MAG-32, The HMS-32 Bandits
Point of Contact = Squadron Duty Officer (SDO).
Patches available from Craig Clifton (Sgt USMC, 70-74) email@example.com
Harry S. Gann
R.W. "Indian" Dyer
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195? to July 1990: Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina
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Date Type First Received - - - - - - Type of Aircraft:
195? - - - - - - - - - FJ-3 Fury
8 September 1959 - - - Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk *
20 November 1963 - - - Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk *
20 November 1963 - - - Douglas A-4F Skyhawk
3 September 1973 - - - Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk
12 June 1969 - - - - - Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk
15 July 1979 - - - - - Douglas OA-4M Skyhawk
* November 30, 1962
The A4D-2 designation changed to A-4B
AC# 00 153507
For A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to this unit see lower in this page:
01OCT to 22DEC 1963: - CVSG-60 - USS Essex (CVS-9) - A-4B - Mediterranean
MCAS Yuma, AZ (several times)
NAS Cecil Field, FL
Twenty Nine Palms, CA (CAX)
NAS Fallen, NV(couple times)
Nellis AFB,NV (Red Flag)
NS Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico
*May, 1972 - - - - - - - - - Lt.Col. Frank Cline
**1987 to 1990 - - - - - - - Major Bellman
* Not necessarily date assumed command.
** Not necessarily all inclusive
Circa 1989: Meritorious Unit Commendation (for safety)
December 17 1963: With H&MS-32 Det. 1 (BuNo 145039, DA-403) was damaged beyond repair when a mast on board the Essex (CVS 9) collapsed on it after the carrier encountered a storm in the North Atlantic while returning from a cruise to the Mediterranean Sea, 17 December 1963. SOC January 3, 1964.
July 15, 1972: Capt. Dennis W. Vickery, 27, was killed last Saturday when a TA-4F (BuNo 152851) he was piloting crashed near Williams, AZ while on a flight from Luke AFB to MCAS Yuma. Co-pilot, 1st. Lt. James E. Wilson, 24, ejected safely. Both were stationed at MCAS Beaufort, SC. The Victoria Advocate, Friday, July 21, 1972. Following a low-level navigation flight with two A-4M Skyhawks the flight headed for a local military airfield. At this time an A-4M was in the lead at 500 feet altitude with the second A-4M 2,000 feet behind and stepped up and the TA-4F to the left and in trail of the leader. The second A-4M started to cross to the left of the lead and accelerated to facilitate join-up prior to proceeding to the airfield. The TA-4F's angle of bank was excessive and, as he passed behind the second A-4M, started to reverse the turn while still descending. The roll to the left continued to the near inverted position with positive G load applied. The pilot in the back asked "what the heck" and a snap roll to the right with full aft stick was executed in an attempt to recover. By this time the aircraft was approximately 200 feet AGL, in an incipient stall condition, still descending. The pilot in the back ejected at approximately 50 feet AGL with a sink rate of 100 to 200 feet per minute and the aircraft in a ten degree nose-up attitude. There was no apparent attempt to eject by the front seater. The aircraft impacted a wooded section of a hill and continued for 2,700 feet as it disintegrated. NAN, Grampaw Pettibone, Naval Aviation News, January 1973, Grampaw Pettibone, Naval Aviation News, January 1973.
May 1, 1980: OA-4M BuNo 154336 DBR on the ground at MCAS Cherry Point when VMA-231 AV-8A Harrier BuNo 159242, CG-06, crashed. The crash was one of the most spectacular in Harrier history: During a vertical takeoff at Cherry Point, the plane rolled, dropped to the runway, bounced into a ditch, burst into flames, flipped, slid through the SOES hangar and into a parking lot, where it damaged/destroyed 20 vehicles. The best I can remember is that the OA-4M was on the port side of the hangar, right at the location where the Harrier first impacted the hangar door. If memory serves me correct, the Harrier struck the front of the Skyhawk and knocked the front landing gear out from under it. The Skyhawk had its tail pointed toward the wall and its nose toward the center of the hangar. From Isaac R. Diehl. MALS-32 OA-4M BuNo 154336 was destroyed at Cherry Point after aircraft crashed during VSTOL landing striking parked aircraft/pvm's, 01 May 1980. pilot fatal. Naval Safety Center via Jim Winchester. It was transferred to NARF Pensacola and was stricken on 13 January 1981.
July of 1990: Unit stood down. The two AC#'s 01 and 04 were changed back from camouflage to olive drab.
This is a photo of a H&MS-32 FJ-3 "Fury" at MCAS Cherry Point in the mid-1950's (NOTE: That is a "Trip-Tre" VMF-333 bird behind). Official Marine Corp Photo provided by Richard Dyer, Major USMC (Ret).
SEP68: H&MS-32 Skyhawk BuNo 154627, DA-00, assigned to COL Jake Schriver, Commander MAG-32, parked on the line. Duane Kasulka.
17 MAY 1969: BuNo 154627. Left rear view of MAG-32 TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154627, DA-00, on the ramp, Otis AFB, 17 May 1969. Name below the canopy is COL H.Y. Huffstutter. Copyright R.W. Harrison.
1971-74: BuNo 154622, YU-7, parked on the ramp being check out. Gary Verver Collection.
15 Aug 1971: BuNo 154294, DA-03 parked on the ramp next to VT-4 T-2C Buckeye BuNo 157035. Gary Verver Collection.
BuNo 153527, DA-00, Commander MAG32, on the ramp. Gary Verver Collection.
1972:"Picture of the H&MS 32 IMA Harrier Electronics guys from the Harrier vans outside the hanger at MCAS Beauforf....we were there "camped out" for two weeks as I recall. VMA 513 was doing a test along with IMA on how well the AV-8As handled in the woods.....they carved out a nice little area for us, the vans went in, 7 as I recall, up went the netting and out we came.... I am pictured 16th, standing, from the left." Craig Clifton (Sgt USMC 70-74).
1975: BuNo 152856 DA-02, H&MS-32 - MCAS Beaufort, SC. Gary Verver Collection.
07 JAN 1978: H&MS-32 Skyhawk BuNo 154628, DA-04, parked on the kelley AFB ramp. Dr. C.A. "Sketch" Eddy.
BuNo 154628, DA-04 on the ramp. Gary Verver Collection.
May 1978: BuNo 154630, DA-000. Photo by P. Wilson, G. Verver collection.
BuNo 154630, DA-000 on the ramp. Gary Verver Collection.
12 Sept 1978: BuNo 154638, DA-00, parked in the hangar. Photo by G. Rhodes, G. Verver collection.
12 SEP 1978: H&MS-32 154630, DA-000 - location unknown. G.B. Rhodes.
11 Nov 1979: BuNo 154628, DA-04, parked on the ramp. Gary Verver Collection.
1979-89: BuNo 153527, parked on the ramp. Gary Verver Collection.
1979: BuNo 153507 on the ramp. Gary Verver Collection.
1979: BuNo 154336 on the ramp. Gary Verver Collection.
FEB 1980: H&MS-32 Skyhawk BuNo 154628, DA-04, parked on the Andrews AFB ramp and taking on a load of JP. Rob Mignard.
MAG-32 Commanders TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 152856, DA-00, parked on the ramp. Name below the cockpit rail is COL H. Hunter, JR. Dave Hansen via W. Mutza.
APR 1980: Left side view of HMS-32 Bulldogs OA-4M Skyhawk BuNo 153527, DA-03, parked on the Andrew AFB flight-line. North American Rockwell CT-39G Sabreliner BuNo 160053 in left background. Rob Mignard.
1980: BuNo 153527, DA-03, in formation with another Skyhawk. Unknown photographer via W. Mutza.
May 1980: BuNo 154306, DA-02, parked on the ramp with a pair of drop tanks. Gary Verver Collection.
May 1980: BuNo 153527, DA-03, parked on the ramp. Gary Verver Collection.
June 1980: BuNo 153507, DA-00, parked on the ramp. Name on the canopy rail is Col. Ellis. Gary Verver Collection.
31 MAY 1980: H&MS-32 Skyhawk BuNo 153510, DA-02, parked on the Kelly AFB ramp and configured with a pair of drop tanks. Dr. C.A. "Sketch" Eddy.
Date Unknown: BuNo 153510, DA-02, parked with an S-2 in the background. Gary Verver Collection.
31 MAY 1980: rear view of H&MS-32 Skyhawk BuNo 153510, DA-02, parked on the Kelly AFB ramp and configured with a pair of drop tanks. Dr. C.A. "Sketch" Eddy.
31 MAY 1980: left front view of H&MS-32 Skyhawk BuNo 153510, DA-02, parked on the Kelly AFB ramp and configured with a pair of drop tanks. Dr. C.A. "Sketch" Eddy.
Late 1980: H&MS-32 OA-4M Skyhawk BuNo. 154306' OA-4M 154306 from H&MS-32 is pictured flying by the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse near Cherry Point.
NOV83: Bandit OA-4M Skyhawk BuNo. 154306. OA-4M Buno. 154306 from H&MS-32 on detachment to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. Displays an experimental paint scheme. The Skyhawk is shown flying by the "duty rock" Pichaco Roak just outside Yuma. Photograph by Harry S. Gann.
1983: H&MS-32 Skyhawk BuNo 154306, DA-02, as she passes by the "duty rock" outside of Yuma. Unknown photographer via W. Mutza.
01 JUN 1985: A Marine A-4 (OA-4M) Skyhawk (BuNo 154628, DA-04) aircraft takes off during an air show. Photo by Sgt T.K. Burch.
JUN86: MAG-32 (H&MS-32) OA-4M BuNo 154628, DA-04, with a Zuni launcher, wing drop tanks & centerline Mk 82’s, taken at Cherry Point. Photo copyright John Freeman, used with his permission.
1988: BuNo 154630, DA-02, OA-4M ready for a tow. Gary Verver Collection.
Apr 1989: Left front view of H&MS-32 Bandits OA-4M Skyhawk BuNo 154628, DA-04, on the ramp with a pair of drop tanks in a gray/green camouflage scheme, April 1989. Name below the canopy rail is CAPT W.R. Steenson and the p/c is CPL Lombard. At left is VMGR-253 KC-1. Gary Verver Collection.
April 1989: BuNo 153527, DA-03, parked on the ramp. Gary Verver Collection.
01 May 1990: Marine Aircraft Group 32 (MAG-32) OA-4M BuNo 154306, DA-01. U.S. Navy photo by Beard.
27 May 1989: BuNo 153507, parked on the ramp. USAF KC-10A Extender s/n 84-0188 at left and F-16A Fighting Falcon s/n 80-0565 at right. Photo by C.L. Baldwin, G. Verver collection.
Aug 1989: BuNo 153510, DA-02, parked on the ramp. Photographer unknown, S. Van Aken collection.
24 MAY 1990:Members of Marine Aircraft Group 32 (MAG-32) service OA-4M BuNo 154306, DA-01 at Cherry Point. U.S. Navy photo by Beard.
27 JUN 1990: OMD photo, with two un-identified OA-4M Skyhawks. From Cpl Mike Amlong.
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A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to HMS-32: