50 Squadron SAAF
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50 Squadron SAAF was a South African Air Force squadron during World War II.
50 Squadron was formed on 1 December 1939 by amalgamating the SAAF's 17, 18 and 19 Squadrons. During the East African Campaign 50 Squadron operated a 'shuttle service' between the warzone in East Africa and South Africa as part of 1 Bomber Transport Brigade. The Brigade was re-designated 5 Wing in February 1941, and continued to fly 'shuttle service' flights between the Mediterranean and South Africa until after the war.
The squadron operated Junkers F.13FE, Ju-86Z/K-1 and Ju52/3M aircraft which had been requisitioned from the South African Airways at the outbreak of war. The eleven Ju52's were assigned to 51 Flight, operating a shuttle service from Nairobi to Egypt, Middle East and South Africa.
- Potgieter and Steenkamp (1981), p. 119
- "History of the South African Air Force". South African Air Force. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
- Potgieter, Herman and Steenkamp, Willem (1981). Aircraft of the South African Air Force (2nd ed.). Cape Town: C. Struik. ISBN 0-86977-133-7.