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Re: SA Military Air Ops: April 'Today in History'

Unread post by Spice » Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:51 pm

13 April

1942
Aircraft Delivery to SAAF: Hart ‘Trainer’ / Serial(s): 2042.

1943
Accidents and Losses
A Harvard Mk IIA (7011) was involved in a fatal low-level accident.
A Curtiss P-40D (AK637) crashed after its engine failed; the aircraft belonged to 2 Squadron.
Three Bostons allocated to 24 Squadron were lost during operations: Z2183 Abandoned in flight, four fatalities; Z2195 Missing; three presumed dead and Z2212: No further information.

1944
Accidents and Losses
A Bristol Beaufort was involved in a fatal accident.

1945
Accidents and Losses
Two Spitfire Mk IXs (MH944 and PT793) were shot-down, the pilots were fatally wounded. The aircraft belonged to 7 Squadron.

1974
Accidents and Losses
A C-185 (743) was involved in a fatal accident, there were two persons on-board.

1983
1 Squadron and 3 Squadron deployed to Ondangwa; their mission: Close Air Support standby.

1988
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team (operating Impala Mk 1) flew a show at Franschoek, during which the number 5 (470) aircraft encountered problems, Capt. Kobus Griesel safely ejected from the aircraft. Also reported to have taken place on 16 April...

2000
Accidents and Losses
A C-185 (729) was involved in a fatal accident.
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Re: SA Military Air Ops: April 'Today in History'

Unread post by Spice » Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:32 am

14 April

1941
The following sorties took place:
 1 Squadron. Three Hurricanes ferry to Egypt.
 51 Flight. Two Ju-52’s flew Air Support missions from Nairobi.

1942
A Hind (149) crashed.

1943
A Baltimore (FA187) allocated to 21 Squadron, was involved in a fatal accident due to fuel starvation on the return leg from an interdiction mission.

1944
A Curtiss P-40D (FX679), allocated to 5 Squadron, did not return from an interdiction mission, the pilot is presumed not to have survived the accident. (C/L?)

1945
A Curtiss P-40D Kittyhawk (FX537) was written-off following damaged sustained due to hostile ground fire.

1989

An Aermacchi AM3C Bosbok (956) crashed in the SWA Operational Area.
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Re: SA Military Air Ops: April 'Today in History'

Unread post by Spice » Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:17 am

15 April

1939
Aircraft Delivery to SAAF: Hart 1 / Serial(s): K2439; K3851; K3883 and K3885

1941
The following sorties took place:
1 Squadron. Four Hurricanes ferried to Egypt.

1942
The following aircraft losses were reported:
A Boston (AL757), allocated to 24 Squadron crashed during landing.
A Northrop Nomad Mk1 (1250) was involved in an accident in the East London area.

1943
26 Squadron, on board the Queen Mary arrived in Freetown (departed South Africa on 09 Apr 1943).
A Supermarine Spitfire (ER987), allocated to 40 Squadron crashed during a low-level tactical reconnaissance mission.

1944
Operations and Operational Statistics:
1 Squadron. Over the period 14/15 April, the squadron destroyed three Me-410; one FW-190; three Me-109 and one Ju-88 during air combat engagements; two Me-109s also damaged. =D> =D>

1945
A 2 Squadron Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX (MJ533) suffered engine failure and crash landed.

1965
Information Note: The prototype S330 Puma made its maiden flight in France. The Air Force took delivery of its first aircraft in 1969 and became the second largest operator of this aircraft type in the World.

1985
The South African Defence Force withdrew from Southern Angola, following the failure of the Joint Military Monitoring Mission. The operation was referred to as Op DIKMELK.

1990
An S-316 Alouette III (56[2]) was involved in an accident.

1992
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team (operating Impala Mk 1) conducted show number 230 at Military Academy.

2000
The South African Museum’s Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX (“5553”) crashed at Swartkop.
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team (operating PC-7 Mk II) conducted show number 358 and 359 at the Swartkop Air Show.
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Re: SA Military Air Ops: April 'Today in History'

Unread post by Ugly Duckling » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:50 am

A fascinating topic with great detail by "Spice" . Here is a previous topic viewtopic.php?f=1&t=72460#p835039
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Re: SA Military Air Ops: April 'Today in History'

Unread post by Spice » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:36 pm

Ugly Duckling wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:50 am
A fascinating topic with great detail by "Spice" . Here is a previous topic viewtopic.php?f=1&t=72460#p835039
Thanks Paul, I am doing a number of updates, will keep thread alive till end of the year, the take a year or two 'sabatical' which will allow to do some more research and update, and see how it developes.
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Re: SA Military Air Ops: April 'Today in History'

Unread post by Spice » Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:29 pm

17 April

1941
The CO of 2 Sqn together with 16 pilots flew to Khartoum on a Flying Boat, to collect the squadron’s Tomahawk aircraft instead of the Mohawks (see March 1941)
The following sorties took place:
1 Squadron. Two Hurricanes conducted a Combat Air Patrol mission.
51 Flight. Two Ju-52’s flew Air Support from Nairobi to Mombasa and Kismayo respectively, returning to Nairobi on completion therefor. A third aircraft flew to Nairobi (night stop).

1942
Aircraft Delivery to SAAF: Hawker Hart (Trainer) / Serial(s): 2047; 2049 and 2050.
No 44 Air School (Grahamstown) dropped the first bomb on “Dikkop’s Flat Range”.
The following aircraft losses were reported:
A Curtiss Tomahawk (AN273) allocated to 4 Squadron was involved in a fatal accident.
A Fairy Battle (948), crashed.

1944
Two Supermarine Spitfire Mk VCs (JL216 and EE856) were involved in separate accidents, respectively allocated to 3 and 4 Squadron. The pilot of EE-596 sustained fatal injuries.

1945
The following aircraft losses were reported:
Two P-51 Mustang Mk IVAs (KM105 and KH620) were involved in fatal accidents, both aircraft were flying with 5 Squadron at the time.
Two Supermarine Spitfire losses were reported too: MH970 an Mk IX: 2 Squadron (damaged by Anti-Aircraft Artillery) and PT962 an Mk IX: 3 Squadron (shot down by hostile ground fire).
A Vickers Warwick Mk V (PN754) spun into the ground during training mission, all nine on-board sustained fatal injuries.

1947
A Ventura (6501), allocated to 60 Squadron, crashed in Khartoum, all 15 on-board were fatally injured.
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Re: SA Military Air Ops: April 'Today in History'

Unread post by Spice » Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:31 am

18 April

1923
A de Havilland DH-9 (123) was written-off following an accident. .

1941
Aircraft Delivery to SAAF: Hawker Hart (Trainer) / Serial(s): 435
The following sorties took place:
1 Squadron. Four Hurricanes conducted Test Flights and a Combat Air Patrol was flown as well.

1942
The following aircraft losses were reported:
A Bristol Blenheim Mk IV (T2243) crashed after an interdiction mission.
An Airspeed Oxford (1966) crashed during the landing at Kimberly.

1944
The following aircraft losses were reported:
A Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX (JL-372) crashed during a fighter escort mission.
An Airspeed Oxford (3552) crashed in the vicinity of Queenstown.

1945
22 Squadron’s Ventura aircraft, operating from Gibraltar, participated in Exercise WALLNUT with a Royal Navy Submarine ‘Vampire’, aimed at exercising surfaced submarine attacks.
The following aircraft losses were reported:
A Baltimore (FB831) allocated to 15 Squadron was involved in an accident, resulting in four fatalities.
A Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX (RK890), 2 Squadron, crashed upon returning to base after a mission – damaged by enemy ground fire.

1974
Aircraft Delivery to SAAF: Impala Mk II serial 1000.

1977
Aircraft Delivery to SAAF: Impala Mk II serial 1036.
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Re: SA Military Air Ops: April 'Today in History'

Unread post by thelsa » Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:42 am

Spice . . . please don't end this thread. Most interesting for us plebs. The information is stunning and amazing. Well done in any case.
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Re: SA Military Air Ops: April 'Today in History'

Unread post by Spice » Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:33 am

thelsa wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:42 am
Spice . . . please don't end this thread. Most interesting for us plebs. The information is stunning and amazing. Well done in any case.
No plans yet to end it, will do all to continue till 31 Dec 19. Then continue some research and update my documents for a year or so, be back once significant new information has been inserted, my plan is to focus on some more WWII stuff, I am trying to source more on our Korean exploit too, and then some more 'current events', and the SAAF activities in the former Front Line States too.

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Re: SA Military Air Ops: April 'Today in History'

Unread post by Spice » Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:12 am

19 April

1932
A de Havilland DH-9 (101) was written-off following an accident.

1940
A De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth (507), crashed in the area of Rietvlei. The cause was reported to be a ‘Spin at Low Level’. A passenger WO2 IHM Gordon was fatally injured in the accident.

1941
The following sorties took place:
1 Squadron. Hurricanes conducted four Ferry flights, two Test Flights, two Base Defence and Eight Combat Air Patrols.
51 Flight. Three Ju-52’s departed on Air Support missions from Nairobi to the following destinations (each): Unknown, Cairo and Kismayo. The latter aircraft returned to Nairobi.
The following aircraft losses were reported:
Two Hind (117 & 174) aircraft crashed during a mid-air collision. One fatality reported.
A Fairy Battle (924), was shot-down by hostile Anti-Aircraft Artillery fire during combat mission. The crew was taken Prisoner of War.

1943
A core team of 26 Squadron flew from Freetown to their West African operating base at Takoradi, to prepare for the arrival of the remaining elements of the Squadron.
Three Curtiss P-40D Kittyhawk aircraft were lost during operations:
AK630: 2 Squadron, written-off during wheels-up at home base (landing) after being damaged by hostile ground fire.
AL159: 2 Squadron – written-off during landing after mission.
ET1025: 5 Squadron was written-off due to damage sustained during operational mission.

1944
A Harvard (7418) was involved in a fatal accident in the UItkyk area.

1945

The following aircraft losses were reported:
A 28 Squadron C-47 Dakota (KN332) crashed due to bad weather whilst flying in France. Seven fatalities reported.
A Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX (NH523), crashed – it belonged to 7 Squadron.
Two Curtiss P-40D Kittyhawk were written-off: FX790/11 Squadron (anti-aircraft fire damage); and 5081, crashed at Waterkloof due to an in-flight engine fire.
A Harvard (7255) was involved in a fatal accident during night flying.
A Ventura (6489) belonging to 29 Squadron crashed during take-off.
A P-51 Mustang Mk IIIB (FB264) crashed after being hit by hostile ground fire. The pilot from 5 Squadron was taken Prisoner of War. Similarly a second aircraft from 5 Squadron (KH713), an Mk IVA was shot down, the pilot was fatally wounded.

1950
Information Note: The first variant of the Vickers Viscount 700 made its maiden flight in the United Kingdom. The Air Force’s aircraft “Casteel” entered service in 1958.

1953
An F-86-F30 Sabre (615 “H”), allocated to 2 Squadron crashed (‘belly’ landing) on returning from an operational mission in Korea.

1964
The last batch of English Electric Canberra aircraft were delivered to the South African Air Force. The aircraft were two T.Mk4 (458 and 459) and a B (I) Mk12 (456).
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Re: SA Military Air Ops: April 'Today in History'

Unread post by Spice » Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:26 pm

20 April

1918
J. Bell, a South African serving in the Royal Flying Corps Force, shot-down a German Fokker DR1, whilst flying a Sopwith Camel. This was his 19th confirmed kill.

1941
1 Squadron. Hurricanes flew nine ferry flights and four Combat Air Patrols.
Captains Driver and Pare, both members of 1 Squadron were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

1942
A 41 Squadron Hartbees (838) suffered engine failure during a cross country flight from Eastleigh to Mombasa, reported damage ‘CAT3’.
The following aircraft losses were reported:
A Bristol Beaufort (754) crashed in the Wingfield area.
A Hartbees (838) was written-off during an accident in Kenya - no further information available.
Two de Havilland Tiger Months (2263 and 2318), crashed during take-off from Klipfontein (Benoni area).
An Airspeed Oxford (3320) was involved in a fatal accident.

1943
An Airspeed Oxford crashed during force landing training, one fatality reported.

1944
A Supermarine Spitfire (EN291) crashed.

1945
A Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX (MJ609) allocated to 7 Squadron, was written-off due to enemy ground fire damage.

1951
A Sikorsky S-51 (A-3) crashed; this was the first helicopter to be written-off in air force service!!

1952
An F-51 Mustang (318), allocated to 2 Squadron crashed whilst conducting a Search and Rescue Combat Air Patrol, in the Cho-do area, the pilot KIA.

1983
It was reported that Operation RHUBYN reached its conclusion in Angola.

2000
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Re: SA Military Air Ops: April 'Today in History'

Unread post by Spice » Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:56 pm

21 April

1939
Aircraft Deliveries
Hart 1 / Serial(s): 391-393 and 395-396.
Tiger Moth: 2135 and 2136; 2138 to 2143; 2143 to 2162 (appreciated date)

1941
Aircraft Deliveries
Hart ‘Trainer’ (458 and 460) / Hind (189 to 191).
Operations and Statistics
3 Squadron reported the successful shooting-down of an Italian Air Force Ca-133, by a Gladiator aircraft.
Sorties
1 Squadron
Hurricanes flew one ferry flight, two Base Defence and seven Combat Air Patrols.
Accidents and Losses
24 Squadron
A Maryland (1626) crashed due to engine failure in the Sudan.

1942
Accidents and Losses
41 Squadron
A Hartbees (852) was written-off in Kenya, following engine failure, caused by lost coolant after hitting telegraph wires during an Army Cooperation sortie.

1943
Accidents and Losses
Unidentified Squadrons
A Hart I (376), was involved in an accident, apparently caused by engine failure during landing at Swartkop .
Two Airspeed Oxfords were involved in unrelated accidents: 1908 ‘no information available’ and 1935, structural failure in flight, one fatality reported.

1944
Accidents and Losses
12 Squadron
A B26 Marauder (FB431) crashed during take-off.

1945
Accidents and Losses
24 Squadron
The last loss of 24 Squadron in WWII, Marauder III HD481 “S” lost after direct hit over Ficarado fatally wounding Lt Oaks and his crew of five
Unidentified Squadrons
A Bristol Beaufighter (NV617) was written-off en-route back to its home base following a strike mission. .

1952
Accidents and Losses
Unidentified Squadrons
A Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXe (5525) crashed due to engine failure in the Vredenburg area.

1953
Accidents and Losses
2 Squadron
An F-86-F30 Sabre (613 “G”), crashed due to fuel starvation or compressor failure, whilst on an operational mission in Korea.

1954
Accidents and Losses
Unidentified Squadrons
A Harvard Mk IIA (7063) was involved in a fatal accident during low-level flying in the Bethlehem area.

1962
General Information
Chief of Staff forwarded a memorandum, requesting the acquisition of 32 Buccaneers and 6 Canberra B(I)8s.

1966
Accidents and Losses
Unidentified Squadrons
An S-316 Alouette III (65) was written-off during an accident in Windhoek (South West Africa). Five fatalities reported.

1978
General Information
The 22 Squadron Wasp that deployed on 10 February 1978, retuned to base (Ysterplaat).

1992
Sorties
Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team
Operating Impala Mk 1 conducted show number 231 at Franschoek.

2007
Sorties
Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team
Operating PC-7 Mk II conducted show number 513 at Ceres.
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22 April

1941
Sorties
1 Squadron. Hurricanes flew four ferry flights, two Base Defence and six Combat Air Patrols.

1942
General Information
No 44 Air School (Grahamstown) commend training of Course #05.
Accidents and Losses
A Fairy Battle (976) reportedly crashed.
A Master (1448) crashed during landing at Knysna.

1943
Operations and Operational Statistics
1 Squadron. Shot-down six Me-323 and two Me-109 aircraft.
No 7 SAAF Wing. Aircraft from various squadrons shot down a total of 30 Me-323s (includes 1 Sqn’s kills)
Sorties
1 Squadron. 12 Spitfires conducted Top Cover for three Kittyhawk squadrons operating over the Gulf of Tunis. The squadron engaged and shot-down enemy aircraft.
Accidents / Losses
A Curtiss P40D Kittyhawk (AK871) was shot-down; the pilot was taken Prisoner of War.

1954
Accidents and Losses
A Harvard (7701) was involved in a fatal accident.

1973
Aircraft Deliveries
The first MB-326KC (Impala Mk 2) serial 1000 was delivered to the South African Air Force.

1983
Deployment and Allocation Updates
1 and 3 Squadron returned to their home bases in South Africa, following an operational deployment to the Operational Area.

1986
General Information
Reports indicate that the first batch of Mirage 5/Kfir TC-7 aircraft arrived at Atlas (Johannesburg International Airport). These aircraft became Cheetah Bs (serial 858 and 859).

2006
Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team (operating PC-7 Mk II) conducted show number 483 and 484 at the Ermelo Airshow.
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Re: SA Military Air Ops: April 'Today in History'

Unread post by Spice » Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:47 am

23 April

1918
General Information
Andrew Beauchamp-Proctor, a South African pilot flying a SE-5A, whilst serving in the Royal Flying Corp (World War 1), shot-down a German Fokker DR1. This was his 10th conformed kill.

1941
Aircraft Deliveries
Hind (3001)
Sorties
1 Squadron. Hurricanes flew two intercept missions (unsuccessful) and four Combat Air Patrols.
51 Flight. A Ju-52 conducted an Air Support mission from Nairobi to Khartoum and back.

1944
Accidents and Losses
17 Squadron
A Ventura (JT812), crashed due to multiple engine failure.

1945
Sorties
22 Squadron
The Squadron (based at Gibraltar), successfully conducted a ‘Contra-Ban’ Interdiction sortie, aimed at interdicting a ship, ‘M/V SAC8’ at position 35:31 North 06:48 West.
Accidents and Losses
5 Squadron
A P-51 Mustang Mk IVA (KH-610) was reported missing during an operational mission; the pilot was a member of 5 Squadron.

1970
Aircraft Deliveries
C-160Z Transall: 334

1992
Accidents and Losses
17 Squadron (?)
An S-316 Alouette III (623), presumably allocated to 17 Squadron crashed in the Vereeniging area.

1993
Accidents and Losses
8 Squadron (?)
An Impala Mk 1 (535), presumably allocated to 8 Squadron, crashed in the Botsabelo area.

2005
Sorties
Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team
Operating PC-7 Mk II conducted show number 461 and 462 at Kroonstad.
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Re: SA Military Air Ops: April 'Today in History'

Unread post by Spice » Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:38 am

24 April

1941
Sorties
1 Squadron. Hurricanes flew four intercepts (unsuccessful), two ferry flights, one Test Flight and two Gunnery Exercises.
Accidents and Losses
A Hurricane (282) belonging to 1 Sqn, was reportedly written-off after being shot-down by hostile ground-fire, in the area of “Jimma”. The pilot, Lt J Howitson was fatally wounded during this hostile action.

1942
General Information
Major le Mesurier was appointed as the new Officer Commanding, No 1 Fighter Squadron.
Accidents and Losses
An Airspeed (3545) stalled when landing at night at Kimberly, it was written-off.
A Fairey Battle (976) had reportedly been involved in an accident.

1943
Deployment and Allocation Updates
The remaining elements of 26 Squadron, embarked on-board the Llanstephan Castle, to Freetown to join the advance party that had arrived there on 15 April 1943.

1944
Accidents and Losses
A Bristol Beaufighter, was written off – two fatalities, no additional information available.
A Curtiss P-40D Kittyhawk (FX-632) allocated to 5 Squadron executed a forced-landing, the pilot was taken Prisoner of War.

1945
Deployment and Allocation Updates
35 Squadron received the first of 16 Short Sunderland GR.5 Maritime Patrol Aircraft.
Accidents and Losses
A Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX (MH544) allocated to 2 Squadron crashed due engine failure whilst in the circuit.
A P-51 (KH808) was shot-down, the pilot sustained fatal injuries. The aircraft was an Mk IVA allocated to 5 Squadron.
A 22 Squadron Ventura (W-FP614) was written-off due to total Hydraulic Failure, it ran off the runway at Gibraltar.

1975
Aircraft Deliveries
Impala Mk II serial 1010.

1976
Deployment and Allocation Updates
4 Squadron deployed eight Impala Mk II aircraft to the operational area, it was the type’s first deployment to SWA.

1978
General Information
A Shackleton MR Mk 3, (1719) was withdrawn from service after reaching end of fatigue life.
Information Note
International Peace Talks to resolve the situation in South West Africa/Namibia continued, and the RSA accepted the list of Western proposals for a cessation of hostilities and implementation of UN Resolution 435. Unfortunately South West Africa PO did not accept the conditions!

2006
Sorties
The Air Force’s first Super Lynx 300 (ZK115/191) made its maiden flight at Yeovil, United Kingdom.
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