Today, 3 October, 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. 


03 Oct 1977: 64120561BT Rifleman Michiel Daniel Johannes Mentz from the 2nd Battalion Regiment Bloemspruit was Killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents near the Cut-line in Northern Owamboland. He was 31.

03 Oct 1977: 75351940BC Signaler Michael David Bosch from the South African Corps of Signals was killed in a military vehicle accident near Pretoria. He was 18.

03 Oct 1977: 76501469BG Rifleman Gary John Fisher from the Army Ordnance Corps died from an accidental gunshot wound to the head, apparently self-inflicted while he was stationed at Messina. He was 21.

03 Oct 1979: 67280305PM Captain (Navigator) Johannes Jacobus Strydom from 24 Squadron SAAF, attached to 5 Squadron Rhodesian Air Force, was Killed in Action together with his Rhodesian Air Force Pilot, Air Lieutenant Kevin Peinke when their Rhodesian Air Force Canberra, Serial No. 5203 was shot down by enemy Anti-Aircraft Fire while attacking enemy targets near Chimoio in Mocambique during Operation Miracle. He was 28.

03 Oct 1984: 82845900SCK Trooper I. Unkongo from 202 Battalion SWATF was killed in Action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents in Southern Angola. He was 20.

03 Oct 1987: 81200826PE Sub Lieutenant (Diver Officer) Gavin John Sholto Douglas from the Strikecraft SAS P.W. Botha was killed during the 1987 floods in Natal. He was part of a Navy boat crew involved in the rescue of civilians along the Umgeni River and it was during one of these rescues that a section of the Umgeni River bank collapsed causing a large wave of rubble, trees and debris to cascade down the river that overturned his boat, trapping him underneath. He unfortunately drowned before he could be rescued from under all the debris. He was 22.

03 Oct 1987: 84340157BG 2/Lieutenant Adriaan Hodgson Hind from “C” Squadron 61 Mechanised Battalion Group was Killed in Action during Ops Modular when his Ratel 90 was hit by a 100mm round fired from a Russian T-55 tank. The projectile skipped off the muddy ground before striking and penetrating the Ratel turret, killing him instantly and wounding his Gunner and Driver. He was 19.


1976 – Rfn Gert Pieter JACOBSZ, NS, Army, died from gunshot wounds, Fairmile Motel, Gwelo, Op Grapple. He was 24 years old.

1977 – Pte David James ADAMS (28) and Cpl Edward Lewis FYNN (27), both of 1 RHU, RDR, were killed by a landmine.

1977 – DA Enock DUBE, Regular, Intaf, died on active service.

1979 – Air Lt Brian Kevin GORDON, No. 1 Sqn, RhAF, was killed when his aircraft was brought down by ground fire during Op Miracle in Mozambique whilst flying a Hunter FGA9 (R1821). Gordon, who was lead aircraft in a pair, went down to get a better view of the target: a very long and heavily armed convoy. His body was never recovered, but part of the wreckage was displayed in Maputo. Former RhAF tech, Bob Manser, located and marked the spot in October/November 2007.

1979 – Flt Lt Kevin Leslie PEINKE and Flt Lt Johannes Jacobus STRYDOM, both of No. 5 Sqn, RhAF, were killed when their aircraft was brought down by ground fire during Op Miracle in Chimoio, Mozambique, whilst flying a Canberra B2 (R5203). Their bodies were never recovered. Former RhAF tech Bob Manser located and marked the spot in October/November 2007.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • October 03, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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