North Sea Ejection

The North Sea, 22 NOV 1975- Captain Jim Evans (33), pilot and Lt. George Kuprian (29), WSO flying an F-4D Phantom II (66-0256) call sign  “Trest One” were conducting air combat training over the North Sea,  60 to 80 miles east of Great Yarmouth. Nearest…” (Great Yarmouth is a coastal town in Norfolk, east England).  Trest Two was flown by Frank Chuba.  Trest Three was flown by Ed Daniel. The aircraft was assigned to the 492nd TFS (48th TFW), RAF Lakenheath, UK.

Trest One suffered a compressor stall followed by a fire in the right engine.  Prior to ejecting , Captain Evans coordinated with Drayton Center to dispatch a rescue helicopter to the scene from RAF Mildenhall.  He then ordered the remaining flight Trest One and Two to establish a high and low RESCAP.  At this point, Evans headed west to the English coast.  This was when the second engine quit.  When the flight controls seized up, the crew ejected.  The ejections were successful and neither airman suffered injuries.  The remaining flight, Trest Three (Lead) and Trest  Two immediately established a RESCAP over the downed crew and followed them as they entered the water. Both crewmen were seen getting into the life rafts.  The sea conditions were six to nine foot swells with a water temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The survival of Evans and Kuprian, wet and cold in the bitter weather was in serious doubt.

The rescue became complicated when both the rescue helicopter and a UK Coast Guard ship responded.  Ed Daniel coordinated with the helicopter while trying to direct the ship to the survivors with no radio contact with the ship.  All the while working with Trest Two trying to maintain visual contact with the survivors. He also had intermittent radio contact with  Captain Evans who was coordinating his own rescue.

THIS IS THE RADIO TRAMSMISSION THAT DAY

Video by cowlovecow

Evans and Kuprian were both picked up by the British Helicopter. Kuprian never made it to his raft. In fact of the two under arm inflatables,  only one inflated. The chopper accidentally saw him going to pick up Jimmy. Definitely  “Angels on his shoulder”.

Ed Daniel remained on RESCAP until relieved by another flight of F-4’s from RAF Lakenheath.  It was estimated that the RESCAP would be BINGO fuel at 3000 lbs and have to return to base.  Daniel left with 1100 lbs remaining and never made it back to RAF Lakenheath.  After 80 miles, he diverted to a nearby runway.  The aircraft flamed out just after leaving the runway.

I have yet to find the Investagation Board’s report on this mishap.  If you have a copy, please drop it in the comments.

This mishap happened “on the weekend of 22/23 NOV 1975”.  Using my F-4 experience, if there was weekend flying they’d fly on Saturday to give us all of Sunday to fix whatever they, the pilots broke.  Therefore I placed the date of the mishap as 22 NOV 1975.

 

 

 

 

 

“The Big Event”

November 22, 1963.

Everette Howard Hunt, Jr. lived in Biscayne Park, Florida. On January 23, 2007, he died of pneumonia in Miami, Florida and is buried in Prospect Lawn Cemetery, Hamburg, New York.

The “Deathbed Confession” of CIA Agent, E. Howard Hunt. Hunt was one of the people who brought down the Nixon Administration during the Watergate scandal. The confession authenticates 1992 Presidential candidate James “Bo” Gritz’s claim that a CIA assassination team named “ZR Rifle” killed President John F. Kennedy and then some of the team was involved in the Watergate break in to remove evidence of their participation. Details were in his 1991 autobiography “Called to Serve”.

The  audio tape was created in 2004 and was to be played after Hunt’s death. On the tape,  E. Howard Hunt admits he was approached to be part of a CIA assassination team to kill JFK . An astounding development that has gone completely ignored by the main stream media.

Saint John Hunt, son of E. Howard Hunt, appeared on the nationally syndicated Coast to Coast Live radio show to discuss the revelations contained in the tape.  Hunt said that his father had mailed cassette the tape to him alone in January 2004 and asked that it be released after his death. The tape was originally 20 minutes long but was edited down to four and a half minutes for the Coast to Coast broadcast. Hunt promises that the whole tape will be uploaded soon at his website.

 

The night before the Kennedy assassination, Lyndon Baines Johnson met with Dallas tycoons, FBI moguls and organized crime kingpins – emerging from the conference to tell his mistress Madeleine Duncan Brown that “those SOB’s” would never embarrass him again. It’s a jaw-dropping deposition and it’s the biggest JFK smoking gun there is – despite the fact that it has received little media attention.

Hunt Named Names

  • Frank Sturgis, an anti-Castro paramilitary closely associated with Hunt. Sturgis was one of the Watergate burglars.
  • David Morales, Chief of Operations at the CIA’s JMWAVE station in Miami. Morales himself told a few close associates of his involvement.
  • David Phillips, CIA propaganda specialist and later Chief of Western Hemisphere Division. Phillips was assigned to Mexico City during the mysterious trip of Lee Harvey Oswald, or someone using his name, to that city in the fall of 1963.
  • Antonio Veciana, Cuban exile leader of Alpha 66. Veciana told the HSCA that a “Maurice Bishop,” thought by many to be Phillips, pointed out Lee Harvey Oswald to him.
  • William Harvey, a CIA officer who ran the ZR/RIFLE “executive action” program. Harvey fell out of favor with Kennedy when he sent sabotage teams into Cuba during the 1962 Missile Crisis.
  • Cord Meyer, a high-level CIA officer whose ex-wife Mary Meyer was having an affair with JFK.
  • French Gunman Grassy Knoll. Hunt’s chart included an unnamed French hit man on the infamous grassy knoll. [ed note: Lucien Sarti AKA “Badgeman”]
  • Lyndon Johnson, Vice-President.

October 9, 1918 – January 23, 2007