CAPE TRI-MOTORS

DOWNED LUFTWAFFE JUNKERS JU 52 TRANSPORTS PROVIDED RICH PICKINGS FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE DURING WORLD WAR TWO, AS STEVE MCLEAN RECOUNTS

WORLD WAR TWO SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE

Still in rudimentary SAA livery, 664 and 668 are seen at Zwartkop in 1940.

When the Union of South Africa declared war on Germany on September 3, 1939 the most modern element of its air transport fleet was the versatile Junkers Ju 52.

The airlifters proved so dependable that in 1942 RAF technicians were dispatched to the North African desert to resurrect any downed Luftwaffe warhorses, and collect spare parts to support the Allies’ efforts.

<

Become a Premium Member to Read More

This is a premium article and requires an active Key.Aero subscription to view.

I’m an existing member, sign me in!

I don’t have a subscription…

Enjoy the following subscriber only benefits:

  • Unlimited access to all KeyAero content
  • Exclusive in-depth articles and analysis, videos, quizzes added daily
  • A fully searchable archive – boasting hundreds of thousands of pieces of quality aviation content
  • Access to read all our leading aviation magazines online - meaning you can enjoy the likes of FlyPast, Aeroplane Monthly, AirForces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, Aviation News, Airports of the World, PC Pilot and Airliner World - as soon as they leave the editor’s desk.
  • Access on any device- anywhere, anytime
  • Choose from our offers below