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    Default 22 SFTS Vereeniging - death 1944

    I wonder if anyone can help me?

    My Great Uncle is listed as having died on 29th February 1944 at Vereeniging. He was listed as Pilot Under Training and word of mouth in the family suggests he hit power lines.

    His name was John D Gibb and his service number was 1672288 (he is listed as David John Gibb at the CWGC site). I believe he would have been about 18 years old at the time.

    If anyone has any information or can point me in a direction to find more I'd be grateful.

    Yours in anticipation,

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    Default Ernest.

    With reference to your inquiry regarding information on John D Gibb U/T Pilot number 22 SFTS Vereeniging. I did a photo consignment of RAF Graves within the Johannesburg and Pretoria districts , and in my collection I have a photo of the grave of John D Gibb. Please advise contact details if a photo is required .
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    Hello,

    29-2-1944
    No.22 Air School, SAAF.
    Harvard III 7459 (ex-EX829)

    Crashed near Bankfontein. Failed to pull out of dive. Cat. 3

    1672288 AC2 (Pilot U/T.) David John GIBB RAFVR +

    See: 85 Years of the South African Air Force 1920-2005/Brent,Winston. pp.188, 193 & 434.

    See also: http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?13014-No.22-Air-School-SAAF

    Col.
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    Many thanks both,

    Ernest, I've written to you separately.

    Col Bruggy - any idea what "Cat. 3" would indicate in the details provided?

    Regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by kennygibb View Post
    Many thanks both,

    Ernest, I've written to you separately.

    Col Bruggy - any idea what "Cat. 3" would indicate in the details provided?

    Regards,
    Message Received Photos sent. Regards Ernest
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    Quote Originally Posted by ernest View Post
    As Im new to this site please could you explain where I would find your message, Regards Ernest.
    Message Received Photos sent. Regards Ernest

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    Kenny,

    Cat. 3 was an aircraft damage category, indicating that the aircraft was a write-off/ burnt out.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 21st May 2013 at 00:41.

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