Teddy Sale and crew - Douglas Boston III
Lieutenant - South African Air Force (SAAF)
Service No 103410V
Killed in action 20th March 1943 in Tunisia aged 24
George, known as 'Teddy', served on 24 Squadron SAAF, first in Kenya and Egypt then, as the allies pushed back Rommel's Africa Korps, he was moved to Tunisia. He has no known grave and is commemorated on column 278 of the Alamein Memorial Egypt. He was awarded the 1939-45 Star and the War Medal 1939-45.
At Gordonstoun Teddy Sale was vice-Guardian in 1936, Round Square helper and Captain of Rugby; he was also an excellent cricket player. After leaving school he went into the mining industry in South Africa.
24 Squadron SAAF was formed on 5 March 1941 equipped with Maryland bombers. The squadron moved to Egypt and operated alongside 39 Squadron RAF as a daytime tactical bomber unit. The main role was to attack German and Italian troops, bases and airfields. In August 1941 12 Squadron SAAF arrived from Kenya and the two Squadrons were put together to form 261 Wing SAAF. In October they were joined by 14 Squadron SAAF and the Wing renumbered No 3 Wing. At this time 24 began to re-equip with Douglas Boston aircraft, the type in which Teddy Sale was killed over Tunisia.
Douglas Boston IIIs over Tunisia