As a result of the Cold War and the threat from the then USSR, it was decided to strengthen the air forces in Central Europe. Together with other military measures it was decided that the Royal Netherlands Air Force would be reinforced with a United Air Force Squadron in order to be able to comply with its NATO commitments.
On November 1, 1954 the first American military machine landed, for that purpose on Soesterberg Airbase. The 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron "The Wolfhounds" was installed on Soesterberg Airbase.
The American squadron flew, amongst others, with the F86 Sabre. The Sabre period went from 1954 till 1956. (Source: cd-History 32nd Squadron "The Queen's Own" )
Prince Bernhard inspecting a Sabre in 1954.
The military men and their families generally lived in the Apollo district in Soesterberg. This area, because of its construction and facilities, had a typically American character.
The airbase was greatly expanded and acquired a closed character because of the increasingly stricter security. The American part of the airbase even had its own Military Police that had no problems with stopping Dutch military personnel. There was once even a Dutch officer spread eagled on his belly with an MP's cocked pistol pointed at him.
On Soesterberg Airbase: A "Dutch" warning that you were on American soil.
The Base Chapel
Sign in the Sorties Support hangar at Camp New Amsterdam.
Buildings made of American wood in the Apollo district.(bron: cd- History 32nd Squadron "The Queen's Own")
Arrival of Super Sabre in 1956. Super Sabre period from 1956 -1960
Delta Dagger period:1960-1969 (bron:cd- History 32nd Squadron "The Queen's own")
The Phantom period from 1969 - 1978 (bron:cd- History 32nd Squadron "The Queen's own")
Prins Bernhard also flew the Phantom's (bron:cd- History 32nd Squadron "The Queen's own")
De F15 "Eagle" period from 1978 - 1994
Photograph on the right: Newspaper article on the occasion of the arrival of the first F15 Eagle at Soesterberg Airbase.
After the disbandment of 32TFS the command was passed on to Colonel Ansink. At the entrance to the American part of the base the welcoming sign was adapted. . (Foto:Oscar Mulder)
Transfer of command (Foto:Oscar Mulder)
Transfer of the Stars and Stripes (Foto:Oscar Mulder)
Transfer of the Stars and Stripes. The definitive end to the presence of the "Wolfhounds" in the Netherlands, after a period of well over forty years of. (Foto:Oscar Mulder)
From the magazine "The Interceptor", a piece in which the commanders of 32ndTFS are mentioned until the year 1968.
The fall of "the Wall" in 1989 and the collapse of the Eastern bloc meant the definitive end of the Cold War. For the military organization this had far-reaching consequences. One of the consequences was the departure of the Americans and finally the evacuation of Soesterberg Airbase. On the American part of the airfield many Dutch military and civilians worked together with the members of the 32nd TFS. During the change of command ceremony in 1994, Camp New Amsterdam was transferred back to the Dutch.
The "Scramble" in the Zulu Hangar: 2 F15 Eagles for immediate departure in case of an incident. (Foto:Oscar Mulder)
The last commanding officer 32TFS: colonel Hodgkins (bron:cd- History 32nd Squadron "The Queen's own")
Text from the cd: History 32nd Squadron
"The Queen's own" Published by UGA Software in Zeist
Forword by Colonel Hodgkins for the CD: History 32nd Squadron,” The Queen’s Own”, (published by UGA Software in Zeist - Netherlands)
I have put this text at the beginning of this page about 32nd TFS because
it correctly reflects the way I think about the farewell of the Wolfhounds at Soesterberg.
Construction of the Apollo district (Source: CD-History 32nd Squadron "The Queen's Own")
In the South-western corner of the airbase the military got their own encampment: Camp New Amsterdam. Here there were not only the shelters for the American planes and the squadrons technical support facilities, but also a school and all kinds of other amenities. For instance, besides a bowling alley and a health club, there was also its own church (the Base Chapel). The Commissary saw to it that the entrepreneurs in Soesterberg did not see many Americans in their shops.
Soester Courant, June 16, 1977: American residential area in
Soesterberg officially taken into use.
Commissary in 1994 (bron:cd- History 32nd Squadron "The Queen's own")
A collection of badges of the 32nd Squadron from the CD: History 32nd Squadron "The Queen's Own".
Commander 32nd in conversation with Prince Bernhard (bron:cd- History 32nd Squadron "The Queen's own")
Audio edit studio of the American Forces Network (AFN). The studio on the airbase from where special radio and TV programs were broadcast for the Americans (bron:cd- History 32nd Squadron "The Queen's own")
AFN radio / TV mast (bron:cd- History 32nd Squadron "The Queen's own")
The F15 shelters on the US site of the airbase. Photo taken from a KLu F-27 on juli 1981.