1958 Lebanon Crisis

Flew the FJ-3M at the 1958 World Air Show which was held in Leige. Belgium.  Staged out of Bitburg, Germany. Returned to USS Essex stopping twice to refuel in Italy, 7/1/58.  Ejected on 7/10/58 over the Aegean Sea.  In order to cover the Marine landings at Beirut 7/15/58 had to land at the RAF base, Nicosia Crete to refuel.  On 7/18/58 escorted Ltjg Deiterich (right in photo) as he filmed roads at low level in the Bakka Valley in Lebanon close to the Syrian border.  Next day, 7/19/58, he flew his fatal mission.

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