No. 22 Squadron (SAAF): Second World War

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No.22 Squadron, S.A.A.F., was a maritime patrol squadron that spent most of its existence operating from South Africa before moving to Gibraltar in June 1944.

The squadron was formed at Durban on 1 July 1942 and was equipped with a mix of Avro Ansons and Junkers Ju 86s taken from South African Airways. For the next two years it performed general reconnaissance duties, protected shipping around the South African coast. These aircraft were soon replaced with Lockheed Venturas, which in June 1944 the squadron took to Gibraltar. For the rest of the war No.22 Squadron flew anti-submarine patrols in the Western Mediterranean. After the end of the war it flew to Egypt, where on 24 October 1945 the squadron disbanded.

Aircraft
July 1942-: Avro Anson and Junkers Ju 86

June 1944-October 1945: Lockheed Ventura V

Location
July 1942-: Durban

June 1944-July 1945: Gibraltar
July-August 1945: Gianaclis
August-October 1945: Edku

Squadron Codes: R

Duty
1942-1944: Coastal Patrols, South Africa
1944-1945: Anti-submarine Patrols, Gibraltar

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (4 November 2009), No. 22 Squadron (SAAF): Second World War, http://www.historyofwar.org/air/units/SAAF/22_wwII.html

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