This is the aircraft of
VMA-542 CO LtCol Herman, call sign “Mongoose.”
Below his name the outline of an F-4 Phantom ‘kill.’
The squadron was on a deployment from MCAS Iwakuni to NAS Cubi Point.
was doing DACT with USAF
pilots and landed at Clark AFB. While preparing to leave and
doing his cockpit checks,
the Air Force ground crewman pulled his chocks. Because LtCol
Herman hadn’t started his
engines, the plane started to roll out of control and crashed into
an F-4 parked on the tarmac.
The guys in CC thought it would be funny to credit his kill!
He was great about it.
~ Story courtesy of David L.