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.
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.
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)
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.
A Supermarine Spitfire (5557) was involved in a fatal accident. (A/I)
A North American Harvard Mk IIA (7147) was involved in a fatal accident in the Velddrif area. (A/I)
An Atlas MC4 Kudu (991) was involved in an accident and written-off.
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.
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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