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PostPosted: 02 Jul 2011, 08:54 
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Spice wrote:
is indeed then to have been a Wasp - out of public eye as you correctly state


Just a brief little interlude here - and take it with a large pinch of salt or as an urban (naval) legend, if you will. When the SAN first envisaged getting wings, in the very early sixties, prior to the conversion of the Simon van der Stel to carry two Wasps in 1963, for a brief microsecond in time the Navy contemplated establishing it's own "air wing". Saner mind seemed to have prevailed - probably at the cost of running a small helicopter section independently of the Air Force so it never really happened. But the idea was around long enough to build a base at Oatlands, in Simon's Town, with landing areas, a hangar and refuelling facilities. I do not know if it was ever seriously used - by the early 1970s if was deserted and forlorn and was demolished in the eighties, I believe. If anyone ever saw Wasps using it - please prove! I never did.

Me and my big mouth! I should have thought the Navy never demolishes anything if it can help it!

Here's a 2005 photo of the helibase in Simon's Town - where the Wasps were to have been based.

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03 JULY 19XX AND 20XX

1941

An Avro Anson (1158) crashed during a sortie.

A Martin Maryland (1606) crashed at the Germiston airfield.

1942

The Allied air effort reached its peak in the Desert, and has been called the most critical day in the Battle for Egypt with 151 light bomber and 524 fighter sorties, 132 of the former and 219 of the latter flown by Desert Air Force’s South African squadrons.

A 1 Squadron Hurricane (BG-971), shot down an enemy Junkers JU-87.

1 Squadron reported the loss of Hurricane “AX-J”.

1943

Capt Langerman (1 Squadron), became one of the first Allied pilots to fly an Fw-190.

21 Squadron reported the loss of four Baltimore aircraft:

- Mk III / AH-142 (4 fatalities): Shot down by Anti-Aircraft Artillery.
- Mk III / FA-345 (3 fatalities): Cause unknown – aircraft missing.
- Mk III / AG-977 (3 fatalities): Cause unknown – aircraft missing.
- Mk III / AG-877 (2 fatalities): Cause unknown – aircraft missing.

1944

A B-24 Liberator (EW-199) allocated to 31 Squadron crashed, four crew members sustained fatal wounds when the aircraft was shot-down during an operational sortie.

Three Spitfires were lost during operational missions:

- 1 Squadron: Mk IX ‘MA-510’ (fatal) shot down and an Mk IX ‘LZ-861’ also reported to have been shot-down by hostile ground fire.
- 7 Squadron: Mk IX ‘MH-971’ shot down.


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PostPosted: 03 Jul 2011, 09:16 
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3rd July 1942 1 Squadron destroyed

13 Ju 87's and damaged 2
1 Bf-109 and damaged 1

Hurricane AX-J # 177 flown by Lt G.R Connell was damaged by the rear gunner of the Ju-87 he damaged and he made a forced landing at Burg-El -Arab. There are so interesting photos at this site of 1 Sqn birds

http://www.connellweb.co.uk/3.html


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PostPosted: 03 Jul 2011, 10:37 
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Those are definitely Alo III's in that picture... so was the Wasp used at all?

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The Wasp it did the first air rescue at sea near Cape Point on the ship Nolloth.

This photo with the Alouette III's is the SA Seafarer aground at Mouille Point light house, my old Cop shop in Cape Town, SAPolice Sea Point is approx 400m away.

If you go through the sequence of photo there there are some really interesting ones.


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1942

Combat Operations: The 1st Combat Air Patrol sortie was flown by 7 Squadron - Hurricanes.

1 Squadron reported the possible shoot down of a Luftwaffe Junkers Ju-87. The Hurricane was the same aircraft from which the kill on 03 July 1942 had been claimed.

1 Squadron lost two Hurricanes during combat operations:
- ‘BG-971’: Shot down by Luftwaffe Bf-109
- One unidentified aircraft.

2000

The five Boeing B-707s based at Waterkloof (60 Squadron) were grounded due to ‘maintenance’ issues.

2005

An Impala Mk 2 (1068), allocated to 85 Combat Flying School crashed in the Hoedspruit area, following a bird-strike.


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1942

A flight of 7 Squadron was re-equipped with Hurricane Mk IIIB’s
The first Avro York flight was conducted.

1943

A De Havilland Mosquito Mk II (DD-743) was involved in a fatal accident.
A Harvard Mk IIA (7251) was involved in a fatal accident.
A Douglas Boston (AL-762) allocated to 24 Squadron was written-off during a fatal accident. The aircraft’s four crew members did not survive the accident. It reportedly crashed 6 nm off Cape Carthage.

1945

A Harvard Mk IIA (7204) crashed during a mission

1951

A Spitfire Mk IXe (5532) crashed due to engine failure in the Langebaan area.

1952

6 Squadron was re-formed as part-time Active Citizen Force unit in Port Elizabeth operating Harvards.

1996

The Mirage F-1 aircraft celebrated its 21st Anniversary in service with the South African Air Force.

1983

No 5 Maintenance Unit commenced operations at Air Force Base Ondangwa.


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06 JULY 19XX AND 20XX

1941

A Curtiss Tomahawk (AK-401) allocated to 2 Squadron was damaged by hostile ground fire during a sortie and executed a crash-landing,

1942

A DH.82 Tiger Month, serial 2273, crashed during a low-level exercise as result of a stall.

1945

A Ventura (6099) crashed during landing at Air Force Base Pietersburg, when the aircraft’s brakes failed which caused the undercarriage to collapse, and subsequently an engine broke-off too.

A Junkers Ju-86 (Z or K1), serial 651 was written-off during an accident.

1942

A Hawker Fury, serial 208, reportedly crashed in the Cato Ridge area.

1943

A Bristol Blenheim (BA-374) crashed after being ‘hit’ by another aircraft (presumably during a mid-air).

1944

An Avro Anson (4312) was involved in a fatal accident (5 POB), when it broke-up in mid-flight.

1945

A Harvard (7346) was written-off during a ground collision with another Harvard.

1978

It is said that the Mirage F1’s entered ‘the War - by default’ and described in the book ‘VLAMGAT’: “On 6 July 1978, Capt Steve Ferreira flew a 2 Squadron Mirage IIIR2Z on a Reconnaissance mission from Air Force Base Mpacha…. Capt Andre vd Heever, flying a Mirage F1AZ accompanied him on the mission into Zambia, flying the first operational sortie by a Mirage F1”.

1979

A Mirage IIIR2Z (856), was shot-down by either a SA2/3 missile during tactical reconnaissance mission in Southern Angola. The pilot Capt Otto Schur ejected and was rescued. The aircraft belonged to the ‘Recce Flight’ at 2 Squadron.
Operation REKSTOK II: Two Buccaneer (24 Squadron) and seven Mirage F-1AZs (1 Squadron) conducted interdiction missions against the Tobias Haneko Training Camp (SWAPO) approximately 10 nm North East of Lubango (Angola)


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1942

A Douglas Boston reportedly crashed.
A 5 Squadron Tomahawk (AN-365) crashed, when it was abandoned by its pilot during a bomber escort mission.

1944

A 2 Squadron Spitfire (MJ-195) executed a crash landing due to damage sustained during a combat sortie.
A Harvard Mk III (7454) was involved in a mid-air collision.
A P-40 Kittyhawk (5076) crashed in the Randfontein area.

1945

A Ventura (6090) crashed.
An Avro Anson (1132) crashed when it over-shot the runway during landing at an airfield in Sudan.

1979

12 Squadron deployed a number of Canberra aircraft to Air Force Base Fylde (Rhodesia) to support/participate in a RhAF Canberra interdiction mission on hostile targets.

2003

Exercise FLINTLOCK commenced: Joint South African / USA exercise.


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Spice, please can you elaborate on Exercise Flintlock? (Very American name btw). What did it involve?

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The SANDF and the United States European Command (USEC) conducted bilateral training, called Exercise FLINTLOCK, in Bloemfontein from 7 to 25 July 2003. The exercise included a broad spectrum of military activities, such as combat life-saving procedures, live firing of weapons, day and night-time low-level flying and airdrops of personnel and equipment. The principle purpose of Exercise FLINTLOCK was for the South African and the United States military units to engage in an open exchange of ideas and to enhance military relationships between our two countries. The exercise was conducted in the spirit of learning from each other, which was achieved by observing, combined exercise planning and execution of plans. The South African training objectives for the exercise were to enhance peace support and humanitarian relief capabilities, and the United States objectives were to enhance military relationships with the SANDF and to train in a new and diverse environment

Nice article in the September 2003 SA Soldier.
http://www.dcc.mil.za/sasoldier/2003/September2003.pdf

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The SANDF and the United States European Command (USEC) conducted bilateral training, called Exercise FLINTLOCK, in Bloemfontein from 7 to 25 July 2003. The exercise included a broad spectrum of military activities, such as combat life-saving procedures, live firing of weapons, day and night-time low-level flying and airdrops of personnel and equipment. The principle purpose of Exercise FLINTLOCK was for the South African and the United States military units to engage in an open exchange of ideas and to enhance military relationships between our two countries. The exercise was conducted in the spirit of learning from each other, which was achieved by observing, combined exercise planning and execution of plans. The South African training objectives for the exercise were to enhance peace support and humanitarian relief capabilities, and the United States objectives were to enhance military relationships with the SANDF and to train in a new and diverse environment

Nice article in the September 2003 SA Soldier.
http://www.dcc.mil.za/sasoldier/2003/September2003.pdf

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Thanks B. I used to be an avid reader of SA Soldier until the DCC stopped updating their site in September last year! Does anyone know where I can a recent copy? Or copies following 09.2009?

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28 March 19xx and 20xx ...

1941

A Lockheed 18-08 Lodestar (ex ZS-AST, c/n 2034), crashed during bad weather in the Eland’s Bay area. There were seven fatalities.

Now there is abit of a puzzel here, all sources state 7 (Seven) names but on visiting the Grave Yard the Collective grave they are buried in has 10 (Ten) names apon it.

Capt F Le Roux 102976 Fred 1st Pilot SAAF 28 †
Cape Town (Plumstead) Cemetery Collective Grave UL.131 KIFA
Lt J.P Meyer 203109 2nd Pilot SAAF 21 †
Cape Town (Plumstead) Cemetery Collective Grave UL.131 KIFA
A/Sgt J Shelly John 29383 Flight Engineer SAAF 27 †
Cape Town (Plumstead) Cemetery Collective Grave UL.131 KIFA
A/Sgt A.P van Wyk Andries 96365 SAAF 23 †
Cape Town (Plumstead) Cemetery Collective Grave UL.131 KIFA
R/Adm G.W Halifax, C.M.G 70000 Passenger SANF 58 †
Cape Town (Plumstead) Cemetery Collective Grave UL.131 KIFA
Col H.E Cilliers P.13349 Passenger SACDC 40 †
Cape Town (Plumstead) Cemetery Collective Grave UL.131 KIFA
Lt Col G.P Shearer P.47027 Passenger TSC 33 †
Cape Town (Plumstead) Cemetery Collective Grave UL.131 KIFA
C.P McMichael Passenger 47 †
Cape Town (Plumstead) Cemetery Collective Grave UL.131
Morris Kaplan Passenger 48 †
Cape Town (Plumstead) Cemetery Collective Grave UL.131
A Kendierski Passenger 33 †
Cape Town (Plumstead) Cemetery Collective Grave UL.131

Does anyone have an idea who this other three person are, there names are


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08 JUL 19XX AND 20XX

1940

A Hawker Hartbees, serial 843 was written-off during an accident in the Wajir area - no further information available.

1942

A Miles Master (2953) was involved in a fatal accident, during a low-level sortie in the Beaufort West area.

1943

A Bristol Beaufort (AW-287) allocated to 16 Squadron crashed, there were four fatalities.
A Baltimore (FA368) allocated to 21 Squadron crashed (one fatality) during take-off when it hit a Junkers Ju-52/3m.

1944

A Kittyhawk (5061) crashed during landing at Air Force Base Waterkloof.
An unidentified Ventura crashed.

1945

A Junkers Ju-86 (Z or K1), serial 647 was written-off during an accident in the area of Pakhuis Pass. Three crew members and a passenger were fatally wounded. (ex ZS-AGJ).

A Dakota (6847) was involved in a fatal accident in the Pretoria area.

An unidentified Ventura reportedly crashed.

1951

On 8 July pilots of 2 Squadron had their first encounter with Mig-15 fighters when a flight of four Mustangs, led by Cmdt Armstrong, was attacked by two MiGs, but every time the MiGs attacked the flight turned in to meet them head on and they eventually broke off the engagement.

1979

The 12 Squadron deployment to Rhodesia, conducted a re-strike mission (see 07 July 1979). Over the period 7 and 8 July 1979, the SAAF Canberra’s flew a total of 21.75 hours and dropped 1800 Alpha Bombs.

1981

Mozambique Air Force MiG-17 (“21”) defected to the RSA and landed at Hoedspruit after being ‘intercepted and escorted’ by 2 Mirage F1AZ (Frans Pretorius and Hennie Louw), from 1 Squadron.


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1915

On 9 July 1915, the German forces in South-West Africa surrendered, and all the pilots of the SAAC went to England to form No 26 (South African) Squadron of the RFC. The badge of No 26 Squadron RAF displays what was intended as a Springbok head, but it bears kudu horns! It must surely be unique as the only RAF badge that surmounts an Afrikaans motto, ‘n Wagter in die Lug (A Watchman in the Air). It served with courage in German East Africa in 1916 from January to June, but with little effect.

1940

No 2 Air Storage Depot was formed in Nairobi.

1941

A Martin Maryland Mk II (AH352) crash landed at Fuka when it suffered fuel starvation returning from an operational sortie.

1951

A Mustang (316) was involved in a fatal accident when it crashed 10nm from K-10 in Korea.

1952

A 2 Squadron Mustang (391) crashed during operations in Korea.


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