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Major Edwin Swales VC DFC Memorial

On 06 May 2015 a memorial service was held at the Major Edwin Swales VC DFC memorial at the Durban High School to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Edwin Swales (1915 – 2015), the 70th anniversary of the death of Edwin Swales (1945 – 2015) and the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (1945 – 2015).

The event was organised and coordinated by David R. Bennett, a Durban High School Old Boy and Edwin Swales biographer. During the event the following were presented to the Durban High School:

• A one in thirty-two scale model, in a glass display cabinet, of a Lancaster Bomber Aircraft (a copy of the type of aircraft flown by Edwin Swales on the operation during which he was tragically killed) sponsored and presented by Mile Jacklin. The Model was built by Peter Jacklin.

• The original Edwin Swales Flying Log Book was found in the Archives in the United Kingdom by Paul Kilmartin who has had a copy bound made.

• The personal file of Edwin Swales, a pre-war employee of Barclays Bank DC & O (now First National Bank – FNB) was traced and a copy will be presented by Mr Preggy Pillay.

Numerous persons assisted David with organisation which include Messer’s Pat Goss (a DHS Old Boy) and Preggy Pillay both Directors of FNB. FNB sponsored the event.

Following the welcome by David Bennett the South African National Anthem was sung. This was followed by a short address by Mr Leon Erasmus, the 14th Headmaster of the Durban High School which was founded in 1866. Mr Paul Kilmartin then provided a historical background on Major Edwin Swales VC DFC SAAF and Victory in Europe Day (08 May 1945) where after the presentations took place.

Dr Edwina Ward, niece of Edwin Swales, thanked everyone on behalf of the family followed by the dedication of the memorial events by the Reverend Canon R. N. van Zuylen. Then followed the Last Post, 2 minutes silence, Reveille and the laying of wreaths.

Following the tragic loss of Edwin Swales, Air Chief Marshall Sir Arthur “Bomber” Harris KCB OBE AFC Chief of Bomber Command Royal Air Force, wrote a letter to Edwin’s mother, Mrs Olive Essery Swales, saying inter-alia the following: “On every occasion your son proved be a fighter and resolute captain of his crew. His devotion to duty and complete disregard for his own safety will remain an example and inspiration for all of us.”

The documents from the South African Air Force promoting Edwin Swales to Major only reached the British authorities in the United Kingdom after his death and the awarding of the Victoria Cross was gazetted, hence the rank “Captain” on the citation of his Victoria Cross. His headstone and all other official documents reflects his rank as “Major”.

In 2013 Swales was awarded the “Bomber Command” clasp to be worn as clasp on the 1939 – 1945 Star.

On 11 November 2009 the then Chief of the South African Air Force, Lieutenant General Carlo Gagiano, and Dr Edwina Ward unveiled the memorial to Major Edwin Swales VC DFC SAAF at the Durban High School.

You can watch the short interview by the South African Broadcasting Corporation with Dr Edwina Ward, Paul Kilmartin and David Bennett at 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64OaaErqJtk

A TRULY SOUTH AFRICAN HERO.

Story for the South African Legion of Military Veterans by Charles Ross with information and photos provided by David Bennett.


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2015 Aircraft Raffle

Category : News , News Updates , Sponsors

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The 2015 Aircraft Raffle has started – Win a Piper Cherokee 180 plus a
PPL course or advance training worth R100,000.00
redeemable from any flight school of your choice within RSA 
and a free PPL medical from 24/7 GP.

DJA have, since 1998, been raffling an aircraft and pilot license course each and every year for the Reach For A Dream Foundation, fulfilling not only the children’s dreams who have life threatening illnesses but also many ordinary South Africans whose dream it has been to get their PPL and own an aircraft. In addition to this annual event, DJA also raffle an extra PPL prize around Christmas time each year to raise additional funds for the Reach For A Dream Foundation.

Over the years the proceeds of the Aircraft Raffle has helped many children realise their dreams. Browse through the Reach For A Dream Foundation (RFAD) website for more information.

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Mirage Art Raffle Winner

Category : News , PE Updates , Sponsors

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The winner of the Mirage digital art raffle displayed in the PE SAAF Museum reception during the air show is Sally Soule of Port Elizabeth.

Well done and thank you to all those kind donors who supported the raffle – your contributions have been invaluable.


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Thank You, CS Auto Body

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The SAAF Museum extends its thanks to Lionel Barnard and CS AUTO BODY, Vehicle Specialists of note for their kind donation of CIC anti-corrosion products.

These products will be used to preserve & protect the Museum aircraft at the Ysterplaat & PE Museums.

 

 


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Our Sponsors

Category : Sponsors

The Museum is growing from strength to strength. This growth is made possible by the kind sponsorship of Individuals, Companies and Associations.

Among the individuals who contribute to this website, the following stalwarts assist with historical and other queries, advice and support:

Regular Advisors: Brig-Gen Derrick Page, Chris Teale, Steve McLean, John Coutts, Greg Pullin, Dean Wingrin, Kirk Kinnear and the late Kevin Furness and Eric Tyler.

Photographers: Jans Schmidtgen, Kirk Kinnear, Nic Wonfor, Greg Pullin. Alan Wienburg, Irene McCullagh, Monique Lyons and Dean Wingrin.

 

We would like to thank the following companies in particular for their unstinting assistance and support in many different areas:

 

The South African Aviation Foundation Museum (Association Incorporated Under Section 21) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation and display of the history and aircraft of the South African Air Force (SAAF).

It’s stated Goal is: To promote the SAAF Museum and aviation in general as well as to raise funds to achieve the objectives of the Foundation.

The Foundation is run by civilians and does not receive any funds from the SAAF or the government. Thus, we rely solely on fund-raising activities in order to achieve our aims.

The organisation is also registered as a Non-Profit Organisation with the South African Department of Social Development (registration number 016-007 NPO). The company registration number is 2000/029820/08

Our kind sponsors include:

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Frasers Aerospace

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The professional distributor of Engineering & Industrial Plastics, Signage and Glazing materials,

Digital Print Media, Aluminium Sign Systems and Point of Purchase components to the Southern Africa industry.

Branding by Jamie Bell of Fury Fighters

www.randolphsunglasses.co.za

ER24 is a national, private emergency medical care provider that provides fast and efficient medical care to everyone in South Africa.

3M – Staunch supporters of the Museum’s restoration projects

Southern X have kindly provided sponsorship for the Team working on the Sabre.

Denel Aviation are proud sponsors of the South African Air Force Museum

Goodyear Aviation have provided a superb sponsorship in the form of tyres for the 6832 Restoration Project.

SABAT have provided batteries and support for our restoration projects.

Duram Paints have kindly provided us with materials to refurbish “The Tunnel.”


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Shortfinal TV

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A huge thank you to Hilton Mundy of Shortfinal for giving us access to his videos.


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Thank You, Urban Espress!

Category : Sponsors

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A BIG THANK YOU TO URBAN ESPRESS.
The PE SAAF Museum and Friends of the SAAF Museum extend our gratitude to Donovan McLagan of Urban Espress for assisting us at the 11th hour with a coffee making machine and coffee during the Baywest Air Show.
Without the Urban Espress help our VIP’s would have gone without coffee.
Thank you for saving the day and helping to make the air show a success.

http://www.urbanespress.co.za/


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