South African Aces




Gerald Stapleton
Sailor Malan
Pat Pattle


When World War II broke out on the 3rd of September 1939, the commonwealth had no spare aircraft to send to the South African Air Force (SAAF). Most of South Africa's aircraft were now obsolete, with only a hand full of Hurricanes being air worthy. The entire fleet of South African Airways Junkers were pressed into service, Ju-52s as transport and Ju-86s as a medium bombers. Not only did many South African pilots play an important role with the RAF (producing many Aces) They still continued to fly with the SAAF, deployed to East Africa they  played an important role in the defeat of Italy's campaign there, also the SAAF supported the RAF in the invasion of Madagascar in May 1942.  In all South Africa produced some 38 Aces during the War.