n Historia - The South African Air Force and the Warsaw airlift of 1944

Volume 45, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



The South African Air Force (SAAF) played an important role in the Second World War and operated on many fronts. In the article detailed attention is given to the role played by the SAAF in the Warsaw Airlift - an operation with the objective of dropping supplies from the air to the Polish partisans in Warsaw, the capital of Poland. Statistical data is used to compare and evaluate the contribution of the SAAF in relation to that of the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Polish Special Duties Flight 1586, as well as to the single mission by the Americans. Both political and military aspects of the Warsaw airlift are taken into account in the process of drawing certain conclusions. This operation was a major Allied contribution to Polish civilian opposition to German aggression during the war.

Dit is 'n bekende feit dat die Suid-Afrikaanse Lugmag (SALM) 'n belangrike rol in die Tweede Wêreldoorlog gespeel het. In die artikel word aandag gegee aan die rol wat die SALM gelewer het in die Warskou Lugbrug. Statistiese data word gebruik om die deelname van die SALM met die van die Britse Lugmag (RAF) en die Poolse Spesiale Taakvlug 1586 (Polish Special Duties Flight 1586), asook met die enkele missie van die Amerikaners, te vergelyk en dan te evalueer.

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