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Old 10-02-18, 05:43 PM
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Default Possible WWII SAAF Unit badge

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Picked this up today at the local marked. The construction reminded me of similarly constructed SAAF squadron badges of the WWII era.

It appears to be SAAF with the flying springbok and map with flight path from South Africa to UK via Italy. The scroll above and below the globe reads "VERS JOUR ET NUIT" and translated as 'towards day and night'. The lower scroll reads '9 DET'. I'm not sure what the DET stands for but hazard a guess at 9 Depot or 9 Detachment

Is anyone able to clarify the identity of this badge.

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Old 11-02-18, 08:07 AM
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Reminds me of a 44 Sqn badge but slightly different
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Old 11-02-18, 09:11 AM
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Yes I see the similarity. Could this possibly be the badge worn during WWII by 44 Squadron? They were not around for very long, been disbanded in 1944 and resurrected in 1953. The current badge and motto 'PROSUMUS' may be from the resurrected squadron.

Here is a short extract on 44 squadron history taken from SAAF website... quote "Renumbered from 43 Squadron at Cairo West on 12 March 1944 with Ansons, the squadron began conversion to the Dakota by the end of the month. The squadron was involved in scheduled and unscheduled flights throughout the region and even as far as Rome, Russia, Karachi and the Gold Coast (Ghana). In February 1945 the squadron moved to the Italian port of Bari for operations in the Balkans, including providing support to Yugoslav partisans. The squadrons activities were not confined to the Balkans, with general transport and VIP flights to the south of France, Turkey, Egypt and Britain. The squadron was eventually disbanded at Bari on 6 December 1945.

The squadron was reformed in November 1953 at Swartkop as a transport unit flying Dakotas by renumbering 25 Squadron. The squadron spent a few years at Waterkloof between 1956 and 1963 before returning to Swartkop. Ex-SAA DC-4 Skymasters joining the fleet in 1966. The Vickers Viscount was transferred from 21 Squadron in October 1983 and flew with the squadron until sold in 1991. In 1992, the squadron moved to AFB Waterkloof and re-equipped with Dakotas converted to the C-47TP standard. The Skymasters were retired in 1994. During 1998 the C-47TPs were transfered to 35 Squadron when the squadron took over the CASA 212s and CN-235 of the disbanded 86 MEFS. With the disbanding of 42 Squadron in February 2000, 44 Squadron took over their Cessna 185's as well, using them to form B Flight, while the CASAs formed A Flight."

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Old 11-02-18, 01:30 PM
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There's an article about the WW II SAAF Shuttle Service, in the June 2017 issue of SA Philatelist (
https://issuu.com/herman777/docs/philatelist_june2017 ), which names a 9 Detachment based at Luxor in Egypt.

It seems a likely match.
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Old 11-02-18, 03:36 PM
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Hi Arthur,
Yes I did find that and a most interesting article.

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