20th February, 1988 - RIP Major Edward Richard Every

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20th February, 1988 - RIP Major Edward Richard Every

Unread post by John.com » Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:05 pm

On THIS day . . . in 1988!

It is so easy to forget these heroes. Please join me in paying respects to a fallen aviator.

20 Feb 1988: 72302342PM Major Edward Richard Every from 1 Squadron was Killed in Action when his Mirage F1AZ, Serial 245 was shot down by a Soviet SA-13 Gopher Surface-to-Air Missile at Cuatir near Menongue while on an operational sortie over Southern Angola. The aircraft crashed in flames and disintegrated on impact with the ground. He has no known grave. He was 31.

We salute you Sir!

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(This photo was posted with this remembrance notice but is unverified. Did anyone know Major Edward Richard Every and could maybe verify this picture?)
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Re: 20th February, 1988 - RIP Major Edward Richard Every

Unread post by Wildcat_003 » Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:39 pm

I knew Ed very well as I was his instructor at Langebaanweg for the Impala Phase of his wings course. We became good friends in the end. Yes its him in the photo.
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Re: 20th February, 1988 - RIP Major Edward Richard Every

Unread post by And » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:32 pm

SALUTE!
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Re: 20th February, 1988 - RIP Major Edward Richard Every

Unread post by Sea Rescue » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:51 pm

Major Every,

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Re: 20th February, 1988 - RIP Major Edward Richard Every

Unread post by John.com » Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:29 pm

A follow up post which may be of interest . . . .

On Saturday, 20 February 1988: The Special Forces team covering the area where the Mirage wreckage was located, reported a large number of Fapla and Air Force intelligence personnel picking through the wreckage. It was within range, so Pierre Franken hit the spot with a half-ripple from his rocket-launcher troop. Two trucks were needed to collect the bodies. According to some sources, as many as 143 Cubans and Fapla may have been killed by that half ripple....

A half ripple from a Troop as stated above will be 12 per launcher typically 4 launchers per troop in the 1980s. So 48 rockets on the target

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Re: 20th February, 1988 - RIP Major Edward Richard Every

Unread post by bullet » Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:53 pm

Major Every I also humbly salute you sir! Only 31 years old when he died. RIP sir.
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Re: 20th February, 1988 - RIP Major Edward Richard Every

Unread post by KASPER » Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:38 pm

I was there on that day-still remember it as if it was yesterday. I accompanied 32 Batallion as a young doctor.They called the Mirages in to bomb a Fapla convoy on its way from Menongue to Quito so that they will be still in range of our MRL rocket launchers that night. I saw the hit from a distant. Unita reported that they saw him eject, but I din't see it. We searched the whole night without any success. So we put the ripple of MRL rockets on the wreckage in retalliation.
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Re: 20th February, 1988 - RIP Major Edward Richard Every

Unread post by STosen » Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:12 pm

While searching for information on Major Ed Every, I came across this post.

While this post dates back some time, I am proud to be part of a group which located the wreck this past week.

Location: S14.69014° E17.99175° (Datum: WGS 84 Grid: Lat/Lon hddd.ddddd°)

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https://www.google.com/maps/@-14.690443 ... a=!3m1!1e3
It is not so easy to see here,, but Google Earth is better.

I am hoping someone can provide more information on the photos.

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Re: 20th February, 1988 - RIP Major Edward Richard Every

Unread post by Wildcat_003 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:47 pm

Amazing to be there after so much time. Will never forget "Never ready Ed". His co-pupil pilot and also part of that formation was Trompie Nel, who now works for World on Fire. He actually saw Ed's aircraft exploding and hitting the ground. It looks like Mirage F1 parts on the pics. RIP
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Re: 20th February, 1988 - RIP Major Edward Richard Every

Unread post by Diesel-3 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:27 pm

Was very sad to see that empty spot on the flight line at Grooties after that sortie..

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Re: 20th February, 1988 - RIP Major Edward Richard Every

Unread post by kudu177 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:06 pm

Major Every was one of the flying instructors I had the pleasure of feeding while posted to the officers' mess at CFS Dunnottar. He stood out for me as one of the few men on that entire base who treated everyone around him as an equal (a rare thing in an organisation where people usually used their rank like a beating stick), even a no-rank kitchen bunnie.

It was a lesson I have never forgotten.

Rest in peace, Major Every.
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Re: 20th February, 1988 - RIP Major Edward Richard Every

Unread post by Spoke Eagle » Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:55 pm

Correct me but I think a memorial stone was erected in VTH? Salute, Sir.
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Re: 20th February, 1988 - RIP Major Edward Richard Every

Unread post by MadMacs » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:04 pm

R.I.P Ed, gone but never forgotten.
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Re: 20th February, 1988 - RIP Major Edward Richard Every

Unread post by Cyclone7 » Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:40 pm

I am heading to SA next month to go fly a Jetranger safari through 9 countries, and will be night stopping in Menongue. I plan to visit the site and my my respects to Ed. We hope to loop down the Cuito river as well, and hopefully do a turn over the Lomba river to see those battlefields. Going to be quite nostalgic after all these yaers...
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Re: 20th February, 1988 - RIP Major Edward Richard Every

Unread post by Wildcat_004 » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:53 pm

I have just made contact with Ed’s wife......Helga. She stays in PE.

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