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26 Squadron SAAF is a disbanded squadron of the South African Air Force. The squadron was based at Takoradi, Gold Coast (now Ghana) on the West Coast of Africa during World War II. They flew Vickers Wellingtons on anti-submarine and convoy escort patrols over the Atlantic. The squadron was seconded to No. 298 Wing RAF.[1]

26 Squadron
Wellington GR.XII 221 Sqn RAF over Greece 1945.jpg
A Vickers Wellington medium bomber, similar to the type flown by the squadron
Active24 August 1942 - 12 June 1945
CountrySouth Africa Union of South Africa
AllegianceKing of South Africa
BranchRoundel of South Africa (1927-1947).svg South African Air Force
RoleMaritime patrol Sqn
Garrison/HQAFB Waterkloof
Insignia
26 Sqn badge26 Sqn badge.jpg

HistoryEdit

  • First formed: 24 August 1942
  • Formed at: AFB Swartkop, South Africa
  • First Operational: 4 May 1943
  • Main Role: Anti-submarine (U-boat) patrols and convoy escort duties, Atlantic
  • Main base: Takoradi, Gold Coast (now Ghana), West Africa
  • Historic aircraft flown: Vickers Wellington MK X and XI
  • Disbanded: 12 June 1945
  • War Graves: Takoradi European Public cemetery(Ghana), Du Plantation cemetery(Liberia), Yaba Cemetery (Nigeria)[2]
  • Memorials: Bays Hill Memorial(South Africa) Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial(Malta), Umtentweni Memorial(South Africa)
 
Torpedoes ready for loading aboard a Wellington, 1942

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