Today, 27 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.

SOUTH AFRICAN BORDER WAR

27 Mar 1968: 01204205E Captain Andries Jacobus Mouton from Air Operations School was killed when his De Havilland Vampire T-55 Mk II, Serial No.225 was involved in a mid-air collision with a Canadair C13L Sabre, Serial No. 358 piloted by Lt Liebenberg of 1 Squadron near Pietersburg. He was 29. Flying instructor Captain G.R. Whitehead successfully ejected and landed safely but Captain Mouton was killed. He was 29. The Sabre returned and landed safely at AFB Pietersburg.

27 Mar 1979: Rifleman Dixon Njunge from 201 Battalion SWATF was accidentally shot dead by a fellow soldier during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents in Northern Owamboland. He was 22.

27 Mar 1981: 80630189CK Rifleman Daniel Johannes Louw from the South African Cape Corps killed at M'pacha after suffering a fatal gunshot wound as a result of an accidental discharge of a fellow soldiers rifle. He was 20.

27 Mar 1983: Three members from the South West Africa Police Counter-Insurgency Wing: Ops K Division (Koevoet) were Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents in Northern Owamboland. They were:

  • Special Sergeant Edward Mutuku. He was 29
  • Special Constable Matheus Funet. He was 24
  • Special Constable Johannes Muyongo. He was 25

27 Mar 1987: 83886317SWH Rifleman Manuel Maundu from 102 Battalion SWATF was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents near the Cut-Line. He was 22. 

    RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

    1976 – Maj Michael John Forbes ‘Mike’ AINSLIE (28), A Coy, 1st Bn, RAR, KIA, was killed in a helicopter hit by ground fire whilst commanding a Fire Force action, Ngarwe TTL, Mtoko, Op Hurricane. The same bullet that ended Mike's life also hit the K-car commander, pilot Perry Childs, in the leg. After Mike had been casevaced by G-car, Perry was able to keep flying the K-car until the contact was over. When Mike assumed command of A Company, the unit's kill rate increased dramatically.

    1976 – Tpr John Fredrick FERREIRA, 1st Bn RLI, died in the KGVI Barracks Camp Hospital at the age of 18 years.

    1979 – Junior Comdt Peter John BATTERSHILL, 9 Group, PV Ptrn Mt Darwin, GF, died from wounds sustained in a vehicle ambush halfway between Mt Darwin and the BSAP base at Dotito, Op Hurricane. He had attended a Group 9 meeting at the Mt Darwin FAF, leaving there at 1700 hours to return to his base at the BSAP camp at Dotito, north of Mt Darwin. He was driving a sandbagged Nissan flatbed truck, when CTs fired a NATO-type M-90 bazooka at the truck that penetrated the windscreen, killing Peter instantly. 

    † Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

     

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    • March 27, 2017
    • Piet Fourie
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