Peter During

 These photographs originate from the private albums of ww2 SAAF fighter pilot Peter During. It was kindly made available to me by Mr. During. I placed the photographs on this web site in order to share these gems to historians, enthusiasts and the wider public. Please respect the copy rights of these photographs and contact me to obtain the necessary permission if you want to duplicate some of this material in other web sites or printed matter.

Thanks

Tinus le Roux

Feb  2013

1) Wings parade, Waterkloof 

 

2) Pupil pilot

 

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4) After the war

 

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7) Wings parade day group photograph, Waterkloof, 1944

 

11 OTU  


 8) Kittyhawks


9) Spitfire V 


10) Kittyhawks

 

11) Kittyhawk

 

12)  Spitfires and ? biplane


13) Spitfire V

 

14) Kittyhawks

 

15) Kittyhawk

 

16) 11 OTU  


 


SAAF No.10 Squadron 1944 


17) No. 10 squadron logo

 

18) Sport group photograph, Peter seated second from right

 

19) Peter seated in a Spitfire IX

 

 20) Aussie Cedric Logan


21) Crashed SAAF medium bomber, all crew survived

 

22) Savioa aerodrome

 

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24) Mosquito

 

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 26) George Segalla crashed this spit against a petrol bowser; In the court of inquiry he mentioned that the vehicle was too well camouflaged! 

 

27) Spitfire IX

 

28) 10 Squadron Spitfires..still bearing the RAF 94 sqdn  codes of the squadron they received the AC's from.

 

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30) Running up the engine

 

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32) Mechanics

 

33) George Segalla

 

34) Special high altitude Spitfire IX's; SHF.  Canopies were bolted on, no paint, the one had no guns and the other no radio. Highest altitude reached by 9 sqdn pilot 14878 m !!

  

35) Segalla

 

36) Barrel van Heerden left and George Segalla

 

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SAAF No. 7 Squadron 1944-1945


 

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71) Jack Ross, Peter's friend in 1 squadron

 

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Behind enemy lines 1945 


Peter was shot down by members of a Herman Goering anti aircraft division. He crash landed and was captured. Three of his captors had to escort Peter to the rear. During this time Peter convince his captors to become his prisoners and he will give them all a good recommendation to allied  POW authorities. At one stage they were accommodated at a farm house where civilians gave them food and wine. This set of photographs was taken here with the one  German's camera. You can see that Peter is holding the Mp-40 machine pistol and they all seem to be friends by now. Before Peter handed his prisoners over to Canadian troops the German gave his camera to Peter and  the photographs were developed after the war.

 

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