SAAF Training Organisation

by Ross McNeill

Pre war flying training for the SAAF consisted of the Central Flying School assisted by civil schools at Bloemfontein, Randfontein and Baragwanath.

After the creation of the Joint Air Training Plan the civil schools were absorbed into the SAAF as Elementary Flying Training Schools and existing RAF Service Flying Training Schools were used to provide cadre for similar SAAF numbered Service Flying Training Schools.

Shortly after arrival of the RAF personnel all the SAAF schools were renamed Air School.

No.1 Air School, SAAF

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):
Baragwanath, Johannesburg South, Gauteng, South Africa

Summary:
Previously called No.1 EFTS, Baragwanath
Pilot elementary flying training
Assigned to Training Command

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/161

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 1/12/1940 – 31/12/1940, AIR54_161_1, Page 83, Page 86
ORB, 1/1/1941 – 31/12/1941, AIR54_161_1, Page 87, Page 152
ORB, 1/1/1942 – 31/12/1942, AIR54_161_1, Page 153, Page 219
ORB, 1/1/1943 – 31/4/1943, AIR54_161_1, Page 220, Page 233

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Baragwanath, 1/11/1940, 31/3/1943

Aircraft Types
Tiger Moth

 

No.2 Air School, SAAF

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):

Randfontein, Gauteng, South Africa

Summary:
Previously called No.2 EFTS, Randfontein
Pilot elementary flying training
Assigned to Training Command

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/161
AIR 54/162

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 1/11/1940 – 31/12/1940, AIR54_161_2, Page 71, Page 74
Appendices, 18/11/1940 – 5/11/1940, AIR54_161_2, Page 236, Page 277
Appendices, 5/11/1940 – 3/12/1940, AIR54_161_3, Page 2, Page 147
ORB, 1/1/1941 – 30/4/1941, AIR54_161_3, Page 148, Page 159
ORB, 1/5/1941 – 31/12/1941, AIR54_162_1, Page 4, Page 28
ORB, 1/1/1942 – 31/12/1942, AIR54_162_1, Page 29, Page 66
Appendices, 29/1/1942 – 7/12/1942, AIR54_162_1, Page 67, Page 284
ORB, 1/1/1943 – 31/3/1943, AIR54_162_1, Page 285, Page 293
Appendices, 1/1/1943 – 6/3/1943, AIR54_162_1, Page 294, Page 318
Appendices, 6/3/1943 – 15/3/1943, AIR54_162_2, Page 2, Page 44
Routine Orders, 2/1/1943 – 29/3/1943, AIR54_162_2, Page 45, Page 213
ORB, 3/2/1944 – 3/2/1944, AIR54_162_2, Page 214, Page 215

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Randfontein, 1/11/1940, 31/3/1943

Aircraft Types
Tiger Moth

 

No.3 Air School, SAAF

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):

Wonderboom, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Summary
Pilot elementary flying training
Assigned to Training Command

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/162
AIR 54/163

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 1/2/1941 – 31/12/1941, AIR54_162_2, Page 216, Page 266
ORB, 1/1/1943 – 28/4/1943, AIR54_162_2, Page 267, Page 290
ORB, 28/4/1943 – 31/4/1943, AIR54_162_3, Page 2, Page 6
Appendices, 21/4/1943 – 21/4/1943, AIR54_162_3, Page 7, Page 44
ORB, 1/1/1942 – 31/8/1942, AIR54_162_3, Page 46, Page 82
ORB, 1/11/1942 – 31/12/1942, AIR54_162_3, Page 83, Page 103
ORB, 1/9/1942 – 16/9/1942, AIR54_162_3, Page 104, Page 107
ORB, 16/9/1942 – 31/10/1942, AIR54_163_1, Page 4, Page 26
Appendices, 22/9/1942 – 5/11/1942, AIR54_163_1, Page 27, Page 32

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Wonderboom, 1/2/1941, 30/4/1943

Aircraft Types:
Tiger Moth

 

No.4 Air School, SAAF

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):

Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa

Summary
Pilot elementary flying training
Assigned to Training Command

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/163

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 30/7/1941 – 31/12/1941, AIR54_163_1, Page 33, Page 62
Appendices, 6/8/1941 – 11/9/1941, AIR54_163_1, Page 63, Page 70
ORB, 1/1/1942 – 31/12/1942, AIR54_163_1, Page 71, Page 173
ORB, 1/1/1943 – 30/4/1943, AIR54_163_1, Page 174, Page 196

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Benoni, 30/7/1941, 30/4/1943

Aircraft Types:
Tiger Moth

No.5 Air School SAAF

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):

Witbank, Emalahleni, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Summary
Pilot elementary flying training
Assigned to Training Command

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/163

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 4/9/1941 – 31/12/1941, AIR54_163_1, Page 197, Page 234
Appendices, 4/9/1941 – 29/12/1941, AIR54_163_1, Page 235, Page 272
ORB, 1/1/1942 – 26/5/1942, AIR54_163_1, Page 273, Page 300
ORB, 27/5/1942 – 31/12/1942, AIR54_163_2, Page 2, Page 33
Appendices, 3/1/1942 – 22/12/1942, AIR54_163_2, Page 34, Page 138
ORB, 1/1/1943 – 30/4/1943, AIR54_163_2, Page 139, Page 162
Appendices, 4/2/1943 – 30/4/1943, AIR54_163_2, Page 163, Page 247

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Witbank, 4/9/1941, 30/4/1943

Aircraft Types:
Hornet
Tiger Moth

 

No.6 Air School, SAAF

 

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):
Potchefstroom, North West, South Africa

Summary
Pilot elementary flying training
Assigned to Training Command

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/163
AIR 54/164
AIR 54/165

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 4/7/1941 – 15/9/1941, AIR54_163_2, Page 248, Page 323
ORB, 16/9/1941 – 31/12/1941, AIR54_163_3, Page 2, Page 99
Appendices, 4/7/1941 – 24/11/1941, AIR54_164_1, Page 4, Page 135
ORB, 1/1/1942 – 31/12/1942, AIR54_164_1, Page 136, Page 240
Appendices, 20/12/1941 – 4/9/1942, AIR54_164_1, Page 241, Page 436
Appendices, 11/9/1942 – 17/11/1942, AIR54_164_2, Page 2, Page 158
ORB, 1/1/1943 – 30/4/1943, AIR54_164_2, Page 159, Page 190
Appendices, 7/1/1943 – 29/1/1943, AIR54_164_2, Page 191, Page 242
Appendices, 29/1/1943 – 20/4/1943, AIR54_165_1, Page 4, Page 331
Appendices, 20/4/1943 – 1/4/1943, AIR54_165_2, Page 2, Page 99

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Potchefstroom, 4/7/1941, 30/4/1943

Aircraft Types:
Tiger Moth

 

No.7 Air School SAAF

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):

Kroonstad, Free State, South Africa

Summary
Pilot elementary flying training
Assigned to Training Command

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/165
AIR 54/166

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 6/4/1942 – 31/12/1942, AIR54_165_2, Page 100, Page 189
Appendices, 8/5/1942 – 15/12/1942, AIR54_165_2, Page 190, Page 287
ORB, 1/1/1943 – 21/4/1942, AIR54_165_2, Page 288, Page 339
ORB, 21/4/1943 – 30/4/1942, AIR54_165_3, Page 2, Page 5
Appendices, 5/1/1943 – 9/1/1943, AIR54_165_3, Page 6, Page 45
Appendices, 11/1/1943 – 30/4/1943, AIR54_166_1, Page 4, Page 249

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Kroonstad, 22/12/1941, 30/4/1943

Aircraft Types:
Tiger Moth

 

No.21 Air School SAAF

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):

Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa

Summary
Pilot service flying training
Assigned to Training Command
Formerley No.1 SFTS

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/166
AIR 54/167

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB and Appendices, 25/11/1940 – 31/12/1940, AIR54_166_2, Page 128, Page 161
ORB, 1/1/1941 – 31/12/1941, AIR54_166_2, Page 162, Page 253
Appendices, 31/1/1941 – 28/5/1941, AIR54_166_2, Page 254, Page 335
ORB, 1/1/1942 – 31/7/1942, AIR54_166_2, Page 336, Page 355
ORB, 1/8/1942 – 31/12/1942, AIR54_167_1, Page 4, Page 22
Appendices, 5/3/1942 – 7/12/1942, AIR54_167_1, Page 23, Page 345
Appendices, 7/12/1942 – 31/12/1942, AIR54_167_2, Page 2, Page 101
ORB, 1/1/1943 – 31/3/1943, AIR54_167_2, Page 102, Page 108

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Kimberley, 25/11/1940, 31/3/1943

Aircraft Types:
Hind
Hart
Oxford

 

No.22 Air School SAAF

 

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):
Vereeniging, Gauteng, South Africa

Summary
Pilot service flying training
Assigned to Training Command
Formerley No.2 SFTS

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/169
AIR 54/170

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB and Appendices, 8/11/1940 – 31/12/1940, AIR54_169_2, Page 14, Page 137
ORB, 1/1/1941 – 31/12/1941, AIR54_169_2, Page 138, Page 194
ORB, 1/1/1942 – 31/12/1942, AIR54_169_2, Page 195, Page 236
Nominal Roll, 31/1/1942 – 31/1/1942, AIR54_169_2, Page 237, Page 313
Nominal Roll, 31/3/1942 – 26/12/1942, AIR54_170_1, Page 4, Page 321
ORB, 1/1/1943 – 17/4/1943, AIR54_170_1, Page 322, Page 333
ORB, 1/1/1943 – 30/4/1943, AIR54_170_1, Page 334, Page 406

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Vereeniging, 8/11/1940, 17/4/1943

Aircraft Types:
Hind
Hart

 

No.23 Air School SAAF

No.23 Air School, SAAF

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):
Zwartkop, Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
Waterkloof, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Summary
Pilot service flying training
Assigned to Training Command
Formerley No.3 SFTS

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/169
Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB and Appendices, 8/11/1940 – 31/12/1940, AIR54_169_1, Page 15, Page 30
ORB, 1/1/1941 – 31/1/1941, AIR54_169_1, Page 31, Page 33
ORB, 1/4/1941 – 31/12/1941, AIR54_169_1, Page 34, Page 121
ORB, 1/1/1942 – 31/12/1942, AIR54_169_1, Page 122, Page 270
ORB, 1/1/1943 – 1/5/1943, AIR54_169_1, Page 271, Page 314

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Zwartkop, 8/11/1940, 31/1/1941
Waterkloof, 17/4/1941, 1/5/1943

Aircraft Types:
Hind
Hart

 

No.24 Air School SAAF 

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):
Nigel, Gauteng, South Africa

Summary
Pilot service flying training
Assigned to Training Command
Formerley No.4 SFTS

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/168

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 29/7/1941 – 31/12/1941, AIR54_168_1, Page 219, Page 287
Appendices, 5/9/1941 – 24/12/1941, AIR54_168_1, Page 288, Page 357
ORB, 1/1/1942 – 9/3/1942, AIR54_168_1, Page 358, Page 387
ORB, 10/3/1942 – 31/12/1942, AIR54_168_2, Page 2, Page 159
Appendices, 9/1/1942 – 23/6/1943, AIR54_168_2, Page 160, Page 272
ORB, 1/1/1943 – 30/4/1943, AIR54_168_2, Page 273, Page 320
ORB, 7/10/1941 – 10/10/1941, AIR54_168_2, Page 321, Page 322
ORB, 8/12/1942 – 9/12/1942, AIR54_168_2, Page 323, Page 324

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Nigel, 5/8/1941, 30/4/1943

Aircraft Types:
Hind
Hart

 

No.25 Air School SAAF

 

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):
Standerton, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Summary
Pilot service flying training
Assigned to Training Command
Formerley No.5 SFTS

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/167
AIR 54/168

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 8/10/1941 – 31/12/1941, AIR54_167_2, Page 121, Page 141
Appendices, 24/10/1941 – 30/12/1941, AIR54_167_2, Page 142, Page 173
ORB, 1/1/1942 – 31/11/1942, AIR54_167_2, Page 174, Page 255
Appendices, 2/1/1942 – 11/7/1942, AIR54_167_2, Page 256, Page 374
Appendices, 11/7/1942 – 31/12/1942, AIR54_168_1, Page 4, Page 127
ORB, 1/1/1943 – 30/4/1943, AIR54_168_1, Page 128, Page 157
Appendices, 22/1/1943 – 6/4/1943, AIR54_168_1, Page 158, Page 218

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Standerton, 8/10/1941, 30/4/1943

Aircraft Types:
Hind
Hart

 

No.26 Air School SAAF

 

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):
Pietersburg, Limpopo, South Africa

Summary
Pilot service flying training
Assigned to Training Command

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/170

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 9/3/1942 – 28/4/1942, AIR54_170_1, Page 407, Page 419
ORB, 28/4/1942 – 31/11/1942, AIR54_170_2, Page 2, Page 80
Appendices, 4/5/1942 – 4/5/1942, AIR54_170_2, Page 81, Page 85
ORB, 1/1/1943 – 31/3/1943, AIR54_170_2, Page 86, Page 103

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Pietersburg, 9/3/1942, 31/3/1943

Aircraft Types:
Hind
Hart
Oxford

 

No.27 Air School SAAF

 

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):
Bloemspruit, Free State, South Africa

Summary
Pilot service flying training
Assigned to Training Command

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/170
AIR 54/171

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 24/11/1941 – 31/12/1942, AIR54_170_2, Page 104, Page 109
ORB, 3/12/1941 – 30/4/1942, AIR54_170_2, Page 110, Page 154
ORB, 1/6/1942 – 31/12/1942, AIR54_170_2, Page 155, Page 214
Appendices, 15/1/1942 – 31/8/1942, AIR54_170_2, Page 215, Page 294
Appendices, 2/9/1942 – 14/12/1942, AIR54_171_1, Page 3, Page 109
ORB, 1/1/1943 – 30/4/1943, AIR54_171_1, Page 110, Page 154
Appendices, 18/1/1943 – 13/3/1943, AIR54_171_1, Page 155, Page 402
Appendices, 13/3/1943 – 21/4/1943, AIR54_171_2, Page 2, Page 51

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Bloemfontein, 24/11/1941, 30/4/1943

Aircraft Types:
Hind
Hart
Oxford
Master

 

No.41 Air School SAAF

 

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):
East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Summary
Bombing and Gunnery School
Assigned to Training Command
Formerly No.1 B&GS

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/171

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 13/10/1940 – 30/11/1940, AIR54_171_2, Page 62, Page 67
ORB, 1/1/1941 – 30/9/1941, AIR54_171_2, Page 68, Page 109
ORB, 1/11/1941 – 31/12/1941, AIR54_171_2, Page 110, Page 115
Appendices, 11/1/1941 – 16/5/1941, AIR54_171_2, Page 116, Page 138
ORB, 1/1/1942 – 31/12/1942, AIR54_171_2, Page 139, Page 185
Appendices, 31/7/1942 – 31/7/1942, AIR54_171_2, Page 186, Page 188
ORB, 1/1/1943 – 30/4/1943, AIR54_171_2, Page 189, Page 200
ORB, 1/10/1943 – 31/10/1943, AIR54_171_2, Page 201, Page 204

Orbat:
Location, From, To
East London, 13/10/1940, 31/10/1943

Aircraft Types:
Northrop
Oxford
Battle
Anson

 

No.42 Air School SAAF

 

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Summary
Bombing and Gunnery School
Assigned to Port Elizabeth Fortress

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/171
AIR 54/172

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 23/1/1941 – 30/12/1941, AIR54_171_2, Page 205, Page 308
Appendices, 11/1/1941 – 24/3/1941, AIR54_171_2, Page 309, Page 336
Appendices, 24/3/1941 – 24/3/1941, AIR54_172_1, Page 4, Page 26
ORB, 1/1/1942 – 31/12/1942, AIR54_172_1, Page 27, Page 117
ORB, 1/1/1943 – 30/4/1943, AIR54_172_1, Page 118, Page 137
ORB, 1/7/1943 – 31/7/1943, AIR54_172_1, Page 138, Page 143

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Port Elizabeth, 23/1/1941, 31/7/1943

Aircraft Types:
Northrop
Aeronca
Oxford
Battle
Anson

 

No.43 Air School SAAF

 

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):
Port Alfred, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Summary
Bombing and Gunnery School
Assigned to Training Command

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/172
AIR 54/173

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 29/12/1941 – 30/12/1942, AIR54_172_1, Page 144, Page 293
Appendices, 1/2/1942 – 30/6/1942, AIR54_172_1, Page 294, Page 362
Appendices, 30/6/1942 – 31/12/1942, AIR54_172_2, Page 2, Page 86
ORB, 1/8/1941 – 29/12/1941, AIR54_172_2, Page 87, Page 95
ORB, 1/1/1943 – 31/4/1943, AIR54_172_2, Page 96, Page 138
Appendices, 3/2/1943 – 30/3/1943, AIR54_172_2, Page 139, Page 164

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Port Alfred, 26/11/1941, 31/4/1943

Aircraft Types:
Battle
Northrop
Oxford
Audax
Anson
Rearwin

 

No.44 Air School SAAF 

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Summary
Navigation and Bombing School
Assigned to Training Command

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/172
AIR 54/173

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 9/9/1941 – 30/12/1941, AIR54_172_2, Page 166, Page 169
ORB, 3/1/1942 – 19/12/1942, AIR54_172_2, Page 170, Page 250
Appendices, 2/3/1942 – 26/10/1942, AIR54_172_2, Page 251, Page 353
Appendices, 31/10/1942 – 31/10/1942, AIR54_173_1, Page 4, Page 42
ORB, 1/1/1943 – 30/4/1943, AIR54_173_1, Page 43, Page 57
Appendices, 3/3/1943 – 10/3/1943, AIR54_173_1, Page 58, Page 60

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Grahamstown, 8/12/1941, 31/4/1943

Aircraft Types:
Anson
Oxford
Battle

 

No.45 Air School SAAF 

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):
Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, South Africa

Summary
Air Observer School
Assigned to Training Command
Formerly No.5 AONS

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/173

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 16/8/1940 – 6/1/1941, AIR54_173_1, Page 61, Page 98
ORB, 23/12/1940 – 31/12/1941, AIR54_173_1, Page 99, Page 142
Appendices, 1/4/1941 – 20/11/1941, AIR54_173_1, Page 143, Page 178
ORB, 5/1/1942 – 31/12/1942, AIR54_173_1, Page 179, Page 209
Appendices, 27/4/1942 – 31/8/1942, AIR54_173_1, Page 210, Page 213
ORB, 1/1/1943 – 29/4/1943, AIR54_173_1, Page 214, Page 222

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Oudtshoorn, 18/9/1940, 29/4/1943

Aircraft Types:
Anson
Oxford
Battle

 

No.47 Air School SAAF 

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):
Queenstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Summary
Air Observer and Gunnery School
Assigned to Training Command
Formerly No.7 AONS

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/173

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 1/4/1941 – 31/12/1941, AIR54_173_1, Page 223, Page 266
Appendices, 1/4/1941 – 2/9/1941, AIR54_173_1, Page 267, Page 308
ORB, 1/1/1942 – 31/12/1942, AIR54_173_1, Page 309, Page 363
ORB, 1/1/1943 – 15/3/1943, AIR54_173_1, Page 364, Page 379
ORB, 16/3/1943 – 30/4/1943, AIR54_173_2, Page 2, Page 9
Appendices, 1/1/1943 – 1/4/1943, AIR54_173_2, Page 10, Page 353

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Queenstown, 1/4/1941, 30/4/1943

Aircraft Types:
Anson
Oxford
Audax

 

No.61 Air School SAAF 

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):
George, Western Cape, South Africa

Summary
Maritime General Recce

Assigned to Training Command
Formerly No.1 S of GR

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/174

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 5/12/1940 – 31/12/1941, AIR54_174_1, Page 4, Page 49
Appendices, 3/1/1941 – 1/12/1941, AIR54_174_1, Page 50, Page 66
ORB, 1/1/1942 – 27/12/1942, AIR54_174_1, Page 67, Page 123
Appendices, 1/1/1942 – 31/1/1943, AIR54_174_1, Page 124, Page 161
ORB and Appendices, 1/1/1943 – 31/1/1943, AIR54_174_1, Page 162, Page 169

Orbat:
Location, From, To
George, 5/12/1940, 31/1/1943

Aircraft Types:
Anson
Aeronca

 

No.62 Air School SAAF 

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):
Tempe, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa

Summary
Flying Instructor Training
Assigned to Training Command
Formerly Central Flying School SAAF

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/174

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 1/11/1940 – 31/12/1940, AIR54_174_1, Page 185, Page 186
ORB, 3/1/1941 – 1/12/1941, AIR54_174_1, Page 187, Page 223
Appendices, 3/11/1941 – 31/12/1941, AIR54_174_1, Page 234, Page 241
ORB, 1/1/1942 – 31/12/1942, AIR54_174_1, Page 242, Page 296
Appendices, 24/1/1942 – 31/1/1943, AIR54_174_1, Page 296, Page 403
ORB, 1/1/1943 – 16/1/1943, AIR54_174_1, Page 404, Page 409
ORB, 17/1/1943 – 30/4/1943, AIR54_174_2, Page 2, Page 35
Appendices, 1/2/1943 – 30/4/1943, AIR54_174_2, Page 36, Page 251
Appendices, 1/1/1943 – 30/1/1943. AIR54_174_2, Page 307, Page 309

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Tempe, 1/11/1940, 30/4/1943

Aircraft Types:
Hart
Tutor
Jugman
Master
Tiger Moth
Battle
Anson

 

No.63 Air School SAAF 

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):
Tempe, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa

Summary
Ground Instruction Training
Assigned to Training Command
Formerly Ground Instruction School SAAF

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/174
AIR 54/175

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 1/11/1940 – 31/12/1940, AIR54_174_2, Page 297, Page 306
Appendices, 22/11/1940 – 31/12/40, AIR54_175_2, Page 81, Page 149

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Tempe, 1/11/1940, 31/12/1940

Aircraft Types:
None

 

No.64 Air School SAAF 

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):
Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa

Summary
Electrical and Wireless Operator Training
Assigned to Training Command
Formerly Electrical and Wireless School SAAF

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/175
AIR 54/176

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 1/1/1941 – 31/12/1941, AIR54_175_2, Page 290, Page 308
Appendices, 3/2/1941 – 31/12/1941, AIR54_175_2, Page 309, Page 314
ORB, 1/1/1942 – 23/7/1942, AIR54_175_2, Page 315, Page 369
ORB, 23/7/1942 – 11/8/1942, AIR54_175_3, Page 2, Page 5
ORB, 11/8/1942 – 31/12/1942, AIR54_176_1, Page 4, Page 47
Appendices, 15/1/1942 – 20/11/1942, AIR54_176_1, Page 48, Page 110
ORB, 1/1/1943 – 29/4/1943, AIR54_176_1, Page 111, Page 158

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Bloemfontein, 24/1/1941, 30/4/1943

Aircraft Types:
Dominie
Anson

 

No.65 Air School SAAF 

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):
Youngsfield, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Summary
Air Armament and Gunnery Training
Assigned to Training Command
Formerly Air Armament School SAAF

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/177

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 1/12/1940 – 31/12/1940, AIR54_177_1, Page 4, Page 24
Appendices, 1/12/1940 – 31/12/1940, AIR54_177_1, Page 26, Page 121
ORB, 1/1/1941 – 31/3/1941, AIR54_177_1, Page 273, Page 310
ORB, 4/1/1942 – 18/2/1942, AIR54_177_1, Page 311, Page 330
ORB, 18/2/1942 – 31/4/1942, AIR54_177_2, Page 2, Page 44
Appendices, 1/1/1941 – 31/4/1942, AIR54_177_2, Page 45, Page 127
ORB, 15/3/1941 – 31/10/1941, AIR54_177_2, Page 128, Page 263
ORB, 1/12/1941 – 31/12/1941, AIR54_177_2, Page 264, Page 273
Appendices, 1/12/1941 – 31/12/1941, AIR54_177_2, Page 274, Page 323

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Youngsfield, 1/12/1940, 31/4/1942

Aircraft Types:
Oxford
Anson
Wapiti
Battle

No.66 Air School SAAF 

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):
Youngsfield, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Summary
Air Navigation and Bombing Training
Assigned to Training Command
Formerly School of Air Navigation SAAF

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/177
AIR 54/178

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 1/11/1940 – 30/11/1940, AIR54_177_1, Page 193, Page 198
ORB, 1/12/1940 – 31/12/1940, AIR54_177_1, Page 233, Page 237
ORB, 1/1/1941 – 6/1/1941, AIR54_177_2, Page 324, Page 324
ORB, 6/1/1941 – 30/9/1941, AIR54_177_3, Page 2, Page 60
ORB, 1/12/1941 – 31/12/1941, AIR54_177_2, Page 264, Page 273
ORB, 4/1/1942 – 18/2/1942, AIR54_177_1, Page 311, Page 330
ORB, 18/2/1942 – 31/4/1942, AIR54_177_2, Page 2, Page 44
ORB, 29/3/1944 – 31/12/1944, AIR54_178_2, Page 100, Page 115

Appendices, 4/11/1940 – 30/11/1940, AIR54_177_1, Page 199, Page 232
Appendices, 3/12/1940 – 31/12/1940, AIR54_177_1, Page 238, Page 271
Appendices, 1/1/1941 – 31/4/1942, AIR54_177_2, Page 44, Page 127
Appendices, 1/12/1941 – 31/12/1941, AIR54_177_2, Page 274, Page 323
Appendices, 7/3/1942 – 31/3/1942, AIR54_178_1, Page 4, Page 359
Appendices, 31/3/1942 – 30/4/1942, AIR54_178_2, Page 2, Page 99
Appendices, 10/4/1944 – 18/9/1944, AIR54_178_2, Page 116, Page 151

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Youngsfield, 1/11/1940, 31/12/1944

Aircraft Types:
Oxford
Anson
Valentia
Battle
Harvard

 

No.67 Air School SAAF 

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):
Zwartkop, Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa

Summary
Air Photographic Training
Assigned to Training Command
Formerly School of Photography SAAF

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/178
AIR 54/179

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 1/11/1940 – 31/10/1941, AIR54_178_2, Page 256, Page 336
ORB, 31/10/1941 – 31/12/1941, AIR54_178_3, Page 2, Page 13
ORB, 1/1/1942 – 31/12/1942, AIR54_179_1, Page 25, Page 80
ORB, 1/1/1943 – 30/4/1943, AIR54_179_1, Page 118, Page 131

Appendices, 18/1/1941 – 24/2/1941, AIR54_179_1, Page 4, Page 24
Appendices, 31/1/1941 – 2/2/1942, AIR54_178_3, Page 14, Page 20
Appendices, 17/3/1942 – 20/12/1942, AIR54_179_1, Page 81, Page 117
Appendices, 30/1/1943 – 3/4/1943, AIR54_179_1, Page 132, Page 208
Appendices, 1/1/1943 – 30/4/1943, AIR54_179_2, Page 369, Page 371
Appendices, 2/3/1944 – 25/5/1944, AIR54_179_1, Page 209, Page 234

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Zwartkop, 1/11/1940, 25/5/1944

Aircraft Types:
Oxford
Anson
DH Dragon

 

No.68 Air School SAAF

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):
Voortrekkerhoogte, Paul Kruger Road, Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
Lyttelton, Gauteng, South Africa

Summary
Technical Training
Assigned to Training Command
Formerly No.1 School of Technical Training SAAF

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/179

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 1/11/1940 – 31/12/1940, AIR54_179_1, Page 240, Page 242
ORB, 1/1/1941 – 31/12/1941, AIR54_179_2, Page 156, Page 187
ORB, 1/1/1942 – 31/12/1942, AIR54_179_2, Page 259, Page 306
ORB, 1/1/1943 – 30/4/1943, AIR54_179_2, Page 307, Page 327

Appendices, 5/9/1940 – 2/2/1942, AIR54_179_1, Page 243, Page 255
Appendices, 1/1/1941 – 31/7/1941, AIR54_179_2, Page 188, Page 258
Appendices, 4/1/1944 – 31/12/1944, AIR54_179_2, Page 328, Page 344

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Voortrekkerhoogte, 1/11/1940, 5/10/1942
Lyttelton. 6/10/1942, 31/12/1944

Aircraft Types:
Oxford
Battle

 

No.69 Air School SAAF 

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):
Germiston, Gauteng, South Africa
Zwartkop, Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa

Summary
Technical Training (Arframes and Engines)
Assigned to Training Command
Formerly No.2 School of Technical Training SAAF

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/180

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 1/11/1940 – 31/12/1940, AIR54_180_1, Page 20, Page 45
ORB, 1/1/1941 – 31/12/1941, AIR54_180_1, Page 46, Page 176
ORB, 1/1/1942 – 31/12/1942, AIR54_180_1, Page 210, Page 221
ORB, 1/1/1943 – 26/2/1943, AIR54_180_1, Page 281, Page 283
ORB, 1/1/1944 – 30/11/1944, AIR54_180_1, Page 290, Page 317

Appendices, 1/1/1941 – 31/12/1941, AIR54_180_1, Page 177, Page 209
Appendices, 19/2/1942 – 24/12/1942, AIR54_180_1, Page 222, Page 280
Appendices, 22/1/1943 – 5/2/1943, AIR54_180_1, Page 284, Page 289

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Germiston, 1/11/1940, 1/9/1941
Zwartkop, 1/9/1941, 30/11/1944

Aircraft Types:
Battle

 

 

No.70 Air School, SAAF

Location detail (area boundaries as of 2012):
Alexanders Fontein, Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa

Summary
Technical Training
Assigned to Training Command
Formerly No.3 School of Technical Training SAAF

TNA File reference:
AIR 54/180

Type, From – To, TNA File, Start, Finish
ORB, 1/11/1940 – 31/12/1940, AIR54_180_1, Page 329, Page 329
ORB, 1/1/1941 – 31/1/1941, AIR54_180_1, Page 330, Page 333
ORB, 28/4/1941 – 6/11/1941, AIR54_180_1, Page 334, Page 367
ORB, 10/11/1941 – 2/1/1942, AIR54_180_2, Page 2, Page 10
ORB, 5/1/1942 – 31/12/1942, AIR54_180_2, Page 11, Page 64
ORB, 8/1/1943 – 30/4/1943, AIR54_180_2, Page 67, Page 72

Appendices, 1/1/1941 – 5/5/1942, AIR54_180_2, Page 65, Page 66
Appendices, 1/2/1943 – 30/4/1943, AIR54_180_2, Page 73, Page 85

Orbat:
Location, From, To
Alexanders Fontein, 1/11/1940, 30/4/1943

Aircraft Types:
DH Gypsy Moth

 

Originall posted at http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/printthread.php?t=13000

2 thoughts on “SAAF Training Organisation

  1. Hi Ross
    I am impressed with the detail you have provided on the Air Schools. I seem to be unlucky again, as my father’s dates/locations do not seem to be covered by the ORBs. These are the Air Schools and his dates.
    From 25th January 1944 to….. 75 Air School, Lyttelton, Pretoria, ‘Elementary Training’ South Africa Tiger Moths?
    From 25th March 1944 to …. 2 Air School Randfontein, ‘Elementary Training’ South Africa Tiger Moths?
    From 18th June 1944 to 21st January 1945 27 Air School Bloemspruit, ‘Service Training’ South Africa Hawker Hind/Hawker Hart?
    The information at the National Archives – Discovery seems to end in early 1944. Is there a simple reason for this, or are these records just missing?
    Cheers
    Derek

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