Accident McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom II 151399,
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Date:Wednesday 15 July 1964
Type:Silhouette image of generic F4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom II
Owner/operator:VF-102, US Navy
Registration: 151399
MSN: 359
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Mediterranean Sea, approximately 38 52 N 03 01 E -   Mediterranean Sea
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Mallorca, Spain
Destination airport:Naples, Italy
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom II Bu No 151399/'AE-105', VF-102, US Navy. Written off (presumed crashed and destroyed) July 15 1964 when went missing on a flight to the carrier, the USS Enterprise (CVA(N)-59), which was cruising in the Mediterranean Sea, off Sicily. Aircraft entered flat spin during aerobatics before crashing into the Mediterranean Sea between Mallorca, Spain, and Naples, Italy.

Both crew killed: Commander Albert J. Thompson (Pilot, aged 38) and RIO Ensign Joseph B. Kelly, Jr. (VF-102 NAS Oceana). According to the following obituary of the Pilot, Commander Albert J Thompson:

"Albert was lost when the F-4 Phantom he was piloting crashed into the Mediterranean on July 15, 1964, while operating from USS Enterprise (CVA(N)-65). Also lost was ENS Joseph Bernard Kelley, Jr.

Albert was executive officer of fighter Squadron 102 at Oceana Naval Air Station. His fatal crash occurred during a training flight. Eyewitnesses said the supersonic fighter apparently went out of control during an intercept maneuver and crashed into the sea. His body was not found. A memorial service was held for him in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at the Naval Air Station, Oceana, Virginia.

His father William was a plumber, mother Ellen, brother William, and sister Dorothy.

He was survived by his widow Marie Agnes (nee Sullivan), two sons, and his parents Mr. & Mrs. William A. Thompson".


1. Youngstown Vindicator 17 July 1964, p.2
USS Enterprise log book for 15 July 1964

Revision history:

11-Feb-2022 19:27 TB Added
19-Jun-2022 22:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Oct-2022 08:20 Anon. Updated [Location, Source]

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