RF-104G EB+256 AG 52 on final at Norvenich AB in April 1967 (with EB+249)

RF-104G, construction number 683D-8276, company model 683-04-10, built by Fokker
manufactured by North Group (ARGE-Nord); coded KG+376 first flight June 12, 1964 at Fokker-Schiphol
RF-104G photoreconnaissance version modification at Avio Diepen June 12, 1964 with project "Bacchus II" (for 522 squadron of AG 52)
camouflage scheme "Norm 62" according tech order "TA-196"; acceptance date by BABwFokker (RNAF-MTA) November 4, 1964
EB+256 AG 52 at Leck AB delivery date on January 12, 1965
crashed May 16, 1967 during a recce low level near Helserdeich/Süderdiethmarschen after a bird strike (Seagull),
braking the cockpit glass and injuring the pilot, pilot ejected safely; written off; struck off charge order (AVA) August 11, 1967.

The RF-104G was on a visual low level at 500 feet and 450 knots. It received a bird strike in the front windscreen.
The bird and the windscreen entered the cockpit and hit the pilot in the face.
Fortunately, he had his visor down which broke and absorbed some of the shock.
The wind blast turned the pilot's helmet 90 degrees and he was unable to see or to hear.
The blast was so strong, it pinned his right shoulder against the seat and he could not reach the ejection ring with both hands.
He ejected at approximately 1000 feet using only his left hand. The pilot experienced tumbling in the seat but had good man/seat separation.
He sustained minor facial injuries and shoulder bruises from the wind blast.
The plane impacted in a group of houses at the mouth of the Elbe River, damaging seven houses, two cars and one truck.
Several people were hospitalized for burns.

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