German Wings Starfighter losses

 
 
Wing
F-104F F/RF-104G TF-104G Total
JaboG 31 "Boelcke" 41 1 42
JaboG 32 16 16
JaboG 33 20 3 23
JaboG 34 29 4 33
JaboG 36 9 2 11
[1]
JG 71 "Richthofen" 14 2 16
JG 74 8 1 9

[1]

AG 51 "Immelmann" 15 15
[2]
AG 52 3 3
MFG 1 16 2 18
MFG 2 29 3 32
[1]
WaSLw 10 12 5 6 23
2.DtLwAusbStff Luke AFB 36 7 43
ErpSt/WTD 61 1 1
LVR 1 "F-104 Kommando" 1 1
Det Decimomannu 12 12
[1]
Total 12 254 32 298
 

A total of 292 German F-104 were lost in accidents (including MAP F-104G serial number 62-12312) with the tragic death of 116 pilots, but 171 pilots ejected safely, 8 pilots ejected twice. Another 6 F-104 were damaged beyond repair on the ground.

 
remarks:
[1] including 1 ground accident
[2] including 2 ground accident

 

The F-104 was flown in the Luftwaffe by 5 Fighter Bomber Wings, 2 Fighter Wings and 2 Reconnaissance Wings.
The German Navy (MARINE) had 2 Maritime Attack/Maritime Reconnaissance wings.
Both Luftwaffe and Navy did the pilot training together at Luke AFB, AZ, USA and at the Waffenschule 10 (OCU) at Jever AB.
 
During 30 years of flying there were 1.975.646 flight hours accumulated.
The average flight time per aircraft was 2.157 flight hours.
A total of 292 F-104 were lost in accidents, with the tragic death of 116 pilots.
That accounts for one loss per 6.630 flying hours, which is actually a normal value according to international standards.
 
 
compiled by: Hubert Peitzmeier
update: April 3, 2014