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Old 15th May 2012, 11:22
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ww2 SAAF pilot private 8mm film discovered

Hi everyone

I visited John Hewitson. He is the last SAAF fighter pilot ace still around. John "Googoo" lend me his war time film reels and I got the 30 min footage digitized. He had a 8mm movie cam with him while doing war service. John saw service in East Africa (SAAF 1 sqdn) and North Africa (SAAF 5 sqdn). He flew in combat: Gladiators, Hurricanes, Tomahawks and was shot down and captured while flying a Kittyhawk. Here some screen grabs:


Crank starting the Gladiator East Africa


1 sqdn pilots East Africa


Gladiators idling 1sqdn East Africa


Bombay transporter East Africa


Training on Gauntlets Abu Seuir


Ken Driver, Kassala 1940/1, SAAF 1 sqdn ace, 1941 POW, killed in flying accident after the war.


Gladiator East Africa


Gladiator


SAAF 5 sqdn Tommie, Sidi Barrani, 1942


Tomahawk


Shot down SAAF 5sqdn Tomahawk


SAAF Maryland bomber landing (Sidi Barrani?)
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amazing!
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Excellent material!!
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