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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

Unread post by Spice » Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:51 pm

16 August 19xx and 20xx

1942

A Tomahawk (AN-329) allocated to 5 Squadron, engaged a Bf-109, it was damaged and the pilot of the Tomahawk ‘bailed’ from his aircraft, unfortunately he sustained fatal injuries.

A 2 Squadron Kittyhawk (ET-522) crashed after being shot down by a Luftwaffe Bf-109.

1943

An Airspeed Oxford (3651) crashed – no further information available.

A Tiger Moth (2291) crashed in the vicinity of Renosterkop.

Two Miles Master aircraft were involved in separate accidents:
- 2882; fatal; low-level roll.
- 2925, forced landing in the vicinity of Standerton.

1944

A Hurricane (5287) crashed in the vicinity of Pretoria.

A 12 Squadron Marauder (HD-452) crashed after take-off, fatally injuring six crew members onboard.

1949

A Spitfire (5548) crashed after the engine failed.

1960

A 1 Squadron, Canadair CL13B Sabre (376) written-off during accident in the Pretoria area. The pilot, 2Lt CN Venter ejected. The reported cause of the accident: flame-out due to fuel starvation, apparently the aircraft had not been refueled at Air Force Base Waterkloof.
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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

Unread post by Spice » Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:42 am

17 August 19xx and 20xx

1942

A Boston (Z-2294) belonging to 24 Squadron crashed after an in-flight fire erupted onboard the aircraft.

1943

An Avro Anson (4333) overshot the runway during landing and collided with a second aircraft ‘4328’.

A Tiger Moth (2395) crashed.

A Miles master (2380) crashed in the Standerton area.

12 Squadron reported a Boston (HK-869) accident – the aircraft overshot the runway during landing at Hal Far.

1944

An Anson (4305) suffered structural failure during a night flying mission, the wings detached (during a dive), one crew member sustained fatal injuries.

A 16 Squadron Beaufighter (LZ-336) crashed during a mission.

31 Squadron reported the following Liberator accidents:
- EV-941; eight fatalities; missing after returning from a supply drop mission.
- EW-248; seven fatalities; exploded in mid-air after supply drop mission en-route to home base.
- EW-161; seven fatalities; shot down by Luftwaffe Bf-109.

A 4 Squadron Spitfire (MA-761) hit a tree during an ground attack mission, the pilot bailed from the aircraft.

1950

A Harvard (7391) with two crewmembers onboard was involved in a fatal accident during a low-level sortie.

1962

A 17 Squadron Alouette II (17) was involved in a fatal accident in the du Toit’s Kloof area.

1963

A Harvard (7322) was written-off during a fatal accident, when the aircraft struck high tension wires.

1977

An Impala Mk 1 (561) was written of during an accident in the Upington area (Northern Cape). The pilot Maj Moody was fatally injured.
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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

Unread post by Spice » Thu Aug 18, 2011 5:28 am

18 August 19xx and 20xx

1941

A Hawker Hartbees (827), crashed during a forced landing.

A Hawker Audax (1826) was involved in a fatal aircraft accident, caused by engine failure after take-off.

1943

The prototype Sikorsky S-51 took to the air.

A Boston III (FA-344), allocated to 21 Squadron crashed when it rolled during final approach, four fatalities reported.

An Airspeed Oxford (3475), crashed – engine failure after take-off.

A Westland Wapiti (614) was involved in an accident and subsequently written-off.

1944

A Hawker Hurricane (5302) was involved in a fatal accident.

A 22 Squadron Ventura (6493) crashed at Gibraltar.

1949

A Spitfire (5571) was involved in a fatal accident in the Pretoria area.

1953

22 Squadron reported the loss of a Ventura (6504) when it crashed at Ysterplaat during landing.

1957

Avro Shackleton MR Mk 3, SA Air Force (serial 1716 “J”) arrived in South Africa (delivery flight).
Avro Shackleton MR Mk 3, SA Air Force (serial 1717 “O”) arrived in South Africa (delivery flight).
Avro Shackleton MR Mk 3, SA Air Force (serial 1718 “K”) arrived in South Africa (delivery flight).
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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

Unread post by Spice » Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:07 am

19 August 19xx and 20xx

1941

A Martin Maryland (1674) overshot the runway at Port Elizabeth during a night landing; the aircraft was written-off.

1968

A Harvard (7009) crashed.
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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

Unread post by Spice » Sat Aug 20, 2011 6:02 am

20 August 19xx and 20xx


1941

A Hawker Hart I, serial 345, was involved in an accident in the East London area.
A Hawker Hart (Trainer), serial 443, was involved in an accident. It seems not to be related to the accident of a similar aircraft type in the East London area on the same day.

1943

A Hartbees (864) was involved in a fatal accident, two persons on board.
An Airspeed Oxford (3664) ditched during a weapons training sortie, three crew suffered fatal injuries.

1944

12 Squadron reported the loss of a Martin Marauder (FB-516), three fatalities.

1977

A Harvard (7412) with two crew onboard was involved in a fatal mid-air collision.

2004

A MBB BK-117 (389, ex ZS-XBX) crashed (heavy landing) during an exercise Blue Angel in Zambia.
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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

Unread post by Spice » Sun Aug 21, 2011 5:19 am

21 August 19xx and 20xx

1941

The following Martin Maryland aircraft were involved in accidents:
- 1623; 24 Squadron; shot down by Bf-109.
- 1636; 12 Squadron; intercepted by Bf-109s, sustained damage; returned to base; written-off due to damage.
- 1662; 12 Squadron; shot down.

2 Squadron reported the following aircraft losses:
- AK-375; fatal; missing during operational mission.
- AM-370; shot down by Bf-109.
- AK-372; shot down by Bf-109.

1944

A Bristol Beaufighter (LZ-375); allocated to 16 Squadron, flew into a building during an air-to-ground attack profile (target was a station); both crew sustained fatal injuries.

A Ventura (JS-891) crashed; it belonged to 27 Squadron.

A B-24 Liberator (EW-229), allocated to 34 Squadron was reported missing.

1956

A Vampire T.55 (271) crashed at Waterkloof.

1973

Two Impala Mk 1 aircraft (most likely allocated to 85 ‘Advanced Flying School’) were lost following mid-air collision in the Pietersburg area. The aircraft involved were: 529 and 553. All four crew members were fatally injured.

1974

The British Aerospace Hawk trainer flew for the first time.

1997

The German proposal for the South African ‘Strategic Defence Package’ was announced their offer was as follows: 35-40 DASA AT-2000, 60 x EC135/635, four AS-532 and the Fairchild Dornier 328 (Maritime Patrol) aircraft.
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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

Unread post by Spice » Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:15 am

22 August 19xx and 20xx

1943

A 41 Squadron Hurricane (KW-848) crashed during a night take-off. The pilot sustained fatal injuries.

1944

31 Squadron reported the loss of a Liberator (EW-261), four crew members did not survive the incident.

A 5 Squadron Kittyhawk (FX-729) was shot down by hostile ground fire.

The following Hurricane losses were reported:
- 5240; crashed in the Warmbath’s area.
- 5262; fatal; mid-air with 5229.
- 5229; mid-air with 5262.

A 22 Squadron Ventura (JT-896) crashed on take-off (Gibraltar).

The following Spitfire accidents were reported:
- JL-370; 2 Squadron.
- MA-805; 1 Squadron; fatal.

1952

A Mustang (380) was involved in a fatal accident in Korea.

1970

The prototype Aermacchi MB326K (single seat variant) made its maiden flight in Italy. These aircraft entered service with the SA Air Force in 1974.

1979

Canberras from 12 Squadron, joined a Rhodesian Canberra strike force to attack targets in Zambia (Operation PLACID I). The aircraft operated from Fylde Air Force Base.

1985

An Impala Mk 2 (1043) crashed in the Operational Area/SWA in the vicinity of M’Pacha.

2000

An Impala Mk 2 (1089), allocated to 85 Combat Flying School, crashed in the Hoedspruit area, fatally injuring the pilot Lt DH Smith.
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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

Unread post by Spice » Tue Aug 23, 2011 5:01 am

23 August 19xx and 20xx

1942

A Tomahawk (AM-466) belonging to 5 Squadron crashed during operations.

1944

5 Squadron reported the loss of a P-40D Kittyhawk (FX-759).

1954

The first flight of the Lockheed YC130 took place in the United States of America.

1958

A Harvard (7193) was involved in a fatal aircraft accident.

1976

SADF Troops were flown up in C130B’s and Calueque was occupied in a successful operation using Alouette IIIs on 26 August 1976.

First In-Flight Refueling work-up missions began for Mirage F1AZ crews during a day of ‘dry-plugs’ from the Buccaneers of 24 Squadron.

1978

SWAPO/PLAN insurgents attacked Katima Mulilo. South African follow-up operations commenced at approximately 05h00GMT with ground forces and a Alouette III Gunship entering Zambian territory. The follow-up operation continued till 27 August, and included further air strikes by 12 Squadron (Canberra) and 24 Squadron (Buccaneers), both units operating from Air Force Base Waterkloof.

1979

Operation MOTEL 1 was conducted when a combined South African/Rhodesian Air Force strike mission, flew interdiction against targets approximately 20nm South West of Solwezi in Zambia.

1981

During Operation PROTEA, the SA Air Force launched strikes on the Cahama Air Defence installations, as the opening round for the operation.

Buccaneers of 24 Squadron fired AS30 missiles against targets in the Chibemba/ Cahama area – the targets being radar installations.
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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

Unread post by Spice » Thu Aug 25, 2011 3:24 am

24 August 19xx and 20xx

1942

8 Squadron disbanded (WWII) and all staff transferred to 27 Squadron and 27 Squadron formally established too.

26 Squadron was established at Air Force Station Zwartkop as a Torpedo, Bomber and Reconnaissance squadron. The unit was tasked to protect the Union’s east coast from a perceived threat from the Japanese Navy. It seems as if the unit operated a mix of Ventura and Wellington (Mk X and Mk XI) aircraft at the date of establishment.

1943

A Spitfire VB (ER-482) conducted a force landing, due to fuel starvation – subsequently written-off. The aircraft belonged to 40 Squadron.

1944

A Harvard (7416) crashed.
A 4 Squadron Spitfire (MJ-121) crashed during an air-to-ground strike mission.

1966

Six Alouette III helicopters arrived in South West Africa prior to the commencement of operations.

1981

Four Impala Mk II conducted interdiction missions against opposing force’s anti-aircraft artillery installations at Pue-Pue and later at Humbe (Operation PROTEA).

Four Buccaneers attacked a Brigade Headquarters at Pue-Pue, and anti-aircraft installations in the Xangongo area. On completion of the latter mission, it was followed-up by interdiction missions consisting of various aircraft: 5 x Canberra; 8 x Mirage F-1AZ; 6 x Mirage F-1CZ; 4 x Mirage IIICZ and 8 x Impala Mk II.

1995

A RAF VC10 tanker arrived in South Africa. In-flight refueling exercises and training done with 1 & 2 Squadron and 89 Combat FS. The VC10 belonged to 101 Squadron and was hosted at 60 Squadron for the duration of the exercise at Waterkloof.

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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

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25 August 19xx and 20xx

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1941

A Hawker Hartbees, serial 865 was written-off after being shot down near Gondar, both crew survived - no further information available.

1966

A Cessna C-185 (744) lost following an accident in the Krugersdorp area.

1981

An Alouette III (48) was shot-down by 14,5mm AAA during a Close Air Support Mission, in Southern Angola, fatally wounding the aircrew: Lt Bertus Roos and Sgt Clifton Stacey.

1982

25th Anniversary of the Wasp with 8-ship formation (only done once previously with 12 in 1975). The aircraft and crew: No 1: Cmdt ‘Monster’ Wilkens and Sgt Alan Clark. (Wasp 82); No 2: Capt Rob Sproul and Sgt Eddie Strever; No 3: Capt Graham Lock and F/sgt Trevor Newham; No 4: Capt Dick Paxton and F/sgt Sallies v Rensburg; No 5: Capt Eric Fisher and Sgt Manie Jansen; No 6: Maj Gawie Venter and F/sgt Bird; No 7: Capt Allan Reynolds and Sgt Andy Pentelbury; No 8: Maj Charlie Bent and Sgt Nick de Beer.
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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

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26 August 19xx and 20xx

1941

A Gloster Gladiator (1343) reportedly crashed.

1942

A Hawker Hartbees, serial 840 was written-off during an accident at Cato Ridge - no further information available.

1943

A Spitfire (EP-305) allocated to 2 Squadron crashed.
It was reported that a Tiger Moth (2484) was involved in a fatal accident.
A 15 Squadron Baltimore (FA-285), ditched during a ferry flight, one fatality reported.

1944

A Mosquito (NS-521) was reported missing during an operational mission; it is presumed the crew sustained fatal injuries.
An 11 Squadron Spitfire (JK-472) crashed when it suffered engine failure.

1967

A Harvard (7066) was involved in a crash landing in the Kleinmond area.

1991

A roll-out ceremony was held to unveil the C-47 Turbo- Dakota conversion, the first aircraft off the Snake Valley production line was 6835.
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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

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27 August ...

1942

1 Squadron reported the loss of a Hurricane (Z-5469) which had been shot-down by a Bf-109, the pilot was fatally wounded.

1943

A Tiger Moth (2354) crashed when it entered a spin at low-level.

1965

A Harvard (7365) was involved in a fatal accident when it crashed during a navigation exercise.

1974

An Impala Mk 1 (587) involved in an accident and written-off in the Potchefstoom area, fatally injuring 2 Lt AS Gouws.
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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

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28 August ...

1934

The South African Air Force confirmed the placement of an order to purchase three De Havilland DH.66 Hercules aircraft from Imperial Airways. These aircraft remained in service until 1943.

1941

A 1 Squadron Hurricane (Z-4697) was involved in a fatal crash landing.

1942

Two Bristol Blenheim aircraft were involved in accidents:
- BA-309; 15 Squadron; shot-down; 3 fatalities.
- BA-149, crash landing.

1943

A Miles Master (2730) crashed, due to engine failure after take-off.

1944

A Spitfire (JL-163) allocated to 4 Squadron was involved in a fatal accident, after being hit by hostile ground fire.

1953

A 2 Squadron F-86F Sabre, serial 614/P, crashed along the Korean coast, following a reported ‘control failure’. It was reported that the pilot 2Lt MC Botha ejected over water and drowned.
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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

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29 August

1934

A Westland Wapiti (609) was involved in an accident at Zwartkop and subsequently written-off.

1942

A Martin Maryland (1621) was written-off during a wheels-up landing due to hydraulic failure.

Eleven Kittyhawks and eleven Tomahawks patrolled the forward areas, meeting a reported ten plus Bf 109s and MC.202s. 2 Squadron claimed one fighter shot down and five damaged when Lieutenant Bennetts claimed a MC.202, Lieutenant Hope claimed a damaged Bf 109 and a damaged MC.202, while Captain Parsonson and Lieutenant Hojem each claimed a damaged MC.202. Lieutenant Morrison claimed a damaged Bf 109. Lieutenant Joseph Kourie of the unit was shot down and killed. 5 Squadron claimed two fighters and two probable’s when Second Lieutenant Smith claimed a MC.202, Lieutenant Lindebergh a Bf 109 and Captain Colman and Major Pearce claimed a probable Bf 109 each. Pearce’s aircraft was damaged during the engagement.

1943

A P-40D Kittyhawk (5004) was written-off during an accident.

1944

A Tiger Moth (2154) was involved in a fatal accident.
A B-24 Liberator (EW-165) allocated to 34 Squadron crashed, seven fatalities were reported.
A Hurricane (5324) was involved in a fatal accident.

1951

2 Squadron reported the loss of a Mustang (329) during a mission in Korea.

1974

The last Impala Mk 1 was delivered to the South African Air Force.
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Re: SAAF: January 1920 to Present

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30 August

1940

A Hawker Hartbees, serial 816 was written-off during an accident, the pilot A/M Rynhoud was fatally injured - no further information available.

1941

A Martin Maryland (1648) crash landed at Landing Ground 105.

1942

24 Squadron reported the loss of a Boston aircraft with four crew members.

1943

15 Squadron reported the loss of a Baltimore (FA-496) when the wheels raised prematurely during take-off.

The South African Air Force’s sole Junkers F.13FE, serial 259 (ex ZS-AEA), piloted by Lt Col JDT Louw was written-off during an accident. All onboard reported safe.

1944

A 3 Squadron Spitfire (EN-265) crashed when it caught fire during an attack mission.

A Hurricane (5201) crashed in the vicinity of St Albans.

Two Bristol Beaufighter were involved in fatal accidents:
- JM-415, 2 fatalities, shot-down by hostile ground fire – ditched.
- EL-398. 1 fatality, shot-down during a ground attack mission.

1945

11 Squadron reported a fatal Spitfire accident (serial NH-355).

1951

A Mustang (306) crashed at K-10.
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