Dedicated to the Preservation of the
U.S. Air Force Helicopter History
Mark R. Judy, SSgt., USAF (Fallen)July 13, 1955 – April 07 1984
Born in Toledo to parents Arthur J Judy (1915-2003) and Margie M Quigg Judy (1916- ). Mark was a graduate of Whitmer High School, Class of 1973. He then entered the Air Force, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant.
The following information was taken from 920th Rescue Wing Public Affairs Publication, published on the 30th anniversary of the fallen Jolly 18:
On April 7, 1984 while flying surface surveillance for a scheduled launch of a Trident 1 missile from the USS Geirgia, his CH-3 helicopter crashed off the coast of Patrick Air Force Base. When rescue crews arrived on site, some 60 miles off the coast, the helicopter was found floating upside down. Three survivors were recovered before the aircraft sank to its final resting place 2,400 feel below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.
Those rescued were: Captain William Fitzgerald, Lieutenant James O’Hearn and Lieutenant Scott Schafer. Rescue crews continued to search for five days for the missing airmen, logging nearly 200 flying hours and covering between 25-30,000 square miles.
Two years later, the helicopter was found when there was a search for Space Shuttle Challenger after an accident caused it to break apart after liftoff on January 28, 1986. Bodies of these five fallen Airmen from 1984: Captain Jan F Fuchs, Captain David K Shaffner, Technical Sergeant Ronald L Martinez, Airman First Class James A Ferreira, and Staff Sergeant Mark R Judy.