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35 Squadron
Avro Shackleton Mk.3 SAAF.jpg
Avro Shackleton as flown by 35 Squadron from 1957-1984
Active 15 February 1945 - present
Country South Africa South Africa
Branch Air Force Ensign of South Africa.svg South African Air Force
Role maritime patrol and transport squadron
Base AFB Ysterplaat, Cape Town
Motto(s) Shaya Amanzi
("Strike the Water")
Aircraft C-47TP "Turbo Dakota"
Squadron Identification Code MS (1939-1945)[1]
Squadron Crest 100px

35 Squadron SAAF is a squadron of the South African Air Force. It is a maritime patrol and transport squadron.


The squadron was formed on 15 February 1945[2][3][4] when 262 Squadron Royal Air Force, an anti-submarine squadron, operating the Consolidated Catalina, was transferred to the South African Air Force.


  • Award for Best Permanent Flying Unit in the SAAF for both 2004 and 2005
  • Sword of Peace in 2013[5]

Aircraft operated

From To Aircraft Variant
Feb 1945 Jan 1957 Consolidated Catalina Mk.IVb
Apr 1945 Oct 1956 Short Sunderland GR.5
late 40s 1952 North American Harvard
late 40s Supermarine Spitfire
late 40s Airspeed Oxford
late 40s 1960 Lockheed Ventura
Jan 1957 Nov 1984 Avro Shackleton MR.3
Nov 1984 1994 Douglas Dakota C-47 "Dackleton"
Dec 1990 Present Douglas Dakota C-47TP "Turbo Dakota"



  1. Becker, Dave (1991). On Wings of Eagles. Durban: Walker-Ramus. pp. 181. ISBN 0-947478-47-7. 
  2. Rawlings 1982, pp. 185-186.
  3. Halley 1988, p. 328.
  4. Jefford 2001, p. 82.
  5. "Sword of Peace for 35 Squadron". Defence Web. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 


  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth 1918-1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Jefford, Wing Commander C.G., MBE, BA, RAF(Retd.). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988 (second edition 2001). ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
  • Rawlings, John D.R. Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd., 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0187-5.
  • Spring, Ivan. Flying Boat: The History of 262 Squadron RAF and the origins of 35 Squadron SAAF. Johannesburg, South Africa: Spring Air, 1995. ISBN 0-9583977-2-4.

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