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Jean Louis Maximilian Winand

14th September 2013 at 6:43 pm


Cameron Kirk Kinnear

25th September 2013 at 4:48 pm

More images here, thanks to Jean Louis Maximilian Winand for the heads-up. http://www.lastpost.be/en/x/60/photos?album=433

Norman Sander

30th June 2014 at 7:50 pm

Oh Wow….

Dave Mannall

28th July 2014 at 9:13 am


Chris Coetzee

28th July 2014 at 1:52 pm


Brett Deeley-Barnard

28th July 2014 at 4:40 pm


Brian Smith

29th July 2014 at 4:36 am


Geral-John Reid

29th July 2014 at 1:57 pm

Well done lad, well done.

Robbie MacMorran

29th July 2014 at 5:25 pm


Stephen Eaton

29th July 2014 at 8:43 pm


Dave Stevenson

2nd August 2014 at 3:04 am

Son, you make us proud!

Les Dow

1st September 2014 at 2:57 pm

Thanks Norman. If you want something done get an NCO to do it 🙂

Les Dow

1st September 2014 at 5:26 pm

DHS Old Boy.

Derek Chilton

1st September 2014 at 5:28 pm

And to so many uninformed people this means nothing. So damn sad !!!

Norman Sander

1st September 2014 at 6:29 pm

They took his name off Edwin Swales Drive…..I was very upset about that. A true hero.

Les Dow

1st September 2014 at 6:36 pm

I read that they had changed the name of the road. I see a family member flogged his medals and the school managed to buy them back.

Sandy Evan Hanes

1st September 2014 at 6:48 pm

He is actually Major Swales and not Captain Swales

So it is

Major Swales, V.C; D.F.C

Cameron Kirk Kinnear

1st September 2014 at 7:48 pm

He was an ‘Acting’ Major at the time of his death.

Gary Tame

2nd September 2014 at 6:23 am

A true hero. He certainly makes all South Africans so proud. Removing his name from the drive is just madness!!!

Wayne Stockton

2nd September 2014 at 7:02 am

I guess the name change of the street took place in S. Africa?

Norman Sander

2nd September 2014 at 9:57 am

yes Wayne Stockton…in Durban.

Wayne Stockton

2nd September 2014 at 12:41 pm

Norman Sander – How come that was so easy to guess? A really sad state of affairs, where history, pride and admiration is sacrificed for a ‘new dawning’.

Sandy Evan Hanes

2nd September 2014 at 6:14 pm

His Grave Stone has Major on it and he never got to wear his D.F.C either as it went through the day he died

The road in Durban was a Freeway V.C Swales Drive.

Frans Strydom

2nd September 2014 at 6:29 pm

Bravo guys !!!!

Frik Steinberg

21st May 2015 at 6:54 am

Yes, we will never forget ! I salute you .

Charles Shell

11th December 2015 at 6:52 pm

Dear Mr Stevens,
Thank you for your service,
Charles Shell.

Steven Fisher

11th December 2015 at 6:55 pm

Thank you, Sir.

Don Ruffels

11th December 2015 at 7:23 pm

Thank you Steve Stevens – we value your service – Enjoy your Christmas 2015

Philip Weyers

11th December 2015 at 7:32 pm

Hello Steve! Happy to see you looking so cheerful! Best wishes, Philip

Sue Hopkins

12th December 2015 at 10:04 am

Dear Steve, here’s wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas, and thank you.

Norman S

12th December 2015 at 10:09 am

Hello Steve. How I wish I was in England to come down and say hello. Thank you for your service Sir and thank you for being a wonderful example of a human being.

Richard Hurt

12th December 2015 at 10:33 am

Greetings from New Zealand, Sir! Looking good with your Legion kit. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

BJ Taylor

12th December 2015 at 12:37 pm

Dear Steve

Your distinguished service and achievements are not forgotten. Looking good in your Legion regalia, an honour

Barry Fowler

12th December 2015 at 2:00 pm

Dear Mr Stevens, my late father Jack also flew beaufighters for a while in the SAAF in WWII – I have some photos, but can’t send the link in this message box. My father appears with other unknown SAAF personnel in the photos. One photo shows a Beaufighter RD 205 Snake, but the D could be an O if that helps to ID the Squadron. I think he was based mainly in Egypt but spent time in India.

Jeff Coleman

12th December 2015 at 3:36 pm

Dear Steve, wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas. Thank you for your service.

Douglas Anderson

12th December 2015 at 7:05 pm

To you and your family a well deserved and very merry Christmas!

Dion van der Merwe

13th December 2015 at 6:05 am

Hi Steve
Wishing you and your family a Merry and peaceful Christmas. I was a SAAF pilot in the late 70’s/early 80’s. Our tasks were not as onerous as your WW2 combat missions but the WW2 spirit was much admired and formed the basis of our strong camaraderie and esprit de corps. All good things to you and your family sir. Sincerely, Dion van der Merwe, ex Capt. SAAF.

Stephen Walker

13th December 2015 at 10:11 pm

Salute…from Australia

Ricky Taylor

14th December 2015 at 3:54 pm

Hi Steven a merry xmas to you and a prosperous new year.Congratulations on reaching such a ripe old age you are an inspiration to us all.All the best from Ricky Taylor ex south african artillery.Once a gunner always a gunner.


14th December 2015 at 3:56 pm

Merry Christmas Mr Stevens. Thank you for your service.
May you have a blessed Christmas!

Geoffrey Wulff

15th December 2015 at 10:22 am

Dear Mr. Stevens
I read have your book 2 or 3 times on the exploits of you and your South African colleagues in the SAAF & as part of the Balkan air force & was so relieved that you made it despite many hair raising sorties in your wonderful camera equipped Beaufighters, especially against the Kukkuk in Fiume harbour which I will be visiting and when my wife & self are there we will raise a glass and say a personal prayer to celebrate & give thanks for your long life & your belief in Christ. There are at least two teams working on bringing a Beau back to flying condition and I hope the day will come when the one in Duxford flies again. When it does I will cast my mind back to the SAAF boys who flew these especially yourself.

George Galbraith

15th December 2015 at 9:08 pm

Great respect for you, Steve. May God bless you to your century

Legion PRO

16th December 2015 at 8:44 am

Your fellow Legionnaires n South Africa thank you for your service and wish a Merry Christmas and may 2016 bring joy and much happiness.

Peter Barrett.

17th December 2015 at 7:56 am

Dear Mr. Stevens,
Thank you for your service to our country and the world.
Freedom of speech
Freedom of worship
Freedom from want
Freedom from fear

With Best Regards,
Peter and Shehnaz Barrett.

Heinrich Pistorius

18th December 2015 at 11:40 am

Dear Steve, what an honour to meet you even of face book and reading about a true SA Hero. May the Almighty God bless and keep you. Amen.

Iain Dunn

25th December 2015 at 11:00 am

Hoping you have a lovely Christmas, Steve! Greatest respect from the son of one of the 6th Div Maatjies you provided air cover for back in 44/45.

Peter Lee

2nd January 2016 at 3:31 pm

Good afternoon Mr Stevens.
I don’t know what squadron you were with but you might have known my father who was a captain with No.4 Squadron S.A.A.F. during WW2 in North Africa, Malta and italy. My besty wishes to you and may you have a prosperous and healthy 2016.