Corporal Jacobus Andreas Jooste, 40th Squadron, SAAF

The 40th Squadron of the SAAF at the time at which Jooste was attached was equipped with Supermarine Spitfire Vb’s & later Spitfire IX’s, and primarily performed Tactical and, Naval and Land-based Artillery reconnaissance in North Africa, Sicily in preparation for Operation Husky, and the push North through Italy. Commanders and Head Quarters staff frequently made comment as to the incredible quality of the photographs being delivered, as they understood the great risks required to take such close-range photographs. Below is one sent to the Squadron by the HQ of the 5th Canadian Armoured Division:

 

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Jooste was born 11th December 1904, and attested as an aircraftsman on the 27th October 1941.

On the 13th April 1943 transferred to Mediterranean Airforce depot in Eygpt. Mustered as a clerk at that point, he was then transferred to South African Airforce base depot (Middle East). He was finally attached 40th squadron on the 25th of May 1943.

The 40th Squadron of the SAAF at the time at which Jooste was attached was equipped with Supermarine Spitfire Vb’s & later Spitfire IX’s, and primarily performed Tactical and, Naval and Land-based Artillery reconnaissance in North Africa, Sicily in preparation for Operation Husky, and the push North through Italy. Commanders and Head Quarters staff frequently made comment as to the incredible quality of the photographs being delivered, as they understood the great risks required to take such close-range photographs. Below is one sent to the Squadron by the HQ of the 5th Canadian Armoured Division:

“Our thanks for oblique sortie S.B.31. This sortie has been of tremendous value to our patrols. Please convey our appreciation to the pilot who took these pictures as obviously he took great risks in flying so low to procure such splendid photographs.”

Jooste remained with the unit operating as a clerk, being promoted on 1st April 1944 to T/Acting Corporal. Jooste was eventually transferred away from the Squadron, being transferred back to base depot 6th November 1945. He was discharged at the Showgrounds discharge centre in South African on the 13th May 1946.

 

This group is accompanied by scanned copies of his service records and cards.