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.
John C. Donham
Born 1942. Grew up in Roxana, IL. Bradley University 1960-1964. B.S. Mathematics. Joined Missouri ANG as pilot trainee January 1965. Graduated UPT December 1966. Graduated F-100 check out, Luke AFB August 1967. Graduated U.S. Army Jump School, Ft. Benning July 1968. Voluntary combat tour 510th TFS, Bien Hoa, RVN, 1969. Two ferry flights of refurbished F-100Cs from “Bone Yard” to Turkey, 1972. Injured June 1973 while ejecting from a burning F-100D. Medically retired as a Captain. Currently living in Carmel, IN.