Service Details
Name:
DOYLE
Given Name:
OWEN JOHN
Initials:
O J
Service No:
73455123PE
Trade:
Navigator
Rank:
Second Lieutenant
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Regiment:
South African Air Force
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Unit:
12 Sqdn.
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Date of Death:
1979-03-14
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Date of Birth:
1957-07-06
Age:
21
Cause of Death:
Killed in action, in Angola, shot down, in English Electric Canberra #452. On a bombing mission and left 12 Squadron on the evening of 14th 1979 at about 16H00. Four Canberras flew in formation and while doing a low level tree top flight and dropping bombs something from the ground fired and hit the Canberra on the side, killing the pilot instantly. Nav. Doyle flew the plane from the navigator's position for about 12 minutes with bomb bay doors open. Eventually the plane climbed steeply, turned, and crashed into the ground half inverted, exploding on impact, at about 17H00
Additional
Information:
Son of Mr. N. J. Doyle, of Cape Town.
Commemoration
Country:
South Africa
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Locality:
Gauteng
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Cemetery:
SADF WALL OF REMEMBRANCE, VOORTREKKER MONUMENT, PRETORIA
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Grave Reference:
Body not recovered - Memorial plaque at Somerset West Town Hall

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