Fallen Heroes

The story of any war cannot be complete without counting the cost. The first NAF   aircrew casualties were recorded in 1966 when Lieutenants Onyirimba and Onyeji crashed in a Piaggio 149D at Ibadan. This was before the Civil War. The early casualties after the declaration of war were Lieutenant Jide Akerele and Second Lieutenants Ozieh and Lawal. Lieutenant Akerele crashed in an L-29 aircraft in late 1967 while returning to base from a bombing raid to Onitsha in support of the 2nd Division of the Nigerian Army. Late Air Marshal Ibrahim Alfa (then a Lieutenant) who was his wingman reported that he suddenly stopped responding to radio calls and subsequently, his aircraft took a plunge and crashed. Since Akerele’s crash, there have been several other air accidents that prematurely claimed the lives of brilliant and resourceful personnel of the NAF.

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The Roll of Nigerian Air Force Fallen Heroes – Officers (1964-2004)

The Roll Of Nigerian Air Force Fallen Heroes – Airmen (1964-2004)

The Ejigbo C-130 Hercules Crash

A special mention must be made of the C-130 (NAF 911) air disaster of 26 September 1992 at Ejigbo in Lagos State. The crash was a national tragedy which claimed the lives of the officers of Course 15 of the Command and Staff College, Jaji, who were returning to the College after a study tour of naval establishments in Lagos. Casualties from this crash include personnel from the 3 Services, the Ministry of Defence and some sister African Countries. Those that crashed in the aircraft are listed in Tables 13 and 14. May their souls continue to repose in peace.

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Personnel of the Nigerian Air Force Involved in the C–130 Aircraft Crash

Personnel of Other Services and Establishments Involved in the C–130 Aircraft Crash


Organogram and
structure of the
Nigerian Air Force

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