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This is the ‘concise’ (561 page) story of the Buccaneer aircraft in service with 24 Squadron. The period covered by this book is from 1976 to 1984. This was the beginning of the new era with the 600 series modified Buccaneers entering service. During this period the Buccaneer went to war for the first time and cover all the other combat operations. The sad losses that occurred during this period as well as the early development and flight trials of the H2 bomb.

Col George Snyman (Retired)  Ex Officer Commanding 24 Squadron writes:

When you fly a certain type of aircraft in operations, many times in the face of growing enemy air defences and you get through safely, not only because of the application of tactics and acquired skills, but also because of the specific capabilities and characteristics of that aircraft, a certain affinity and loyalty develops that remains for a lifetime. It was undoubtedly the best part of my flying career, first as Flight Commander and for the last four years as Officer Commanding.

The best accolade to the Buccaneer and the members of 24 Squadron, SAAF, came from the enemy. In an interview a senior Angolan military officer once said (freely translated) “that the SAAF Buccaneers were a thorn in their side and never gave them any rest. Whether it be on a Sunday, public holiday, normal weekday, early or late or in the middle of the day, the Buccaneers attacked us from any direction and at any place in the war theatre at the least expected times.”

This is the 3rd part of the story of the Buccaneer S Mk50 in service with 24 Squadron from 1965 to 1991. It forms part of a 4-series set of books spanning from the initial procurement requirements, until the closing of the Squadron and retiring of the SAAF Buccaneers. Each book covering a specific era and life of both the Squadron and the Buccaneers.

Published November 2019. Hardcover, A4, 561 pages, Full Colour

Written by Johan Conradie and members of 24 Squadron.  

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