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SOUTH AFRICA
AND THE FLEET AIR ARM
Salute to the South African men
and women of the FAA and
  Commonwealth

 Nine aircraft line up Harvard Club of South Africa

 1939-1945

Countries of the British Empire, Dominions, Commonwealth, Dependent Territories and the rest of the World involved with the FAA 1939-1945
 

View the Commonwealth Secretariat webpage for current information and direct link to Commonwealth countries today in alphabetical order



Index of RN Fleet Air Arm Air Stations in the Commonwealth & the World

Naval Aviation Museums in the UK and Commonwealth

Naval Aviation Research in the UK and Commonwealth

Australia and the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm

Canada and the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm

India and the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm

New Zealand and the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm

South Africa and the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm

USA and the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm



This page provides an introduction to information on South Africa's contribution to the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm air war effort. South Africa support was primarily through the SANF, and to some extent through the SAAF and the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Many Fleet Air Arm squadrons had South Africans some of whom attained high rank, including three wartime Commanding Officers, and more Flight Commanders and senior pilots. The South Africans, Lt Cdr May SANVF attained distinction whilst commanding 817 squadron during attacks on Sumatra and the Nicobars in 1944, and Lt Cdr Sleigh RN led fighter strikes on the German battleship Tirpitz in Norway.

South Africans in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines & South African Navy also proved themselves in air combat with the enemy. There were one South African air ace or near ace, Sub Lt ET Wilson SANF (V), who was accredited with up to 7 confirmed and probable enemy aircraft destroyed. 



Fleet Air Arm
Fleet Air Arm portway to information and worldwide links about naval aviation and FAA history, the squadrons, aircraft, ships, and men and women who served with the Fleet Air Arm 1939-1945. Includes Associations, Museums, and Roll of Honour to the Men of the FAA.  Directory of Fleet Air Arm Naval Squadrons, Air Wings and Carrier Air Groups 1943-1945, including British, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand units.


FAA and Naval Aviation History and South Africa
Naval aviation history and links to South Africa

FAA Squadrons and South Africa

FAA Aircraft  and South Africa

Ships and Aircraft Carriers and South Africa

Memorial Roll
Roll of Honour to the south Africans of the FAA. Lists all South African Commanding Officers of the wartime front-line squadrons (800-1800 squadrons), Naval Air Wings, and Carrier Air Groups. Directory of Fleet Air Arm Naval Air Wings 1943-1945, including British, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand units.


A-Z Directory of South African FAA Commanding Officers 
Comprehensive internet Directory of all South African and Commonwealth front line squadron Commanding Officers of the Fleet Air Arm. The three South African COs included:


FAA South African Air Aces

  • Sub Lt ET Wilson SANF (V).  1844 squadron. Claimed 7 destroted and enemy aircraft probables shot down 
  • SubLt HT Palmer SANF. 894 squadron. In Seafire LR 816 894 1P shot down two German Bv138 aircraft in flames off North Cape 22.8.1944 


Honours and Awards to South Africans in the FAA
A-Z of FAA Personnel and Honours of awards including personnel winning the VC, DSO, DSC, GC and MID. 


South African P.O.W.
FAA men in captivity with Axis forces. 

Personnel Gallery
A gallery of photographs and squadron profiles. 

Contacts and who's where?

Museums and Trusts

Associations and Reunions
Details of squadrons associations, including the Fleet Air Arm Association, Fleet Air Arm Officers Association, FAA TAG Association, Battle of Britain Fighter Pilots Association, Arctic Convoy Association   and the British and Commonwealth Air Register

South Africa Historic Flight

Fora and Discussion Groups

Virtual Library and Autobiographies
Key bibliographic sources. Includes online purchases (coming soon).

South African Obituaries


Website Directories and Databases
with overviews about the British Empire, Dominions and Commonwealth and Dependent Territories
Fleet Air Arm
General British Empire Links and Resources

Fleet Air Arm Museum Yeovilton (UK) Europe's premier naval aviation museum.

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM the multi-branch national museum of the history of war and wartime life from 1914


This site is an attempt to chronicle the development, equipment and achievement of the British armed   forces, since their inception to the present day. It covers the period from the beginning of the 17th Century when the Royal Navy came into being and the British Army was legislated into existence, upto present day which sees the United Kingdom fielding a small, efficient but overstretched and underfunded army, navy and air force. 
http://british-forces.com/site_index.html 

The British Pacific Fleet: 15 August 1945 
The East Indies Fleet: 15 August 1945
United States Lend-Lease aid to the British Empire 

Commonwealth Forces: These pages are a tribute to the Commonwealth soldiers who have given served with both British and multi-national efforts to combat the forces arrayed against freedom. They have served in every major conflict since the formation of the Dominions of Canada, Australia and New Zealand in the last years of the 19th and the first years of the 20th Century. From the shores of Gallipoli and the Trenches of The Great War to the desert fighting of World War Two, the battle for Crete in 1941 and onto D-Day and the island-hopping campaign against the Japanese. 

These pages contain links to the battles they fought during the two World Wars and to Britain's Small Wars where their involvement in conflicts between 1945-1992 forms part of that site. These pages also contain links to various sites related to the Commonwealths Armed Forces, listed by Country. 
http://british-forces.com/cw/cwindex.html 


 "Land Forces of Britain, the Empire and Commonwealth" website, a major resource designed to make some sense of military history and help you navigate the web.   This site strives for comprehensiveness, bringing together all internet resources pertaining to land forces that were at any time part of the British Empire or Commonwealth. Naval and air forces are not included, with the exception of their more notable land force elements (e.g. Royal Marines, RAF Regiment), and a link or two to main Ministry sites by way of explaining how land forces fit into the overall armed forces structure of each country. There are several thousand links on these pages. The focus is generally on manifestations of the British regimental system throughout the world. 
http://regiments.org/milhist/index.htm 


 The Commonwealth War Graves Commision was established by Royal Charter in 1917. Its duties are to mark and maintain the graves of the members of the forces of the Commonwealth who were killed in the two world wars, to build memorials to those who have no known grave and to keep records and registers. It maintains graves and memorials in some 150 countries throughout the World. 
http://www.cwgc.org/ 

Debt of Honour Register and database of the Commonwealth War Graves Commision. This Register provides personal and service details and places of commemoration for the 1.7 million members of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First or Second World Wars. (A record some 60,000 civilian casualties of the Second World War is provided without details of burial location.) 
http://yard.ccta.gov.uk/cwgc/register.nsf 
 


The British Empire website: The British Empire is the largest formal empire the world has ever known. As such, its power and influence stretched all over the globe; shaping it in all manner of ways.This site is not a rigourous academic site! This site is dedicated to analysing the history of the British Empire: The triumphs, the humiliations, the good that it brought and the bad that it inflicted. For better or worse the British Empire had a massive impact on the history of the world. It is for this reason that this site tries to bring to life the peoples, cultures, adventures and domination that made the Empire such a powerful institution. The site has a complete section on the histories and composition of the Armed Forces: the Land Forces, Sea Forces and Air Forces.
http://www.britishempire.co.uk/ 
http://www.britishempire.co.uk/forces/forces.htm 

The Sun Never Set on the British Empire, circa 1937
A short history and dates of possession of tyhe British Empire colonies and Dominions. Includes a 81.9K animated GIF file of locations and time zones of the British Empire, 1937. 
Empire.
http://www.friesian.com/british.htm 
 

Commonwealth Secretariat
Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX, UK
Tel: 020-7839 3411 - Fax: 020-7930 0827 
NGO Desk Tel: 020-7747 6125 - e-mail: info@commonwealth.int 
Information & Public Affairs Division Tel: 020-7747 6385 - Fax: 020-7839 9081 
The Secretariat is the main agency through which the Commonwealth countries work together. 
http://www.thecommonwealth.org/index1.htm 
 

The British Empire and Commonwealth Museum is under construction in the famous Brunel railshed in Bristol. The Museum's first galleries include an exhibition titled "Together: The Commonwealth at War 1914-1953", a collection of photographs illustrating the vital wartime role played by men and women from Australia, Canada, India, Jamaica, New Zealand, Nigeria, Malta, South Africa, and many other Commonwealth countries.  If you'd like more information, please contact the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum Project Office, Clock Tower Yard, Temple Meads, Bristol BS1 6QH, U.K. 


The Commonwealth Foundation: Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HY, UK. Tel: 020-7930 3783 - Fax: 020-7839 8157 - e-mail: geninfo@commonwealth.int 
The Foundation promotes professional co-operation and works closely with non-governmental organisations. It makes grants to assist professional people to take part in conferences, study visits and training attainments within the Commonwealth. 
http://www.commonwealthfoundation.com/ 
 


The Commonwealth of Learning is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. COL is helping developing nations improve access to quality education and training. 
COL's library service On-line access to COL's Information Resource Centre catalogue
Commonwealth schools network: Commonwealth Electronic Network for Schools and Education CENSE
http://www.col.org/ 
http://www.col.org/irc/irc.htm 
http://www.col.org/cense/index.htm 

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies is the only Postgraduate academic institution in the United Kingdom devoted to the study of the Commonwealth. Its purpose is to promote inter-disciplinary and inter-regional research on the Commonwealth and its member nations in the fields of history, politics, economics and other social sciences, and in subjects like development, environment, health, migration, class, race, and literature. 
The ICS Library is an international resource holding more than 160,000 items, with particularly impressive Caribbean, Southern African and Australian holdings and 200 archival collections. 
http://www.sas.ac.uk/commonwealthstudies/index.html
http://www.sas.ac.uk/commonwealthstudies/library/library.html 

Department for International Development
94 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5JL 9HY 
Tel: 020-7917 7000 - Fax: 020-7917 0019 - e-mail: library@dfid.gtnet.uk 
The Department for International Development is the UK government department responsible for all aspects of international development policy. Its principal aim is to contribute to the elimination of poverty in poorer countries and to enable poor people to achieve sustained improvement in their living standards. The Secretary of State for International Development is The Rt Hon Clare 
Short MP. 
http://www.oneworld.org/ 

The Oriental and India Indian Office Collections This is the official website for the British Library's Oriental and Indian section. They hold all the official  documents pertaining to the Honourable East India Company and the subsequent pre-1947 India Office records. The scope of these organisations spread far further than just the Indian subcontinent. The Middle East, East Africa, Far Eastern Asia all had strong connections with the India office. 
http://www.bl.uk/collections/oriental/


HG&UW Naval History Information Center. World warship Lists And Photo Gallery from 1913 to 2000
The Center provides warship data as a comprehensive, detailed listing of all the world's battleships, cruisers, aircraft carriers and seaplane tenders, from the start of naval aviation into the 21st century. Every warship, battleship, carrier and seaplane tender ever built or planned is listed, with complete technical data, historical sketches and photographs for virtually every ship. There are nearly 1000 high-quality photos linked to the respective ship histories. This is perhaps one of the most comprehensive websites for information about the ships used by all the World's Navies during WWII and after. Includes details for the American, Australian, Brazilian, British, Canadian, Dutch, Free French, Indian, New Zealand, Norwegian, Polish, South African Navies, ships and links to other web resources.
http://www.hazegray.org/navhist/ 

Warships of the world. This site includes information and links to all the main Allies. 
http://www.warships1.com/index_ships.htm 
ROYAL NAVY MUSEUM (UK)

The Royal Marines Museum (UK) is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of all aspects of Royal Marines history for the education and enjoyment of the general public.

Shearwater Aviation Museum of Maritime Military Aviation (Canada) Home of the Canadian Swordfish

Naval Aviation Museum of Australia/Museum of Flight ANAM (Australia





American National Museum of Naval Aviation

 

NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM

The Royal Air Force Museum, Britain's National Museum of Aviation, celebrates the story of aviation from before the Wright Brothers to the RAF of the 21st Century with one of the world's finest collections of legendary aircraft and associated exhibits. The Museum stands on 15 acres of the historic former Hendon Aerodrome at RAF Hendon, one of the oldest aviation centres in the country. 
CANADIAN NAVAL AIR NET

NAVAL MUSEUM OF ALBERTA CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA An excellent site showcasing the Naval Museum of Alberta located in Calgary. Good stories and photos, many featuring aspects of naval aviation. The Museum commemorates the prairie men and women who served in the Royal Canadian Navy since its formation in 1910. It is dedicated to the memory of Lieutenant Robert Hampton Gray, VC, DSC, MiD, RCNVR; the Royal Canadian Navy's only recipient of the Victoria Cross in World War II.

 

Naval Museum of Manitoba

 

The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum is a non-profit, charitable organization founded and operated by volunteers. The Museum is dedicated to preservation of the history of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and honoring those airmen who trained and served, and especially those who died while serving their country in the conflict of 1939 - 1945. This is the only Museum in Canada dedicated solely to this goal and we think it is fitting that it is located in Manitoba where so much of the training was carried out.

 

Canadian war museumThe Canadian War Museum (CWM) is an affiliated museum of the Canadian Museum of Civilization. The CWM has its own collections, its own programmes and its own staff.

 

Alex's Royal Navy Page Aircraft Carriers of the Royal Navy. Service and class technical details of all RN Aircraft Carriers. Part 1 - 1920-1939 Furious, Hermes, Eagle, Courageous & Ark Royal classes.  Part 2 - 1940-1949 Illustrious, Implacable, Colossus & Majestic classes.  Part 3 - 1950-2000 Audacious, Centaur, Invincible & Ocean classes

http://www.btinternet.com/~a.c.walton/navy/navy.html

HG&UW World Aircraft Carrier Lists And Photo Gallery from 1913 to 2000
The World Aircraft Carriers Lists are a comprehensive, detailed listing of all the world's aircraft carriers and seaplane tenders, from the start of naval aviation into the 21st century. Every carrier and seaplane tender ever built or planned is listed, with complete technical data, historical sketches and photographs for virtually every ship. There are nearly 1000 high-quality photos linked to the espective ship histories. This is perhaps one of the most comprehensive websites for information about the ships used by the Fleet Air Arm and the Commonwealth. Includes a Master list of RN Carriers and an extensive list of links to other web resources.
http://www.hazegray.org/navhist/carriers/ 
 

 


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