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5th March 1936

Can you believe just how quickly time flys by. It was on 5th March 1936 that the first Supermarine Spitfire prototype took to the skies. It was two years later that the first operational Spitfire served at RAF Duxford,  home to 19 Squadron. 82 years later this Icon of...

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” Sailor ” Malan painting

Many years ago  a painting of " Sailor " Malan, by a very well known British artist, John Mansbridge, was commisioned to paint " Sailor " in the cockpit of his Spitfire. On completion is was hung for a number of years in the Art Gallery of South Africa House in...

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Ian Smith and his Altimeter

As you all probably know Ian Douglas Smith, the late Prime Minister of the then Rhodesia, and who declared UDI which caused a lot of controversy was a RAF Spitfire Pilot during WW11. I will give you a brief summary about his time in the war but what I want to tell you...

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” Dutch ” Hugo’s Homestead and Grave Yard

My special thanks to Tinus le Roux who is very active for the SAAF Museum and has many articles and information about the SAAF during WW 11. He paid a visit to Pampoenpoort the farm which belonged to the Hugo family, and where " Dutch " Hugo farmed and lived before he...

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Petrus ” Dutch ” Hugo – Portraitn

My special thanks to Tinus le Roux for this very fine Portrait, done for him by Brent Best, on our famous Battle of Britain pilot Petrus " Dutch " Hugo together with his service and awards. I'm sure you will all agree what a fine portrait this is. For those of you who...

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David Haysom – One of the South African ” FEW “

You will recall the article on our News page about David Haysom who was one of the 25 South African's  that flew for the R.A.F. during the Battle of Britain. With thanks to his daughter I attach hereto two photos of her father  Geoffrey David Leybourne Haysom DFC...

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F/O S.R.Peacock – Edwards

As you will probably recall F/O/ S.R.Peacock  Edwards, known by his colleages and friends as " Teddy ", was one of the 25 South African R.A.F. Pilots the flew in The Battle of Britain. There were no photo's of him, not even in Kenneth G Wynn's Directory of the Few,...

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