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 Post subject: Tragedy on Devils Peak, 26 May 1971
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:21 pm 
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'On 26 May 1971, three South African Air Force Hawker-Siddelley HS125 (Code named Mercurius) aircraft crashed into Devil's Peak, killing all 11 on board. The aircraft were flying in close formation, practicing for a fly past during the upcoming 10th anniversary Republic Day celebrations on 31 May. A low cloud base was cited as a contributory factor. The impact was heard throughout the surrounding suburbs and scars in the ground can still be seen today.'

Hello,

Some friends and I would like to hike to the monument/plaque that was placed at the crash site in memory of this tragedy (see article above). Unfortunately we do not know the location of the monument/plaque, only that it is somewhere on Devil's Peak in the Table Mountain National Park. We guess that it is roughly somewhere between Rhodes Memorial and the King's Blockhouse, but we could be wrong.

Can anyone please help us with the exact location of the monument/plaque?

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 Post subject: Re: Tragedy on Devils Peak, 26 May 1971
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:08 pm 
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I can remember walking on that part of the mountain in 1975 and the scars were still quite marked but I didn't know they had a plaque up It would be interesting to know where it is .

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 Post subject: Re: Tragedy on Devils Peak, 26 May 1971
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Hi Gilly-Bean and Hugh

Sorry to disappoint you – We are aware of this tragic incident and know of the approximate site, but no visible scars are left. Yes, it is between the Block House and Rhodes Memorial but there is no monument and or plaque.

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 Post subject: Re: Tragedy on Devils Peak, 26 May 1971
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I was at work and remember hearing the 'bang'.

It was an overcast day and the pilots were from Pretoria where they were used to flying without mountains around, and must have 'forgotten' about TM & DP.

The air force 'lost' 3 out of its 4 Mercurius.

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