No. 10 Squadron (SAAF): Second World War

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No.10 Squadron, S.A.A.F., was a fighter squadron that operated in Egypt and Libya for a short period during 1944.

The squadron was formed on 25 May 1944 in Egypt, before moving to Syria for training. At the end of June it returned to Egypt, where it was used for air defence and convoy protection (although by the summer of 1944 the main focus of the war in the Mediterranean had moved into Italy the Germans still had aircraft based in Greece). The squadron also received a number of Spitfire Mk.IXs, which were used to intercept high flying reconnaissance and bomber aircraft.

In September the squadron moved to Savoia in Libya, arriving two days ahead of No.9 Squadron, S.A.A.F. During October No.10 Squadron flew sweeps over Crete, before on 31 October handing its aircraft over to No.9 Squadron and dispersing to provide reinforcements for other South Africa squadrons (No.9 Squadron only lasted a few months longer, being disbanded on 1 February 1944).

Aircraft
June-October 1944: Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VB and Mk.VC
July-October 1944: Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX

Location
May-June 1944: Almaza
June 1944: Minnick
June-September 1944: Edku
     June-September 1944: Detachment to Mersa Matruh
September-October 1944: Savoia

Squadron Codes: -

Duty
May-October 1944: Fighter Squadron, Eastern Mediterranean.

Books

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (pending), No. 10 Squadron (SAAF): Second World War, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/SAAF/10_wwII.html

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