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 The Canadair Sabre in South African Service     

This is the initial listing ejections involving Canadair Sabres. The list is still being checked and will need  amendments.

Any obvious blunders, assigning the aircraft to the wrong country etc please let me know

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial

based

crashed crew seat photo
28 February 1953
SAAF
F-86F Sabre 608 / M
52-4348
2 Sqn Fuel exhaustion while escorting lost pilot,

 Pilot lost during training flight. Near K-55,  Korea

Lt R. L. van Rooyen ejected over K-8, and rescued    

21st April 1953


SAAF

F-86F Sabre

613 "G"

42-4327

2 Sqn
Korea

Compressor failure, engine failure, rescued

2nd Lt. J. H. Robberts ejected

 

NAA

21st July 1953


SAAF

F-86F Sabre

616 "Q" 52-4368

2 Sqn
Korea

Caught fire after hit by AAA in bombing run

Lt. George Thom ejected - became PoW released in RMC

         
 

NAA

28 August 1953   F-86 Sabre 614 / P 2 Sqn  Into Yellow Sea off Korean coast following control failure 2nd Lt M. C. Botha, ejected but drowned    
15th July 1960
SAAF
CL13B Sabre Mk.6 379 2 Sqn Mid-air with 354 Southdene Village near Port Elizabeth airport  Lt. H. J. W. (Paul) Bothma   NAA
16th August 1960
SAAF
CL13B Sabre Mk.6 376 1 Sqn
RSA
Flame-out Aircraft not refuelled near Pretoria, South Africa 2 Lt. C. N. Venter
       
 
 
NAA
02-Nov-1961
SAAF
Sabre 356 RSA Mid-air with 375 2 Lt. H. H. Meter   NAA
02-Nov-1961
SAAF
Sabre 375 RSA Mid-air with 356 2 Lt C. C. Basson   NAA
26 November 1969   CL13B Sabre Mk.6 368 1 Sqn Engine failure. Near Pietersburg Major J.P. Britz, ejected but killed    
19-Nov-1970
SAAF
CL-13B Sabre Mk.6  355 1 sqn Mid-air with 370 near Turfloop 2nd Lt Rod Penhall   NAA
"The Sabre incident on 19 Nov 1970 listed under the SAAF section  I think involved Brig.Genl. Rod Penhal at the time a 2nd Lt, who collided with another Sabre which I believe landed safely. Rod ejected and injured his back on landing, but recovered to continue flying later - I was on the instructors' course with him in 1971 at FTS Dunnottar.
Regards
Johan Rossouw
26-Mar-1971
SAAF
CL-13B Sabre 377 1 sqn Engine Failure near Blouberg, Strand  2 Lt Ben H. Arnoldi
via André Kritzinger
NAA
    26 March 1971        CL13B Sabre Mk.6    377    1 Sqn    (I live some 5 minutes from where the accident happened, an "eyewitness" I met some years ago maintained the aircraft broke in half upon hitting the ground, cockpit pod rolled towards dunes and Arnoldi ejected through hood and landed amongst the dunes - if this is the case he is damn lucky to have survived with no major injuries) Steve
22-Jun-1971
SAAF
CL-13B Sabre  Mk.6 374 1 sqn Engine explosion, loss of power. A/c landed short of runway  2 Lt J. Allison   NAA
10-Apr-1975
SAAF
CL-13B Sabre Mk.6 370 1Sqn in-flight Fire  after hit by shrapnel from explosion, crashed Roodewal Bombing Range near Pietersburg Capt F. W. C. Brits   NAA

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