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10th December 2007, 07:12
Hello to all of our colleagues from the Netherlands.

I am busy compiling various stories for a book and was wondering if anyone has any information on the loss of the Dutch Starfighter D-8337 in 1983 over the Otterburn Ranges in Northumberland.

Ideally I'm interested in getting my hands on the official accident report, or at least extracts from it.


Jim Corbett

30th September 2008, 20:54
F-104G, D8337, 312 squadron Vliegbasis Volkel of the RNLAF, left RAF Conningsby on 12 April 1983 for a two ship range delivery during exercise Mallet Blow. During a dive on the Otterburn range the aircraft hit a hill behind the target; after sliding about 125 meters the aircraft exploded. The pilot, 2nd Luitenant M. Sasbrink-Harkema was killed in the accident. D-8337 made it's first flight November 11th 1964 and accumulated 3000 hrs in December 1982.

15th October 2008, 17:54
Thanks for the prompt reply. Those dates are new to me.

I have several photos of this aircraft, three taken when it was painted up to celebrate it's 3000hrs flight time.

Do you happen to have any photos of the pilot?

17th October 2008, 05:32

I just came across this forum when searching the internet, actually this forum as well as the NEAM forum. I am interested in this book you are writing. My father was the pilot of that aircraft, M. Sasbrink-Harkema.