Unit Information: 8 Squadron, SAAF

Unit Abreviation
Unit Name
8 Squadron, SAAF
Total Deaths
"Usque Ad Mortem" (Until Death)

Formed in February 1942 using Furies of 43 Squadron and disbanded in August of the same year, this squadron never became operational and was one of the shortest-lived SAAF units of World War II.

The squadron was reinstated on 1 January 1951 as the citizen force element of 24 Squadron, based at Bloemspruit flying Harvards. All members, including the Commanding Officer, were citizen force members, with the exception of Testing and Assessing Officers. In 1957 the squadron was split into permanent (PF) and citizen force elements, with the PF instructors presenting the Harvard Weapons Course. Until 1970 all Harvard Weapons Courses in the SAAF were done by 8 Squadron. In 1973 the unit became the fourth SAAF squadron to convert to the Impala Mk I and in November 1974 the squadron became the first in the SAAF to be equipped with the Impala Mk II. The squadron ended its long association with Bloemfontein when they relocated physically to AFB Hoedspruit from 1 April 1999. The squadron was disbanded on 31 March 2001.

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