SAAF: January 1920 to Present

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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

Postby Spice » Sat Jul 13, 2013 5:31 am

11 July

1940


A Hawker Hartbees , serial 802 was shot-down during combat operations over Moyale. Two fatalities were reported.

1941

Sqn / Sorties / Aircraft Type / Mission / Home Base / Remarks
1 / 6 / Hurricane / CAP (Maritime) / - / See below

1 Squadron was tasked to sink an allied vessel that had been damaged during an enemy attack off the coast in the Sidi Barrani area. The mission was executed as tasked and the vessel sunk.
Two Hawker Audax aircraft were involved in accidents: 4 Squadron; K7540; 2 fatalities; Bad Weather (hit trees) in Kenya. (A/I) // 4 Squadron; K7549; Bad Weather (hit trees) in Kenya. (A/I)

1942

7 Squadron engaged in their first Air Combat against Luftwaffe Bf-109s.
On 11 July, twelve Kittyhawks of 2 Squadron and twelve Tomahawks of 5 Squadron escorted twelve Bostons on a raid south-west of El Alamein. On the way to the target, a large formation was seen, composed of 30 x Ju 87s escorted by 21 x Bf 109, following the sighting the Curtiss fighters were ordered to leave the Bostons and attack.
The Kittyhawks made contact, Major Human and Captain Clifton each claiming a Ju 87, Lieutenant Wildsmith claiming a Bf 109 E, Lieutenant Hope a Bf 109 F and Lieutenants Higgo and Bryant each a probable Bf 109, though 27-year-old Lieutenant Ruper Alan Durose was shot down and killed.
The Tomahawks were bounced before they could attack, Captain K. R. Coster and 27-year-old Second Lieutenant Lionel William Rapp being shot down, and Rapp was killed while the aircraft of Lieutenant Lindbergh, 2nd Lieutenant Hinton and Major D. V. D. Lacey DFC were all badly damaged, the two former pilots being wounded. On the return flight Major Human was attacked by three Bf 109s and force-landed in Allied lines.
The Luftwaffe fighters reported meeting a total of 40 to 45 British fighters:
Summary of South African Air Force Curtiss Kittyhawk losses: ET1020; 2 Squadron; One fatality. (C/L) // Unknown; 2 Squadron, no further information. (C/L?) //
Summary of South African Air Force Tomahawk losses: 5 Squadron; AK392 (C/L) // 5 Squadron; AN225; one fatality. (C/L)

1945

A Douglas C47A Dakota (6812) crashed in Kisumu. 28 Fatalities were reported. (A/I)

1969

The first C160Z Transall (331) was delivered to the South African Air Force.
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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

Postby Spice » Sat Jul 13, 2013 5:34 am

12 July

1940


A Hawker Hartbees (859) was written-off during an accident at Isiolo, the pilot Capt Kriel sustained fatal injuries. (A/I)

1941

Sqn / Sorties / Aircraft Type / Mission / Home Base / Remarks
1 / 7 / Hurricane / CAP / - / -

SIGNAL MESSAGE
From: A.O.C.
To: 1 Squadron
Please inform all concerned on the success you obtained on 12 April 1941 when you drove three enemy bomber attacks on our ships, negative bombing of our ships. Tell all pilots of the important role they play in safeguarding our vital shipping moving to Tobruk
.

1942

Two Hawker Hurricanes were reported to have been involved in accidents, one pilot sustained fatal injuries.

1943

A Supermarine Spitfire (unknown serial) belonging to 40 Squadron crashed, the pilot did not survive the accident.
A De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth (538), crashed (location unknown). The cause was reported to be a ‘during a turn - post take-off’. (A/I)
An Avro Anson (3236) crashed during landing (undercarriage collapsed), due to engine failure. (A/I)

1944

A 40 Squadron Supermarine Spitfire (EP205) crashed, the pilot sustained fatal injuries.

1960

A North American Harvard (7017) was involved in a fatal accident. (A/I)

1983

An Atlas Impala Mk 1 (477) was involved in a fatal accident in the Waterkloof area. (A/I)

1994

Operation MERCY: Deployment of 28 Squadron (two C-130 Hercules) from Waterkloof to Mwanza (Tanzania) and return to Waterkloof.
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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

Postby Spice » Sat Jul 13, 2013 5:38 am

13 July

1917

Information Note: W.L. Jordan, a South African pilot, serving with the Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Air Force (World War I), flying a Sopwith Camel, shot down a German Rumpler C, this was his 1st confirmed air-to-air victory.

1918

Information Note: Thomas S. Harrison, a South African pilot, serving with the Royal Flying Corps (World War I), flying a SE5A, shot down a German Balloon, this was his 6th confirmed air-to-air victory.

1942

5 Squadron reported the loss of a Curtiss Tomahawk (AK451) following engine failure after take-off. (A/I)
A De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth (570) crashed following a ‘spin’ at 6 Air School. (A/I)
An Avro Anson (3162) was involved in a fatal accident (2 POB), when it flew into a mountain. (A/I)

1944

12 Squadron suffered the following Martin Marauder losses during operational missions: FB487; 5 fatalities. Crashed due to in-flight explosion of FB-437. // FB437; 6 fatalities, mid-air explosion during bombing mission. // FB462; 2 fatalities, mid-air collision with a Spitfire. Crash landed.
FB518; sustained battle damage, landed at home base, written-off. // FB469, written-off due to battle damage.

The following Supermarine Spitfire losses were reported: 2 Squadron: Mk IX (MJ904) anti-aircraft damage, aircraft abandoned. // 4 Squadron: Mk IX (MJ368) anti-aircraft damage, crash-landing. // 4 Squadron: Mk IX (MK348) anti-aircraft damage, aircraft abandoned.

1950

A Supermarine Spitfire (5557) was involved in a fatal accident. (A/I)

1966

A North American Harvard Mk IIA (7147) was involved in a fatal accident in the Velddrif area. (A/I)

1984

An Atlas MC4 Kudu (991) was involved in an accident and written-off.

1994

A ex-35 Squadron Shackleton 1716 ”J” – call-sign Pelican 16, was written-off during forced landing en-route to the United Kingdom from South Africa.
See Accident’s Section of this pdf document.


2007


22 Squadron, Air Force Base Ysterplaat received the first of four Westland Super Lynx 300 helicopters for use aboard the South African Navy's new MEKO-200 SAN ‘Valour-class’ frigates.
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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

Postby Spice » Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:50 am

14 July

1941

Sqn / Sorties / Aircraft Type / Mission / Home Base / Remarks
1 / 3 / Hurricane / CAP / - / -

1942

A Hawker Hurricane (Z4239), allocated to 7 Squadron crashed during an inspection flight over a crash site of a Wellington. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. (A)

1943

1 Squadron, reported the crash of a Supermarine Spitfire (EN-300), when it was shot down by own forces anti-aircraft guns, 5 nm off Catania. (Fratricide)

1944

15 Squadron ceased its ‘Martime Operations’ of the coast of Egypt.
44 Squadron was declared ‘operational’.
The following aircraft losses were reported:
• An Avro Anson (3259) ditched approximately 15 nm south of Hangklip, after encountering engine failure. (A)
• 12 Squadron reported the following Martin Marauder losses: FB452: Exploded on dispersal area, one fatality reported. FB475: Crash landing at Lugera. A third aircraft also reportedly lost no details available.
• A 4 Squadron Supermarine Spitfire (MJ675) was abandoned when it was damaged by hostile ground fire. (C/L)

1975

Information Note: State president B.J. Voster approved a budget of $14,100,000 to supply ‘Savimbi & Roberto’ with weapons; on condition that these weapons be sourced abroad in an effort to hide South Africa’s involvement in Angola. (RSA Border War)

1976

A Cessna 185 (712) crashed and written-off in Umhlali River mouth, four fatalities were reported. (A)

1982

An Air Force Merlin IVA (ZS-JLZ) and a civilian Piper Navajo (ZS-KTX) were involved in a mid-air collision over the Swartkops area. Seven members on the Merlin sustained fatal injuries, as well as all the occupants of the Navajo. (A)
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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

Postby Spice » Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:27 am

15 July

1941


Sqn / Sorties / Aircraft Type / Mission / Home Base / Remarks
1 / 2 / Hurricane / CAP / - / -

1940

A flight of Hawker Hartbees aircraft allocated to 40 squadron departed from the Union to Wadjir (Kenya).

1943

A Martin Baltimore (AG930) was reported missing; it is presumed the crew of three sustained fatal injuries.

1944

A 60 Squadron de Havilland Mosquito (MM390) crashed.

1945

25 and 30 Squadron officially disbanded after participating in World War II. 30 Squadron was deployed at Biferno.
A North American Harvard (7482), crashed during a night ‘wheels-up’ landing. (A)

1952

A North American Harvard (7228) was written-off, when 7150 landed on top of it! (A)

1960

A 2 Squadron CL13B Sabre Mk 6 (379) written-off during accident in the Port Elizabeth area, after a collision with Sabre 354. The aircraft crashed over the Southdene Village area close to the Port Elizabeth Airport. The pilot Lt HJW Bothma ejected. It is assumed that Sabre 354 made a safe landing at Air Force Base Port Elizabeth after the mid-air collision. (A)

1987

3 Squadron commenced an operational deployment to Air Force Base Ondangwa.

1997

A long and proud service history came to an end when the last SA-330 Puma flight took-place at 17 Squadron, Air Force Base Swartkop.
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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

Postby Spice » Wed Jul 17, 2013 5:12 am

17 July

1930

A de Havilland D.H.9 (127) was written-off following a reported collision with another aircraft (Avian IVM serial 507). (A)

1935

A de Havilland D.H.9 (l115) was written-off following an accident. (A)

1936

The first Airspeed AS.6J Envoy ordered by the Air Force, arrived in South Africa, piloted by Capt EN Donelly.

1939

The Bristol Beaufighter prototype made its first flight.

1941

Sqn / Sorties / Aircraft Type / Mission / Home Base / Remarks

1 / 24 / Hurricane / CAP / - / 5 Aircraft loaned from 73 Sqn.

The following aircraft accidents were reported:
• A Martin Maryland (1655) with four persons onboard crashed in the area of Landing Ground 17 (Fuka Main) after being damaged by hostile ground fire. The aircraft belonged to 24 Squadron. (C/L)
• A Hawker Hurricane (289) overturned during landing at Addis Ababa. (A)

1942

The following aircraft losses were reported:
• A Hawker Hurricane allocated to 1 Squadron was involved in a fatal accident.
• A Bristol Beaufort (762) ditched due to engine failure off the Madagascar coast.(A)

1943

The following aircraft losses were reported:
• A Supermarine Spitfire (JK-834) allocated to 1 Squadron crashed.
• A de Havilland Tiger Moth (2433) was involved in a fatal accident. (A)

1944

The following aircraft losses were reported:
• A Curtiss Kittyhawk (5099) crashed in the vicinity of Sterkfontein. (A)
• Two Avro Ansons were involved in a mid-air collision; one aircraft (4381) was written-off. (A)

1945

A Lockheed Ventura (6094) crashed on approach to Khartoum, there were 16 fatalities. (A)

1975

A North American Harvard IIA (7053) was involved in a fatal accident during a weapons demonstration in the Bloemfontein area. (A)

1983

Lunar Operations once again commenced in ‘Sector 10’.

1994

The crew of ‘Pelican 16’ arrived at Cape Town International Airport on a 60 Squadron B-707, from Algeria.
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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

Postby Spice » Thu Jul 18, 2013 5:18 am

18 July

1935

A De Havilland DH.9 (115) crashed. (A)

1941

Sqn / Sorties / Aircraft Type / Mission / Home Base / Remarks
1 / 3 / Hurricane / CAP / - / -

1942

A 5 Squadron Curtiss Tomahawk (AN467) crashed, the pilot sustained fatal injuries.

1944

27 Squadron commenced operations from their base at La Senia (Algeria) as an Anti-Submarine Warfare unit.

The following aircraft losses were reported:
• A Curtiss Kittyhawk was involved in a fatal accident, the serial number 5079. (A)
• An Avro Anson (1107) was involved in an accident. (A)
• A Ventura allocated to 27 Squadron crashed during a sortie.
• 4 Squadron reported the loss of two Supermarine Spitfires, nl: MK174 (fatal) and MK364.

1951

A Supermarine Spitfire (5615) crashed. (A)

1963

A North American Harvard (7332) was involved in a fatal aircraft accident. One fatality reported. (A)

1975

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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

Postby Spice » Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:51 am

19 July

1941

Sqn / Sorties / Aircraft Type / Mission / Home Base / Remarks

1 / 24 / Hurricane / CAP / - / -

1943

An Airspeed Oxford (3721) crashed during a training mission. (A)
A Supermarine Spitfire Mk VC (EE758) allocated to 1 Squadron was involved in a fatal accident, after being shot-down by a Luftwaffe Bf-109 fighter. (C/L)

1944

A de Havilland Mosquito Mk XVI (MM292) crashed during landing, due to engine failure.

1950

A Supermarine Spitfire (5572) crashed in the Langebaanweg area after encountering engine failure. (A)

2000

An announcement was made that the South African Air Force would receive the ‘’Prince Phillip Helicopter Rescue Award” in recognition of the effort tom save flood victims in the floods that devastated Mozambique.
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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

Postby Spice » Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:55 am

20 July

1918


Information Note: W.L. Jordan, a South African pilot, serving in both the Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Air Force (WW1), flying a Sopwith
Camel, successfully intercepted and engaged a German aircraft, this was his 35th air-to-air victory
.

1941

Sqn / Sorties / Aircraft Type / Mission / Home Base / Remarks
1 / 24 / Hurricane / CAP / - / -

1942

A Miles Master (2633) crashed due to Engine Failure after take-off. (A)
A Curtiss Tomahawk (AK460), belonging to 4 Squadron, was involved in a fatal accident.

1944

An Airspeed Oxford (3614) was written-off during take-off, when it collided with another Oxford. (A)

1955

A Lockheed Ventura (6402) was involved in an accident, it belonged to 22 Squadron.

1958

The prototype Westland Wasp made its maiden flight in the United Kingdom.

1977

Information Note: The Soviet Union tasked one of their satellites to view the ‘Vastrap’ facility in South Africa (Nuclear Capability).

1987

An Aerospatiale S-330 Puma conducted a ‘mission’ from Air Force Base Rundu into South Eastern Angola, with a delegation to discuss the military situation in Cunzumbia, most likely the discussion was between SANDF senior officers and a delegation from UNITA.
An Impala Mk 1 (464) belonging to 7 Squadron crashed during a Navy Cooperation sortie off the coast from Durban, fatally injuring Capt B Voster. The second crew member successfully ejected from partially submerged aircraft! (A)
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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

Postby Spice » Sun Jul 21, 2013 5:37 am

21 July

1921

On 21 July 1921, Flight Lieutenant (the new ranks had been promulgated) Dirk Cloete, MC, AFC, was seconded from the RAF to the South African Air Force to command Zwartkop Aerodrome, and Lt (later Brigadier, and Chief of the Air Force) J. Holthouse, OC No 1 Flight, as the Adjutant.

1939

A Hawker Hart I (358) was involved in an accident. Both crew members were fatally injured.

1941

Sqn / Sorties / Aircraft Type / Mission / Home Base / Remarks

1 / 7 / Hurricane / CAP / - / -

1942

12 Squadron reported the loss of a Douglas Boston (AL745) when it crashed during landing, one crew member sustained fatal injuries.
A Curtiss Tomahawk (AL189) allocated to 4 Squadron was written-off during a taxi incident caused by dust.

1943

3 Squadron reported the loss of two Curtiss Hurricanes: HW373; fatal; abandoned due to engine failure. (A) // HW294; abandoned due to engine failure. (A)
A de Havilland Tiger Moth (2355) was involved in a fatal accident when it spun into the ground. (A)

1944

4 Squadron reported a fatal Spitfire accident, the aircraft MH955, flew into a hillside during an air to ground profile being flown against an enemy target.

1945

A Lockheed Ventura (6104) was written-off during a crash landing – night, in the Thabazimbi area. (A)

1953

A 2 Squadron F-86F Sabre, serial 616/Q (52-4368) crashed due to an on board fire caused by enemy anti-aircraft fire against the sortie whilst striking targets in Korea. The pilot, Lt G. Thom, successfully ejected over enemy territory, unfortunately he was taken POW and released after the War.

1982

Eight Mirage F-1AZs and three Mirage F-1CZs conducted an interdiction mission from Ondangwa to Cahama (radar site) and back to Ondangwa.
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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

Postby Spice » Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:58 am

22 July

1918


Information Note: Thomas S. Harrison, a South African pilot, serving with the Royal Flying Corps (World War I), flying a SE5A, shot down a German Halberstadt C, this was his 7th confirmed air-to-air victory.
Information Note: Arthur E. Reed, a South African pilot, serving with the Royal Flying Corps & Royal Air Force (World War I), flying a SE5A, shot down a German Hannover C, this was his 5th confirmed air-to-air victory
.

1941

Sqn / Sorties / Aircraft Type / Mission / Home Base / Remarks
1 / 5 / Hurricane / CAP / - / -

1942

A Miles Master (2883) crashed during a night time landing at 2 Air School, one fatality was reported. (A)

1943

A Douglas Boston (AL-684) crashed – it belonged to 12 Squadron.

1944

An Avro Anson (4442) crashed during a ‘go-around’ at the Nigel airfield. (A)
A Consolidated B-24J Liberator (EW167) crashed during an operational mission, allocated to 34 Squadron. Four fatalities reported. (C/L)

1951

A Mustang (312) crashed.

1983

The ‘Spook’ (Ghost) DC-4 Skymaster deployed to conduct Electronic Intelligence missions focused on the Namibe area.

1987

3 Squadron returned to Waterkloof after a deployment to Ondangwa which started on 15 July 1987.

2002

The Air Force’s 2nd BN-2A-26 Islander, serial 17 is sold
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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

Postby Spice » Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:57 am

24 July

1941

Sqn / Sorties / Aircraft Type / Mission / Home Base / Remarks

1 / 6 / Hurricane / Base Defence / - / -

A Hawker Hart I (330) was involved in an accident in the Kimberly area. (A)
A North American Harvard (7551) crashed. (A)

1942

A Miles Master (2739) was involved in a fatal accident during a low-level mission. (A)
An Airspeed Oxford (3518) crashed, due to engine failure – forced landing at Grahamstown. (A)
Two 5 Squadron Curtiss Tomahawks were written-off during the following accidents: AK-547; shot down by hostile ground fire. (C/L) // AK-428 (fatal), shot down by Bf-109. (C/L)
A Douglas Boston (Z-2215) allocated to 12 Squadron was damaged by hostile fire, four crew members were fatally injured during a forced landing at Landing Ground 104. (C/L)

1943

Major Fourie was appointed as the new Officer Commanding 1 Squadron.

1944

An Airspeed Oxford (3509) crashed, due to engine failure – forced landing near Modder River. (A)
A Kittyhawk (FX733) allocated to 5 Squadron crashed during a Close Air Support mission when it was shot down by hostile ground fire. (C/L)

1951

A North American Mustang (339) was involved in an accident.
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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

Postby Spice » Thu Jul 25, 2013 6:06 am

25 July

1941


Sqn / Sorties / Aircraft Type / Mission / Home Base / Remarks

1 / 12 / Hurricane / CAP / - / -

1942

A Hawker Hurricane allocated to 1 Squadron, serial Z-5606 was involved in a fatal accident. (A)

1944

An Airspeed Oxford (3611) suffered engine failure and executed a forced landing, subsequently the aircraft was written-off.
A B-24J Liberator (serial unknown), allocated to 31 Squadron, crashed during operational mission. One fatality reported. (C/L)

1947

A Supermarine Spitfire (5511) was involved in a fatal accident. (A)

1967

A North American Harvard (7379) crashed at Dunnottar during a forced landing. (A)

1975

Information Note: The first Cuban aid to Angola was reported with the transport of some ‘weapons’ and a total of $100,000 cash to Angola.

1999

An Atlas Impala Mk 2 (1098), allocated to 85 Combat Flying School crashed in the Pietersburg area. (A)
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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

Postby Spice » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:10 am

26 July

1918


Information Note: Horace D. Barton, a South African pilot, serving with the Royal Flying Corps & Royal Air Force (World War I), flying a SE5A, shot down a German DFW-C, this was his 10th confirmed air-to-air victory.

1941

Sqn / Sorties / Aircraft Type / Mission / Home Base / Remarks

1 / 4 / Hurricane / CAP / - / -

1943

1 Squadron deployed to Latini West.
A Hawker Audax (1847) was written-off during an accident. (A)
A Hawker Hart (470) was involved in an accident, and subsequently written-off. (A)

1944

A B-24 Liberator, allocated to 31 Squadron was involved in a fatal accident (eight crew). Serial number reportedly KG-826.
A Lockheed Ventura (JS933) belonging to 27 Squadron crashed. Five fatalities reported.

1945

A North American Harvard (7144) was involved in a fatal accident (two crew onboard). (A)
A Curtiss Kittyhawk (FX512) allocated to 11 Squadron was involved in a fatal accident, when a smoke bomb exploded, causing the aircraft to catch fire in the dive.

1951

A North American Mustang (336) crashed.

1968

A North American Harvard (7378) was involved in an accident, one fatality was reported. (A)
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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

Postby Spice » Sat Jul 27, 2013 7:22 am

27 July

1941


Sqn / Sorties / Aircraft Type / Mission / Home Base / Remarks
1 / 4 / Hurricane / Base Defence / - / -

An Avro Anson (1118), was involved in a fatal accident in the Paarl area, there were five persons onboard the aircraft. (A)

1942

An Avro Anson (3155) crashed in the vicinity of East London. (A)

1943

An Avro Anson (3180), suffered engine failure and executed a forced landing on a beach. One fatality was reported. (A)
A North American Harvard (7277) crashed when it hit a tree during approach to land. (A)
A de Havilland Mosquito (DD744) crashed – two fatalities.

1944

A Supermarine Spitfire (MJ745) allocated to 2 Squadron crashed.

1953

On 27 July an armistice was signed, which was to be effective as from 22h01 on that day and in a final gesture 2 Squadron put up a record total of 41 sorties that day to bring their overall total for the war to 12 067 sorties of which 10 373 had been flown on Mustangs and 1 694 on Sabres.
The cost had been high as 74 out of 95 Mustangs had been lost as well as 4 Sabres, while a fifth was lost after the armistice when Lt Botha experienced both normal and alternative hydraulic-system failures and bailed out over the sea, but was never recovered.
The price in lives was also high as altogether 34 pilots and two ground crew paid the supreme sacrifice, while a total of 8 prisoners of war were returned by the Communists.
So ended another saga in the history of the SA Air Force when one of its squadrons, operating far from its shores, fought with distinction and courage in the true tradition of the air force. The squadron was awarded both the United States and Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citations for gallantry and exceptional determination against the enemy.
Its members were awarded two Silver Stars, 55 Distinguished Flying Crosses, one Soldier’s Medal, 42 Bronze Stars, 174 Air Medals and 152 clusters to the Air Medal.

1967

The newly acquired SA-321L Super Frelon (translated from French it is Super Hornet) reportedly made its first public debut in RSA, (presumably Swartkop). The Air Force operated 17 of these aircraft.

1987

Five Mobile Air Operations Teams were constituted and ready for deployment at Air Force Base Rundu. These MAOTs deployed with ground forces into South Eastern Angola.
You could love the F4 Phantom or hate the Phantom, but you could never ignore the Phantom.
The Phantom is the triumph of thrust over aerodynamics!

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