Today, 12 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.


12 Jan 1965: B/70291 Lieutenant Richard Johannes Oltman from 5 Squadron was killed when his AT-6 Harvard, Serial No. 7713 crashed near Bulwer during a night cross country flight. He was 30.

12 Jan 1974: 70533245N Corporal Willem Jacobus Reynolds from 2 SAI was accidentally killed at Ondangwa when he was struck by a bullet resulting from an accidental discharge of a fellow soldier’s rifle. He was 19.

12 Jan 1977: 780749 Captain Robert Sidney Stanley Warraker SCR, a South African National serving in the Selous Scouts, Rhodesian Army, was Killed in Action together with the aircraft crew while flying as a passenger in a 5 Squadron Rhodesian Air Force Canberra B2, Serial Number R2514 during Operation Manyatela. The aircraft was shot down by anti-aircraft fire over Malvernia while en-route to carry out a formation night bombing attack on a ZANLA Base at Madulo Pan in Moçambique. Both he and the crew have no known grave and remain unaccounted for. Captain Warracker was awarded the Silver Cross of Rhodesia (SCR) for Conspicuous Gallantry on 29 October 1976. He was 32.

The Rhodesian Air Force Aircraft Crew Casualties were:

  • 4319 Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) Ian Hylton Donaldson.
  • 4339 Air Sub-Lieutenant (Navigator) David Hawkes.

12 Jan 1979: Two members from 5 SAI, both attached to 54 Battalion were Killed in Action when their Buffel Troop Carrier detonated two Yugoslavian TMA-3 Cheese Mines that were boosted with a Soviet TM-57 Anti-Tank Mine while they were traveling from Eenhana to Ondangwa. The casualties were:

  • 75431932BG Rifleman Charles Deon Bekker. He was 19.
  • 74486051BG Rifleman Christo Gerhardus Krog. He was 20.

12 Jan 1981: 79539565PE Lance Corporal Benjamin Karl Steenkamp from the Personnel Service Corps attached to Southern Cape Command Headquarters was killed in a military vehicle accident near Peddie in the Eastern Cape. He was 18.

12 Jan 1988: 76233832BT Gunner Kevin Alan Roberts from the Artillery School in Potchefstroom was killed in a Military Vehicle Accident between Vereeniging and Johannesburg. He was 27.

12 Jan 1988: Airman Stefan Oliver Jedlika from 3 Satellite Radar Station at Klippan, Mafeking, died after suffering a cerebral haemorrhage. He was 19.


    1977 – Flt Lt Ian Hylton DONALDSON and Air Sub-Lt David HAWKES, both of No. 5 Sqn, RHAF, and Capt Robert Sydney Stanley "Rob" WARRAKER SCR, Grp Comm, 3 Grp, Selous Scouts, were all killed when the Canberra B2 R2512 in which they were flying over, Mozambique, was hit by ground fire from Malvernia during Op Manyatela. Their bodies were never recovered. Capt Rob Warraker’s death occurred a mere 29 days after he was presented with the Silver Cross of Rhodesia. His citation states that he led 83 Selous Scouts in an attack on a large CT base in Mozambique, resulting in between 600-800 CTs being accounted for. He displayed leadership of the highest order, resulting in a major disruption to CT insurgency in the area.

    This poignant epitaph on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ieper, Belgium, is equally relevant to those of our security forces whose bodies were never recovered, and remain on foreign soil:
    “Here are recorded names of officers and men to whom the fortune of war denied the known and honoured burial given to their comrades in death”.

    1978 – Flt Sgt - Tech/Gnr Alexander Ian ‘Flamo’ FLEMING [MFC (Ops)], No. 7 Sqn. RhAF, was killed in the Mtoko area whilst flying in Alouette III K-Car, piloted by Charles Goatley. They were flying through the Nyadiri River gap just west of the base, when they were shot at from the ground.

    1978 – Flt Sgt - Tech/Gnr Henry Allan James "Hutch" JARVIE [MFC (Ops)], No. 7 Sqn, RhAF, was killed while flying in an Alouette III, piloted by Norman Maasdorp, and by the same CT who had shot and killed ‘Flamo’ Fleming (see above).

    1978 – WO2 Elliot BVUCHERAYI, Army, was murdered by terrorists.

    1978 – Tpr Anthony George "Tony" CAMACHO, 1 Cdo, 1st Bn, RLI, was killed in a shooting accident. Died aged 19 years. The vehicle he was travelling in that night was en route back to Grand Reef from Umtali, when one of the other soldiers in the vehicle had an accidental discharge with his weapon, killing Anthony.

    1978 – Russell WILLIAMS, was killed in a contact whilst assisting a PATU unit on a follow-up. The incident occurred just inside the main gate to Wankie National Park (over the railway line).

    1979 – Pte Jetro CHIPO, 2(Indep) Coy, RAR, died on active service.

    † Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †

    • January 12, 2019
    • Piet Fourie
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