32nd FS accidents.

We presented a list off all (we) known accidents with aircraft that flew with the 32nd TFS based at Soesterberg AB, Netherlands. Updates are outlined in yellow. Please send updates and/ or comment to us.

Date Type Serial Comment
01-oct-56 F-100C 54-1988 Crashed during a training mission in the Netherlands. First lieutenant Rezk M. Mohamed safely bailed out. His 1st crash with the 32nd FDS.
20-nov-56 F-100C 54-1965 Attempting to land a mailfunctioning fighter, first lieutenant David. R. Scott crashed his aircraft at Soesterberg AB but stayed unhurt.
28-may-57 F-100C 54-1923 Returning from a cross-country flight the plane crashed during to attempt to land at Soesterberg AB. The pilot, first lieutenant Alan. N. Rea, was killed in the accident.
23-jul-57 F-100C 54-2029 Crashed while attempting to land at Soesterberg AB. The pilot, first lieutenant Eugene. E. Malish, stayed unhurt in the accident.
09-aug-'57 F-100C 54-1952 After an aborted take-off at Wheelus AB, Libia, the fighter did not engage the runway barrier and crashed at the end of the runway.
    The pilot, first lieutenant, Jack V. Cebehabersky stayed unhurt.
15-aug-57 F-100C 54-1939 First lieutenant David H. Clegg aborted during take-off and missed the barrier reseluting in a crash at the end of runway. The pilot stayed unhurt
18-oct-57 F-100C 54-1938 First lieutenant Rezk M. Mohamed run into trouble with is aircraft and had to bail out. This was Mohamed second crash (01-10-'56) flying for the Wolfhounds.
14-nov-57 F-100C 54-2016 Shortly after taking off from Soesterberg AB the aircraft burst into flams. The pilot, Rezk M. Mohamed, turned his plane toward the North Sea and then succesfully bailed out.
    Unfortunately, the fighter turned inland and crashed into Dutch Army barracks (Kolonel van der Palmkazerne) in Bussum, killing six and injuring 12 soldiers. This is Mohamed
    third and most tragic crash with a fighter of the 32nd squadron.
26-mar-58 T-33A 51-8974 Crashed on a night training flight while the squadron was deployed to Nouasseur AB, Morocco, for weapons training. The trainee pilot, second lieutenant Richard E. Bolstad bailed
    out and survived the crash. The instructor pilot, captain Glen L. Wallin was killed attempting to land the malfunctioning aircraft at Nouasseur AB.
27-sep-58 T-33A 52-9864 On take- off, the engine “flamed out” when it was about 75-100 feet in the air. It bellied in just short of the end of the runway. The left wing tore off when it struck the right barrier
    upright. The plane spun 90 degrees to the left, the stub of the left wing dug in and flipped the aircraft on its back. The aircraft caught fire. The instructor pilot, first lieutenant 
    Donald F. Smith and trainee, first lieutenant David H. Clegg, only recieved minor injuries.
03-dec-58 F-100C 54-1861 Together with F-100 54-1865 the aircraft was on its way to Wheelus AB, Libya, for a weapons training and ran out of fuel and crashed short of their destination. 
    Captain Donald H. Brandy safely bailed out of his jet.
03-dec-58 F-100C 54-1865 Together with F-100 54-1861 the aircraft was on its way to Wheelus AB, Libya, for a weapons training and ran out of fuel and crashed short of their destination. 
    First lieutenant Harry E. Higgins safely bailed out of his jet.
26-oct-59 F-100C 54-1884 First lieutenant Jack V. Cebe-Habersky its aircraft right wing was dropping during landing. The aircraft veered off to the right  drop tank and left the runway and came to rest in 
    a grass area beside runway 31.
13-apr-61 F-102A 56-1044 During night intercepts over the North Sea (coast of province Zeeland) the fighter sufferered a fire control malfunction and put a wingtip through the cockpit of a RNLAF Hawker Hunter.
    A small screw came loose and caused a range potentiometer to stop showing decreasing range and the pilot thought he wasn't still closing on his target because his range circle on his scope
    wasn't decreasing in size. The fighter returned to base without realizing he had collided with another aircraft even though he was missing a couple of feet off one wing tip. Unfortunately the
    Dutch pilot, First Lieutenant van de Gaag was killed in the collision. The Dutch pilot and his plane, in spite of long search operation, were never found. The Hawker Hunter, N-260 was
    part of the 326 squadron which was also stationed at Soesterberg AB. An additional footnote: When the F-102 landed it was noted that one ejection seat pin was installed. If necessary,
    the pilot would not have been able to eject.
25-sep-61 F-102A 56-1021 Aircraft crashed during a routine training flight near Zevenhoven, the Netherlands. The pilot, first lieutenant James R. Martin bailed out and landed in a small lake He had to inflate his life raft
    and paddle to shore. The aircraft completely buried itself in mud. After several days the major parts of the aircraft where recovered and returned to the air base. The aircraft experienced a
      major hydraulic failure causing complete loss of aircraft control. Lt. Martin ejected at a very high speed, but was not seriously injured.
12-dec-62 F-102A 56-0973 Fighter malfunctioned during a night training mission and crashed two miles from Soesterberg AB. First lieutenant Clement R. Henderson succesfully bailed out.
19-jan-65 F-102A 56-1122 During take off at Ramstein AB Lieutenant Colonel Marvin O. Weber (squadron’s standardization and evaluation officer) its aircraft skidded due ice forming of the runway.
    The aircraft pivoted to the left resulting in collapse of the left main landing gear.
02-aug-66 F-102A 56-1029 Aircraft caught fire during engine start in the alert facility at the base. The cause of the fire was discovered to be the failure of the air starter drive gear, which broke in two pieces
    and came through the side of the aircraft. Alert building and aircraft lost to flames. Five airmen were awarded the Airman's medal for saving the pilots and the other D-Dagger from the fire.
14-nov-69 F-4E 68-0422 Flying a cross-country navigatopnal training flight, the aircraft crashed short of the runway at Aviano AB, Italy. Captain John Rabeni, the pilot, and major, Donald Bowie,
    the weapons system officer, successfully ejected from the fighter.Both suffered minor back injuries.
21-jun-71 F-4E 68-0433 While flying a training mission the fighter crashed at Lienden, the Netherlands. Both the pilot, captain Ted G. Sweeting, and weopans system officer,captain David B. Rice, were killed in the accident.
15-sep-75 F-4E 69-0266 Crashed shortly after take-off from Wittmundhaven AB, Germany, the aircraft crashed into an empty field. The pilot, first lieutenant Thomas E. Lorincz, and weapons systems officer,
    captain Robert W. Mandernack, safely ejected, but were hospitalized.
29-aug-77 F-4E 74-1051 While flying a low-level intercept, the aircraft crashed in the North Sea near the Dutch island of Terschelling. Both the pilot, first lieutenant Mickey Johnson, and weapons systems officer,
    first lieutenant Patrick H. Pondrom, were killed. They were performing a "cap anchor" (Combat Air Patrol) and performed a High G turn, Mickey Lost control and the bird flammed out, too low for an air start, and did 
    a 180 straight down. Rumour has it that the F-4 crashed during the interception of a disc shaped UFO, first seen at the base. But based upon the flight profile, intercept messages, and what some people told 
    from "debriefing" it was a "normal" crash. Even one more thing confirmed it, there was a Tu-160 "Blackjack" in the area, traversing its way to Cuba.


F-15C 81-0049 Suffered engine fire while flying in a three ship formation during exercise Elder Forest and subsequently lost all hydraulic power. Pilot major George D. Hulsey ejected safely and was picked up
    by an oil-rig supply vessel. Aircraft crashed into the North Se, 9 miles off Spurn Point Humberside, United Kingdom.

Last update 29-10-2019 22:30