Captured German Messerschmitt Bf 109 in South African markings

During World War 2, captured aircraft in working condition were quickly pressed into service and it was not unusual to find captured Spitfires and Hurricanes in German marketings, and no different on the Allied side as well.  The South Africans also used captured aircraft and here’s some visual proof.

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This is a captured German Messerschmitt Bf 109F, given South African Air Force markings and serial ‘KJ-?’, parked on the airfield at Martuba No.4 Landing Ground in North Africa,  January 1943. It was “operated” by No. 4 Squadron, South African Air Force. Note tail of B-24 Liberator on right.

A captured Messerschmitt Bf 109F with tropical filter on its engine cowl was also used by No. 5 Squadron of the South African Air Force as a squadron hack.  This is it:

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SAAF 1 Squadron’s also used a captured Bf-109 F

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Another Squadron’s captured Bf-109 F, the blades tipped the ground hence they are bent forward.

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Visually in colour, these markings would have looked as follows (model):

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Researched by Peter Dickens

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