In Memory Of

DE JONGH, CHRISTIAN LODEWYK

Service Details
Age:
20
Date of Birth:
-0001-11-30
Service No:
P1/40568
Rank:
Second Lieutenant
Unit:
2 Sqdn.
Regiment:
South African Air Force
Date of Death:
1951-08-14
Cause of Death:
Killed in action, in North American F-51 Mustang #349. On a 64 aircraft raid against Pyongyang, 2Lt C.L. de Jongh was flying in the No.2 position behind his flight leader, 2Lt Earp, with Lt van den Bos and 2Lt Marchand in the No.3 and No.4 positions respectively. During their attack, 2Lt Earp saw 2Lt de Jong 200 yards behind him and to his left. On pulling out of his napalm run, 2Lt de Jongh reported that he had been hit and that he was heading out to sea, but did not think he would make it. The other members of the flight saw his aircraft briefly as it left the target area, streaming glycol. He was never seen again. In 2000, a South African visitor to Beijing visited a military museum there, and saw the remains of 2Lt de Jong's Mustang (349).
Commemoration
Grave Reference:
Panel 13
Cemetery:
UNITED NATIONS PUSAN MEMORIAL
Country:
South Korea
Additional Information
ref. 85 years of SAAF