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

Unread post by Spice » Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:37 am

15 March

1917

General Information
C.J.Q. Brand, a South African pilot, serving in the RFC (World War 1), flying a Nieuport, shot-down a German LVG-C (Kill # 02/12) and a Albatros DV (Kill #03/12).

1918

General Information
Andrew Beauchamp Proctor, a South African , flying a Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5A in the Royal Flying Corps (during World War 1); engaged and successfully shot-down a German ‘DFWC’, this was his 6th air-to-air kill.

1922

Operations and Statistics
Following the commencement of earlier air operations, it was reported that these operations were completed according to the assigned task in the Benoni and Brakpan area. The air force had flown 172 operational hours, two pilots fatally wounded, two injured and two aircraft irreparably damaged. This heralded the first operational use of the South African Air Force’s assets.

1940

Accidents and Losses
A Hartbees (828) was written-off following a crash. (Unknown)

1941

Sorties
3 Squadron: Twelve Hurricanes conducted a combined Offensive Combat Air Patrol and Airfield Interdiction mission from Dagah Bur, two aircraft were lost during the mission (see below).
51 Flight: Two Air Support missions were flown from Nairobi, to Germiston and Mogadishu respectively.
Accidents and Losses
A Hurricane Mk 1 (280 “W”) was shot-down by hostile surface-to-air fire, pilot rescued by a second Hurricane that landed and ‘picked-up’ the pilot. The aircraft belonged to 3 Squadron.
A second Hurricane Mk 1 (294), was shot down during hostile ground-fire engagement, fatally wounding the pilot.

1942

Accidents and Losses
A Tomahawk (AN321) was written-off (after landing safely) following damage sustained when a Luftwaffe Bf-109 engaged this aircraft belonging to 2 Squadron.

1943

Accidents and Losses
A Maryland (1628/AH318) crashed – the aircraft apparently ‘spun-in’.
A Bristol Blenheim Mk-IV (Z7698) crashed, there were two fatalities as result of the accident.

1944

Accidents and Losses
41 Squadron reported a fatal accident involving a Supermarine Spitfire Mk VC (MA264).

1945

Accidents and Losses
A C-47 Dakota (KG525), crashed when it stalled on take-off.

1969

Accidents and Losses
A Mirage IIIEZ (821) was written-off during an accident, in the Baragwaneth area.

1978

Aircraft Delivery to SAAF
Impala Mk II serial 1050.

1982

Aircraft Delivery to SAAF
Impala Mk II serial 1093.

1983

Deployment and Allocation Updates
The C-47 ‘Dragon’ Dakota deployed to the operational area (Ondangwa). The aircraft was on strength of 44 Squadron and armed with a 20mm cannon.

Sorties
Puma helicopters were also used to insert special force operators in the Chicusse area (Angola).

1991

Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team flew show number 188 at Vredenburg, equipped with Impala Mk 1 aircraft.

1996

General Information
Approval was received to continue/start the Oryx M2 project (Antarctica). The Oryx Mk. 2 contains such a number of differences, that a different model number is used, to distinguish the type. Although, operated and flown by 22 Squadron of the South African Air Force.
These helicopters were specifically built for use by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT), as part of SANAP (South African National Antarctic Program).
Two Oryx helicopters were modified for operations in the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic, for which they have been painted (for a period) in the red and white colour scheme. Highly effective, de-icing equipment, of up rated specification, was the central requirement of the Mk. 2 program. The project received the go-ahead on 15 March 1996, with Lt Col K. Viljoen as project leader. The project was completed three weeks ahead of schedule and the two helicopters delivered to 22 Squadron, during October 1997. One of the Mk. 2 Oryx helicopters was written off subsequent to a crash landing in July 2004.
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Re: SA Military Air Ops: MARCH 'Today in History'

Unread post by Spice » Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:40 am

16 March

1918

General Information
Samuel M. Kinkead, a South African, serving in the Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Air Force, flying a Sopwith Camel during World War 1 shot-down a German Albatros DV (Kill Claim #16).
J. Bell, a South African , serving in the and Royal Flying Corps, flying a Sopwith Camel during World War 1 shot-down a German Albatros DV (Kill Claim #06 & 07).

1930

Accidents and Losses
A Mantis (originally a converted DH.9 serial 104) re-numbered to 157 was written-off due to an accident.

1937

Accidents and Losses
A de Havilland DH.9 (125) was written-off following an accident.

1941

General Information
Major T. Ross took over command of 1 Squadron.

Deployment and Allocation Updates
No 51 Flight was deployed at Nairobi, comprising of 6 Ju-52 (14 Officers and 49 NCO). Three aircraft were also deployed at Khartoum.

1943

Accidents and Losses
A Boston (unidentified) reportedly crashed.

1944

Accidents and Losses
A Harvard Mk IIA (7241) was involved in a fatal accident over a weapons range area, the aircraft apparently stalled.
A B-26 Marauder (FB492) was shot down by hostile anti-aircraft artillery. Four of 12 Squadron’s crew was fatally wounded and two crew were taken Prisoner of War.

1953

Operations and Statistics
2 Squadron “Flying Cheetahs” commenced operations from the airbase at K-55 (Korea).

1965

Accidents and Losses
A Dakota (6824) crashed and was reported written-off.

1971

Accidents and Losses
A de Havilland Vampire FB.9 (237) executed a forced landing, and written-off in the South African Air Force. The aircraft was transferred to the Rhodesian Air Force after the accident.

1978

Aircraft Deliveries
Impala Mk II serial 1051

1979

General Information
The Angolan government claimed to have shot-down six South African aircraft during Operation REKSTOK. The South African Air Force only acknowledged a single loss, that of a Canberra (see 14 March 1979).

1991

Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team flew show number 189 at Vredenburg, equipped with Impala Mk 1 aircraft.
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team flew show number 190 at Mykonos, equipped with Impala Mk 1 aircraft.

2009

Operations and Statistics
Exercise SHIELD III commenced as part of the preparation training for the Soccer World Cup.
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Re: SA Military Air Ops: MARCH 'Today in History'

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17 March

1918

General Information
Andrew Beauchamp Proctor, a South African , flying a Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5A in the Royal Flying Corps (during World War 1); engaged and successfully shot-down a German ‘Albatros DV’, this was his 7th air-to-air kill.
Andrew Beauchamp Proctor, a South African , flying a Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5A in the Royal Flying Corps (during World War 1); engaged and successfully shot-down a German ‘DFWC’, this was his 8th air-to-air kill.
Andrew Beauchamp Proctor, a South African , flying a Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5A in the Royal Flying Corps (during World War 1); engaged and successfully shot-down a German ‘Pfalz D III’, this was his 9th air-to-air kill.
J. Bell, a South African , serving in the and Royal Flying Corps, flying a Sopwith Camel during World War 1 shot-down a German Albatros DV (Kill Claim #08).

1920

Sorties
The ‘Voortrekker’ departed Bulawayo en-route to Pretoria.

1941

Sorties
51 Flight: A Ju-52 flew an Air Support mission from Nairobi to Mogadishu.

1942

Accidents and Losses
An Anson (1176) crashed at George during a night landing – undercarriage failure.

1944

Accidents and Losses
3 Squadron reported the loss of a Supermarine Spitfire (unidentified serial).

1945

Deployment and Allocation Updates
40 Squadron deployed ‘C-Flight’ to El Adem, the flight comprised of two Hurricanes and one Curtiss Tomahawk.

Accidents and Losses
1 Squadron reported the loss of a Supermarine Spitfire (EN201).
A Supermarine Spitfire (MJ588) allocated to 4 Squadron suffered engine failure and crashed – during the return to base route of the operational mission.

1975

Information Note
Delegates from UNITA, RSA Military Intelligence and the Bureau of State Security met in Gaborone (Botswana).

1981

Sorties
During Operation INTERRUPT; four Canberras (12 Squadron) and five Buccaneers (24 Squadron) conducted an interdiction mission from Grootfontein to targets south west of Lubango (Angola).

1990

Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team flew show number 169 at Stellenbosch, equipped with Impala Mk 1 aircraft.

1994

Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team flew show number 272 and 273 at Hoedspruit, equipped with Impala Mk 1 aircraft.
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Re: SA Military Air Ops: MARCH 'Today in History'

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18 March

1918

General Information
E.T. Hayne, a South African pilot, serving in the RNAS (World War 1), flying a Sopwith Camel, shot-down a German Fokker D V (Kill # 03/15) and a DFW-C (Kill # 04/15).

1940

General Information
No 50 (Transport) Squadron was formed at Zwartkop, following the transfer of seven Vickers Valentias from No 70 Squadron (Royal Air Force).

1941

Sorties
51 Flight: A Ju-52 flew an Air Support mission from Nairobi to Mogadishu.

1942

Aircraft Deliveries:
Tiger Moth: (Arrived in Union) 2407 to 2426

1944

Accidents and Losses
A Supermarine Spitfire (JK108), allocated to 3 Squadron, reported an undercarriage problem, and executed a belly-landing.

1945

Sorties
3 Squadron. Ten Spitfires conducted Air-to-Ground sorties on gun emplacements. Three Spitfires flew escort for three C-47s involved with a supply drop. Four Armed Reconnaissance sorties were flown too.

1949

Accidents and Losses
A Harvard (7438), Mk III version, crashed during take-off; apparently it collided with a vehicle.

1950

Accidents and Losses
A Harvard Mk IIA (7046) lost its engine cowling during flight, the aircraft crashed in the Baragwaneth area, both crew sustained fatal injuries.

1974

General Information
A report in the Sunday Times newspaper quoted ‘PW Botha’ (Minister of Defence) as stating that there was only one solution to the long-term war being waged on the borders (he did not mention specific borders) and that was ‘a military solution with highly trained people and weapons!’. This was his standpoint since being appointed as Minister of Defence six years earlier.

1975

General Information
Delegates from UNITA, RSA Military Intelligence and the Bureau of State Security met in Gaborone (Botswana).

1989

Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team flew shows number 157 and 158 at Ysterplaat, equipped with Impala Mk 1 aircraft.

1998

Accidents and Losses
Rick Culpan was fatally injured at Air Force Base Swartkop when the South African Air Force’s Percival Provost crashed at the airfield.

2000

Sorties
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team flew show number 355 at Stellenbosh, equipped with PC-7 Mk II Astra aircraft.

2005

Accidents and Losses
An S-316 Alouette III (626), crashed in the Harrismith area. It is presumed to have belonged to 17 Squadron.
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Re: SA Military Air Ops: MARCH 'Today in History'

Unread post by Spice » Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:41 am

19 March

1940

Aircraft Deliveries
Valentia (Serials: 264 to 268).

1941

Sorties
51 Flight. An Air Support mission was flown using a Ju-52 from Nairobi to Mogadishu.

1943

Accidents and Losses
A Fairy Battle (990) crashed during an attempted forced landing on a beach, after suffering engine failure.

1944

Accidents and Losses
2 Squadron reported the loss of Supermarine Spitfire (MJ196), an Mk IX – it was shot down by ground fire.

1945

Sorties
3 Squadron. 15 Spitfires conducted Air-to-Ground sorties on various targets, e.g. gun emplacements, regimental command posts and troop concentrations. Two aircraft conducted Weather Reconnaissance missions. Four Spitfires conducted Armed Reconnaissance sorties whilst another escort four sorties were flown in support of a B25 conducting supply drops.

Accidents and Losses
A Consolidated Liberator allocated to 31 Squadron, KH-244 ‘Q’, crashed when an in-flight fire caused the crew to abandon the aircraft en-route to their designated target.
7 Squadron reported the loss of a Supermarine Spitfire (MK783) at Ravena.

1970

Aircraft Deliveries
C-160Z Transall: 332

Accidents and Losses
A Canadair CL13B Sabre Mk.6 (355) crashed following a mid-air collision with another Sabre Mk.6 (370).

1974

Aircraft Deliveries
P-166S Albatross: 896

1988

Accidents and Losses
A 1 Squadron Mirage F-1AZ (223) was lost during an operational mission in Angola, fatally wounding the pilot Maj W van Coppenhagen.

2005

Sorties
A 60 Squadron Boeing B-707 arrived in Sweden to start trails in support of the Gripen Air-to-Air Refuelling qualification program.
The Silver Falcon Aerobatic Team flew show number 459 at Simon’s Town, equipped with PC-7 Mk II Astra aircraft.
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