Revised 9/21 Colonel Austin O. Davis, Change of Command 32nd FIS, Fighter Interceptor Squadron Camp New Amsterdam on Soesterberg AFB The Netherlands, William R. Tyler, Seaborn P. Foster, Colonel A. J. Marinus, Baron Van Nagell, Mayor of Zeist, Mr. Stolk; F100 Wreck with TV Tower Smilde Holland; 1968 Loadeo Champion, RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, England


 

 

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Banquet for the returning winner of the competitions in England Guest of Honor were Lieutenant General Robert N. Smith USAFE, VCINC; Major General Rollin H. Anthis 17 AF, CDR; Major General Lawrence S. Lightner, 3AF, CDR; Brigadier General William D. Dunham, 3AF, Vice Commander; Brigadier General Robert A. Berman,USAFE, DEM; Brigadier General Edmund Edwards,USAFE, IC; Brigadier General Richard N. Ellis, 86AD, CDR; Brigadier General Sanford K. Moats 401 TFW, CDR The guest speaker was Brigadier General William D. Dunham
Biography on Brigadier General William D. Dunham, a highly decorated special guest speaker
Here are the winners of the eleven  Squadrons and wings that participated in the Loadeo competition.
Here is a complete list of all the men that competed:
20th Tactical Fighter Wing, Wethersfield, England; Sgt Raywond or Raymond Kazusky, Jr.,
Sgt Paul S. Christle, Sgt Jon A. Roelofs, A1C Howard R. Austad, Sgt Stanley B. Williams
32nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Camp New Amsterdam, Netherlands;
MSgt Joseph R. Bendekovits, A1C Robert R. Elliot, Sgt Donald L. Smith, A1C Stephen Taylor, A1C Walter W. Smith36th Tactical Fighter Wing, Eitburg AB, Germany; TSgt Bernard J. Little, Sgt John D. Myers,
Sgt Paul W. Johnson, Sgt Frank W. Cross, Sgt Clifford C. Mercer43rd Tactical Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, England; TSgt Roy Smith,
SSgt Roy Whitaker, SSgt Donald Geyer, Sgt Warren Stevens, SSgt Jerry Rodgers
50th Tactical Fighter Wing, Hahn AB, Germany; SSgt Curtis E. Johnson, Sgt Dickey L. Caudle,
A1C Michael F. King, Sgt Carlos F. Flores, SSgt James E. Murphy
7272nd Flying Training Wing, Wheelus AB, Libya; SSgt Francis H. Moten,
A1C Richard L. Bangert, A1C George R. Criswell, A1C William Toth, Jr.81st Tactical Fighter Wing, Bentwaters, England; Sgt Richard A. Von Bartheld,
Sgt David R. Swanson, Sgt Lewis R. Poley, Sgt John E. Evans, MSgt Barney C. Fagan
401st Tactical Fighter Wing, Torrejon AB, Spain; TSgt Johnny N. Jasper,
Sgt Robert N. Williams, SSgt Thomas A. Kyser, SSgt Raymond D. Long, SSgt William A. Hamilton
496TH Fighter Interceptor Sqdn, Hahn, AB, Germany; Sgt Richard A. Tarrant, Sgt Vernon E. Moore,
A1C Ronald L. Peterson, A1C Anthony J. Camuti, Sgt Michael C. Peck525th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Bitburg, AB, Germany; SSgt Raymond C. Wetherell,
A1C James A. Gillison, Sgt Dennis R. Moore, A1C Kyle L. White, Sgt Allen R. Ehlers526th Fighter Interceptor Sqdn, Ramstein AB, Germany; Sgt John W. Phillips,
Sgt Andrew J. Turnquist, Sgt Donald Castoldi, Sgt James O. Johnson, Sgt Jon W. MertzBelow are a few pictures of a F100 that hit a TV tower in Smilde Holland and was able to land safely at Soesterberg AFB, The Netherlands.
Damage that was done to F100 when it hit a TV tower in Smilde Holland on August 1968
Damage done to the TV tower in Smilde, Northern Holland
Captain Donald E. Smith who was the pilot and to his left Joel T. Hall, his wing man.  Fortunately they were able to land safely at Soesterberg AFB, The Netherlands to recount their harrowing experience.
F100 being inspected as these men seem astonished that it was able to land safely, due to the skill of the two seasoned pilots who were guided with the help of the Dutch Air Traffic Control.

I have no idea what this is about, but I know there is a story behind this, no pun intended.  Sometimes Col. Davis would write captions on back of photos, but in this instance there is nothing, maybe for a reason (smile).

This one has  DING DING “SCADS SAYS “HOW ABOUT THIS?” Number on F102 is TR-673
On front of jet they have added letters to  spell out U. S Fairy Force
SCADS written on this
SCADS WING
BURKE’S LAW
THE GREATEST
CLOSE-UP OF GRAFFITI ON THE WINGS
CLOSE-UP OF GRAFFITI BURKE’S LAW AND FLAME OUT
US FAIRY FORCE SIOUX CITY
BURKE’S LAW   FLAME OUT
CLOSE-UP OF GRAFFITI
This is a ceremony that took place at Hamilton AFB, California on March 30, 1964. I will probably be moving it when I find the notebook it belongs in. I thought it was funny that he is getting a gigantic Captain shoulder insignia, wish I knew what the joke is about, but maybe we find out later.Below were revised and added 9/21/11
First solo in the F-102 at Soesterberg after “wise advice” from Lt Col J. P. (Doc) Finch and of course the red carpet
First solo 21 August 1968
Colonel Davis in cockpit in first solo run of the F102
You made it, Congratulations
On the Red Carpet
Checking controls
Getting ready
Lets go!
March 5, 1969, First official visit by General Joseph R. Holzapple, Commander USAFE. Lt. Col. Jaap Broekema met General Holzapple at the airplane.
Major  General Rollen H. Anthis, Commander 17th Air Force and General Holzapple
General Holzapple during his visit to Data Systems and Statistics, briefed by Captain James Pethigal
General Holzapple during his visit to Data Systems and Statistics, briefed by Captain James Pethigal
General Holzapple is briefed by SSgt John D. Mitchell on the life support equipment for F-102 pilots
General Holzapple at 32nd Operations: L or R Colonel Davis, Captain Donald (Don) Brown, General Holzapple and Lt. Colonel Bernie Fischer
Personal letter to Colonel Austin O. Davis from General Joseph R. Holzapple, General  USAF, Commander in Chief, Europe
Colonel Davis on January 28, 1969 is giving a plaque of appreciation from the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, England to Major J. Holdijk, Chief of the Soesterberg AB Air Traffic Control Section, for saving the F-100 who made an emergency landing here in August 1969
Dining In, 31 January 1969, Captain Donald R. Brown is awarded the Silver Star, Lt. Col J. P. Finch the first Oak Leaf Cluster to the Distinguished Flying Cross and Second Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal. Award Officer was Captain Carrole Goode.  Guest Speaker was Major General Dick Berlijn, Commander ADC
Arrow Award;  Ken Crocker receives the Silver Arrow award for Wolf during a Blue and Gold Banquet for Cub Scouts in Feburary 1969.  Looking on, after receiving Gold and Silver Arrows are James Roberts and Sean McCormick
Arrow Award; Ken Crocker receives the Silver Arrow award for Wolf during a Blue and Gold Banquet for Cub Scouts in Feburary 1969. Looking on, after receiving Gold and Silver Arrows are James Roberts and Sean McCormick
Danny Fincher Eagle Scout Award June 6, 1969. Danny Fincher was the first Eagle Scout on Camp New Amsterdam
Letter we received from Danny Fincher who became the first Eagle Scout on CNA (Camp New Amsterdam)
Air Marshall Sir Christopher Foxly Norris, Commander 2 ATAF, accompanied by Commodore Koning, RNLAF (Royal Netherdlands Air Force) represenative are welcomed by Colonel Davis when they paid the 32 FIS a visit on the 22 May 1969.
Air Marshall Sir Norris on left with Commodore Koning, RNLAF on right (unidenified officer in middle)
Memorial Day 30 May 1969, US military cemetary in Margraten. Aerial salute by Royal Dutch Air Force and 32nd FIS
Colonel Davis laying wreath on graves of these
Memorial Day 30 May 1969, US Military Cemetary Margraten
Colonel Davis and unidenifed Lt. General
Memorial Day May 30, 1969 Local cemetary in Est en Opijnen .  In this village 6 American soldiers are buried.  Est en Opijnen is a former municipality in the Dutch province of Gelderland. It existed until 1978, when it was merged with Neerijnen . Before 1818, the municipality was called Opijnen
Letter from the Ambassador William R. Tyler thanking Colonel Davis for presence the cermony and airman of the 32nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron for their participation in the aerial salute
Embosssed arms of the United States on letter addressed to Colonel Davis
Americvan Ambassodor William R. Tyler of the Hague, The Netherlands
Group of Dutch pilots and Mrs. Franciscus Hoppener, wife of RNLAF pilot who was killed, posing with their US Air Force senior and command pilot wings that was presented them during a reception on June 12, 1969.  They had received their flying training in the US during the early 1950’s under the US-Netherlands Mutual Defense Assistance Pact of 1949.  these Dutch pilots were members of the first group thus trained and still on active duty.  To be eligible for senior pilot wings, a pilot must have seven years flying experience, 2000 flying hours an a master instrument flying card.  For command pilot wings, the requirements are 15 years experience, 3000 hours and a master insturment card.

Officers receiving senior pilot wings were:
NAME                           YEAR ENTERED                     ASSIGNMENT AT TIME OF PHOTO
Captain H. Besterveld              1952                                           Leeuwarden (323 Squadron)
Captain H. Krause                    1954                                           Leeuwarden (323 Squadron)
Captain W.M. De Ridder         1954                                           Leeuwarden (323 Squadron)
(Captin H. Besterveld accepted for Capts. Krauss and De Ridder)
Captain H. Terpstra                  1953                                           Twente

Officers receiving Command pilot wings  were:
Major A. Borgsteijn                  1950                                           Volkel
Major J.J. Francois                    1950                                           Luchtmacht Staf School
Major J.P.G.E. Heijboer            1950                                           Luchtmachtstaf
Major F.M. Van Pul                  1950                                           Volkel
Major De Vrig                           1950                                            Germany
Captain S. Van Dijk                  1950                                            Soesterberg
Captain L. R. Walraven

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5 Responses to Revised 9/21 Colonel Austin O. Davis, Change of Command 32nd FIS, Fighter Interceptor Squadron Camp New Amsterdam on Soesterberg AFB The Netherlands, William R. Tyler, Seaborn P. Foster, Colonel A. J. Marinus, Baron Van Nagell, Mayor of Zeist, Mr. Stolk; F100 Wreck with TV Tower Smilde Holland; 1968 Loadeo Champion, RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, England

  1. Sean R Walsh says:

    My grandfather was LtG Robert N Smith. It was great to see his name here. I’m currently working on his biography, thus, I’m very interested in any information, pictures and all stories by anyone who knew “Sweet Old Bob” 🙂 Please contact me by replying to this post.
    Thank you very much,
    Sean Robert Walsh

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  2. Michele says:

    This is a wonderful site I found. My father ( MSgt. Joe Bendekovits) recieveing a trophy in the “Leado Competition” is so exciting to see. He’s talked about this day many times and also has pictures hanging on his wall of this event. God Bless America

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  3. Jason Norton says:

    in the picture Air Marshall Sir Norris on left with Commodore Koning, RNLAF on right (unidenified officer in middle). The officer in the middle is col j. p. finch again my grandfather

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  4. Jason Norton says:

    Col. J.P. Finch is my grandfather. He just passed away Such a sad day. They will have his ceremony at Luke afb

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  5. PAM JONES says:

    ONCE AGAIN, YOU HAVE OUT DONE YOURSELF IN YOUR TRIBUTE TO MY UNCLE. HIS SCRAPBOOKS MUST BE WONDERFUL. I AM SO HAPPY THAT SOMEONE IS TAKING SPECIAL CARE OF THESE DOCUMENTS. I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO DISCUSS THESE WITH MY FATHER OR UNCLE AUSTIN’S CHILDREN TO SEE HOW AND OR WHY THEY EVER LET THEM OUT OF THEIR POSSESSION. ALL I CAN THINK IS IT WAS AN OVERSITE. I AM TRULY THANKFUL THAT YOU RECOGNIZE THE HISTORICAL VALUE IN THEM AND ARE KEEPING THEM IN TACT. AMAZING!!!!! AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE OF THE MILITARY. I KEEP HOPING YOU ARE GOING TO COME ACROSS A PHOTO OF MY UNCLE AND MY FATHER. THEY WERE BOTH IN THE AIR FORCE AT THE SAME TIME, BUT I DON’T KNOW HOW OFTEN THEIR PATHS CROSSED.

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