Service Details
Name:
POTGIETER
Given Name:
JOHAN DIEDERIK
Initials:
J D
Service No:
01169895PE
Rank:
Brigadier
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Regiment:
FREE STATE COMMAND
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Unit:
Officer Commanding 2 Mil Area, SWA
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Date of Death:
1976-01-04
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Date of Birth:
1935-05-14
Age:
40
Cause of Death:
Died in Aircraft Accident, shot down by own AAA, in Aerospatiale SA3330 Puma C #122. The OC 2 Mil Area, scheduled a visit to Battlegroup Chicken, near Mussende, Angola. Unfortunately the Puma was painted green, similar to the colour of the enemy planes and flew off course over an AA battery that had not been informed of the flight. Thinking the enemy were attacking, the AA shot the chopper down
Decorations:
Southern Cross Medal
Additional
Information:
Husband of Mrs. S. J. Potgieter, of Saldanha. ref. 85 years of SAAF
Commemoration
Country:
South Africa
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Locality:
Mpumalanga
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Cemetery:
BETHAL CEMETERY
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