Unit Information: 7 Squadron, SAAF

Unit Abreviation
Unit Name
7 Squadron, SAAF
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"Caelorum Domini" (Lords of the Sky)

Dating back to 12 January 1942 when the squadron was formed at Swartkop equipped with Harvards and Mohawks, the squadron re-equipped with Hurricane Mk Is in April and moved to Egypt. Additional Hurricane Mk IIs were received in July 1942 and the squadron flew various patrols and air/ground missions. With the war in Africa over, the squadron re-equipped with the Spitfire Mk V in July 1943 and flew convoy escort and fighter-interception sorties. In September 1943 the squadron was moved to Cyprus and Kos in order to provide air cover for the ill-fated invasion of the Dodecanese Islands. By the beginning of October the German landing operations began and the squadron made a hurried retreat back to North Africa. In April 1944, flying Spitfire Mk IXs, the squadron rejoined 7 wing in Italy and flew fighter-bomber, armed reconnaissance and bomber escort sorties. With the war in Europe over, the squadron was sent to the Far East, but the war in the Pacific ended and the squadron was turned back at Ceylon. Returning to south Africa, the squadon was disbanded on 10 September 1945.

Reformed at Ysterplaat in August 1951 with Harvards, the squadron was disbanded in 1959. Once again, the Harvard equipped squadron was reformed, this time at Youngsfield in the Cape on 1 August 1961. Moving to Ysterplaat late in 1969, the squadron received the Impala Mk I in 1977 when it was a citizen force unit. In 1978 the squadron moved to Cape Town International Airport, but was transferred to AFB Langebaanweg before moving to AFB Pietersburg in the early 1990's, by this time also flying the Impala Mk II. The squadron was disbanded in December 1992.

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