5 days ago
The hardest fought day of the Battle of Britain was Sunday 18th August 1940.
One of the pilots very much involved in the Battle of Britain was South African Albert “Zulu” Lewis (10/4/1918 – 14/12 1982) who was born in Kimberley and attended Kimberley Boy's High.
After Sailor Malan, Zulu Lewis was the second highest scoring South African pilot in the Battle of Britain.
Lewis had the distinction of achieving ”Ace in a Day” status twice – on 18 or 19 May 1940, he shot down five German aircraft, and on 27 September 1940 , he downed no fewer than eight of the enemy.
After the war Lewis attended an Agriculural College in England, and returned to South Africa to take up farming in 1947.
Albert Gerald Lewis died on the 14th of December 1982 – at the age of 64.
Source : RAF Museum.org.uk ...
1 week ago
Today, 28 years ago at 17h00 the guns fell silent in Southern Angola when on the 8th of August 1988 a ceasefire came into effect effectively ending hostilities between South African statute forces and Angolan Forces and their Allies. Let us remove our headgear, bow our heads, and observe a minute of silence to remember all those that paid the supreme sacrifice in this war.
Photo copyright Stephen Bothma, posted for the SA Legion by Peter A. Dickens ...
1 month ago
Not a great original photo to work from, but a brilliant topic, so I colourised it anyway.
On May 15, 1941,the Hawker Hurricane of Capt Johannes Burger of 1 Sqn SAAF was hit while on a strafing mission near Acroma in Libya. Burger crash-landed, but was spotted by another 1 Sqn pilot, Lt Ken Quirk. With German ground troops rapidly approaching Burger, Quirk landed his Hurricane close by and after discarding his own parachute to make space in the tiny cockpit, got Burger to squeeze in.
Quirk sat on Burger's lap (as demonstrated by the two men in the photo) and took off, later landing safely at Sidi Haneish.
Lt Ken Quirk was awarded an immediate DSO for his bravery.
Sadly, he was killed in a flying accident 13 November 1942.
Capt Burger stayed in the SAAF, flying with 2 Sqn in the Korean War, and eventually commanded AFB Ysterplaat in the mid sixties, ending his career as a Brigadier. ...