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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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Friends Committee – Cape Town 2015

Category : News

Dear Friends,

 

It is with great pleasure that we welcome the following members that were elected to the committee at the 27th AGM of the Friends of the SAAF Museum on Saturday, 7th March 2015.

 

Robin Meyerowitz:         Chairman/Secretary

Norman Larsen:             Vice-Chairman/Fund Raising/Librarian

Mike Phillips:                Treasurer

Janine Nudblicher:         Projects Co-Ordinator/Membership

Dave Smith:                  Projects Co-Ordinator

Mike von Bentheim:       Marketing/Sales/Kiosk

 

Please contact us should you wish to volunteer for any activities (secretary required), for any info, or just to chat.

Our first committee meeting will take place at 09:00 on the 4th April, 2015 at the Tunnel, AFB Ysterplaat.

 

Kind Regards,

Robin Meyerowitz

(Chairman Friends of the SAAF Cape Town Branch)

Comments or questions are welcome.

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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

Category : Contributors , News , Sponsors

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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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Alan Weinburg – RIP 13.06.2014

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It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Alan passed away this morning.

Alan dedicated many years to the SAAF Museum as a fundraiser, shop manager, long standing committee member amongst a host of other activities.

Very few people have spent the amount of time and effort that Alan contributed to the Museum.

A candle will be set up in the SAAF Museum this afternoon in his memory.

The funeral will take place at the Jewish cemetery in Pinelands on Sunday morning at 11h00.

Your support to Jon and his family will be highly appreciated.

 

The Shackleton Ground run on 28 June will be dedicated to his memory.

 

Our condolences to the family from the SAAF Museum Staff,

 

Chris Teale, Elize Grobbelaar, Elna Hadfield, Barry Pieterse and Lt Col Peter Smith as well as the 2014 Crew of Shackleton 1722.

 


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Armourers Publication for Sale

Category : Features , News

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Armourers Anonymous Publication

The cause: Fund raising for PE SAAF Museum displays.

 

  1. 1.    Book Information:

Title: Armourers Anonymous.

Author: Willie Burger with Boff van Zyl

Type: Soft cover.

Colours: Black text and black photos with a few colour photos as well as black & white technical drawings of bombs etc.

Size:210mm x 145mm x 10mm.

Number of pages:156 + a further 6 unnumbered pages of photographs.

Date of first issue:2013.

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  1. 2.    Content Summary.

This will comprise a short extract from the intro page provided.

Willie covers most of weapons used in the SAAF except nuclear or atomic weapons.

It is a very easy read with many fun stories of his past.

 

  1. 3.    Price.

Direct purchase from Friends of Port Elizabeth Museum: R150.00ea.

 

  1. 4.    Packaging & Postage.

Registered post to any location in South Africa: R180.00.

Outside South African borders: Price will be provided.

 

  1. 5.    Purchasing.

Orders to be sent to Brian Anderssen: brianea@telkomsa.net

 

  1. 6.    Payments.

Payments to be made electronically to:

Account name: Woodpecker Trust.

Nedbank(Goven Mbeki Branch)

Code: 121217

Account: 1212475860

Payment and postal address details to be forwarded to: brianea@telkomsa.net

 

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Tinus Le Roux Interviews Lt Bryan Jones

Tinus Le Roux Interviews Lt Bryan Jones


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Warswaw Airlift 69th Anniversary

By Kind Permission – Tinus Le Roux

Commemoration of Warsaw Airlift 1944 SAAF flights 69th anniversary.

I attended this function at the Katyn Memorial in Jhb last Saturday 7 Sept.

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Thanks to the Polish embassy for a memorable and pleasant event.

The only surviving SAAF airman who participated in the 1944 Warsaw supply drops is navigator Lt Bryan Jones.

See Tinus Le Roux’s interview with Lt Bryan Jones, survivor of the Warsaw Missions


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SAS President Kruger

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Today, 31 years ago on the 18th February 1982 the SAS President Kruger and 16 of my crewmates were lost at sea.

http://www.saspresidentkruger.com/


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