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4 Squadron SAAF

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4 Squadron SAAF - (3 members)

With a history dating back to April 1939, 4 Squadron SAAF [Afr: 4 Eskader] was reformed for a third time, at AFB Waterkloof, in January 1951, as the Active Citizen Force element of 1 Squadron with Harvards and Spitfires until once again disbanded in October 1958. On 1 November 1961, it was reformed at Swartkop, flying Harvards and in August 1972 the first Impala Jets were received. The squadron moved from Swartkop to Waterkloof and then to Lanseria Airport where it received Impala Mk IIs, to be used in the Ground Attack role. It saw numerous deployments to South-West Africa and Mpacha and Rundu airfields in southern Angola. Its home base remained at Lanseria until it was disbanded in September 1991.


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4 Squadron SAAF - (3 members)

With a history dating back to April 1939, 4 Squadron SAAF [Afr: 4 Eskader] was reformed for a third time, at AFB Waterkloof, in January 1951, as the Active Citizen Force element of 1 Squadron with Harvards and Spitfires until once again disbanded in October 1958. On 1 November 1961, it was reformed at Swartkop, flying Harvards and in August 1972 the first Impala Jets were received. The squadron moved from Swartkop to Waterkloof and then to Lanseria Airport where it received Impala Mk IIs, to be used in the Ground Attack role. It saw numerous deployments to South-West Africa and Mpacha and Rundu airfields in southern Angola. Its home base remained at Lanseria until it was disbanded in September 1991.


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RE: 4 Squadron SAAF

Equipped with the Hawker Hartbees, Hawker Fury and a few Wapitis, Four Squadron was formed in April 1939 at Durban. Disbanded in December 1939, the squadron was reformed at AFB Waterkloof on 24 March 1941 with Hurricanes. Operational training in East Africa was undertaken with the Curtiss Mowhawk before going to Egypt to convert to Tomahawks. In November 1941 the squadron went into action in the Western Desert and later moved to Italy, by then flying Kittyhawks and later Spitfires. Disbandenment came in October 1945 while the squadron was still in Italy.

Reformed in January 1951 at Waterkloof as the Active Citizen force element of 1 Squadron with Harvards and Spitfires, the squadron disbanded once again in October 1958.

On 1 November 1961, the squadron reformed at Swartkop, flying Harvards. In August 1972 the first Impalas were received and the squadron later moved to Waterkloof. The squadron moved house once again to Lanseria Airport, but was disbanded in September 1991.



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RE: 4 Squadron SAAF

Art Card for the 4 Squadron Emblem, approved 1983:...


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21661Posted by

Graham du Toit
on 25 March

RE: 4 Squadron SAAF

4 Squadron SAAF Colours...

YearNumber of members on Roll Of Honour
1962
1
1969
2
1973
1
1974
1
1976
1
1977
1
1985
1
TOTAL:
8
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