No. 19 Squadron (SAAF): Second World War

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No.19 Squadron, S.A.A.F., had two short incarnations during the Second World War, first as a transport squadron in 1939 and later as a ground attack squadron operating over the Balkans.

Bristol Beaufighter X over Zuzemberk
Bristol Beaufighter X of
No.19 Squadron, SAAF,
over Zuzemberk

The first version of the squadron disappeared on 1 December 1939 when it was merged with Nos.17 and 18 Squadrons to form No.50 Squadron.

The second version of the squadron was formed on 12 August 1944 by replacing the personnel of No.227 Squadron, RAF, with South Africans. The renumbered squadron was equipped with the Bristol Beaufighter, which it used to attack German targets in Yugoslavia, Albania and Greece, as well as coastal shipping in the Adriatic.

The squadron was disbanded on 10 July 1945, and its South African personnel returned home.

August 1944-July 1945: Bristol Beaufighter Mk.X and Mk.XI

August 1944-July 1945: Biferno

Squadron Codes: Y

-December 1939: Transport Squadron
August 1944-July 1945: Ground Attack, Balkans



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