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The part played by the South African Air Force

As was already apparent from the operation history up to this point, the planes of the South African Air Force criss-crossed the air space of Angola, making their appearance here, then there, in the execution of their task. The most important functions were re-supply, trooping, and air reconnaissance.

Due to the clandestine nature of South African participation in the war In Angola, only three members of the Air Force had initially been involved. There were Lieutenant General R.H.D. Rodgers, the Chief of the Air Force, Major General E.A.C. Pienaar, Chief of Air Staff Operations, and Brigadier P. Letley, Director of Operations of the Air Force.

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