Today, 22 February, 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.


22 Feb 1977: 65837791PE Lieutenant Neil Bradley Liddell from 17 Squadron was Killed in Action when his Alouette III, Serial No. 76 was shot down by concentrated small arms fire during anti-insurgent operations in Southern Zambia. A bullet entered the cockpit area directly from below, penetrated through his seat and struck him in the spine. He successfully landed the helicopter before he died. The Flight Engineer, Sergeant Flip Pretorius successfully evaded back to Kwando, arriving there at dusk. A follow-up was launched the following morning and both Lt Liddell’s body, still seated in the helicopter, together with the helicopter itself were recovered. He was 28.

22 Feb 1978: 75244863BG Rifleman Andre Bosch from 2 SAI Died of Wounds in 1 Military Hospital after being shot while standing guard at Elundu when their position was overrun by SWAPO/PLAN insurgents. This was the same incident in which Sapper van der Mescht was captured. He was 18.

22 Feb 1980: 77328491BG Sapper Phillipus Jurie Wynand Swanepoel from 25 Field Squadron, South African Engineer Corps was killed when his Buffel Troop Carrier overturned in Northern Owamboland. He was 19.

22 Feb 1984: Special Constable Patisiu Tobias 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 24.

22 Feb 1985: 8234152BG Private Philip Nat Gould from 61 Base Workshops was critically injured when he accidentally fell off a moving vehicle. He was admitted to 1 Military Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. He was 18.

22 Feb 1988: 84506179BG Sapper (Acting Section Leader) Steven Eric Lelong from 1 Parachute Battalion Combat Engineering Unit was accidentally shot dead when his team of Combat Engineers were mistakenly ambushed by a 102 Battalion SWATF Reaction Force Unit in Southern Angola.. He was 19.

22 Feb 1988: 86389701SCB Corporal Petrus Jacobus Louw from 102 Battalion SWATF accidentally drowned in the Officers/NCO’s swimming pool at the Headquarters. He was seen sitting on a tube in the pool late in the afternoon and nobody saw him fall off. Due to the high levels of lime in the water, the water in the pool was murky and it was only the following morning while the pool was being swept by Sergeant Smith, that his body was discovered. He was 19.

22 Feb 1991: 73436834PS Major Richard John Miller from 85 Combat Flying School was killed when his Atlas MB326KM Impala Mk II, Serial No. 1008 crashed while carrying out an aerobatics display at Air Force Base Pietersburg. He was 33. 


1977 – FR Ronald “Ron” Lomas (aged 46), PATU BSAP, KIA whilst clearing a kraal - he entered one of the huts where a terrorist was hiding.

1977 – Pte Petros Sibanda, D Coy, 1st Bn RAR, KOAS in a shooting accident.

1979 – Cst Patrick Ncube (aged 28), SB BSAP, KOAS. Officially recorded only as an accidental death.

1979 – Pte Matanda Ncube, B Coy, 10th Bn RR, KIA.

1979 – Pte F.A. Saraoga, B Coy, 10th Bn RR, KIA.
(Although likely, it is not known whether the deaths of these two 10th Bn members are related.)

1980 – Gd L. Zibinayi, RHQ Charlie, Op Repulse GF, DOAS. 

† Their names and sacrifices have not been forgotten †


  • February 22, 2017
  • Piet Fourie
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