Nigel Cooney
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Nigel Cooney (1922 - 1944)

Lt Nigel Cooney
Born in Craddock, Eastern Capemap
Ancestors ancestors
Died in Hof am Leithaberge, Bruck an der Leitha, Niederösterreich, Austriamap
Profile last modified | Created 1 Apr 2015
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Roll of Honor
Lt Nigel Cooney was Killed in Action during World War II.
Klagenfurt War Cemetry, Austria


South African Air Force Lieutenant Joined age 18 1940 Service number: 206008V

Africa Deployed: Egypt 15th Squadron Air Gunner/ Navigator European Deployed: Foggia Italy 34th Squadron (Heavy Bomber) (Air Gunner/Navigator on final flight) Lt = Pilot but might not have formally flown as a pilot Formed part of No.2 Wing with 31 Squadron

Liberator B-24 J Mk VI#EW167B Last op: Pardubice Oil Refinery Czechoslovakia, after bombing aircraft reported missing presumed shot down. 6 dead 4 SAAF 2 RAF

Lt Nigel Cooney 206008V age 22 A/G Nav [1] Lt KA Patton 104017V 1st Pilot [2] Lt TR van Graan 238146V age 28 Obs [3] Lt FA van Rensburg 206272V age 26 2nd Pilot [4] WOII DG Emslie 58134V age 19 A/G [5] Sgt AR (Jock) Pattillo 611796 age 25 A/G [6] Sgt LB Kelsey 524274 age 28 A/B [7]

Buried in unmarked grave Austria (Leithaberge) Their mass grave was only discovered in 1947 and only Lt Patton and WO Emslie could be properly identified.

Service No:206008V
Date of Death:22/07/1944
Regiment/Service:South African Air Force 34 Sqdn.
Grave Reference: Coll. grave 5. D. 10.
Reburial 24 May 1946 body recovered from Leithaberge Austria
Named on grandmothers grave in Port Elizabeth as well

Military Medals

Awarded 6 medals: Serial 7164
1939-45 Star
Africa Star
Italy Star
The War Medal 1939-45
Africa Service Medal
North Africa 1942-43 Clasp


Union Defense Force Military Records Death Notice Death Certificate Copy from SANDF documents belong to Brenda Huber (Ansell-286)

Commonwealth War Graves Commission [8]

SAAF 1920 - present[9] Bottom of page No new information

On 31 Squadron, but provides interesting look into Foggia as a camp.[10]

SAAFA Roll of Honour pg 29 [11]

Exert from: FLYING SPIRIT The Official National Newsletter of the SAAF Association, March 2014 - pg 3 [12]

Flight Global Archive Casualty Communique No. 447 Of the name;* in this list, 75 are second entries giving later information of casualties published in earlier lists[13]

Liberator Bomber Group Photo: 34 & 31 Squadrons, SAAF - WW11 Facebook group [14]

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34th Sqn SAAF

On 5th July 1944 the squadron Liberators started ferrying ground personnel and squadron equipment to Italy from Almanza. On 21th July with the majority of the main ground staff still in transit at Bari the squadron was tasked to provide four bombers that night for an attack on the Fanto oil refinery at Pardubice in Czechoslovakia.

This put the few unprepared 34 squadron members already in Celone, the new airbase, under severe stress,. The almost impossible was achieved and four heavily laden bombers and crew took off at 20H00. Unfortunately, though not surprising, under the circumstances, one aircraft developed engine trouble shortly after take-off and was forced to abandon mission, to be followed soon after by a second with electrical malfunctions. Yet a third had to turn back after accidently jettison its bomb load, leaving EW167’B to be swallowed up by hostile darkness in its quest to complete what now become a very precarious and lonely mission. Undeterred at the helm, Lt K.A Patton and his crew Lt’s N. Cooney, T.R. van Graan, F.A. van Rensburg and WO D.G. Emslie unwaveringly pressed on. Liberator EW167’B was never to return.


It came later to light that EW167’B, on its return from bombing the target, was shot down by Luftwaffe night fighters, and crashed in flames in the Austrian mountains near Liethaberge. The victims were buried in a communal grave at the remote site by peasant farmers and never reported it. The crash site was discovered in 1947. Of the remains exhumed, Pilot Lt Patton and WO Emslie were the only two positively identified on site, the pilot by his rank insignia and Des by his name marked on the handkerchief retrieved from his pocket. Finally confirmed, “KILLED IN ACTION 22 JULY 1944” and buried with his crew in the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery Klagenfurt, Plot 5, Row D, Grave 14.

- Exert from: FLYING SPIRIT The Official National Newsletter of the SAAF Association, March 2014 - pg 3

34 Sqn B-24 Liberator Mk.VI EW-167 / 42-99846 “B” Op: Pardubice Oil Refinery, Czechoslovakia

Six dead not four 4 SAAF 2 RAF

Departed from *** Italy, its target being the Fanto Oil Refinery at Pardubice in Czechoslovakia. Aircraft was reported missing, presumed shot down.

Lt F.A van Rensburg 206272V Pilot SAAF 26 † Klagenfurt War Cemetery Austria Lt K.A Patton 104017V Pilot SAAF ** † Klagenfurt War Cemetery Austria Lt T.R van Graan 238146V Observer SAAF 28 † Klagenfurt War Cemetery Austria W/O D.G Emslie 58134V Air Gunner SAAF 19 † Klagenfurt War Cemetery Austria Lt N Cooney 206008V Air Gunner SAAF ** † Klagenfurt War Cemetery Austria Sgt A.R Pattillo 611796 Air Gunner RAF ** † Klagenfurt War Cemetery Austria Sgt L.B Kelsey 524274 Air Gunner RAF 28 † Klagenfurt War Cemetery Austria

posted 26 May 2015 by Brenda (Ansell) Huber   [thank Brenda]
Killed in action, 7 crew (2 RAF), shot down after bombing the Fanto Oil Refinery at Padubice, Czechoslovakia, in Liberator B24J Mk VI #EW199

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posted 7 Apr 2015 by Brenda (Ansell) Huber   [thank Brenda]
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Can you add this category instead of the category please.

Thank You Darren

posted by Darren Kellett
Due to the category standardization project, please change the following:

Category: World War II, South Africa


Category: South Africa, World War II


Category: World War II, KIA, South Africa


Killed in Action, South Africa, World War II

Everything goes from small to large now and is spelled out.

Thank you for your help.

posted by Darlene (Scott) Kerr

iawardsed King George VI Campaign Medal 1939-1945

Bronze Star 1939 -1945

I cannot find either of them.

there is a 1939-1945 Star (

there is a War Medal 1939-1945 (War Medal 1939–1945(War Medal 1939–1945) that depicts King George VI on to obverse side....

not enough info to be sure that is what they should be...


posted by Keith McDonald