In the early afternoon of the fourteenth of November 1957, a young pilot
prepares for his practice mission. On the American airbase in Soesterberg, he puts on his
flight gear and dons his P-4 helmet. Serving with the 32nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron he
flies the F-100 Super Sabre. His name is 1th Lt. Rezk Moses Mohamed, coming from
Southampton NY, his ancestors lived in Egypt. This was his fourth year in The Netherlands.
And he had his share of bad luck twice already.
During 1955 and 1956 the 32nd
FIS transferred from the F-86F Sabre to the Super Sabre and had three mishap free years in
July 1955. In October 1956 he flew his Super Sabre overhead the southern province of North
Brabant when his aircraft got engine trouble. He decided to eject and came down unharmed.
His plane came down in the Wilhelmina canal near the village of Oosterhout. For Rezk
Mohamed, 1957 started out not so well. On January the 28th he started a practice mission
out of Eindhoven airbase in, once again, the province of North Brabant. This time he flew
a Royal Netherlands Airforce F-84F Thunderstreak fighter. While flying over the province
of Friesland, in the north of the Netherlands, he suffered from a lack of fuel. Again he
made the decision to eject. His jet crashed in the IJsselmeer lake and Rezk came down in a
field without any injuries. Later that year he got married to an eighteen year old Dutch
girl named Willie Schouten.
Back to that Thursday afternoon in November, just after one oclock Mohamed left the
runway. At only 100 feet, he noticed smoke and fire entering his cockpit. Realizing that
he was not able to use his ejection seat at this altitude, Mohamed climbed to gain height.
Above the town of Hilversum, just a few miles from Soesterberg, he contacted his base,
steered his plane towards the IJsselmeer and ejected for the third time in 14 months.
Still overhead Hilversum, Mohamed got separated from his seat and came down with his
parachute. Being convinced his plane would crash in the IJsselmeer, he worried about the
where abouts of his ejection seat.
His seat came down in the Coehoornstreet in Hilversum and got stuck hanging from the roof
of the Edelstein family house. Mohamed landed on the roof of an elderly home called
Villa Clara. He first called his wife and after that, his squadron.
Unfortunately his plane ended his ghost flight not in the IJsselmeer. Soon after Rezk left
his Super Sabre, it dived down and crashed on the premises of a military camp in Bussem,
close to Hilversum. Around ten minutes past one, four soldiers walked between two of the
barracks. Right at this spot, the F-100 came down killing all four servicemen. A wing
detached and hit another building killing a young sergeant. The impact left a big crater
and the fuel in the wings ignited, setting the barracks on fire. Pieces of burning debris
were spread all over the camp and on the nearby street. Within minutes, the entire camp
was mobilized and everybody helped the wounded.
As usual, some civilian
personnel was working on the camp. Among them G. Schouten being the father in law of Rezk
Mohamed. He heard and felt the impact and rushed to the crash site. He recognized the
pieces of being from a Super Sabre. Knowing his son in law had to make a practice mission
that afternoon, he phoned his daughter who just hung up after talking to her husband. This
way he quickly learned that Rezk was unharmed. The local fire brigade needed two hours to
extinguish the fire. All windows had collapsed and the two barracks were badly burned.
Ambulances rushed to and from the camp.
A team led by General J.E. Roberts, investigated the cause of the crash but was not able
to retrieve it. They also looked into the fact that Mohamed crashed for the third time.
The board of investigators could not find a relation between them and put it aside as pure
coincidence. It is not know if Rezk Mohamed remained on flying duty.