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Brief History 32nd Fighter Squadron
WW II - Canal Zone – 1940 – 1946
The squadron was first activated at Kelly Field, Texas, on February 1, 1940, as the 32nd Persuit Squadron. After a brief stint training flying cadets at Langley Field, VA, the 32nd joint other units of the 36th Pursuit Group and deployed to Losey Field, Puerto Rico in January 1941. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor the squadron was placed on 24-hour interceptor alert duty to protect the canal zone.
The 32nd served on Dutch soil for the first time when, in September 1942, two detachments were sent on temporary duty to the Netherlands West Indies Islands of Aruba and Curacao. After German submarines attracted the islands.
The 32d protected the Canal until the unit's deactivation on October 15, 1946.
Camp New Amsterdam – Soesterberg Air Base – The Netherlands – 1954 – 1994
In November 1954, following an extensive assessment of NATO, the 512th Fighter Day Squadron was moved from RAF Manston in Great Britain to Soesterberg Air Base, the Netherlands.
The squadron occupied a portion of the base called Camp New Amsterdam, named after the first Dutch settlers in the United Stated, New Amsterdam, which later became New York City.
On September 8, 1955, the 32nd was activated and was designated the 32nd Fighter Day Squadron. The squadron became supersonic when it received the F-100C Super Sabre to replace the F-86F Sabre brought to Soesterberg by the 512th.
This was the second time, the 32nd served at Dutch Soil (see WW2)
The 32nd Fighter Squadron, was the only U.S. Air Force flying unit a Soesterberg Royal Netherlands Air Force Base, the Netherlands.
In 1959 the Royal Netherlands Air Force, recognizing the cooperation and contributions, the 32nd had made to the defense of The Netherlands, offered the squadron its crest. This crest, with the crown and wreath of the Royal House of Oranje, was joined together with the famous Wolfhound to give the 32nd the unique emblem that represent the squadron. Since March 1986, the 32d is the only USAF unit authorized to use the Royal crest of another country.
On September 14, 1960, the squadron began flying the F-102 Delta Daggers, after four years in the F-100 Super Sabre.
Following a name change to the 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron in 1969, the unit became the first in Europe to fly with the McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom.
The 32nd changed aircrafts again in the fall of 1978, when it received the U.S. Air Force's most modern fighter, the F-15 Eagle.
On January 13, 1994 the 32nd Fighter Squadron officially left Soesterberg Air Base.
The F-15 Eagle aircrafts where flown back to the Otis Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts.
Where the F-15 Eagle's kept flying untill the 102nd Fighter Wing (Otis ANGB) itself came a non-flying unit.
Ramstein Air Base – Germany – 1994 – 2005
And the 32nd did lose its aircrafts and transitioned to a non-flying mission based at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
The 32d Air Operations Squadron was inactivated on November 01, 2005 and became part of the 603rd Air Operations Center.