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Role: Disbanded
Status: Disbanded
Based at: N/A
Aircraft:

12 Squadron

"Primus In Acien" (First into Battle)
About this Squadron

By renumbering 2 Squadron at Waterkloof, 12 Squadron came into being during December 1939 with Avro Ansons. In May 1940 the squadron moved to Ysterplaat and re-equipped with ex-SAA Junkers Ju-86, but flew back to Germiston for conversion training before moving to Nairobi in late May 1940. From March 1941 the squadron also flew a few Marylands. In late December 1941 the squadron released its Marylands and moved to the Nile Delta were thet received the Boston Mk III. After participating in the Battle of El Alamein and following the asdvance westwards, the squadron then started attacking the Italain Islands from May 1943 before attacking Sicily. In July the squadron moved to Malta and started operating over Italy. By the end of December all the Bostons had gone and the squadron returned to North Africa to convert to the Marauder Mk II. The squadron provided close-support throughout 1944 in Italy until the war ended in May 1945. After ferrying home soldiers in May, the squadron disbanded.

The squadron was reformed with Ansons in October 1946, flying anti-tsetse fly spraying missions in Zululand. The squadron disbanded a few years later after briefly flying the Sikorsky S-51. Equipped with the Canberra, the squadron was re-activated at the end of 1963 and continued to fly the jet bombers from Waterkloof until they were finally disbanded once again in November 1990.



Other Squadrons based at N/A:
1 Squadron, 10 Squadron, 103 Squadron, 109 Squadron, 11 Squadron, 112 Commando Squadron / 1 SWA Squadron, 114 Commando Squadron, 120 Squadron, 24 Squadron, 25 Squadron, 26 Squadron, 27 Squadron, 3 Squadron, 30 Squadron, 31 Squadron, 4 Squadron, 40 Squadron, 42 Squadron, 5 Squadron, 6 Squadron, 7 Squadron, 8 Squadron, 86 Multi-Engine Flying School, 88 Maritime Operational Training School, 89 Combat Flying School

Other Disbanded Squadrons:
1 Squadron, 10 Squadron, 103 Squadron, 109 Squadron, 11 Squadron, 112 Commando Squadron / 1 SWA Squadron, 114 Commando Squadron, 120 Squadron, 24 Squadron, 25 Squadron, 26 Squadron, 27 Squadron, 3 Squadron, 30 Squadron, 31 Squadron, 4 Air Servicing Unit, 4 Squadron, 40 Squadron, 42 Squadron, 5 Squadron, 6 Squadron, 7 Air Servicing Unit, 7 Squadron, 8 Squadron, 86 Multi-Engine Flying School, 88 Maritime Operational Training School, 89 Combat Flying School