SOUTH AFRICAN Mossies

STEVE MACLEAN EXPLAINS HOW 60 SQUADRON SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE (SAAF) EVOLVED FROM CRUDELY MODIFIED MOSQUITOS TO PHOTO-RECCE SPECIALISTS

DE HAVILLAND MOSQUITO PHOTO-RECONNAISSANCE

Too often, reconnaissance pilots are told to soldier on and make do with obsolescent or unsuitable equipment; yet the information they are tasked to acquire is vital to the war. So it was with 60 Squadron of the South African Air Force, based in Libya in the first weeks of 1943. With a fleet of Martin twins (three Baltimores and four Marylands – all of varying serviceability), operational effectiveness was becoming a hitand- miss affair without taking into account enemy fighters and the weather.

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