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50 Squadron SAAF
Country South Africa Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
Branch South African Air Force
Service history
Active 1939-?

50 Squadron SAAF was a South African Air Force squadron during World War II.


50 Squadron was formed on 1 December 1939 by amalgamating the SAAF's 17, 18 and 19 Squadrons.[1] During the East African Campaign 50 Squadron operated a 'shuttle service' between the warzone in East Africa and South Africa as part of 1 Bomber Transport Brigade. The Brigade was re-designated 5 Wing in February 1941, and continued to fly 'shuttle service' flights between the Mediterranean and South Africa until after the war.[2]

The squadron operated Junkers F.13FE, Ju-86Z/K-1 and Ju52/3M aircraft which had been requisitioned from the South African Airways at the outbreak of war. The eleven Ju52's were assigned to 51 Flight, operating a shuttle service from Nairobi to Egypt, Middle East and South Africa.


  1. Potgieter and Steenkamp (1981), p. 119
  2. "History of the South African Air Force". South African Air Force. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  • Potgieter, Herman and Steenkamp, Willem (1981). Aircraft of the South African Air Force (2nd ed.). Cape Town: C. Struik. ISBN 0-86977-133-7. 

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