German Starfighter crashes

A total of 298 German F-104 Starfighter were lost in accidents, losses on the ground and damaged beyond repair (including MAP F-104G serial number 62-12312)
with the tragic death of 116 pilots (including 8 USAF pilots), but 171 pilots ejected safely, 8 pilots ejected twice

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Date Code Const. Nr Type Unit Remarks
29.03.1961 BB+375 5062 F-104F WaSLw 10 engine failure due to malfunction of the fuel control unit near Korbach, both pilots ejected safely.
06.09.1961 BB+378 5065 F-104F WaSLw 10 flame out after fuel shortage due to loss of all navigation instruments near Gundelheim, both pilots ejected safely.
25.01.1962 BB+366 5053 F-104F WaSLw 10 loss of thrust after an afterburner blow-out during a formation take-off at Norvenich AB, 1 pilot was killed, 1 pilot ejected safely.
22.05.1962 DA+107 2029 F-104G JaboG 31 engine failure after low fuel pressure near Jülich, pilot ejected safely.
19.06.1962 BB+365 5052 F-104F WaSLw 10 ground contact near Knapsack of a 4 ship formation flight after disorientation of the leader, pilot was killed.
19.06.1962 BB+370 5057 F-104F WaSLw 10 ground contact near Knapsack of a 4 ship formation flight after disorientation of the leader, pilot (USAF) was killed.
19.06.1962 BB+385 5072 F-104F WaSLw 10 ground contact near Knapsack of a 4 ship formation flight after disorientation of the leader, pilot was killed.
19.06.1962 BB+387 5074 F-104F WaSLw 10 ground contact near Knapsack of a 4 ship formation flight after disorientation of the leader, pilot was killed.
03.09.1962 DA+116 2019 F-104G JaboG 31 loss of aircraft control after take-off from Norvenich due to too early gear retraction, pilot ejected too late and was fatally injured.
31.01.1964 VA+111 7091 F-104G MFG 1 midair collision in high altitude formation near Leck AB, pilot ejected safely.
31.01.1964 VA+112 7092 F-104G MFG 1 midair collision in high altitude formation near Leck AB, pilot ejected safely.
24.03.1964 DC+101 2071 F-104G JaboG 33 heavy damaged after take-off abort due to nose wheel shimmy, pilot (USAF) was safe.
02.05.1964 JA+106 8018 F-104G JG 71 crashed into ground during slow flight demonstration at Armed Forces Day Bremerhaven, pilot (USAF) was killed.
11.05.1964 JA+232 8036 F-104G JG 71 hit the approach lights on final at Wittmundhafen AB in bad weather (heavy rain), pilot was killed.
11.05.1964 EA+233 8142 RF-104G AG 51 engine failure shortly after take-off at Ingolstadt-Manching AB, pilot ejected safely.
27.07.1964 BB+380 5067 F-104F WaSLw 10 loss of aircraft control near Hesel after loosing a flap at high speed, pilots (AMI) ejected safely.
14.10.1964 DD+237 7136 F-104G JaboG 34 hit some trees due to disorientation after an TACAN instrument approach into Memmingen AB (CFIT), pilot was killed.
16.10.1964 DC+236 2085 F-104G JaboG 33 engine explosion with strong vibrations and loss of aircraft control near Mulhouse, France, pilot ejected safely.
12.11.1964 EA+115 8126 RF-104G AG 51 engine explosion and engine failure during GCA approach at Ingolstadt-Manching AB, pilot (USAF) ejected safely.
24.02.1965 BB+239 8189 RF-104G WaSLw 10 ground contact after Afterburner blow-out shortly after take-off from Jever AB (CFIT), pilot was killed.
18.03.1965 VA+116 7096 F-104G MFG 1 ditching (water contact) during Sea Low Level near Büsum (CFIT), pilot was killed.
18.03.1965 JA+107 8041 F-104G JG 71 heavy damaged in open field after take-off abort (no nose-wheel lift-off) and barrier failure, pilot was safe.
19.03.1965 EA+243 8155 RF-104G AG 51 ground contact during Recce low level mission in poor weather near Kaufbeuren AB (CFIT), pilot was killed.
23.04.1965 EA+108 8108 RF-104G AG 51 lightning strike and engine failure near Vilsbiburg during GCA-approach to Ingolstadt, pilot ejected safely.
26.04.1965 TA+163 5729 TF-104G MFG 1 nozzle failure and power loss during GCA into Jagel AB, both pilots ejected safely
13.05.1965 63-13236 2018 F-104G 4510 CCTW ground contact during recovery (pull up) in a gunnery event at Gila Bend range (CFIT), pilot was killed
11.06.1965 JA+235 8039 F-104G JG 71 ground contact after disorientation in clouds during a Night Low Level flight, pilot was killed
12.06.1965 DA+259 9047 F-104G JaboG 31 compressor stall (IGV failure) during range sortie at Suippes Range, France, pilot ejected safely
14.06.1965 DF+123 9149 F-104G JaboG 36 engine explosion and engine failure near Köhlen, Wesermünde, pilot ejected but died shortly afterwards (C-2 ejection seat limits)
22.06.1965 EA+120 8136 RF-104G AG 51 gear and flaps problems shortly after take-off at Laon AB, France, pilot was killed
29.06.1965 DC+126 7071 F-104G JaboG 33 disorientation after lightning strike during high altitude navigation flight near Grossouire, France, pilot ejected safely
02.07.1965 63-13230 2011 F-104G 4510 CCTW pitch-up almost vertical after take-off configured as dart tow (dart was damaged), USAF pilot was killed
06.07.1965 63-13248 2032 F-104G 4510 CCTW loss of control during recovery in a gunnery event at Gila Bend range, pilot was killed
03.08.1965 BB+247 8198 RF-104G WaSLw 10 ground contact in bad weather during Low Level at Halle, near Bielefeld (CFIT), pilot was killed
04.08.1965 DA+253 7104 F-104G JaboG 31 caught fire in the barrier after take-off abort due to communication problems with tower at Norvenich AB, pilot was safe
17.08.1965 BB+364 5051 F-104F WaSLw 10 broken right landing gear strut during night landing at Jever AB, both pilots made a controlled ejection to safety
23.08.1965 EA+126 8171 RF-104G AG 51 loss of control during take-off at Manching AB due to broken elevator pin, pilot was killed
22.09.1965 JD+248 8228 F-104G JG 74 nozzle failure and power loss during GCA into Jever AB, pilot ejected but was drowned
22.09.1965 BB+246 8197 RF-104G WaSLw 10 engine failure due to fuel starvation during approach to Jever AB, pilot ejected safely
29.09.1965 DA+114 7018 F-104G JaboG 31 engine failure due to loss of oil during approach to Jever AB, pilot ejected but died
05.11.1965 DD+120 7128 F-104G JaboG 34 disorientation after entering clouds shortly after take-off in formation at Memmingen AB, pilot was killed
24.11.1965 DD+119 7127 F-104G JaboG 34 caught fire after loosing hydraulic fluid over Frasca Range, Sardegna, pilot ejected safely
06.12.1965 DA+254 7105 F-104G JaboG 31 pilot got incapacitated and died due to oxygen problems, aircraft flew on Autopilot and crashed near Narwik, Norway.
22.12.1965 JD+106 9066 F-104G JG 74 fuel depletion being unable to land in snow storm at Neuburg or Manching AB, pilot ejected safely
23.12.1965 DB+234 8315 F-104G JaboG 32 spatial disorientation after vertigo in bad weather near Laichingen, pilot did not eject and was killed
20.01.1966 JA+123 8016 F-104G JG 71 nozzle failure after take-off from Wittmundhafen for a test flight, pilot ejected but died on parachute landing fall
07.02.1966 BB+249 8201 RF-104G WaSLw 10 broken right main landing gear prior landing at Jever AB, controlled bail out, pilot ejected safely
11.02.1966 DA+240 2061 F-104G JaboG 31 heavy damaged after ground contact in fog 800 m short of runway at Norvenich AB, pilot was seriously injured
03.03.1966 63-13270 8003 F-104G 4510 CCTW fuel system malfunction after flying a barrel roll during 1st night solo flight near Luke AFB, pilot ejected safely
10.03.1966 DC+117 2074 F-104G JaboG 33 crashed shortly after take-off from Buchel AB for unknown reason (possible APC problem), pilot was killed
18.03.1966 DB+237 8320 F-104G JaboG 32 engine failure after a compressor stall on take-off during gear retraction at Lechfeld AB, pilot ejected but died
21.03.1966 EB+112 8210 RF-104G AG 51 loss of control and entered spin during test flight (APC malfunction), pilot ejected safely
02.05.1966 VA+104 7084 F-104G MFG 1 compressor stall with engine failure after take-off, pilot ejected at 1500 feet, but the parachute malfunctioned
10.05.1966 VA+115 7095 F-104G MFG 1 midair collision in bad weather with construction number 7197 over the North Sea, near Terschelling, NL, pilot was killed
10.05.1966 VB+240 7197 F-104G MFG 2 midair collision in bad weather with construction number 7095 over the North Sea, near Terschelling, NL, pilot ejected but died
17.05.1966 DA+129 9059 F-104G JaboG 31 damaged after emergency landing with open nozzle at RAF Gutersloh, cutting the net barrier, pilot was injured
27.05.1966 DF+234 9157 F-104G JaboG 36 weered off the runway after chute failure during landing at Hopsten AB, pilot ejected but died from fatal injuries
27.05.1966 63-13259 2010 F-104G 4510 CCTW engine failure due to open nozzle, caused by loss of oil pressure, Gila Bend Bombing Range, AZ, USA, pilot ejected safely
13.06.1966 EA+107 8106 RF-104G AG 51 mid-air collision with construction number 8160 over Zuider Sea, Netherlands, pilot ejected but died after the ejection
13.06.1966 EA+248 8160 RF-104G AG 51 mid-air collision with construction number 8106 over Zuider Sea, Netherlands, pilot did not eject and was killed
11.07.1966 DD+232 7131 F-104G JaboG 34 over-G in the landing at Memmingen due to oxygen problems (incapacitated pilot), pilot was safe (damaged beyond economical repair (DBR); GIA
13.07.1966 63-13277 9004 F-104G 4510 CCTW loss of control and ground contact during recovery in a Gunnery event at Gila Bend range (CFIT), pilot was killed
18.07.1966 JA+254 8078 F-104G JG 71 loss of aircraft control during A/A Gunnery pass approaching the tow target near Helgoland island, pilot ejected but was drowned
15.09.1966 63-13261 8196 F-104G 4510 CCTW asymmetric flaps and loss of aircraft control after take-off, pilot ejected safely
16.09.1966 63-13241 2024 F-104G 4510 CCTW engine failure due to fuel control failure shortly after take-off, pilot ejected but got hit by his ejection seat and died in the hospital.
18.10.1066 VA+145 7169 F-104G MFG 1 compressor stall over sea near Isle Neuwerk, pilot ejected but was injured
28.11.1966 DC+126 8292 F-104G JaboG 33 crashed on landing at Buchel AB due to boundary layer control (BLC) system failure, pilot ejected but died afterwards
07.02.1967 DA+256 7107 F-104G JaboG 31 spatial disorientation after vertigo departing Capo Frasca Bombing Range, pilot was killed
03.03.1967 DC+119 2077 F-104G JaboG 33 loss of control in the landing pattern at Decimomannu AB (APC system was deactivated), pilot ejected and was injured.
28.04.1967 VB+205 6641 RF-104G MFG 2 bird strike during Low Level flight near Bad Meinberg, pilot ejected safely.
16.05.1967 EB+256 8276 RF-104G AG 52 bird strike during Low Level flight at Neufeld, near Helserdeich, Süderdithmarschen, pilot ejected safely.
22.05.1967 VA+133 7157 F-104G MFG 1 crashed at Lommersum due to compressor stall (FOD) after take-off from Norvenich AB, pilot ejected safely
29.05.1967 DF+361 5915 TF-104G JaboG 36 loss of electrical system and fire warning near Hopsten AB, pilots ejected safely
08.06.1967 EA+252 6627 RF-104G AG 51 nozzle failure during approach into Manching AB, pilot ejected safely
15.08.1967 JA+240 8044 F-104G JG 71 left runway and flipped over during night landing at Wittmundhaven, pilot unhurt; declared damaged beyond repair at Messerschmitt
19.09.1967 DC+231 8328 F-104G JaboG 33 nozzle failure and emergency landing at Kerkira AB, Corfu; pilot ejected from 10 feet under water
13.10.1967 DA+231 7030 F-104G JaboG 31 nozzle failure in bad weather during approach into Norvenich AB, pilot ejected safely
24.10.1967 63-13239 2022 F-104G 4510 CCTW midair collision with construction number 2096 during formation rejoin after ACM mission near Ajo, Arizona, pilot ejected safely
24.10.1967 63-13267 2096 F-104G 4510 CCTW midair collision with construction number 2022 during formation rejoin after ACM mission near Ajo, Arizona, pilot ejected safely
07.12.1967 DF+361 5944 TF-104G JaboG 36 nozzle failure during approach into Hopsten AB in snow storm, both pilots were killed
25.01.1968 25+01 8254 RF-104G AG 52 exploded in midair after engine fire after "touch and go" at Leck AB after a night flight, pilot ejected safely
27.03.1968 20+66 2078 F-104G JaboG 33 engine failure due to compressor stall right after take-off from Buchel AB, pilot ejected ok and was injured
04.04.1968 22+27 7102 F-104G MFG 1 spatial disorientation (suspected unconscious) during approach to Jagel AB after a Low Level flight, pilot was killed
17.04.1968 21+73 7042 F-104G JaboG 32 exploded in midair during Mach 2 functional test flight, exploded after cockpit-depressurization above 50.000 ft, pilot was killed
21.05.1968 21+08 6630 RF-104G MFG 2 spatial disorientation after vertigo in bad weather during low level formation flight near Silberstedt, pilot was killed
28.05.1968 27+04 5705 TF-104G WaSLw 10 loss of thrust control due to broken throttle linkage to the fuel control near Wittmundhafen AB, both pilots ejected safely
11.06.1968 24+50 8194 F-104G JaboG 34 crashed into mountain due to failure of navigation system (nighttime), pilot was killed
20.06.1968 20+09 2009 F-104G JG 71 loss of aircraft control CFIT) after a barrel roll at Dornum in the Wittmund landing pattern, pilot ejected safely
02.08.1968 65-12749 8064 F-104G 4510 CCTW ground contact after pitch-up during recovery (late pull-out) in a gunnery event at Gila Bend range, pilot was killed
05.08.1968 63-13274 9001 F-104G 4510 CCTW asymmetric Flaps (split Flaps) and loss of aircraft control near Luke AFB in the landing pattern, pilot ejected safely
22.08.1968 21+05 6626 RF-104G AG 51 ground loss: caught on fire during engine test run at Manching AB, written off
22.08.1968 24+14 8154 RF-104G AG 51 ground loss: caught on fire from burning construction number 6626 during engine test at Manching AB, written off
18.09.1968 23+04 7187 F-104G MFG 2 water contact (CFIT) during Sea Low Level in the Kattegat near island Anholt, pilot ejected and was rescued but died later
24.09.1968 22+02 7072 F-104G JaboG 33 damaged after emergency landing at Ramstein AB, pilot slightly injured; 1. Martin Baker GQ-7 ejection!
24.09.1968 25+77 9041 F-104G JG 71 loss of aircraft control with departure into a spin near Wittmundhafen AB, pilot ejected safely
09.10.1968 28+21 5951 TF-104G WaSLw 10 water contact in river Weser during formation exercise near Weddewarden (CFIT), both pilots were killed
09.10.1968 21+62 7031 F-104G JaboG 31 crashed into terrain in bad weather near Ottmarsbocholt (CFIT), pilot was killed
25.11.1968 26+14 9155 F-104G JaboG 36 ground loss: caught on fire during engine test run at Hopsten AB, written off
12.12.1968 23+10 7193 F-104G MFG 2 crashed into North Sea after bird strike near Helgoland, pilot ejected but drowned
05.03.1969 21+66 7035 F-104G JaboG 34 engine failure after compressor blade failure during functional test flight, pilot ejected safely
05.03.1969 65-12746 8021 F-104G 4510 CCTW loss of right wing and loss of control at Gila Bend range, pilot was killed
25.03.1969 67-14891 8191 F-104G 4510 CCTW asymmetric land flaps and loss of aircraft control at Luke AFB, pilot ejected and was seriously injured
15.04.1969 27+32 5734 TF-104G JG 71 compressor stall during functional test flight, one pilot ejected ok, one pilot was killed
30.04.1969 20+45 2053 F-104G JaboG 31 damaged after emergency landing due to engine fire, pilot was ok
22.05.1969 63-13268 2097 F-104G 4510 CCTW loss of aircraft control during first solo flight near Lake Havasu, pilot was killed
09.06.1969 21+59 7028 F-104G JaboG 31 nozzle failure during approach into Buchel AB, pilot was killed
08.07.1969 66-13623 5934 TF-104G 4510 CCTW engine failure during gunnery sortie at Gila Bend Range, one pilot ejected safely, one pilot was hit by a ejection seat and killed
11.07.1969 63-13263 2091 F-104G 4510 CCTW midair collision with construction number 7120 during formation rejoin near Wickenburg, AZ, pilot ejected safely
30.07.1969 20+51 2059 F-104G JaboG 31 caught fire in open field after take-off abort due to wrong airspeed indication and barrier failure at Norvenich AB, pilot ejected safely
27.08.1969 21+77 7046 F-104G JaboG 36 nozzle failure after take-off from Hopsten AB, pilot was killed
15.09.1969 23+80 8080 F-104G JG 71 spatial disorientation during night flight near Leer, pilot ejected but died
13.10.1969 22+34 7112 F-104G JaboG 34 loss of aircraft control by entering a spin during a functional test flight, pilot ejected to safety
29.10.1969 63-8466 5773 TF-104G 4510 CCTW engine oil problems after a looping, one pilot ejected safely, US IP was killed (no chute, seat separation for IP failed)
31.10.1969 26+09 9143 F-104G JaboG 36 caught fire in open field after take-off abort and barrier failure, pilot ejected safely over the runway
05.11.1969 24+08 8148 RF-104G AG 52 lightning strike after take-off from Leck AB, pilot ejected but was drowned in the river Weser and died due to hypothermia
22.01.1970 21+89 7058 F-104G JaboG 32 midair collision with construction number 8323 near Landsberg AB, pilot ejected but died lateron
22.01.1970 25+39 8323 F-104G JaboG 32 midair collision with construction number 7058 near Landsberg AB, pilot ejected safely
04.02.1970 63-13246 2030 F-104G 58 TFTW loss of aircraft control during flight near Ajo, Arizona, pilot ejected and was seriously injured
06.03.1970 29+13 5064 F-104F WaSLw 10 gear raised too early after "touch and go" at Jever AB, both pilots ejected safely
10.03.1970 21+28 6689 RF-104G MFG 2 spatial disorientation during GCA into Eggebek AB, pilot was killed
19.03.1970 24+32 8175 RF-104G AG 51 loss of aircraft control in order to avoid another aircraft near Singen, pilot ejected safely
24.03.1970 61-3077 5748 TF-104G 58 TFTW gear was raised too early after "touch and go", caught fire after barrier engagement at Luke AFB, both pilots were rescued safely
21.04.1970 25+60 9006 F-104G JG 71 emergency landing at RAF Wildenrath after engine seizure (no fuel), pilot ejected safely over the runway
05.05.1970 23+93 8111 RF-104G AG 51 crashed into mountain during a Reconnaissance Low Level mission near Singen (CFIT), pilot was killed
08.05.1970 63-13233 2014 F-104G 58 TFTW loss of control during recovery in a gunnery event due to trim failure, pilot was killed
22.05.1970 24+41 8184 F-104G JaboG 34 lightning strike during GCA into Memmingen AB, pilot ejected safely
02.06.1970 21+12 6661 RF-104G MFG 2 nose wheel steering failure and brake failure during landing at Eggebek AB, pilot was not hurt, damage beyond repair
25.08.1970 27+30 5732 TF-104G MFG 1 engine failure due to FOD after take-off from Jagel AB, pilots ejected safely
03.09.1970 26+27 9179 F-104G JaboG 36 ground contact during a simulated attack on Bergen-Hohne range, pilot was killed
22.10.1970 67-14886 7023 F-104G 58 TFTW engine failure due to FOD during Air/Air Gunnery mission on Gila Bend Range, west of Ajo, AZ, USAF pilot (IP) ejected safely
30.10.1970 21+87 7056 F-104G JaboG 32 engine failure due to bird strike near Holzkirchen, Bavaria, pilot ejected safely
12.11.1970 20+52 2060 F-104G JaboG 31 loss of aircraft control (CFIT) during A/G gunnery event on Helchteren Range, BE; pilot was killed
19.01.1971 26+22 9173 F-104G JaboG 31 compressor stall due to FOD after take-off and engine failure on final at Norvenich AB, pilot ejected safely
26.02.1971 22+64 7145 F-104G Det Deci engine failure due to FOD (ricochets) during gun firing on Frasca Bombing Range, pilot ejected to safety
04.03.1971 24+37 8180 RF-104G AG 51 main landing gear broke off on emergency landing at Memmingen, controlled ejection, pilot ejected safely
05.03.1971 27+78 5907 TF-104G MFG 2 ground contact during a Low Level mission at Syke, near Bassum (CFIT), both pilots were killed
09.03.1971 26+36 9188 F-104G JaboG 36 compressor stall and engine failure during a Low Level mission at Hinnekamp, near Damme, pilot ejected and was injured
12.03.1971 25+85 9060 F-104G JaboG 33 engine failure after gunnery on Frasca range, pilot ejected safely
18.03.1971 23+63 8046 F-104G JG 71 loss of aircraft control during approach into Wittmundhafen AB, pilot ejected but died
23.03.1971 23+14 7198 F-104G MFG 2 engine failure after lightning strike during instrument approach into Decimonannu AB, pilot ejected safely
23.03.1971 29+15 5068 F-104F WaSLw 10 BLC failure and loss of control during landing, both pilots killed; all F-104F grounded and withdrawn from service on April 16, 1971
16.04.1971 25+72 9030 F-104G JG 74 nozzle failure due to loss of oil near Donauwörth, pilot ejected safely
30.04.1971 24+82 8232 F-104G JaboG 31 compressor stall and engine failure after take-off from Norvenich AB, pilot ejected safely
27.05.1971 22+76 7158 F-104G MFG 2 engine failure after problems in the fuel system near Borkum, pilot ejected to safety
28.07.1971 25+21 8295 F-104G JaboG 32 weered off runway with broken landing gear at Decimomannu AB, pilot was ok.
19.08.1971 23+13 7196 F-104G MFG 2 ground loss: caught on fire during system test after jettisoned tank at Eggebek AB, written off
21.09.1971 21+46 7014 F-104G JaboG 31 caught fire 13 min. after take-off from Norvenich due to hydraulic fluid entering the engine and smoke in the cockpit, pilot ejected safely
14.10.1971 21+10 6640 RF-104G MFG 2 spatial disorientation in heavy rain during approach to Capo Frasca Bombing Range (CFIT), pilot was killed
08.11.1971 63-13247 2031 F-104G 58 TFTW compressor stall and engine failure after A/A gunnery on Gila Bend, pilot (US IP) ejected safely
17.11.1971 24+93 8246 F-104G JG 74 ground contact during GCA into Neuburg AB at nighttime after oxygen system failure at altitude, pilot was killed
19.11.1971 24+71 8220 F-104G JG 74 ground loss: fuel tank caught on fire during system test at Neuburg AB, written off
31.01.1972 20+40 2047 F-104G JaboG 34 ground loss: caught on fire during fueling after explosion of a fuel tank at Memmingen AB, written off
11.02.1972 24+86 8236 F-104G JG 74 crash landing after nozzle failure at Neuburg AB, pilot ejected safe over the runway
16.02.1972 26+59 7405 F-104G MFG 2 ground contact during gunnery on Terschelling range (CFIT), pilot was killed
17.02.1972 27+91 5921 TF-104G WaSLw 10 hit trees on GCA final into Jever AB, one pilot ejected ok, one pilot was killed
08.03.1972 23+89 8096 F-104G JG 71 loss of aircraft control (stall) during landing at Wittmundhafen AB, pilot ejected safely
16.03.1972 22+33 7111 F-104G JaboG 34 ground contact during recovery during gunnery at Siegenburg range (CFIT), pilot ejected safely
11.04.1972 20+95 6616 F-104G JG 74 engine failure due to open nozzle during approach into Neuburg AB, pilot was killed
31.05.1972 24+30 8173 F-104G JG 74 loss of aircraft control during ACM (pitch-up), pilot ejected safely
12.06.1972 25+20 8291 F-104G JaboG 31 disorientation after lightning strike on a Low Level mission at Neede, near Enschede, Netherlands, pilot was killed
22.06.1972 65-12752 8069 F-104G 58 TFTW loss of aircraft control after entering clouds during loop near Wickenburg, pilot was killed
25.08.1972 28+17 5947 TF-104G JG 74 crash landing after high sink rate at Upper Heyford AB, pilot ejected safe over runway
01.12.1972 67-14888 7007 F-104G 58 TFTW loss of aircraft control during roll-in for a practice tactical Rockets-delivery at Gila Bend range Nr.1, pilot was killed
01.02.1973 24+10 8150 F-104G JaboG 34 engine failure due to open nozzle during emergency approach into Memmingen AB, pilot was killed
22.02.1973 24+44 8187 F-104G JaboG 33 skidding off rwy after crash landing due to hydraulic failure at Buchel AB, pilot ejected safely over the runway
12.03.1973 27+28 5730 TF-104G JG 71 gear up landing during "touch and go" at Jever AB, pilots were both ok
04.04.1973 21+76 7045 F-104G Det Deci ground loss: caught on fire during ground system test at Decimomannu AB, written off
05.04.1973 67-14893 8177 F-104G 58 TFTW ground collision after a too steep delivery angle at a gunnery event at Gila Bend Range #1 (CFIT), pilot was killed, no ejection attempt
10.04.1973 20+41 2048 F-104G JaboG 31 loss of aircraft control with chute failure after landing at Norvenich AB, pilot was safe
12.04.1973 21+97 7066 F-104G JaboG 33 after unsuccessful landing attempt with nozzle failure in snow storm at Buchel AB, pilot made a safe precautionary controlled ejection
24.04.1973 24+39 8182 F-104G JaboG 36 left runway after blown tire due to low air pressure during take-off at Hopsten AB, pilot was badly injured; DBR
01.06.1973 23+52 8031 F-104G JG 71 compressor stall and engine failure after take-off from Memmingen, pilot ejected safely
15.06.1973 20+55 2064 F-104G JaboG 31 engine fire during start-up at Beja AB, Portugal, after explosion of starter cart unit, pilot was safe
19.07.1973 23+75 8074 F-104G MBB asymmetric flaps after flap drive unit failure and loss of aircraft control during test flight, pilot ejected safely
29.08.1973 63-13276 9003 F-104G 58 TFTW midair collision with construction number 8077 during rejoin near Ajo, AZ, pilot ejected but was killed due to parachute malfunction
29.08.1973 65-12754 8077 F-104G 58 TFTW midair collision with construction number 9003 during rejoin near Ajo, AZ, pilot ejected but was killed due to parachute malfunction
26.10.1973 26+50 7310 F-104G JaboG 31 ground contact during recovery on Helchteren range, pilot was killed
22.11.1973 28+26 5956 TF-104G WaSLw 10 engine failure near the Island Langeroog, pilots ejected safely.
19.02.1974 26+64 7410 F-104G MFG 2 engine failure during gunnery on Terschelling range, Netherlands, pilot ejected safely
11.03.1974 21+48 7016 F-104G JaboG 31 compressor stall and engine failure during approach into Norvenich, pilot ejected safely
12.03.1974 28+00 5930 TF-104G WaSLw 10 gear raised too early after "touch and go" at Jever AB, pilots ejected safely
20.03.1974 26+84 7430 F-104G MFG 1 water contact during simulated attack on Navy ships near Damp, pilot was killed
27.03.1974 63-8453 5757 TF-104G 58 TFTW loss of nose gear steering and anti-skid system during landing roll, both pilots were ok
17.04.1974 26+71 7417 F-104G MFG 2 loss of aircraft control during an Air Combat Maneuvering (ACM) mission, pilot ejected, but was killed on landing (parachute damaged)
17.04.1974 25+76 9037 F-104G JaboG 31 crash landing after engine failure at Norvenich AB, pilot ejected safely over the runway
23.04.1974 24+09 8149 F-104G JaboG 36 loss of control after over-G during high performance training flight at Beja, Portugal, pilot ejected but was badly injured
09.09.1974 23+41 8019 F-104G JaboG 31 compressor stall (due to FOD) and engine failure on approach into Norvenich AB at night, pilot ejected to safety
10.12.1974 26+48 7308 F-104G JaboG 32 hit the approach lights on short final at Lechfeld AB, pilot ejected safely over the runway
14.01.1975 61-3081 5752 TF-104G 58 TFTW loss of aircraft control after hydraulic failure during ACM, both pilot were killed during supersonic ejection
18.02.1975 63-13275 9002 F-104G 58 TFTW asymmetric flight condition and loss of aircraft control at Gila Bend range, pilot was killed
24.04.1975 22+09 7079 F-104G JaboG 34 ground contact during practice low level formation exercise (CFIT), pilot was killed
01.07.1975 63-13231 2012 F-104G 58 TFTW out of control after engine failure (FOD) on take-off with asymmetrical load, pilot US IP was killed
09.07.1975 63-13256 2040 F-104G 58 TFTW compressor stall and engine failure after take-off on a test flight, pilot (US IP) ejected safely
23.07.1975 20+77 2090 F-104G Det Deci compressor stall and engine failure during approach to Decimomannu AB, pilot ejected and was injured
06.08.1975 24+61 8209 F-104G Det Deci water contact (ditching) during A/G gunnery at Frasca range (CFIT), pilot was killed
22.08.1975 22+75 7156 F-104G MFG 1 midair collision with construction number 8178 near Eiderststedt, pilot was killed
22.08.1975 24+35 8178 F-104G MFG 2 midair collision with construction number 7156 near Eiderststedt, pilot was killed
04.09.1975 25+73 9031 F-104G Det Deci engine failure due to FOD after take-off from Decimomannu AB, pilots ejected to safety
20.09.1975 22+28 7103 F-104G MFG 1 damaged after emergency landing with open nozzle at Skydstrup AB, pilot ejected to safety on the runway
30.01.1976 63-13258 2042 F-104G 58 TFTW loss of aircraft control after uncontrolled stick movements, pilot ejected safely
06.02.1976 66-13624 5935 TF-104G 58 TFTW loss of aircraft control after loosing forward wing flap on Gila Bend Bombing Range, AZ, USA, both pilots ejected safely
24.02.1976 21+40 7008 F-104G JaboG 34 crashed after emergency landing with minimum fuel and tailwind at Manching AB, collided with a telemetry box, pilot was injured
10.03.1976 63-13237 2020 F-104G 58 TFTW engine failure due to FOD (ricochet) on Gila Bend Range, pilot ejected safely
15.03.1976 26+73 7419 F-104G MFG 2 engine failure due to bird strike near St.Peter-Ording, pilot ejected to safety
18.03.1976 66-13524 7120 F-104G 58 TFTW ground contact after loss of aircraft control on Gila Bend Bombing Range, AZ, USA (CFIT), pilot was fatally injured
16.06.1976 26+16 9161 F-104G JaboG 32 mid air collision after loss of aircraft steering in a 3 ship formation (in IMC) near Mindelheim, pilot ejected safely
30.06.1976 20+03 2003 F-104G JaboG 31 loss of aircraft control and ground contact after hydraulic failure in the approach to Norvenich AB, pilot was killed.
10.08.1976 26+18 9163 F-104G JaboG 34 broken left main landing gear after hard landing, controlled ejection, pilot was safe
24.08.1976 21+84 7053 F-104G JaboG 32 loss of control with pitch-up after "Over-G" near Leipheim, pilot ejected safely
30.08.1976 27+75 5904 TF-104G JaboG 33 loss of aircraft control during ACM near Adenau, pilots ejected safely
20.09.1976 21+79 7048 F-104G JaboG 32 loss of aircraft control during ACM near Giengen, pilot ejected safely
24.02.1977 20+63 2073 F-104G JaboG 33 water contact (ditching) during gunnery on Terschelling Range, Netherlands (CFIT), pilot was killed
03.03.1977 22+66 7147 F-104G JaboG 31 compressor stall due to FOD (safety pin) and engine failure during low level near Leeuwarden, Netherlands, pilot ejected, but was injured
19.04.1977 21+14 6663 RF-104G MFG 2 engine failure after bird strike during sea low level near Moen, Denmark, pilot ejected safely
05.05.1977 21+51 7020 F-104G JaboG 34 spatial disorientation after vertigo in bad weather near Kempten, pilot was killed
02.06.1977 26+77 7423 F-104G MFG 2 crashed into sea ground contact during gunnery on Terschelling Range, pilot was killed
11.07.1977 63-13232 2013 F-104G 58 TFTW crashed during Emergency Landing after compressor stall and engine failure during gunnery on Gila Bend Range, pilot ejected safely
02.08.1977 21+41 7009 F-104G JaboG 34 midair collision with a glider near Neuenahr, pilot ejected but was injured, glider pilot ok
09.08.1977 26+06 9134 F-104G JaboG 31 damaged after emergency landing due to engine vibrations after takeoff at RAF Lossiemouth, UK, pilot was ok
07.10.1977 28+18 5948 TF-104G JaboG 33 engine failure after bird strike near Bad Schwalbach, both pilots ejected to safety
12.10.1977 20+54 2063 F-104G JaboG 31 crashed after disorientation during night bomb delivery at Nordhorn Range, pilot was killed
24.01.1978 25+75 9036 F-104G JaboG 31 ground contact during Low Level flight in marginal weather north of Bunde, near Leer (CFIT), pilot was killed
03.03.1978 21+57 7026 F-104G JaboG 34 engine failure due to oil system problems in approach to Erding AB, pilot ejected safely
20.03.1978 26+46 7306 F-104G Det Deci heavy damaged after take-off abort due to broken nose wheel, pilot badly injured
04.04.1978 24+91 8241 F-104G JaboG 32 loss of aircraft control during final turn for landing at Lechfeld AB, pilot did not eject and was killed (CFIT)
06.04.1978 23+86 8092 F-104G JaboG 31 loss of aircraft control after simulated forced landing (SFO) at Norvenich AB, pilot ejected safely
20.06.1978 66-13626 5937 TF-104G 58 TFTW loss of engine control (failure) after broken throttle linkage during pull-out on Gila Bend Range, both pilots ejected safely
21.06.1978 25+16 8285 F-104G JaboG 33 engine failure during run-in for a simulated attack on Baumholder Army Range, pilot ejected but was badly injured
18.08.1978 21+20 6675 RF-104G MFG 2 engine failure after bird strike during sea low level east of Helgoland, pilot ejected safely
25.08.1978 25+36 8317 F-104G JaboG 32 crashed into wood after loss of aircraft control on a BFM training flight, pilot ejected safely
05.09.1978 25+53 8348 F-104G Det Deci heavy damaged after crash landing due to high sink rate at Decimomannu AB (DBR), pilot was ok
19.09.1978 23+08 7191 F-104G MFG 2 bird strike during sea low level in the Kattegat, pilot ejected safely
10.10.1978 25+38 8322 F-104G JaboG 31 engine failure after bird strike during low level near Nancy, France, pilot ejected to safety
07.12.1978 23+11 7194 F-104G MFG 2 RF modified; engine failure after bird strike during approach into Eggebek AB, pilot ejected to safety
01.02.1979 22+08 7078 F-104G JaboG 31 midair collision with construction number 9043 near Norvenich AB, pilot ejected safely, the other pilot landed
05.02.1979 22+84 7166 F-104G MFG 1 engine failure during gunnery at List/Sylt Range, pilot ejected safely
14.03.1979 26+32 9184 F-104G JaboG 34 engine failure due to FOD after take-off from Memmingen AB, pilot ejected to safety
17.04.1979 22+15 7086 F-104G MFG 1 engine failure after bird strike during low level near St.Peter Ording, pilot ejected to safety
06.07.1979 63-13250 2034 F-104G 58 TFTW engine failure after fuel control failure (false maintenance on fuel pump) during gunnery on Gila Bend, pilot ejected to safety
03.08.1979 22+25 7100 F-104G MFG 1 crashed after over-G during landing after performance demonstration at Yeovilton, UK, pilot was killed
06.09.1979 27+99 5929 TF-104G MFG 2 crashed after flight control problems over Lüneburger Heide, both pilots ejected to safety
01.10.1979 25+10 8271 F-104G JaboG 34 compressor stall and engine failure at Allenbach near Birkenfeld, pilot ejected to safety
09.11.1979 23+20 7204 F-104G MFG 2 loss of aircraft control during a Looping at Haselund, near Flensburg, pilot ejected safely.
13.11.1979 27+05 5706 TF-104G WaSLw 10 loss of aircraft control after selection of land flaps at high speed, both pilots ejected to safety
05.02.1980 25+82 9053 F-104G Det Deci water contact (ditching) during gunnery at Capo Frasca Range, pilot was killed
04.03.1980 20+15 2017 F-104G JaboG 31 spatial disorientation in bombing pattern at Helchteren Range, pilot ejected safely
13.03.1980 22+31 7109 F-104G JaboG 34 contact with power line during low level flight in poor weather conditions (CFIT), pilot was killed
01.07.1980 22+54 7134 F-104G JaboG 34 contact with power line mast during simulated attack on Army tank (CFIT), pilot was killed
08.07.1980 24+28 8170 F-104G WaSLw 10 water contact (ditching) during gunnery at Capo Frasca Range (CFIT), pilot was killed
22.09.1980 22+78 7160 F-104G MFG 1 ground contact (CFIT) during Radar Low Level mission in bad weather, pilot was killed
08.10.1980 26+35 9187 F-104G JaboG 34 midair collision with construction number 8208 during attack on Sollingen AB, pilot was killed
08.10.1980 24+60 8208 F-104G JaboG 34 midair collision with construction number 9187 during attack on Sollingen AB, emergency landing, pilot was ok, written off (DBR)
17.10.1980 24+72 8221 F-104G JaboG 31 caught fire after hot afterburner fuel-pump near Hürth, pilot ejected to safety
04.12.1980 20+58 2067 F-104G JaboG 31 midair collision with cn 7011 during approach to Wildenrath AB, emergency landing; damaged beyond economical repair
04.12.1980 21+43 7011 F-104G JaboG 31 midair collision with construction number 2067 during approach to Wildenrath AB, pilot ejected safely
18.05.1981 24+79 8229 F-104G JaboG 32 ground contact (CFIT) during gunnery on Heuberg Army Range, pilot was killed
06.07.1981 24+58 8206 F-104G JaboG 33 engine failure after bird strike during low level near Staigerbach, Hohenlohe, pilot ejected safely
14.07.1981 63-8459 5763 TF-104G 58 TFTW loss of engine control after broken throttle linkage (Electrical fire) at Aguila, near Wickenburg, Arizona, both pilots ejected to safety
04.08.1981 66-13525 7132 F-104G 58 TFTW engine failure due to FOD (ricochet) during A/G gunnery on Gila Bend Range, pilot ejected to safety
17.08.1981 25+79 9043 F-104G JaboG 33 engine failure and compressor stall during low level at Verdun, France, pilot ejected safely.
25.08.1981 24+29 8172 F-104G JaboG 33 engine failure after bird strike after a "Touch and Go" at Beja AB, pilot ejected, but was seriously injured.
26.08.1981 26+68 7414 F-104G MFG 2 engine failure due to bird strike during gunnery on Oskbol Range, Denmark, pilot ejected safely
02.11.1981 20+44 2052 F-104G Det Deci overrun the runway after emergency landing with open nozzle at Decimomannu AB, pilot was ok; damaged beyond economical repair
05.11.1981 25+67 9013 F-104G JaboG 31 heavy damaged after ground contact (CFIT) 300 meter short of runway on final at Norvenich AB, pilot ejected, but died later
28.01.1982 26+54 7314 F-104G JaboG 34 engine failure due to FOD (ricochet) on Grafenwöhr Army Range, pilot ejected safely
21.04.1982 25+54 8349 F-104G JaboG 32 engine failure after bird strike during Low Level mission at Pan di Zuchero, near Capo Frasca Range, pilot ejected to safety
07.05.1982 27+92 5922 TF-104G MFG 2 water contact (CFIT) during Sea Low Level mission near Laesoe, DK, pilot and passenger ejected but were killed.
01.06.1982 21+93 7062 F-104G Det Deci emergency landing at Decimomannu AB after engine vibrations during Night Low Level, pilot ejected safely over the runway
24.06.1982 22+32 7110 F-104G JaboG 34 loss of aircraft control in low altitude turn with uneven fuel load, pilot was killed
07.07.1982 26+62 7408 F-104G MFG 2 loss of aircraft control during gunnery on Capo Frasca Range (CFIT), pilot ejected to safety
04.08.1982 22+48 7126 F-104G JaboG 34 engine failure due to FOD (lost service panel cover) during Low Level flight near Neumarkt, pilot ejected to safety
26.08.1982 26+10 9144 F-104G JaboG 33 engine failure after bird strike right after take-off from Erding AB, pilot ejected safely
20.10.1982 22+37 7115 F-104G Det Deci engine failure after compressor stall during gunnery at Capo della Frasca Range, pilot ejected to safety
26.10.1982 21+80 7049 F-104G JaboG 31 water contact (CFIT) during Night Bombing on Vliehors Range, Netherlands, pilot was killed
03.11.1982 26+55 7401 F-104G MFG 2 engine failure during Sea Low Level in the Kattegat, Denmark, pilot ejected safely
07.12.1982 24+97 8250 F-104G JaboG 32 crashed after gear door problems and following engine problems after take-off from Brawdy AB, UK; pilot ejected safely
10.01.1983 23+87 8094 F-104G JaboG 31 damaged beyond economical repair (DBR) after bird strike and emergency landing at Norvenich AB, pilot was safe.
18.03.1983 20+75 2088 F-104G JaboG 31 damaged beyond economocal repair (DBR) after bird strike and emergency landing at Norvenich AB, pilot was safe.
14.06.1983 28+02 5932 TF-104G JaboG 34 loss of control during night "touch and go" at Memmingen AB, both pilots ejected to safety
18.07.1983 28+11 5941 TF-104G JaboG 33 engine failure due to fuel starvation due to closed fuel valve, both pilot ejected to safety
24.01.1984 27+95 5925 TF-104G JaboG 34 loss of control during landing at Memmingen AB, touched about 50 short of runway due to microburst on final, both pilots ejected safely
05.04.1984 28+33 5963 TF-104G JaboG 34 heavy damaged after broken right landing gear strut during taxi at Memmingen AB, damaged beyond economical repair (DBR)
10.07.1984 23+18 7202 F-104G MFG 2 loss of aircraft control during formation take-off at Eggebek AB, pilot ejected to safety
10.07.1984 25+62 9008 F-104G LVR 1 engine failure due to FOD after take-off from Eggebek AB, pilot ejected safely
10.08.1984 22+05 7075 F-104G JaboG 33 loss of control during high performance training flight at Beja AB, Portugal, pilot ejected and was injured
17.10.1984 23+16 7200 F-104G MFG 2 RF modified; collision with ship mast during simulated attack on a fast vessel (Schnellboot), pilot was killed
19.10.1984 27+26 5727 TF-104G JaboG 34 heavy damaged after broken nose gear strut during landing, one pilot ejected ok over the runway
11.12.1984 20+36 2043 F-104G JaboG 34 spatial disorientation during low level in bad weather near Plattling (CFIT), pilot was killed
08.02.1985 21+27 6688 RF-104G MFG 2 engine failure due to bird strike during sea low level near Bornholm, pilot ejected safely
18.02.1985 26+70 7416 F-104G MFG 2 caught fire after midair collision with British Harrier T.4 during low level near Versmold, pilot ejected safely
27.03.1985 21+18 6673 RF-104G MFG 2 crashed into North Sea due to engine failure after AS.30 missile firing near Helgoland, pilot ejected safely
03.10.1985 23+32 8007 F-104G JaboG 34 compressor stall during range sortie at Suippes Range, France, pilot ejected safely
03.03.1986 28+10 5940 TF-104G JaboG 34 engine damage on final at Decimomannu AB, pilot and passenger ejected safely
26.04.1989 28+01 5931 TF-104G WTD 61 blown tire during "touch and go" at Manching AB; both pilots ejected but were seriously injured
 
16.04.1965 62-12312 6011 F-104G 4510 CCTW loss of aircraft control after take-off from Luke AFB, canopy not fully locked, German Navy pilot was killed (MAP aircraft)
 
Abbreviations:
AB Afterburner Nachbrenner
ACM Air Combat Maneuvering Luftkampf Flugmanöver
APC Automatic Pitch Control Automatische Aufbäum Kontrolle
BFM Basic Fighter Maneuvers Grundflugmanöver im Luftkampf
BLC Boundary Layer Control Zapfluftanblasung zur Erhöhung der Auftriebes im "Langsamflug"
CFIT Controlled Flight Into Terrain Kontrollierter Flug in den Boden
FOD Foreign Object Damage Fremdkörper Schaden
GCA Ground Controlled Approach Bodengesteuerter Instrumenten Anflug
i/a instructional aircraft Lehrflugzeug
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references:
"Starfighter-916 German F-104" their assembly and life records by Georg Fischbach, EADS engineer
F-40 books
International F-104 Society
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update @ March 1, 2016