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Old 3rd December 2015, 10:33
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Re: The Loss of Hartbees 41. SAAF Sqdn on 27.10.40?

Hello,

Hawker Hartbee 855 - 41 Sqn SAAF - Crashed near Bulawayo en route Nairobi 30/10/1940.

102846 Lt Edward Stanley STEELE SAAF +
47958 Air Sgt Auret George VAN HEERDEN SAAF +

See:
85 Years of South African Air Force/Brent. p.36.

and...

On the way north No. 41 Squadron suffered its first loss. Approaching Bulawayo in formation Lt Steele's aircraft went into a dive, engine full on. It nosed over the vertical and went into the ground from 4,000 feet. Its passenger, Air Sergeant Van Heerden, hanging out on his monkey-chain helpless, was unable to reach his parachute to attach it to his harness.

See:
A Gathering of Eagles/Brown. p.77.

Col.
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