Today, 2 January, 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

02 Jan 1977: Sergeant A.D.B. Bernardo from 31 Battalion SWATF was killed after being struck by a bullet resulting from an accidental discharge from a fellow soldiers rifle. He was 32.

02 Jan 1981: 76919075SP Rifleman Jose Joao from 32 Battalion was Killed in Action in a landmine explosion during counter-insurgency operations in Southern Angola. He was 21.

02 Jan 1984: 81961336HV Rifleman Petrus Daniel from 101 Battalion SWATF accidentally drowned during a river crossing in the Operational Area. He was 22. 

RHODESIAN BUSH WAR

1977 –SO Duncan Hope MCKAY, Uniform, BSAP, was killed in a vehicle ambush in the Chipinga area, Op Thrasher. Died aged 31.

1977 – Cst Chandi MUJEKI, Uniform, BSAP, was abducted and murdered by CTs, Bikita district, Op Repulse, aged 20. On leave at the time, he was attending a beerdrink at his home kraal when CTs arrived and identified him as a member of the BSAP. They then robbed and shot him in front of the assembled tribesmen.

1978 – Cst Thomas MAPFUMO, D Tp, SU, BSAP, was killed in a vehicle ambush, north west of Silobela, Que Que district, aged 20 years. Thomas was travelling in an RL with other troop members when they were ambushed by CTs. Thomas was killed in the first volley and two others were injured. In the ensuing battle afterwards, the CTs fled. Large quantities of weaponry and equipment were recovered and two days later the bodies of two dead CTs were also located.

1979 – Reg Comm (Ex DC) David George MIRAMS MLM, Regular, Intaf, was killed by a landmine on his way back from a village visit.

1979 – Cpl - Tech/Gnr (TF) Brian Noel CUTMORE, No. 7 Sqn, RhAF, Flt Lt Kerry John FYNN, No. 7 Sqn, RhAF, Capt Douglas Gordon Charles "Doug" HAVNAR, Spt Coy, 10th Bn, RR, and Cpl - Tech/Gnr (TF) Anthony Hugh Whichcotte "Tony" TURNER, No. 7 Sqn, RhAF, were all killed in an air accident when two Alouette III helicopters collided with each other. Reacting to an OP sighting of CTs not far from Ian Smith's farm in the Selukwe area, Fire Force from a base near Gwelo was scrambled. As the helicopters engaged the enemy, one aircraft, flown by new chopper-pilot Kerry Fynn, flew into one of the K-Car's rear wheels, the latter piloted by Flt Lt Ray Bolton. The collision caused both helicopters to crash. Bolton survived with major injuries, but his tech, Brian Cutmore and the Fire Force commander, Doug Havnar, were both killed. Pilot Kerry Fynn and his tech, Tony Turner, perished in the other Alouette.

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

 

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  • January 02, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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