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Darling,South Africa

Darling is City/Area of Western Cape, Latitude: -33.3782, Longitude: 18.3794

Darling is a small town in a farming area on the west coast region of the Western Cape, about 75 km (46.6 mi) from Cape Town.

Darling’s role in World War 2
By 1942 German U-Boat activity off the South African coast was at its peak. In an effort to provide greater security to the Naval convoys plying the sea route the South African Air Force hastily constructed or supplemented existing facilities at six additional airfields around the coast.

The first SAAF flying unit to be based at Darling was 23 Squadron, arriving on the airfield at the beginning of 1943. From here the Ventura aircraft patrolled the western sea approaches to Cape Town at the height of the submarine menace. The unit was strengthened by the arrival of a Ventura detachment from 27 Squadron between February and April 1943.

In November 1943 the Venturas of 29 Operational Training Unit (OTU) were relocated from Nigel to Darling with torpedo training forming a large part of their brief.

On 31 January 1944 construction began on an iron hangar at Darling to ease maintenance problems experienced in the hitherto basic conditions. Temporary buildings were hastily completed and lecture rooms were erected alongside administrative buildings.

On 12 April 1944 Ventura 6457 of 27 Squadron crashed into Dassenberg near Darling shortly after taking off on a training flight killing the crew of six. On 12 April 1988 the wreckage was discovered and airlifted off the hill for transport to the South African Air Force Museum

Use of Darling’s airfield gradually tapered off after the war as AFB Langebaanweg became the epicentre of SAAF operations on the West Coast.

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Tienie Versfeld Wildflower Reserve

Felicia tenella, Tienie Versfeld Wildflower Reserve

Tienie Versfeld Wildflower Reserve

Tienie Versfeld Wildflower Reserve
References
Jump up to: a b c d Darling from Census 2011.
“Darling Tourism”. Darling Tourism. Archived from the original on 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
“Darling Music Experience”. Darling Music Experience. Archived from the original on 2014-03-02. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
Jump up to: a b c d Route 27 West Coast South Africa
Jump up to: a b Becker, Capt Dave (1989). Yellow Wings. The Story Of The Joint Air Training Scheme In World War 2. Pretoria: The SAAF Museum. p. 79.
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