One of my dad's best buddies in the Navy was a Mig killer in Vietnam in the F-4, and had quite the ejection story. Needless to say after the incident he never flew in the military again, but his exact battle-damaged F-4 is mounted on a pole in Pensacola.
Anyhow, this isn't my story, but I'll still tell it as best as I can.
So, they were on a mission over Vietnam, doing air-to-air or some such, I forget the what he said the mission was. On the way home, the Viets launched some SAM's at them, one of which partially got them. Shrapnel from the warhead tore threw the cockpit and tore up his arm pretty good. The plane was still flying..... well, slowly crashing. So, they had to eject but with his torn up arm he couldn't reach the overhead ejection handle. So, he raised the whole uninjured side of his body, so he could get his good arm high enough to grab the overhead ejection handle. Only in retrospect, this was a huge mistake. In lifting his body, his leg was raised only a few inches off the ejection seat.
When he pulled the ejection handle, the seat got a few inches running start at his leg, enough so that it shattered his femur clear in half. The VC
caught him pretty quick, at which point his leg was briefly looked at. Of course he received no medical attention, and had maggots and all sorts of parasites going wild in the open wounds (shivers...)
Now, after several years in the Hanoi Hilton, he finally got sent back to the States, where doctors got to finally look at his injuries from the ejection several years prior. After taking an xray, they found the femur had reset itself..... but without a cast, the bone had set itself with a 2-inch overlap. The Navy surgeons decided the best (and really only) possible solution was to surgically removed the two inch overlap, as well as two inches from the other leg.
Where this is going is..... my dad's buddy went to Vietnam at 6'1". He came home 5'11". And to think all that happened after the ejection seat got only a few inches running start at his leg.
The same pilot though, his exact F-4 from a Mig-killing dogfight is mounted on a pole in Pensacola. Apparently the plane was so badly damaged it would never fly again, and was a miracle it ever made it back to the ship. So now it's a living museum down in PNS