62nd Highway Patrol (MP)
 Germany      1948 - 1958

Stories of the Highway Patrol



by  James Emanuel






My partner, Phil Mazzelli and I were patrolling a stretch of road North of Ramstein Air Base when we observed a low flying American jet fighter that zoomed over our patrol car.  We were in a rural farm area and the jet hit the ground in a corn field about 300 meters from our location.  It spun around 6 or 7 times, bounced in the air a few times and came to a stop.  We were able to [get] within about 100 meters of the jet with the patrol car.  We grabbed the fire extinguisher and first aid kit and ran toward the crash site.  As we came closer we noticed the pilot was alive, had only minor injuries, and was climbing out of his cockpit.  He was frantically waving us off as we were approaching the front of the aircraft.  


By this time rescue choppers were overhead and landed to retrieve the pilot.  They took him to the 2nd Gen. Hospital at Landstuhl.  When we arrived at the hospital to gather information to complete our report, we learned that the jet was armed with live rockets and the pilot was concerned for our safety as we approached from the front of the aircraft.  All ended well and there was no serious injuries.  The pilot was a brave individual.



This story previously appeared in Volume # 3, Issue # 2, April-May 2000 of "The White Mice"


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