Newsletter · July 07, 2013

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Neville Galloway (Elect 1963)
Rogues Gallery

Eddy Norris (ORAFs) Writes:-
Thank you to all these that sent me get well messages last week. I was admitted to the ICU Unit of the Unitas hospital (Centurion) on Sunday morning and released Tuesday afternoon. A follow up visit to cardiologist advising me that was a lucky fellow to have a ICD and that fired. He said without it, he doubted if you would have received ORAFs today and I would be at work in Big Hangar above..
I must advise that the service in the hospital was of a high order and contrary to what one reads about our South African Medical System.

Trish Jackson Writes:-
I started an online support group for Rhodesian and Zimbabwean authors. We help market one another's books and just help each other in general with writing and the Internet. I wondered if you could put a little article in your newsletters to tell authors about us and my email address: [email protected]

Also, my friend Greer Noble has started a Facebook page for authors from anywhere in Africa to showcase their books. It's called Authors Africa and here is the link:

Andr du Plessis (RhAF) Writes:-
would someone be able to help me with a bit of research that I'm doing for an art project? Reference the bombs and rockets that we used on our aircraft, which ones did we manufacture ourselves, and which ones did we import? The ones that we did import, I presume we sourced from South Africa, am I correct? Does anyone have any detail on our weapons, e.g. physical dimensions, colour, etc.?

Replies direct to Andr on [email protected]
Sever subscribers to ORAFs have recommend this blog

ORAFs Writes:-
Can anyone give ORAFs a listing of Rhodesians lost in WW2. even a scanned copy will do.
Information to Eddy Norris at [email protected]

Anne (RhAF) Writes:-
Please note that this contact address is shutting down today and we'll be off line for +/- 5/6 weeks. I'll make contact as soon as we are up and running again which will be on a new address. Please can I ask you to put a note in your next news letter advising people of this change, many thanks.

We have sold the farm and everything finally has happened rather fast. We have removals arriving tomorrow and we still have a lot to get done before they come. We'll be 'gypsies for a few weeks before we can get settled - we'll need the break I can tell you!

Your blogs are always interesting. My mother was a seventeen or eighteen year old, Jeannie Carruthers Smith, later Lacey, and was in that photograph of the Vimy. She had a copy of the photo in an album which I believe one of my brothers inherited. I can remember seeing it often when I was young. Her father was the youngest member of the B.S.A.P. who accompanied the Pioneer Column into Rhodesia in 1890. Times have changed. Sincerely Colleen Bowker (widow of Neville Bowker from Umtali, Rhodesia.)


John Mussell (RhAF) Writes:-
I was interested to see mentioned in the piece, The Spook House, the name of Neville Brooks.
There was a person of that name in the SRAAF. Here is an extract from Dave Barbour's story in Our Rhodesian Heritage.
"I was introduced to Battle formation by Lt Neville Brooks (an Auxiliary Officer designated to be one of the Flight Commanders of the soon to be formed No.1 Squadron SRAAF)"
I take it that they were one and the same person.

Alan Bradnick (RhAF) Writes in a email to James:-

I spent a very interesting couple of hours attending the cadets parade on Saturday morning. They were in full winter dress, and the caps they wore were the standard Sailor's cap, with the name of their ship on the band. I said in my original email to Eddy that they were HMS MATEBELELAND. This was incorrect, known as TS MATEBELE. TS stands for Training Ship. This branch of the cadets were first established in 1953, and their commanding officer is LT. COMDR Peter Rollason. He is 84 years of age, and there is no chance that this branch will disperse if anything was to happen to him as he has trained 2 officers to take over from him. These boys and girls come from all different walks of life, and can only join when they are 15.5 years or older, and can stay indefinitely. I was most impressed with there discipline, and their turnout.

Gomo Hill (6017 BSAP) Writes:-
Does anyone know what happened to the RhodAF Spitfires? I think there were approx 20 Mk 22. They were listed on one of the Wikipedia entries.
Nothing pressing just idle curiosity.
Replies direct Gomo on [email protected]

Comment from Jennifer Upton regarding this book:-
I bought Rod Wells's 'Strip Roads and Sports' with almost indecent haste, a treat in store for when the weather gets worse...being an English Summer.. I am fairly certain it will.

When a 'book' turns up like Rod's, all sorts of memories are reawakened, like the family legend of my grandmother Amy Banning and her travels in Southern and Northern Rhodesia.

My grand-mama owned a wee Citroen, when going visiting or travelling she would put into the boot the necessities, as she saw it.

A primus stove, camping table and chairs, her hamper containing her tea leaves, biscuits, gin and tonic, matches, table cloth and cutlery. Additionally a tea service. which was silver, (I still have the tray and milk jug), her china teacups etc.

She also packed along a pair of .45 revolvers, (just in case of an unpleasant encounter ), and a .303! Both my grandparents were excellent shots, as was my mother, much to my fathers' annoyance, because she was by far the better shot.

My grandmother's brothers fought in the Anglo Boer War, as did my grandfathers''.. on opposite sides .. somehow the Siege of Ladysmith, featured very much in the combined families history.

Family myth also indicates that the wedding reception was rather a strained affair, until the beer/alcohol loosened inhibitions .

Brian Goodwin (Crack One of RhAF) Writes:-
Just to let you know that although not really a motorsport enthusiast, I thought the above book might be of interest so I downloaded it to my Kindle on Friday. I was in deep trouble with wifely as I could not put it down until I finished it on Sunday. A great read which brought back so many memories of that wonderful country that is no more. Thoroughly recommended .
June Frost (RhAF) Writes:
Just thought you might like to know - my father Frank Maritz, built many of those strip roads in Rhodesia in the 1930,s - I can remember as a very small child living in tents, my older brothers went to boarding school and my younger brother and I top and tailed in a single bed in our parents' tent and as the road progressed we moved camp along with it. I remember once, we made camp beside a river, and we children used to play in the river sand -always with a servant watching us because of roaming crocs - anyway they had some heavy storms higher upstream from us and the river came down in flood one night and two servants came into the tent and lifted our bed and crossed the river, now waist deep, to the higher bank on the other side.. - The flood took everything -EVERYTHING. My mother went into Messina the next day wearing only her nighttime and coat to purchase food and clothing for the family. Michael and I had to stay in bed for three days because we had no clothes to wear...those were the good old days.......:(

Further information from Amazon can be obtained from the link below.


Alf has Alzheimer's disease and dementia and - it is sad because he was always so articulate, now he has a hard time talking and gets very frustrated when trying to tell me something, and just cannot find the words = he is also very unsteady on his feet, uses a cane, and sometimes a walker - which he hates - insists he bought it for his mother, but she died long before we came to the States ....he will be 88 this coming November. We are living in Washington State with our firstborn daughter - it is called the Evergreen State, and rightly so, it is so beautiful up here and SO green - we live on 1/3 acre and have two large pastures backing on to our back porch, Highland cattle sometimes come add graze there - apparently they are very wild, only raised for beef but we enjoy watching them.
(Alf was Equipment but spent years running Air movements. Eddy Norris)

Chris Dams (RhAF) Writes:-
I got hold of John Rogers and he is not the Roger in the article. He also said he did not remember anyone of that name from his past.

He used to fly to Mongu using a Beaver which was a regular part of the CAA service. That was not his total experience by a long chalk. He was on Viscounts on the overseas duties for example.

David Whitehead Writes:-
I hope someone will ask about the Kalahari sand in Mongu. According to a forester I know it was over 100 feet thick. He dug down to look at the roots of a mutably or mukushi tree.
What was the climate like when all that sand was blown north in days of yore ? The Zambezi cut its way through it of course. Maybe it was the monster sand dunes which blocked the river & made the it flow over the Falls instead of into the huge prehistoric Botswana lake and salt flats.


Flt Lt Herbert Edward, born 21-05-24, died 28-06-13. Formerly of 44 Rhodesia Squadron, 5 Group Bomber Command. It is with great sadness we say goodbye to our dad, granddad, great-granddad, friend and mentor, Flt Lt H. E. (Edward) Cockerill. He flew his last mission on Friday the 28th June 2013, when he lost his final battle with cancer. This struggle, like all the others, was bravely fought with the indomitable spirit he showed last Christmas by flying out to Africa at the age of 88 to spend it with his far flung family. He will be sadly missed by many and fondly remembered by all. Until we meet again. All our love, Dorothy, Jean, Diane, Bob, Ian, Ona, Adam, Julie and their families. A celebration of his life will be held at Blacon Crematorium, Chester, CH1 5BB on Wednesday, 10th July 2013, at 11.20am. By request no flowers please, donations instead to the RAF Benevolent Fund at

Published in The Times on July 5, 2013
(Thanks to Alastair Honeybun (RhAF) for the news.)

An older gentleman was on the operating table awaiting surgery and he insisted that his son, a renowned surgeon,
perform the operation.
As he was about to get the anesthesia, he asked to speak to his son.
"Yes, Dad, what is it?"
"Don't be nervous, son; do your best, and just remember, if it doesn't go well, if something happens to me, your mother is going to come and live with you and your wife..
"If a leper gives you the finger, do you have to give it back?"
End of Newsletter

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