emblem RAF No 40 Squadron
SAAF No 40 Squadron

Aircrew SAAF 40Sqn Jack Orpen 01

Aircrew SAAF 40Sqn Michael Welchman North Africa 1941 1943 01

Aircrew SAAF 40Sqn pilot Ian Sturgeon as Captain and DFC 1943 01

Aircrew SAAF 40Sqn pilot Ian Sturgeon in North Africa 1942 01

Artwork published in the Air Force magazine Wings in Feb 1942 0A

Hawker Hurricane IIb SAAF 40Sqn Gremlin Angus 01

Hawker Hurricane IIb SAAF 40Sqn Gremlin Angus 02

Hawker Hurricane IIb SAAF 40Sqn Gremlin Bobby Burst 01

Hawker Hurricane IIb SAAF 40Sqn Gremlin Cockpit Clarence 01

Hawker Hurricane IIb SAAF 40Sqn Gremlin Cockpit Clarence 02

Hawker Hurricane IIb SAAF 40Sqn Gremlin Goggles Gus 01

Hawker Hurricane IIb SAAF 40Sqn Gremlin Goggles Gus 02

Hawker Hurricane IIb SAAF 40Sqn Gremlins 01

Hawker Hurricane IIb SAAF 40Sqn Gremlin Tailwheel Terence 01

Hawker Hurricane IIb SAAF 40Sqn Gremlin Tailwheel Terence 02

Hawker Hurricane IIb SAAF 40Sqn Gremlin the Sneak 01

Hawker Hurricane IIb SAAF 40Sqn Gremlin Undercart Eustace 01

Hawker Hurricane IIb SAAF 40Sqn Gremlin unknown 01

Hawker Hurricane IIb SAAF 40Sqn HL7xx with Gremlin El Fredan Egypt 1942 43 01

Hawker Hurricane IIb SAAF 40Sqn Jack Orpen HL734 with Gremlin Bobby Burst North Africa 1942 43 0A

Hawker Hurricane IIb SAAF 40Sqn x23xx with Gremlin Cockpit Clearence North Africa 1942 43 01

Hawker Hurricane IIb SAAF 40Sqn x23xx with Gremlin Cockpit Clearence North Africa 1942 43 02

Hawker Hurricane IIb SAAF 40Sqn Z33557 North Africa 1942 43 01

Hawker Hurricane IIb SAAF 40Sqn Z4417 with unknown Gremlin North Africa 1942 43 01

Hawker Hurricane I SAAF 40Sqn WRD Ian Sturgeon BV155 North Africa 1942 01

Hawker Hurricane I SAAF 40Sqn WRD Ian Sturgeon BV155 North Africa 1942 02

IL-2 Sturmovik Cliffs of Dover - COD/CLOD skins
 
  COD asisbiz Hurricane MkIIb SAAF 40Sqn Jack Orpen HL734 with Gremlin Bobby Burst North Africa 1942
  COD asisbiz Hurricane MkIIb SAAF 40Sqn Jack Orpen HL734 with Gremlin Bobby Burst North Africa 1942 V0A
  COD asisbiz Hurricane MkIIb SAAF 40Sqn Jack Orpen HL734 with Gremlin Bobby Burst North Africa 1943
  COD asisbiz MkIIb SAAF 40Sqn WRD Ian Sturgeon BV155 North Africa 1941
  COD asisbiz MkIIb SAAF 40Sqn WRD Ian Sturgeon BV155 North Africa 1941 V0A

Aircraft flown by SAAF pilot Jack Orpen taken from his Log Book

  • Hurricane MkI 740OTU W9347 Palestine April 1942
  • Hurricane MkI 740OTU Z4166 Palestine April 1942
  • Hurricane MkI 740OTU Z4198 Palestine May 1942
  • Hurricane MkI 740OTU Z6986 Palestine May 1942
  • Hurricane MkI 740OTU Z4225 Palestine May 1942
  • Hurricane MkI 740OTU Z4198 Palestine May 1942
  • Hurricane MkI 740OTU Z4572 Palestine May 1942
  • Hurricane MkI 740OTU Z4695 Palestine May 1942
  • Hurricane MkI 740OTU Z4025 Palestine June 1942
  • Hurricane MkI SAAF 40Sqn Z4647 Western Desert June 1942
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqn Z4954 June 1942
  • Hurricane MkI SAAF 40Sqn Z4555 June 1942
  • Hurricane MkI SAAF 40Sqn V7017 June 1942
  • Hurricane MkI SAAF 40Sqn Z4644 June 1942
  • Hurricane MkI SAAF 40Sqn Z4107 June 1942
  • Hurricane MkI SAAF 40Sqn Z4107 July 1942
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqn Z2412 July 1942
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqn ??992 July 1942
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqn Z?165 July 1942
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqn ??567 July 1942
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqn BD827 July 1942
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqn BV168 July 1942
  • Hurricane MkI SAAF 40Sqn Z7107 July-Aug 1942
  • Hurricane MkI SAAF 40Sqn Z7107 El Fredan Egypt Aug 1942
  • Hurricane MkI SAAF 40Sqn ?6998 El Fredan Aug 1942
  • Hurricane MkI SAAF 40Sqn ?2613 El Fredan Sep 1942
  • Hurricane MkI SAAF 40Sqn ?4834 El Fredan Sep 1942
  • Hurricane MkIIb SAAF 40Sqn HL731 El Fredan Sep 1942
  • Hurricane MkIIb SAAF 40Sqn HL702 El Fredan Sep 1942
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqn ?3554 El Fredan Oct 1942
  • Hurricane MkIIb SAAF 40Sqn HL653 El Fredan Oct 1942
  • Hurricane MkIIc SAAF 40Sqn BP328 El Fredan Oct 1942
  • Hurricane MkIIb SAAF 40Sqn HL734 El Fredan Oct 1942
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqnb HL713 Burgh El Arab LG-39 Nov 1942
  • Hurricane MkIIb SAAF 40Sqn Z5327 Burgh El Arab LG-39 Nov 1942
  • Hurricane MkIIb SAAF 40Sqn Z5280 Burgh El Arab LG-39 Nov 1942
  • Hurricane MkIIb SAAF 40Sqn HL734 Burgh El Arab LG-39 Nov 1942
  • Hurricane MkIIb SAAF 40Sqn HL702 Burgh El Arab LG-39 Nov 1942
  • Hurricane MkIIb SAAF 40Sqn BV168 El Adem Nov 1942
  • Hurricane MkIIb SAAF 40Sqn Z5595 El Adem Nov 1942
  • Hurricane MkIIb SAAF 40Sqn HL675 El Adem Nov 1942
  • Hurricane MkIIb SAAF 40Sqn BP280 El Adem Nov 1942
  • Hurricane MkI SAAF 40Sqn Z4555 El Adem Nov 1942
  • Hurricane MkIIb SAAF 40Sqn Z5137 El Adem Nov 1942
  • Hurricane MkIIb SAAF 40Sqn HL581 El Adem Nov 1942
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqn HL989 Tmimiz-Magrun Dec 1942
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqn HL716 Tmimiz-Magrun Dec 1942
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqn HL681 Tmimiz-Magrun Dec 1942
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqn HL827 Tmimiz-Magrun Dec 1942
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqn HL950 Tmimiz-Magrun Dec 1942
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqn HL570 Tmimiz-Magrun Dec 1942
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqn HL734 Tmimiz-Magrun Jan 1943
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqn BP388 Tmimiz-Magrun Jan 1943
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqn HL702 Tmimiz-Magrun Jan 1943
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqn HL697 Tmimiz-Magrun Jan 1943
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqn HL920 Tmimiz-Magrun Jan 1943
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqn HL855 Tmimiz-Magrun Jan 1943
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqn BP697 Castel-Benito Feb 1943
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqn HL681 Castel-Benito Feb 1943
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqn HL665 Castel-Benito Feb 1943
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqn HL612 Castel-Benito Feb 1943
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqn HL855 Castel-Benito Feb 1943
  • Hurricane MkII SAAF 40Sqn HL940 Castel-Benito Feb 1943
  • Spitfire MkV 1METS AR324 Mar 1943
  • Spitfire MkV 1METS ER915 Mar 1943
  • Spitfire MkI 1METS HK854 Mar 1943
  • Spitfire MkVb SAAF 40Sqn ER222 Mar 1943
  • Spitfire MkVb SAAF 40Sqn ER656 Mar 1943
  • Blenheim MkI L8383 75OTU Apr 1943
  • Blenheim MkIV R2778 75OTU Apr 1943
  • Blenheim MkIV Z9658 75OTU Apr 1943
  • Spitfire MkV 1ADU 227 Takoradi May 1943
  • Spitfire MkV 1ADU JG738 Takoradi May 1943
  • Spitfire MkV 1ADU JK438 Takoradi May 1943

WW2 Reconnaissance pilot Jack Orpen's Military career

  • Sept 1939: - Infantry Transvaal Scottish 2nd Bn.
  • April 1941: - 75 Air School Lyttleton, ground training
  • 02/09/1941: - No.4 Air School Benoni, elementary flying training, Tiger Moths, 42 hours
  • 05/09/1941: - First solo
  • 28/10/1941   25 Air School Standerton, service flying training, Miles Masters , 102 hours, above average assessment
  • 13/02/1942: - Qualified for SAAF flying badge
  • 04/04/1942: - SAAF base camp, Amirea
  • 23/04/1942: - 74 O.T.U. Palestine, Hurricanes, Harvards, 54 hours, above average assessment
  • 08/06/1942: - SAAF No. 40 Squadron, flying Hurricanes and a couple of hours on Spitfires.
  • 27/06/1942: - First operational sortie, TAC/R
  • 21/03/1943: - End of Operational tour, 30 sorties, 61 ops hours
  • 23/03/1943   1 M.E.T.S. ? Spitfire conversion
  • 08/04/1943: - 75 O.TU. M.E., flying Blenheim IV
  • 04/05/1943: - 1 Air Delivery Unit, Ferry Spitfires from Takoradi to M.E.
  • 22/05/1943: - Crash landed a Spitfire in Sudan, picked up by motor vehicle.
  • 05/06/1943: - Return to South Africa
  • 12/11/1943: - 62 AS Bloemfontein, Oxford course
  • 17/05/1944   SAAF HQ
  • 01/06/1944: - 62 AS Bloemfontein, flying Ansons and Dominie
  • Jan 1945: - 64 AS Bloemfontein, Ansons
  • 12/08/1945: - Last flight, Anson

    Magazine References: +

  • Airfix Magazines (English) - http://www.airfix.com/
  • Avions (French) - http://www.aerostories.org/~aerobiblio/rubrique10.html
  • FlyPast (English) - http://www.flypast.com/
  • Flugzeug Publikations GmbH (German) - http://vdmedien.com/flugzeug-publikations-gmbh-hersteller_verlag-vdm-heinz-nickel-33.html
  • Flugzeug Classic (German) - http://www.flugzeugclassic.de/
  • Klassiker (German) - http://shop.flugrevue.de/abo/klassiker-der-luftfahrt
  • Le Fana de L'Aviation (French) - http://boutique.editions-lariviere.fr/site/abonnement-le-fana-de-l-aviation-626-4-6.html
  • Le Fana de L'Aviation (French) - http://www.pdfmagazines.org/tags/Le+Fana+De+L+Aviation/
  • Osprey (English) - http://www.ospreypublishing.com/
  • Revi Magazines (Czech) - http://www.revi.cz/

    Web References: +

  • History of RAF Organisation: http://www.rafweb.org
  • Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/

 

This webpage was updated 6th June 2021

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