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The following aircraft were up for disposal: 6 x C160Z Transall; 14 x Cheetah C; 3 x Cheetah D and 22 x Mirage F-1AZ. It was also announced that all remaining (five) HS-125 aircraft had been successfully sold.


14 Cheetah C aircraft for disposal? Only two years after they were fully operational... Were the Cheetah D's airframe hours up? I know about the F1Az's being retired in 1997.

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Delete the post, it was in error when working between multiple docs, updating the 2013 and 2014 (future) data. :|


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23 October

1939

The Peace Expansion Programme was approved by Van Ryneveld that called for the South African Air Force to have 720 aircraft, of which 336 were to be fighters.

1940

A Gloster Gladiator (N5826) crashed during a low-level aerobatics sortie.

1941

Sqn - Sorties - Aircraft Type - Mission - Home Base - Remarks
1 / 6 / Hurricane / Ferry / Fuka Waterloo / To LG-110
1 / 6 / Hurricane / Fighter Sweep / Fuka Waterloo / From LG-110

The following aircraft losses were reported:
• A Martin Maryland (AH365) allocated to 60 Squadron did not return from a Photo Reconnaissance mission, the crew of four has been presumed to have suffered fatal injuries too.
• A Mohawk crashed – no further information available.
• 1 Squadron reported two Hawker Hurricane losses: BD829; no further information and Z2314; shot down by Bf109, crash landed in safe territory, following a Fighter Seep from LG-110.

1942

1 Squadron deployed to Landing Ground 172 (vicinity of Burj Al Arab) from Landing Ground 154.
40 Squadron deployed to Burj Al Arab, in support of the Battle of El Alemain.
5 Squadron reported the loss of two Curtiss Tomahawks: AK405; shot down by Bf109; Detail of 2nd aircraft loss – not available.

1973

An Impala Mk 1 (554) allocated to Flying Training School Langebaanweg crashed in the Aurora area (Western Cape). The pilot, Capt JJ Britz ejected safely from the aircraft.

1990

A Dassault Mirage IIIR2Z (857) arrived at Ysterplaat, marking its last flight from Hoedspruit. The aircraft was flown to Cape Town by Capt Barries Barnard.

1999

An Atlas Oryx (1215) crashed in the Kroonstad area, fatally injuring the Flight Engineer. It has been reported that a jacket blew out of the cabin and hit the tail rotor.


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25 October

1940

During the evening of 24 October; two pilots from 2 Squadron borrowed two of 3 Squadron’s newly arrived Hawker Hurricanes and flew them up to the forward strip at Lokitaung, near Lake Rudolph, where a raid was expected. The next morning (25 October) three S.81s of the 29 Gruppo from Yavello approached. The Italian mission had been ordered to take photographs and to strike Lodwar, and also see if the reported arrival of Hawker Hurricanes in the area was correct.
While searching the ground, the formation entered a 360deg turn which gave the Hawker Hurricanes, which scrambled at 10:45, time to intercept the bombers overhead of the deployed Imperial troops on the ground. Blake attacked and shot down Argento’s aircraft, the pilot was wounded fatally. The co-pilot, tried to land the blazing aircraft, but touched down at a too high speed, crashing into some large trees. Meanwhile Lieutenant Loftus had at the same time attacked Titi’s aircraft until his guns jammed. His third burst damaged the instrument panel in the cockpit and with two engines out of action and fuel pouring into the fuselage from the punctured tanks, Titi hastily jettisoned his bombs and force-landed on the bed of a dried up river at Lokitaung.
As they went down the Hawker Hurricane flew alongside, Loftus saluting them as he passed. The crew swiftly set fire to the fuel soaked Savoia and set off for the frontier, but were taken POW’s by British police, who arrived on the scene in three cars. While these two bombers were falling, Blake had also attacked Zucconi’s aircraft, claiming to have badly damaged it, and it was later reported to have force-landed. This was not the case however, for it managed to reach its base safely.
When the Hawker Hurricanes were inspected after landing it was found that only one of their combined totals of sixteen 0.303in machine guns had not jammed, and as a result less than 50% of their ammunition had been expended!

1941

Sqn - Sorties - Aircraft Type - Mission - Home Base - Remarks
1 / 8 / Hurricane / Ferry / Fuka Waterloo / To LG-110
1 / 8 / Hurricane / Top Cover / Fuka Waterloo / From LG-110

Two Hawker Hurricanes were shot-down (allocated to 1 Squadron).

1943

A Fairey Battle (942) was involved in an accident.

1944

The following aircraft losses were reported:
• A 9 Squadron Supermarine Spitfire (EF694) was involved in a fatal ditching during a combat mission.
• A North American Harvard (7271) was involved in a fatal accident, when it entered a spin during bad weather conditions. There were two persons on-board.

1975

A Cessna C-185D (739) was shot-down in Angola. All persons on-board were fatally wounded. 2/Lt’s Thompson and Williamson and Capt Taljaard (SA Army).

2005

Air Force’s Oryx fleet reached the 100,000 hour mark! Aircraft No: 1203. Crew: Lt Col Crawford, Lt Mokeetsi and WO1 vd Merwe. The aircraft used had a total hours (airframe) on that day was the most for any single Oryx, nl 3,645hrs!
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26 October

1931

Information Note: The prototype De Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth flew for the first time.

1935

A Westland Wapiti (P612) was involved in an accident in Port Elizabeth and subsequently written-off.

1940

The prototype North American Mustang flew for the first time.

1942

The following aircraft losses were reported:
• 1 Squadron reported the loss of a Hawker Hurricane (BD971) that had been shot down by a Bf109.
• Three Bristol Blenheim crashed: BA368; three fatalities; 15 Squadron; hit vessel’s mast during attack; ditched. BA234; one fatality; 15 Squadron; missing during ship-strike mission. BA486; three fatalities; 15 Squadron; mid-air collision.
• A de Havilland Tiger Moth (2278) crashed prior to landing when it crashed into a telephone pole.
• A Curtiss Tomahawk (AN462) was involved in a fatal accident when it was shot down, it belonged to 5 Squadron.

1944

A North American Harvard (7078) crashed – it has been reported to have been an apparent suicide by the pilot.

1957

A North American Harvard (7672) crashed during a low-level spin.

1969

A Canadair CL13B Sabre (368) was written-off during accident in the Pietersburg area.

1973

Authorization to create the South African Air Force Museum was granted.

1991

The Air Force celebrated 21 years of service of SA-330 Puma helicopters during a function held at Air Force Base Swartkop.


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27 October

1918

Information Note: Thomas S. Harrison, a South African pilot, serving with the Royal Flying Corps during WW1, flying a SE5A, successfully shot-down a German Fokker D VII, it was his 19th confirmed victory.

1940

The following aircraft losses were reported:
• During the approach to Nairobi, a Hawker Hurricane (281) crashed, fatally injuring the pilot Lt CT Gould.
• A De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth (510) crashed in the area of Baragwanath.

1941

An Avro Tutor (716) was involved in a fatal accident (two persons onboard) in the Bloemfontein area.

1942

The following aircraft losses were reported:
• A 21 Squadron Martin Baltimore (AH141) was shot down by ground fire, there were four crew members on-board.
• 4 Squadron reported the loss of a Curtiss Kittyhawk (AL177) during a crash-landing after being damaged by opposing fighters.

1943

Two Avro Ansons were involved in a mid-air collision. ‘3193’ ditched into the ocean, all six persons on board suffered fatal injuries.

1944

An Avro Anson (1104) crashed during landing – engine failure caused the undercarriage to collapse.

1965

Two Buccaneer S.Mk50 formations departed the UK, led by Cmdt Rodgers and Maj Muller .

1972

Information Note: The prototype Beechcraft Super King Air flew for the first time.

1977

A Mirage IIIR2Z (854) belonging to the Recce Flight - 2 Squadron, piloted by Major DR Jacobs, crashed when the aircraft hit the ground on final approach to Kimberly Airport. He successfully ejected from the Mirage III.

2000

It was announced that the Boeing B-737 BBJ and Airbus A-319 were the most likely ‘short-listed’ aircraft to meet the requirement for a new Presidential aircraft in South Africa.


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28 October

1940

3 Squadron flew its first operational sortie in East Africa theatre.

1942

5 Squadron reported the loss of a Curtiss Tomahawk (AK395) when it crash landed due to engine failure.

1943

The following aircraft losses were reported:
• Martin Baltimores (15 Squadron): FA659; four fatalities; aircraft did not return from mission. FA458; four fatalities; aircraft did not return from mission. FA525; four fatalities; aircraft did not return from mission.
• A de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Month (2236) was involved in a fatal accident.
• An Avro Anson (3144) was involved in a fatal accident; the aircraft had four persons on-board.
• A Bristol Beaufort (DW892) allocated t0 16 Squadron crashed.

1944

The following aircraft losses were reported:
• A 17 Squadron Lockheed Ventura (JT898) ditched due to engine failure.
• Two Bristol Beaufighters were lost during missions – no further information available.
• A Hawker Hurricane (5334) suffered engine failure and crash landed.

1947

The Fieseler Storch was grounded after flying 640 hours in the RSA due to overheating and oil pressure problems being encountered.

1962

Information Note: The first production variant of the Westland Wasp made its maiden flight in the United Kingdom.

1975

Information Note: SADF Task Force Zulu seized the port city of Mocamedes, successfully bringing to conclusion Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Operation Savannah ‘Ops Plan’.

1983

21 Squadron’s Viscount was transferred to 44 Squadron

1987

24 Squadron flew interdiction missions against 16 Brigade at the source of the Chambinga River, SE Angola.

1992

24 Cessna 185s arrived at Air Force Base Swartkop, and 42 Squadron had a new home.

1999

The first Atlas/Denel Rooivalk was officially handed over to 16 Squadron.


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29 October

1917

Information Note: Samuel Kinkead, a South African pilot serving with the Royal Naval Air Service and Royal air Force (WW1), flying a Bristol Nieuport, successfully shot-down a German Albatros D III, it was his 8th air-to-air victory.

1929

Sir Pierre v Ryneveld ferried the first Westland Wapiti aircraft, assembled in Cape Town, on its delivery flight to Pretoria.

1940

Sqn - Sorties - Aircraft Type - Mission - Home Base - Remarks
2 / Multiple / / Fury / CAP / N’Gedes Nest / -

2 Squadron claimed their ‘first kills’ when pilots borrowed Hawker Hurricanes from 3 Squadron.
A De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth (555), crashed (location unknown). The cause was reported to be a ‘spin’.

1942

The following aircraft losses were reported:
• 2 Squadron reported the loss of a Curtiss Kittyhawk, the pilot suffered fatal injuries.
• A Bristol Blenheim (BA332) belonging to 15 Squadron crashed.
• An Airspeed Oxford (1988) crashed due to a bird strike in the Nigel area.

1943

The following aircraft losses were reported:
• A Supermarine Spitfire (JF446), allocated to 1 Squadron was involved in a fatal accident, when it was reported to have been struck by lightning.
• A Boston (Z2300) allocated to 24 Squadron was shot down and a second unidentified Boston was also lost during operations.
• An Airspeed Oxford (3548) crashed during take-off from Kimberly.

1944

A de Havilland Mosquito (MM366) crashed during take-off.

1953

The last of the deployed 2 Squadron members left Korea.

1962

Two North American Harvards were involved in a mid-air collision (7677 and 7717). Three fatalities were reported.

1968

A Canadair CL13B Sabre (366) was written-off during a fatal accident in the Bandelierskop (close to the Roodewal Bombing Range) area.


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30 October

1918

Information Note: Andrew Beauchamp-Proctor, a South African pilot, serving with the Royal Flying Corps during WW1, was awarded the Victoria Cross.

1940

40 Squadron, established a couple of weeks earlier, departed from Waterkloof to East Africa with 15 Hawker Hartbees aircraft, which were supplemented by five additional aircraft (ex-40 Squadron) later in December 1940.
A Hawker Hawker Hartbees (855) was written-off during an accident in the Bulawayo area, fatally injuring Lt Steele and A/Sgt van Heerden. The aircraft was on a ferry flight to Nairobi, Kenya when the accident took place.

1941

Major Baxter assumed command of 1 Squadron.
12 Squadron reported the loss of a Martin Maryland.

1942

A Miles Master (2980) crashed during bad weather.

1943

A Miles Master (2753) crashed during landing at Standerton.

1944

The following aircraft losses were reported:
• A Miles Master (2841) crashed.
• An Avro Anson (3533) crashed.
• A 60 Squadron de Havilland Mosquito (NS627) executed a forced landing shortly after take-off.
1950
A Supermarine Spitfire (5544) crashed in the Langebaanweg area due to engine failure.

1951

A North American Mustang (354) allocated to 2 Squadron crashed.

1965

A 24 Squadron Buccaneer (serial 417) crashed approximately 500 nm south of the Canary Islands (Atlantic Ocean) after suffering a ‘double-flameout’. The crew: Capt Jooste and Lt de Klerk ejected.

1967

7 Squadron received their ‘Colours’

1970

17 Squadron received their Colours.
An Alouette III (44(1)) was written-off at St Lucia.

1986

85 Combat Flying School’s Mirage IIIs were transferred to 89 Combat Flying School. 89 Combat Flying School would then be re-equipped with Cheetah D’s as the aircraft were completed on the production line.

1987

1 Squadron flew a number of strikes against 16 Bde drawing fire from 23mm and SA-7 MANPADS. During ‘last-light’ attacks the F-1AZs drew more AD fire in the form of 1 x SA-13 and 2 x SA-7.


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Sqn - Sorties - Aircraft Type - Mission - Home Base - Remarks
2 / Multiple / Fury / Escort / N’Gedes Nest / To Wajir (see below)

On 31 October three of 2 Squadron’s Furies came close to shooting down two South African Air Force Ju-86 bomber/transports carrying the South African Prime Minister General Smuts, Sir Pierre van Ryneveld, Major General Alan Cunningham and Major General Galmen-Austen.
The aircraft, which had not followed specified procedures, passed over Archer’s Post without the normal recognition signal, which consisted of lowering the undercarriage and waggling the wings. Under the impression that the formation was Italian, three Furies of 2 Squadron’s ‘D’ detachment, led by Captain J. Meaker, were scrambled and intercepted the formation. Lieutenant D. D. Pannell initially failed to recognize the aircraft as friendly and opened fire on the leading Ju-86. Fortunately no damage was done.

1941

Sqn - Sorties - Aircraft Type - Mission - Home Base - Remarks
1 / 6 / Hurricane / CAP / Fuka Waterloo / -

A Gloster Gladiator (1346) was involved in an accident.

1942

A 3 Squadron pilot undertook an unauthorized evening strafe of motorboats on Lake Tana, also attacking a convoy on the way to the lake. He was hit by hostile anti-aircraft fire and crash-landed on fire at 200 mph hitting a tree and crashing in flames. He escaped from the aircraft, suffering from burns, following which he sustained a gunshot injury to his head (shot by Colonial Forces. He was rescued by Italian officers, and blinded for two days. He was taken in Italian captivity for a month before the final surrender of the Italian forces in the area.

The following aircraft losses were reported:
• An Avro Anson (3296), crashed during take-off from Port Elizabeth airport.
• 5 Squadron reported a fatal mid-air collision involving two of its Curtiss Tomahawk aircraft; namely AM474 and AM471.

1944

The following aircraft losses were reported:
• A 19 Squadron Beaufighter (NV491) crashed when it was damaged by hostile ground fire.
• 11 Squadron reported the loss of a Curtiss Kittyhawk (FX732).
• A 17 Squadron Lockheed Ventura (JT887) crashed during take-off.
• A Hawker Hurricane (5342) was involved in a fatal accident in the Pretoria area.

1969

7 Squadron moved to Air Force Base Ysterplaat from Youngsfield.

1987

Eight Mirage F1AZs and three Buccaneers flew interdiction sorties against SWAPO camps in the Vila Artur de Pavia area.


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Aircraft Type Losses – October ‘totals’ 1920 to 2013

This table provides a summary of the reported aircraft losses for the month of October only.

Aircraft Type - Losses -Fatalities

Aerospatiale Alouette II / 1 / 0

Aerospatiale Alouette III / 2 / 1

Aerospatiale Super Frelon / 1 / 4

Airspeed Oxford / 11 / 9

Atlas Cheetah E / 1 / 0

Atlas Impala Mk 1 / 3 / 1

Atlas Impala Mk 2 / 3 / 1

Atlas Kudu / 1 / 0

Atlas Oryx / 1 / 1

Avro Anson / 11 / 21

Avro Tutor / 2 / 3

Blackburn Buccaneer / 3 / 3

Bristol Beaufighter / 9 / 9

Bristol Beaufort / 1 / 0

Bristol Blenheim / 5 / 10

Canadair CL13B Sabre / 1 / 1

Cessna C-185 / 3 / 1

Consolidated B24 Liberator / 10 / 69

Curtiss Kittyhawk / 19 / 5

Curtiss Mohawk / 1 / 0

Curtiss Tomahawk / 24 / 9

Dassault Mirage IIIR2Z / 1 / 0

De Havilland DH-82 Tiger Moth / 9 / 4

De Havilland DH-9 / 1 / 0

De Havilland Mosquito / 3 / 2

De Havilland Vampire / 1 / 1

Douglas Martin Baltimore / 7 / 17

Douglas Boston / 10 / 5

Fairey Battle / 2 / 0

Gloster Gladiator / 2 / 1

Hawker Hartbees / 2 / 0

Hawker Hind / 4 / 0

Hawker Hurricane / 16 / 3

Junkers Ju-52 / 1 / 0

Junkers Ju-86 / 1 / 0

Lockheed Ventura / 5 / 5

Martin Maryland / 4 / 9

Miles Master / 6 / 2

North American Harvard / 13 / 11

North American Mustang / 10 / 1

Supermarine Spitfire / 25 / 8

Vickers Wellington / 2 / 12

Westland Wapiti / 1 / 0

Total / 239 / 229



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October: Supplementary Information

General Statistics – World War II Aircraft Serial Numbers
No 2 (Fighter) Squadron
The following derived serial numbers were allocated to the unit, based in Nairobi (Kenya) during October 1940:
• Hawker Fury: 5669 / 206
• Hawker Hurricane: 273

General Statistics – World War II Combat Claims/Statistics
1 Squadron (1941)
• 23 October 1941: Shot-down 2 x Me-109 during air-to-air engagement.
• 23 October 1941: Damaged 1 x Me-109 during air-to-air engagement.
• 25 October 1941: Shot-down 3 x Me-109 and 1 x Me-109 Damaged.

General Statistics – World War II Aircraft Order of Battle
1 Squadron
• 1 Squadron was allocated an additional two (02) Hawker Hurricane Mk II aircraft (01 October 1941).
• 1 Squadron was allocated a further 12 Hawker Hurricane Mk II A&B aircraft (09 October 1941). The unit kept six (6) original Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 aircraft on strength for ‘communications/liaison’ mission purposes.


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Love the stats, thanks. :smt023


Pleasure.

The PDF is in Dropbox too, since early this morning :)


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Excelllent, copying it now. =P~ :smt023


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