30 November 1957 – Capt Benny Lacombe is killed when he unsuccessfully attempts to bail out of Lockheed U-2A, 56-6704, Article 371, 13 miles SE of Laughlin AFB. Ejection seats had not yet been fitted to U-2s at this point. The history of the U-2 program is fraught with fatalities and crashes. “CIA pilots Wilburn S.
Vincent P. Bakies
Major Bakies served his country as an officer in the United States Air Force. He retired at the rank of Major after over twenty–two years of service. Following his retirement from the Air Force, Major Bakies managed the England Air Force Base Officer’s Club from 1971 – 1974.