The rising of SAAF (Août – Novembre 1940)

The Rising of the SAAF (August - November 1940)

Beginning of the Offensive Bomber by the SAAF.

Objective: to eliminate the Regia Aeronautica on airfields in Somalia and Southern Ethiopia.

Despite the difficult struggles of the previous days, the Aden-based units remain active. Five Vickers Wellesley of No.223 (RAF) Squadron…

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…

Five Vickers Wellesley of No.14 (RAF) Squadron take off at 05h00 to attack ships reported on Dahlak Bay. However, the bad weather…

On this relatively calm day, several units are experiencing various changes. No.11 (RAF) Squadron sees the arrival of two pilots…

The No.430 (RAF) Flight is sending two Gloster Gauntlets and two Vickers Vincents from Al-Qadarif Airfield to bomb Fort Galabat…

Six Bristol Blenheim Mk I of No.11 and No.39 (RAF) Squadron (three and three), having joined the advanced airfield…

Since his return to Sudan, No.223 (RAF) Squadron tqke off for its first mission when five Vickers Wellesley leave to attack the Asmara airfield…

This day sees part of No.14 (RAF) Squadron engaged in a special mission. Indeed, in mid-August 1940, the local command of the RAF…

Three Vickers Wellesley of No.223 (RAF) Squadron are sent bombing the airfield of Barentu between 05h00 and 09h00. The attack seems…

To end the month, No.8 (RAF) Squadron decided to take off with six Bristol Blenheim Mk I between 06h05 and 09h30.

An Italian bombing on Hayya station is reported at dawn. Again, as on the southern front, these attacks by two or three aircraft…

If the last day of the month is relatively calm, the No.14 (RAF) Squadron ORB provides a very interesting document summarizing the action…

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…

Following the loss of the previous day, No.14 (RAF) Squadron performs six sorties to search for the missing aircraft. The latter…

The RAF has more and more difficulty organizing “massive” attacks, except by regrouping all its Squadrons. For example…

After several false alarms the day before, several Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 of 44bis Gruppo BT, based in Dire Dawa , attack Aden with some efficiency…

Following the events of the day before, No.203 (RAF) Squadron is responsible for providing air cover for a maritime convoy…