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29 Squadron
SAAF-Lockheed PV1 Ventura-001.jpg
SAAF Lockheed PV1 Ventura. This was the only aircraft type flown by the squadron.
Active ?? - November 1943, August 1944 - ??
Country South Africa
Branch South African Air Force
Role Coastal Patrol and Shipping Escort
Part of Coastal Command

29 Squadron was one of the Coastal Command squadrons[Note 1] of the South African Air Force during the Second World War. It was assigned the role of maritime patrol and shipping escort and operated Venturas from Lombazi on the Pondoland coast. With the decline in activities in the war at sea, the squadron was disbanded on 15 November 1943 and absorbed into 29 Operational Training Unit based at Darling in the Cape.[1] The squadron was re-activated in August 1944 and deployed to Matubatuba in Zululand from where it once again operated with Venturas. At this time, the squadron did very little flying (3hrs escort flying between 25 August and 24 September 1944[2]) and was disbanded at the end of the war.


  1. Coastal Command consisted of 27 Sqn at Walvis Bay and Rooikop and a detachment at Aus; 6 Sqn at Eerste River; 23 Sqn at Darling; 25 Sqn at Port Elizabeth and East London; 22 Sqn at Lombazi and Matubatuba; 29 Sqn also at Lombazi and 10 Sqn at Durban and Isipingo. Martin and Orpen, (1979) p.275
  1. Martin, H.J. (Lt-Gen); Orpen, N.D. (1979). South Africa at War: Military and Industrial Organisation and Operations in connection with the conduct of War: 1939-1945 (South African Forces World War II: Volume VII). Cape Town: Purnell. p. 282. ISBN 0-86843-025-0. 
  2. Martin and Orpen, (1979) p.318

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