Dick Hague

 WW2 SAAF air gunner Dick Hague tribute page

Hi and welcome to this site!

I visited Dick at his house in Johannesburg in June 2015. Dick was so kind to share his WW2 experiences with me and allowed me to copy his war memorabilia. Thanks  to Dick for the kindness during my visit and also for telling some of his war stories in front of the camera. Thanks also to John Houghton for his assistance.

Richard Edward M Hague joined the SAAF in 1940.  In 1941 Dick completed his Air Gunner's course and was sent to North Africa where he joined SAAF No. 24 bomber squadron. 

24 Squadron flew operations with Boston medium bombers and attacked targets such as enemy airfields, -motorised transports, -troop formations and             -strongholds. 

At one stage, in early 1942, Dick's aircraft was shot down by enemy fighters. He was wounded and after a couple of days in the desert he and the crew were rescued and hospitalised. 

Soon afterwards Dick returned to the squadron for operations and finished his tour in October 1942, just before the breakthrough at Alamein.

After returning to South Africa, Dick joined SAAF No.22 squadron. He then did an Air Traffic Controller course and in 1944 was sent to Italy where he joined SA 3 bomber wing and did duties as a traffic controller.

After the war Dick had a long and successful career working at Jan Smuts airport and retired in 1982 as Chief Air Traffic Controller.

1945 , Italy

 2015, Johannesburg

 This is a living web site. Any input and/or participation will be much appreciated regarding additional information, correctness, information from relatives of members who served with Dick, photographs, stories etc. Please e-mail me. 

If you perhaps have a family member who served as a SAAF fighter pilot during WW2 and you would want to find out more about his war service please contact me, hopefully I can be of some help.

Tinus le Roux

August 2015



 June 2015



 Having lunch at a restaurant after the video interview. (photo: John Houghton)


A 24 Squadron Boston bomber in North Africa 

Military Career 

01/04/1940    Joined the SAAF , 41 Air School, East London, Air Gunner's course

??/06/1941    Operational Training Unit, Shandur, Egypt. Flying in Maryland and Boston bombers, crews formed

??/09/1941    Joined No. 24 Squadron flying Boston bombers.

21/03/1942    Shot down by German Messerschmitt Bf109 aircraft, spent 2 days at the wreck in the desert, wounded. Rescued by air. Operated at Gambut clearing station and then hospitalised in Cairo were Dick recovered. Again joined the squadron and continued with operations at the Alamein front.

??/10/1942    Operational Tour Expired, returned to South Africa

??/10/1942    Joined 22 Squadron, Mtubatuba in Natal

??/05/1944    Air Traffic Controller course, RAF base at St. Jean, Haifa, Palestine

??/07/1944    Joined 3 Wing SA (Bombers) as an Air Traffic Controller in Italy

??/09/1945    Returned to South Africa and resigned from the SAAF


24 Squadron logo 

Air Gunner training, East London 1940-1941 

Dick became a member of the Late Arrivals Club because he arrived "late" to the squadron when they got shot down.


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