The SAAF’s Fighting Hornets in East Africa – No. 3 Squadron

1941, East African Campaign. Major J D Pretorius, the Commanding Officer of No. 3 Squadron South African Air Force, briefs his pilots in front of a SAAF Hawker Hurricane Mark I at Addis Ababa, during mopping-up operations in Abyssinia.  Note 3 Squadron’s unit badge of a hornet with boxing gloves on the starboard side of the Hawker Hurricane’s nose, this is the original “fighting hornet,” the later version used by the SAAF is a little more refined.

Photo copyright – Imperial War Museum Collection.

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