Today, 14 March, we salute and honour the following men & woman who sacrificed their lives whilst standing in the defence of what they held dear at the time and against evil and tyranny.


14 Mar 1961: Two members from Air Force Base Zwartkop were killed when their Ferret Scout Car overturned while on a night Base Perimeter Patrol. The casualties were:

  • P/18700 Air Sergeant James George McKelvey. He was 30.
  • Air Sergeant Nicolaas Jacobus Neveling. He was 23.

14 March 1979: 12 Squadron deployed to Grootfontein for Operation Rekstok and Safraan to launch pre-emptive strikes into Southern Angola and South Western Zambia. Operations began on 6 March with 10 sorties being flown against enemy targets. Another 10 sorties were flown on 7 March, 4 sorties on 8 March and 2 sorties on 9 March. 12 Squadron Operations commenced again on 13 March with strikes against enemy targets near Nova Catengue and Ongiva in Southern Angola as part of Ops Rekstok. On 14 March, a strike by 4 Buccaneers armed with 6 x 450kg bombs each and 3 Canberra's armed with Alpha Bombs took off from Grootfontein to attack enemy targets at Cahama. Just south of Ongiva, English Electric Canberra, Serial No. 452 that was flying No.2 in the formation, was struck in the cockpit area by hostile small-arms fire. The No 3 heard the Pilot scream and noticed that Canberra 452 started behaving erratically. No 3 moved alongside and saw the Pilot of 452 slumped over the controls. It appeared that the Navigator attempted to fly the aircraft from the Navigators position as the aircraft started to turn West. The aircraft continued flying for about 12 minutes with bomb bay doors still open before it suddenly entered a very steep climb, rolled over into a steep dive until it hit the ground, exploding on impact. Both crew members have no known grave. They were:

  • 70237326PM Lieutenant (Pilot) Dewald Wally Marais. He was 24.
  • 73455123PE 2/Lieutenant (Navigator) Owen John Doyle. He was 21.

14 Mar 1980: 75383281BG 2/Lieutenant Phillipus Jacob Rudolph Oosthuizen from 5 SAI was Killed in Action after suffering multiple shrapnel wounds during an ambush on the Chandelier Road, about 10km from Nkongo Base when a Soviet 82mm High Explosive mortar bomb exploded next to him. He was 20.

14 Mar 1984: 74768656BG Lieutenant Stanley Saillard Ponder from the South African Medical Corps, a Dental Practitioner attached to 2 Field Engineer Regiment, was killed at Grootfontein when his vehicle was involved in a head-on collision with a police vehicle while he was traveling to a nearby clinic. He was 25.

14 Mar 1985: 81218067BG 2/Lieutenant Guy Claude Udo Winsto Mogens De Beurges from 121 Battalion was Killed in Action during a contact with enemy forces in Southern Angola. He was 20.

14 Mar 1985: Special Constable Joans Andungi from the South West Africa Police Counter-Insurgency Wing: Ops K Division (Koevoet) was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents in Northern Owamboland. He was 23.

14 Mar 1987: Special Constable Ndjendjela Vilho from the South West Africa Police Counter-Insurgency Wing: Ops K Division (Koevoet) was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents in Northern Owamboland. He was 26.

14 Mar 1988: 82712217HG Rifleman Zwelithini Andrias Lukhelo from 121 Battalion was killed while on patrol in the Tembe Elephant Park when he was trampled to death by an enraged elephant. He was 32.

14 Mar 1992: Rifleman Marius Gottfreidt Uitenweerde from 1 Parachute Battalion was killed in a private motor vehicle accident near Benoni. He was 26. 


    1975 – Tpr Wayne R. ‘Rocky’ WALTON, C Sqn, SAS, died in Andrew Fleming Hospital, Salisbury, from a gunshot wound to the femoral artery sustained in a contact in the Zambezi Valley, Op Hurricane, at the age of 20.

    1976 – Pte Goode HOLLAND (19), NS, RDR, died from a fractured skull, Karanda Mission, Mt Darwin, Op Hurricane.

    1978 – Pte Thomas FRANCIS, B Coy, 1st Bn RR, died on active service.
    1978 – Gd Rani NDUDUDU, PV Prtn Group, GF, was killed in a CT action.

    1979 – Pte Tom D. FROST, 1st Bn, RDR, was killed in a CT action.

    1980 – Pte T. Sibanda, 3rd Bn RAR, died in a shooting incident. 

    † Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


    • March 14, 2017
    • Piet Fourie
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    • May 04, 2018
    • Johanna gouws

    Would like to know where exactly my brother Stanley Saillard Ponder was killed on 14March 1084. And where he was stationed. Where can I get more information? We will not forget.