Unit Information: 5 Squadron, SAAF

Unit Abreviation
Unit Name
5 Squadron, SAAF
Total Deaths
1
Logo
Motto
"Difficultates Aspiciemus" (We Shall Confront All Difficulties)
Description

Although formed as a fighter-bomber unit in Cape Town in April 1939, the squadron was disbanded in December 1939. However, on 7 May 1941 the squadron, known as 'the Chakas' after the Zulu warrior-king, was reformed at Swartkop. Flying Mohawk IVs, the squadron left for Egypt in December 1941. Re-equipped with Tomahawk IIbs, they were given the role of maritime partol in February 1942. In mid-1942 the squadron was retasked as a fighter unit in the Western Desert, still flying the Tomahawk. Transfering to Kittyhawks at the end of 1942, the squadron concentrated on the ground-attack role. With the war in Africa over, the squadron moved to Malta for the invasion of Sicily and then to Sicily itself. In October 1943 the squadron moved to Italy itself. During 1944 the squadron converted to the Mustang III (later Mustang IV) and used them over Italy and Yugoslavia. The Chakas were disbanded at the end of the war.

Reformed in December 1950, the squadron operated as a citizen force unit in Durban. flying Harvards. In July 1973 they re-equipped with the Impala Mk I, while in early 1981 they received Impala Mk IIs. In 1988 the Impala's were swopped for the new Cheetah E operating from AFB Louis Trichardt, but sadly this proud squadron was disbanded during the round of squadron closures in 1992.

Select a Unit to display

Information

Contributions to this website are not only welcome, they are vital. Please add Stories and Dedications, images of the person, grave images and any other information that you have.

I get emailed a copy of the additions that you make and I will extract the information to update the database.

Year of Death

Person

Advanced Search

Sitewide Statistics

Deaths 33799
Stories 2221
Dedications 993
Photos 4764
Units 876
Users 510

Donations

Donations help to defray the costs of server hosting and bandwidth. Anything you contribute will be greatly appreciated.

Last Visits

List of the locations of last people to visit this site.

  1. You (United States)  
  2. (United States)  
  3. (United States)  
  4. (United States)  
  5. ()  
  6. (United States)  
  7. (United States)  
  8. (United States)  
  9. (United States)  
  10. (United States)  

Tweets

Other Stuff

Bookmark and Share

Products from Just Done Productions
Soldiers Verse: An Anthology of Poetry by John Dovey Aphorisms and Observations for the Fighting Soldier by Willem Steenkamp From Forever to Beyond by Peter Keller Plug Yourself In! by Adele Roderick Raw Yet Real by Roderick de-Bathe