRS Photo Shop, Apr 1988 - Apr 1990.

February 9, 1990
Submitted by Mark Lauzon, 20th CRS Photo Shop, Apr 1988 - Apr 1990.

Submitted by Mark Lauzon, 20th CRS Photo Shop, Apr 1988 - Apr 1990.

February 9, 1990

Submitted by Mark Lauzon, 20th CRS Photo Shop, Apr 1988 - Apr 1990.


Aircraft: EF-111A Tail Number: 66-0023 Date: 14 February, 1991 Location: Saudi Arabia

"...another crash that did not happen at UH, but was one of our planes in the 42nd. EF-111A 66-0023 Crashed Feb 14, 1991 with 42nd ECS, Saudi Arabia. Crew killed. Crashed during combat maneuvering while being mistakenly targeted by F-15."

Submitted by William Maydwell, TSgt, USAF.


Aircraft: F-111E Tail Number: 66-0056 Date: 2 April, 1992 Location: Finmere

EF-111A 66-0056 which crashed near the former Finmere airfield on 2nd April 1992. (29th TFW, 42nd ECS) due to fuel duct failure. Crew ejected safely.
Submitted by William Maydwell, TSgt, USAF.

Supplemental: Image submitted by Steve Mock, MSgt, (Ret), ABR57170 Airborne Rescue Specialist DET 2, 40thARRWg, Aug 1969 - Aug 1973.
"The aircraft went in to a flat stall and crashed in the parking lot of a local airfield. The airfield Crash Trucks quickly extinguished the resulting fire."

Submitted by Steve Mock, MSgt, (Ret), ABR57170 Airborne Rescue Specialist DET 2, 40thARRWg, Aug 1969 - May 1973.

Supplemental: Submitted by Mike Kaplan, 520th Aircraft Generation Squadron, 55th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Jan 1986 - Jan 1988 and 55th Fighter Squadron, Flight Control and Instrument Systems Specialist, Aug 1990 - Jan 1994.
Submitted by Mike Kaplan, 520th Aircraft Generation Squadron, 55th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Jan 1986 - Jan 1988 and 55th Fighter Squadron, Flight Control and Instrument Systems Specialist, Aug 1990 - Jan 1994.


Aircraft: F-111E Tail Number: 68-052 Date: 17 September, 1992 Location: UH Base Perimeter
F-111E 68-052 Mishap Report.

Releasable excerpts of the USAF Mishap Report from the Department of The Air Force, Headquarters Air Force Safety Center, through the Freedom of Information Act.

Supplemental: Submitted by Mike Kaplan, 520th Aircraft Generation Squadron, 55th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Jan 1986 - Jan 1988 and 55th Fighter Squadron, Flight Control and Instrument Systems Specialist, Aug 1990 - Jan 1994.
Submitted by Mike Kaplan, 520th Aircraft Generation Squadron, 55th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Jan 1986 - Jan 1988 and 55th Fighter Squadron, Flight Control and Instrument Systems Specialist, Aug 1990 - Jan 1994.
Supplemental: Submitted by Mike Kaplan, 520th Aircraft Generation Squadron, 55th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Jan 1986 - Jan 1988 and 55th Fighter Squadron, Flight Control and Instrument Systems Specialist, Aug 1990 - Jan 1994.
Submitted by Mike Kaplan, 520th Aircraft Generation Squadron, 55th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Jan 1986 - Jan 1988 and 55th Fighter Squadron, Flight Control and Instrument Systems Specialist, Aug 1990 - Jan 1994.
Supplemental: Submitted by Jonathan (last name witheld by request).

Jet crash probe begins

Sept. 18, 1992

Submitted by Jonathan (last name witheld by request).

Supplemental: Submitted by Jonathan (last name witheld by request).
Poignant Tribute to Brave USAF Pilots

Sept. 23, 1994

Submitted by Jonathan (last name witheld by request).

Supplemental: Submitted by Mike Kaplan, 520th Aircraft Generation Squadron, 55th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Jan 1986 - Jan 1988 and 55th Fighter Squadron, Flight Control and Instrument Systems Specialist, Aug 1990 - Jan 1994.

Farewell to 'brave US heros'

Submitted by Mike Kaplan, 520th Aircraft Generation Squadron, 55th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Jan 1986 - Jan 1988 and 55th Fighter Squadron, Flight Control and Instrument Systems Specialist, Aug 1990 - Jan 1994.

This may not be a complete representation of all mishaps. More information will be posted as it is received.


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