Service Details
Name:
BRITS
Given Name:
JAN HENDRIK SMARTENRYK
Initials:
J H S
Service No:
101681V
Trade:
Air Gnr.
Rank:
Warrant Officer Class II
Other Casualties of this Rank
Regiment:
South African Air Force
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Unit:
24 Sqdn.
Other Casualties from this Unit
Date of Death:
1944-09-23
Other Casualties on this Date
Age:
22
Cause of Death:
Killed in action, in Martin B-26 Marauder Mk III, crashed into hillside on take off
Additional
Information:
Son of Josina M. van Wyk, of Discovery, Transvaal, South Africa. ***Removed this and replaced with new one - Killed in action, in Martin B-26 Marauder Mk III. Raid No. 24: Bombed Alfedena, Italy. Results excellent, large explosion caused. Heavy A.A. before and after target. Escort 4 Spitfires. Load 2x500 and 3 x 250 lbs. After target Lt-Col Brits and Capt Diew collided and both went down out of control. One parachute seen. (Capt Diew later returned to squadron, only survivor).
Commemoration
Country:
Italy
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Cemetery:
SANGRO RIVER WAR CEMETERY
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Grave Reference:
V. A. 32.

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