Captain William Marshall shot down in Oman
Updated: Mar 31, 2021
MARSHALL, William Nigel
Rank: Captain Regiment/Corps: Royal Marines Number: N018092K Born: Friday, July 30, 1948 Died : Saturday, March 8, 1975 Killed in action or died of wounds Age: 26 Cemetery/Memorial: Armed Forces Memorial
Captain William Marshall RM was seconded to the Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces Jebel Regiment.
The helicopter he was travelling in an Agusta-Bell AB206, serial 604 of the Sultan of Oman's Air Force (SOAF) with a British crew was on a reconnaissance flight when it was shot down by small arms fire near the village of Hijayf ("Hagayif").
The pilot, Squadron Leader Peter Llewellyn Davis ,SOAF, is buried in the Mina al Fahal Christian Cemetery, Muscat, Plot 24, also lost was Captain Michael Shipley Royal Anglians.
"Captain W. N. Marshall, Royal Marines, and Captain M. G. A. Shipley, Royal Anglians, volunteers serving on loan with the Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces, were killed in the Dhofar province of Oman on 8th March. The helicopter in which they were travelling was shot down by rebel small-arms fire. The third person killed in the incident was not a member of Her Majesty's Forces although he had previously served in the Royal Air Force."
[Source: Response in Parliament by the Defence Secretary Mr Mason ref. Hansards HC Deb 14 March 1975 vol 888 c249W.]
Note. Rank shown as stated by the Secretary of State for Defence above. The AFM ROH shows his rank as Lieutenant. The rank of Captain may be local to his service in Oman.
I wonder if any one remembers Captain Marshall RM, I would very much like to tell his story and have a picture of him so we can celebrate his career as well as remember him.
Royal Marines Killed in Oman and Dhofar:
16 Apr 58, Act Sgt Alan Frederick Hedges
17 Jun 58, C/Sgt Jack Lovell Halford BEM
13 Mar 66, Capt Alan William Woodman
24 May 66, Capt Hamish Brian Emslie MC
Loc Capt Stuart James Rae
8th March 1975. Loc Capt William Nigel Marshall