© DRW. 2014 – 2018. Moved to blog 16/04/2014
This really pretty memorial can be found next to the roadhouse on the corner of Randfontein and Main Reef Roads, Surprisingly the components of the memorial are all in a reasonably good condition, and it is fenced off and the attendants at the garage next door seem to keep a good eye on it.
The plinthed military hardware includes an SAAF Impala, a Universal Carrier, and 4 different artillery pieces. My images were taken on two separate occasions in 2009. Roll of Honour Plaques available on request. GPS co-ordinates: 26 degrees 09′ 01.03″ S , 27 degrees 43′ 27.7″ E.
© DRW 2009 – 2018. Created 16/05/2009. With thanks to Leon Engelbrecht. Moved to blog 06/02/2014.
This memorial was originally sited at the Potchefstroom Air Force Base. It was subsequently moved to the site of the South African Air Force Memorial at Bays Hill, where I photographed it in December 2012.
The dedication plaque informs that it was unveiled by Genl Maj WH Thackwray on 17 May 1992.
103 Squadron was based here from 1963 until the The air base was officially deactivated in September 1992.
The memorial may be found at 25°47’59.57″S, 28°10’9.67″E.
This memorial sits on top of a grassy rise in the James and Ethel Gray Park in Melrose, between the Glenhove and Atholl-Oaklands turns offs on the M1.
It commemorates the 14500 Polish prisoners of war that were massacred by Stalins assasins in 1940, as well as the Heroes of the Warsaw uprising, and the Polish Airmen who supported the home army, and the part played by members of the South African Air Force.
There are three plaques at the Memorial, each dedicated to a different group associated with the Polish Nation.
More information about the Katyn Forest massacre may be found at the relevant Wikipedia Page. The Memorial may be found at Google Earth Co-ordinates 26° 8.567’S, 28° 3.838’E.
© DRW 2007 -2018. Added GPS 07/11/2011. Added to blog 25/01/2014.
The Google Earth co-ordinates for the memorial are roughly: 25°47’57.73″S 28°10’9.81″E.
DRW © 2008-2018. Some images replaced and moved to blog 04/01/2014, link corrected 14/10/2018