Service Details
Name:
BADENHORST
Given Name:
WESSEL JACOBUS JOHANNES
Initials:
W J J
Service No:
P1/19322
Rank:
Captain
Other Casualties of this Rank
Regiment:
South African Air Force
Other Casualties from this Regiment
Unit:
2 Sqdn.
Other Casualties from this Unit
Date of Death:
1951-03-02
Other Casualties on this Date
Age:
31
Cause of Death:
Killed in action, in North American F-51 Mustang #317. Capt W.J.J. Badenhorst, together with Lt Paterson and 2Lt Ansell, were conducting an armed reconnaissance north of Sinanju, Lt Richter of their patrol having already turned back due to engine trouble. The three remaining Mustangs were descending towards the bridge over the Chon-Chongang River, when they were fired on suddenly by what appeared to be a 20 mm flak battery. Capt Badenhorst began to warn his flight, but stopped in mid-sentence, after which his Mustang was seen to climb, then dive out of control into Sinanju, where it crashed and burst into flames.
Decorations:
A F C, United States Air Medal
Citations:
AFC LG Sup 13 June 1946 pg. 2834
Additional
Information:
Son of Mr. F. H. Badenhorst, of Ngome, Natal. Husband of Mrs. Maria Elisabeth Badenhorst, of Unified, Florida, Transvaal. ref. 85 years of SAAF
Commemoration
Country:
South Korea
Other Casualties commemorated in South Korea
Cemetery:
UNITED NATIONS PUSAN MEMORIAL
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Grave Reference:
Panel 13 - Body not recovered

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