Film Screen Shots East Africa 1941-42

 Screenshots of John's 8mm film made during his operational service with No. 5 squadron in North Africa 1942. 


Bristol Bombay transport aircraft; Abu Sueir? 

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 Bombay transport aircraft; Abu Sueir?

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 Bombay transport aircraft; Abu Sueir?

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 French girls swimming with 1 sqdn members

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 Leonard le Clues ‘Polly’ Theron

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Training with Gloster Gauntlet aircraft at Abu Sueir . No. 1 Squadron Gladiators were sent up to Abu Sueir and assembled, while this was happening the squadron trained with Gauntlets.

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 Training with Gauntlet aircraft at Abu Sueir 

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 Training with Gauntlet aircraft at Abu Sueir 

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 Training with Gauntlet aircraft at Abu Sueir 

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 Training with Gauntlet aircraft at Abu Sueir 

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 Training with Gauntlet aircraft at Abu Sueir. Note same structure in front as in pic No. 2

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Gladiator ready to be crank-started by Major  van Schalkwyk

 
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Crank-starting of a 1 squadron Gladiator by Majort van Schalkwyk. 

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1 Squadron Gladiators lined up and idling, Abu Sueir.

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 1 Squadron Gladiators lined up and idling

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 1 Squadron Gladiators lined up and idling

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Note Bombay at the end. 

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Gladiator taxing 

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Gladiator taking off. 

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 Gladiator taking off.

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The next 6 stills are the colour 8mm panned shot  of a posed session represented in this photograph. From left to right:

RAF, Lt  B. R. Dimmock, Lt  A.Q. Masson, Major Schalk van Schalkwyk, Lt Wells, Lt  Servaas Viljoen, Lt  W H Morris, Lt  J. J. Coetzer, RAF, Lt Leonard "Polly" Theron, rest unknown.

 

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Main street in Suez 

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Shop where John bought his movie camera in Suez

 

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 Main street in Suez

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 Main street in Suez

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Swimming pool at the Sudan club in Khartoum.

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Swimming pool at the Sudan club in Khartoum. Lt Andrew Duncan diving

 

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Swimming pool at the Sudan club in Khartoum. Lt Andrew Duncan diving

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 Swimming pool at the Sudan club in Khartoum.

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1 Sqdn went with the train from Cairo to Wadi Halfa 

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 Shendi, a town on the railway line north of Khartoum

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Ship on the Nile going up to Khartoum 

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 Ship on the Nile going up to Khartoum 

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 Ship on the Nile going up to Khartoum 

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Refueling the Gladiators: From Abu Sueir to Khartoum the Gladiators had to stop and refuel at 2 different places and had to be done by hand.

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 Refueling the Gladiators: From Abu Sueir to Khartoum the Gladiators had to stop and refuel at 2 different places and had to be done by hand.

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 Refueling the Gladiators: From Abu Sueir to Khartoum the Gladiators had to stop and refuel at 2 different places and had to be done by hand.

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 Refueling the Gladiators: From Abu Sueir to Khartoum the Gladiators had to stop and refuel at 2 different places and had to be done by hand.

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Vickers Valentia aircraft : used as early shuttle service between South Africa and East African front.

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Mountains at Kassala 

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Kassala: 1 sqdn base on the border of Sudan and Eritrea :Pilots’ mess at Kassala – the old Italian Air Force Officers’ Mess taken over after the Italians fled

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The squadron stayed here outside of the building 

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Ablutions : Andrew Duncan sitting.

Officers having some kind of celebration 

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Lt  P.H. Smith ("Herr Schmitt")

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 Lt P.H. Smith ("Herr Schmitt")

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Lt Tommy Irvine

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 Lt Tommy Irvine

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Lt Robin Pare 

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 Lt Robin Pare 

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 Lt Robin Pare 

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Lt  Kenneth "Ken"  Driver 

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 Lt Ken Driver

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 Lt  Ken Driver

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Brian ‘Piggy’ Boyle – first SAAF pilot to receive a decoration – DFC

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 Lt  Piggy Boyle

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Ken Driver 

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Ken Driver 

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 Johan "Van" van der Merwe, KIA 31 March 1941 by returning fire from Italian bomber

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Johan "Van"  v d Merwe

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Squadron members go hunting 

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 Squadron members go hunting

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Squadron doctor having his hair cut. (MO) 

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Lockheed Loadstar  that Piggy Boyle and John returned with after the Eritrean campaign.

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Inside the Loadstar. Person looking back was Lt AAD McKellar, he was a squadron pilot but never flew because he was bitten by a spider and could not use his one hand. For the whole campaign he was grounded.

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Gladiator fly by 

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The squadron lived in  huts in the wild with a landing strip next to the huts.  Near Kassala

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Ground crew 

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Gladiator Landing in the bush 

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scramble alarm, Khartoum aerodrome 

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Demo scramble 

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Stand by rooms 

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Putting on jackets 

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Putting on helmets and parachutes 

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Gladiator 

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 Two pilots of 1 sqdn with their Gladiators were detatched to Atbara to protect a strategic bridge. The following pictures depicts the humorous "changing of pilots" ceremony where a bottle of wine is handed over to the two replacement  pilots.

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 JJ Coetzer and John Hewitson

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In front of the officer's mess at Atbara. From left to right:  Robin Pare, J J Coetzer, Piggy Boyle, John Hewitson

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Vickers Valentia shuttle transport 

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Note the train in the background 

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Hand fueling of a Gladiator 

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Hurricane landing

 

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L to R: Pare, Boyle, Duncan 

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Robin Pare 

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van Schalkwyk left 

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Hurricane taking off 

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John Hewitson 

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