Category: Rising of SAAF

3 September 1940

3 September 1940 Northern Front The RAF has more and more difficulty organizing “massive” attacks, except by regrouping all its Squadrons. For example, No.47 (RAF) Squadron aligns only two Vickers Wellesley during a bombing raid on Kassala, where bombs are reported falling on several buildings. However, an additional aircraft (K7729) is flown from Egypt by…
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21 August 1940

21 Août 1940 Northern Front   The day is very quiet on the northern front. No.223 (RAF) Squadron is ordered to prepare for its return to Sudan the next day[1], while No.203 (RAF) Squadron undergoes a change of command with the arrival of Squadron Leader A.L.H. Solano.[2]   Southern Front   This end of August is especially marked by what the…
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20 August 1940

20 Août 1940 Northern Front Despite the difficult struggles of the previous days, the Aden-based units remain active. Five Vickers Wellesley of No.223 (RAF) Squadron return to Ethiopian aerodromes between 08h00 and 13h30. Several buildings are claimed to be damaged on the Dessie airfield despite poor weather conditions.[1] They are followed by five Bristol Blenheim Mk I of No.11 and 39 (RAF) Squadron (one and…
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1 September 1940

1 September 1940 Northern Front The day is mainly marked by a massive raid against the naval base of Assab. The RAF engages all its Bristol Blenheim Squadrons based in Aden. Thus, no less than ten, five and six sorties are performed, respectively by No.8, No.11 and No.39 (RAF) Squadron. The attack is a success…
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31 August 1940

31 August 1940 Northern Front If the last day of the month is relatively calm, the No.14 (RAF) Squadron ORB provides a very interesting document summarizing the action since June 1940. It can be noted that : « After nearly 3 months operations against Italian East Africa a brief summary of the work carried out…
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