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Union of South Africa Defence Force (UDF)
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The South African Aviation Corps (S.A.A.C.) [Afr: Suid-Afrikaanse Vlieënierskorps] was formed when the UDF Aviation School [Afr: Vliegskool] was established at Kimberley in August 1913. These young officers went on to the Royal Flying Corps School at Upavon, England, for further training. After flying in France with the Royal Flying Corps, the men returned to South Africa to take part in the German South West Africa Campaign of 1915. During the German East Africa Campaign the S.A. Aviation Corps operated as the 26th (South African) Squadron of the R.F.C.. On 1 February 1920 the South African Air Force (S.A.A.F.) [Afr: Suid-Afrikaanse Lugmag (S.A.L.M.)] was formed under the Directorate of Air Services. In March, 1922, the S.A.A.F. were in action during the Rand revolt, and sent two planes to S.W.A. during the fighting with the Bondelswart Hottentot rebels in May. In 1923 the S.A.A.F. was reorganised, and in 1924-25 comprised of 35 officers and 225 other ranks. In June 1927, the strength was 30 officers, 9 cadets and 244 other ranks, wiuth 54 and 23 officers in the general and Special Reserve, respectively. In 1936 the force was expanded to five service squadrons and one photographic and one survey squardon, with a reserve of 1,000 pilots and 1,700 mechanics. During World War 2, the enormous expansion reached something like 50 or more squadrons in Italy by the end of the war. In 1950-3 a squadron served in Korea with the forces of the United Nations.


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