South Africa Air Force - 2nd - ( w/18th FB wing) - Korean War


Photo by Hal Barker











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Entry: 94969
Subject: SEARCHING INFORMATION

Hilary Ashcroft wrote on September 17, 2017


City and State: AUCKLAND

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My Late Brother, NIELS LUDWIG HANSEN - Searved as a PILOT in the Korean War -1951-53. I would like to hear from anyone who could have any information, that knew or remembers him, his Rank, Squadron etc. he was a young Farmer from Kaffir River, Bloemfontein, also a keen Violinest, his Violin went with him to Korea. I understand he played for the troops ? I was very young at the time and all I remember is - He was a Fighter Pilot ( one of the Volintears ) I have TWO Photos of him, one standing in front of his plane in PILOT gear, a Banner around his neck with - 75 KOREA - SORTIES - KRYGSVLUGTE - and the good old Springbucks on either side ( I think taken on arrival back in South Africa. ) the other is of NIELS with the GROUND STAFFS AIR CREWS of SOUTH AFRICA taken in KOREA.? I have a news paper cutting, The Friend Bloemfontein, ( no date ) an interview with Niels - there were 14 Pupil Pilots presented with their wings at a parade at The NIGEL AIR STATION Niels was third on the course, but received the Highest Grading for Practical Flying. He retired as a Farmer and passed away in 1976-77 in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Keywords: Korean War 1951-53



Entry: 89551
Subject: SAAF IN KOREA

Alex Smith wrote on August 23, 2014


City and State: GEORGE

Unit: SAAF

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: In 1964 I met ex pilot Mauritz H O Preller. He wrote a book on his Korean experience Waar Arende Vlieg ( Where Eagles Fly). Is he still alive and how can I contact him?

Keywords: SAAF in Korea



Entry: 84266
Subject: PHOTOS

RoseMarie Frost wrote on September 26, 2012


City and State: BOISE ID

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My late husband Mike Frost was a pilot in the SAAF
and flew with the Cheetah Squadron in the Korean War
1950-1953. I am trying to trace any photos available
of Mike or the Squadron at that time.

Keywords: Mike Frost SAAF Cheetah Squadron



Entry: 81987
Subject: MISSING IN ACTION

Mike Barber wrote on February 4, 2012


City and State: AUCKLAND

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My wife a korean war baby, was born shortly before
her father Capt Badenhorst was declared missing in
action while leading a low level recconaissance
mission over the Sinanju Pah to Eongju Road Korea,
the 4 aircaft in the squadron were all mustangs, Capt
Badenhorst was hit by heavy flack and his aircraft
burst into flames then crashed into the village of
Sinanju, unfortunately due to the heavy flack his
compatriots could not confirm if by some chance he
managed to escape the wreck, therefore he has been
declared missing in action by the Foreign Service of
the USA letter dated 15th October 1952, unfortunately
this declaration has meant that the family never had
final closure. Capt Badenhorst received the DFC, The
Air Medal and three Oak leaf clusters from the USA.

Keywords: Captain W.J.J. Badenhorst AFC No2 Flying Cheetahs
squadron



Entry: 80397
Subject: I AM AN ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS DESIGNING A WAR MEMORIAL IN KOREA

Erica Williamson wrote on September 16, 2011


City and State: CHEONAN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: I am a South African national and am currently
completing my masters degree in architecture at a
University in South Korea. I am doing my thesis
design project and want to dedicate this document to
the South African Soldiers who fought in the Korean
War. I will be designing a memorial museum for these
individuals. I am on the lookout for any information
that would help me find a relevant site in South
Korea. Or just anything that would help me gain some
inspiration or insight into the lives of these
people. The Korean war is still a sensitive topic in
this country and I think to bring some awareness to
Koreans and to the world through architecture would
be of benefit to all.

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Entry: 72351
Subject: LT.JEAN DE WET 2SQUAD KOREA WAR

Pamela Braak wrote on November 14, 2009


City and State: PRETORIA GA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO CONTACT ANYONE WHO KNEW MY FATHER AS HE DIED IN 1964 WHEN I WAS ONLY 7 YRS OLD AND I HAVE A GREAT INTEREST IN WHAT HE DID IN KOREAN WAR AS HE WAS AWARDED SO MANY MEDALS INCLUDING THE DFC I AM SO PROUD OF HIM AND HIS LOGBOOKS ARE SO INTERESTING HE WAS LT JEAN DE WET OF 2 SQUADRON SAAF I WOULD REALLY APPRECEATE HEARING FROM ANYONE WHO MIGHT REMEMBER HIM THANK YOU SO MUCH

Keywords: malobola sabre



Entry: 70858
Subject: HELLO FROM AMERICA

David P. Frizell wrote on July 10, 2009

Email Update Needed



City and State: SAN ANGELO TX

Unit: 18TH FIGHTER-BOMBER GROUP

Service or Relationship: Air Force Veteran

Comments: While at K-46, I served as Armament Officer for the 12th Fighter-Bomber Squadron as a 2nd. Lt., USAF. We moved to K-55 when its construction was completed and soon "stood-down" while the transition was made from F-51 aircraft to F-86's. I then served (as a 1st. Lt.) as supervisor of the Group's consolidated Radar/Gunsight maintenance organization. About a third of my 60 people were from 2 Squadron, South African Air Force. These airmen were among the finest, best trained, most disciplined, and technnically competent with whom I ever had the pleasure to work. My "right hand" was SAAF Flight Sgt. Jock Meyers, to whom I will be eternally grateful.

Keywords: K-46 and K-55



Entry: 67122
Subject: IVAN HOTZHAUSEN

Kevin Reynolds SR. wrote on September 7, 2008


City and State: WITBANK MH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: Ivan was in Korea with SAAF 2 Cheetah Squadron and flew Sabres with my uncle Capt AD (Tony) Lawarenson.
I would very much like to make contact with Ivan
Kevin Reynolds

Keywords: Ivan Holtzhausen



Entry: 65368
Subject: DES WELTHAGEN

Paula Marnitz wrote on April 23, 2008


City and State: CAPE TOWN SA NA

Unit: NA

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My dad, a volunteer Armourer in Korea, passed away on 20 March 2008. He was so proud of his service in Korea and equally proud of the South African and American pilots.
He spoke so highly of the US forces. He said they were so kind and shared their warm clothes and their rations with the South Africans.
My Dad was 75 when he died and I miss him. I don't think I told him that he did a great job in Korea when he was only 18 or 19. So I want everyone to know that he was a great man and he was very proud of his achievments in Korea.
Yours
Paula Marnitz

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Entry: 61991
Subject: LOOKING FOR JOSEPH ROACH

Des Welthagen wrote on August 17, 2007

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit: 2 SQUADRON SAAF

Service or Relationship: Air Force Veteran

Comments: Would like to get hold of an old friend who served in Korea with me. His name is Joe Roach, he was drafted and was US air force support personel. He was from NY and if still alive must be in his mid seventies.

Keywords: 2 Squadron South African Air Force Korea, K55



Entry: 52358
Subject: KOREAN SERVICE MEDAL FOR POST CONFLICT 1955 TO PRESENT

Christiaan Van der voort wrote on July 30, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: JOHANNESBURG

Unit: SUD AFRIKAN FORCES KOREAN CONFLICT

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: in regardes to many inquires of said korean service medal ... i suggest that there be a coalition of korean veterans world wide formed each with it,s own charter and setting it,s own by -laws ...in an attempt to receive sayd k.s.m medal i wish you well ... i was awarded mine in 1951 .. I MUST HOWEVER MENTION THAT DUE TO MUCH CONTROVERSY SURRONDING the recent shake up in the united nations leadership i would suggest that any interested parties make application in person at united nations headquaters and address the assembly there in person signed christiaan van der voort sud afrika korean war veteran ....

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Entry: 45156
Subject:

Kelvin Hopkins. wrote on August 11, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: JO,BURG

Unit:

Service or Relationship: United Nations Veteran - Korea

Comments:

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Entry: 37878
Subject: LOOKING FOR VETERANS OF THE KOREAN WAR

Desmond Welthagen wrote on October 29, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State: CAPE TOWN WC

Unit: 2 SQUADRON. SOUTH AFRICAN AIRFORCE

Service or Relationship: United Nations Veteran - Korea

Comments: I Would like to meet up with British Korean war veterans, specifically in the south of England during November and December this year while travelling. Would like to attend gatherings and memorials for Korean war veterans.
Thanks
Des Welthagen
Cape Town
South Africa

Keywords: Stationed at K55, Wonju, Tagu, 2 Squadron, P 51 Mustangs, F 86 E Sabres, 18th fighter bomber wing of the 5th US Airforce. Low level US ground support bombing 1952 to 1953







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Unit members

From: "J.BOLITHO"  jbolitho@iafrica.com

Date: Tue, 18 Jun 1996 

Subject: 2nd SA Air Force, 18th FB wing , Korea 1952

I am a vet having flown an Operational tour with the 2nd SAAF in the 
18th FBW in Korea 1952. Based mainly at K46 and K10 Pusan. Refer to 
the book The Flying Cheatas in Korea by Dermont Moore, Ashanti
publishing Johannesburg.PO 10021, zippiS 6TYY.

Are you aware that the 2  nd SAAF, attached  K46 and K10. They 
lost 34 pilots and 2 ground crew.during 1952 amd 1953. History in the 
book The Flying Cheata's in Korea by Deeermot Moore and Peter Bagshore
Reference.1ISBN 1  874800 15 4. Two bars of the SA National anthem 
is always played before the US National anthem on official parades 
to this day.

Reunion Colorado  Springs 1996. Next  Las Vegas 1998 in October.,More
info if requested.

First operational sortie flown 19 November 1950- Close Support X 
Corp. Last sortie 22 aircraft  Fly Past (P51) before re -equip with 
F86 Sabres 27December 1952.

THIRY FOUR PILOTS  listed as Missing or Killed in action. in the 2,890
Operational missions flown. American Decorations. 2 Silver Stars,
3Legions of Merit,55 DFC's @ 1cluster, 40 Bronze Stars, 176 Air
Medals @ 104 clusters,1 Soldiers Medal 8 Prisoners of War.


The SAAF bought 95  aircraft P51 Mustangs from the USAF of which 74 
were lost or written off as unrepairable- operational damage. Every 
aircraft, bomb, round of ammunition, every piece of equipment was paid
for in dollars by the South frrican Government, .

Downed Pilot Photos and News Article

Attached news stories of helicopter rescue of South African pilot downed on a mission. Picked up by
H-13 chopper, piloted by 1st Lt. Harry Townsend, Phila, Pa. (photos to accompany soon)

Frank Grobler of Johannesburg, P-51 Pilot

Second Article follow up article


Harry Townsend

Date: Mon, 12 Aug 1996 
From: frankg  frankg@cis.co.za

Hi Ted,

I am (still) looking for Harry Townsend, the chopper pilot that picked
up my father in 1951. My father was a South African pilot with the 2nd 
(SAAF) sqn., and Harry Townsend was with the 25th Division. 

Your  suggestions would be welcome.

Frank Grobler

Finding Paul Landry

On Thu, 8 Jul 1999 

Renette Volckmar Email address

My name is Fred Volckmar, aged 75 , retired SA Airforce, living in 
Mafikeng - the North West Province of South Africa.

I would be absolutely delighted if you could try in any way possible to
either link me directly or put me into contact with someone in a records
dept. etc to locate Paul Landry.

He was a US Airforce Member 18th Fighter Bomber Wing stationed at Chinai
in Korea in 1952. When I last heard he had a bottlestore in San 
Fransisco.

Please take the time to forward this to someone who can be of assistance. 

Fred Volckmar
  
Have a nice day
Renette Volckmar - Senior Public Relations Officer
Corporate Affairs Dept. - North West Parks & Tourism Board
Tel: (018) 3843040   Fax: (018) 3842524
We invite you to visit our website at http://www.tourismnorthwest.co.za
for info on the sensational tourism attractions of South Africa's North 
West Province

John E. Parker 12th FBS

On Wed, 11 Aug 1999 
Judy Parker  Email address wrote:

Hello, my name is Judy Parker, my husband, John E. Parker was with the
18th FBW in Korea and flew a mission with the SA group and was made an
honorary member of  this group.

He has no information that shows this, I am trying to get a certificate
or patch or something that would be a surprise for him as this meant a
great deal to him. 

Can you help me in any way as to what info I would need to send and to
whom so I could get these items for him.

Thanks for your help.  

Note: Col Biteman has attempted to place Judy in touch with 2SAAF 
veterans to find more.