Jack Mossop

 Tribute site: WW2 Bomber pilot and wing commander, Jack Mossop, CBE.

Hi and welcome to this site;

I met Eric and Nikki Turck via the internet. Nikki is the granddaughter of  the legendary WW2 SAAF aviator, Colonel Jack Mossop. They have in their possession Jack's war time photograph albums and also a flying log book. Eric and Nikki were so kind to allow me to make scans of these and gave permission to be published on the internet. We decided to construct this tribute page in memory of Jack Mossop.

 Allan Jack Marldon Mossop Joined the Air Force in 1934 when he began his pilot's training at Zwartkops in Pretoria. During this time he also attended the Military College at Robert's Heights as a pilot cadet where they did training in cavalry, infantry, artillery, armour and finally aviation. He finished his comprehensive training in 1938 and was transferred to the Natal Air Training School to become the commanding officer with the rank of captain. 

When war broke out Jack served at various air schools but was eventually sent to East Africa in 1941. He was appointed commanding officer (major) of  SAAF No.16 bomber squadron, flying Ju-86 bombers on various raids to enemy targets. After his operational service in East Africa Jack  was transferred to an operational training unit. 

In early 1942 he was transferred to SAAF No.24 bomber squadron as their commanding officer with the rank of Lt. Col. After only a few weeks of operations, Jack's Boston bomber was shot down. While being wounded, Jack made a safe crash landing. He miraculously survived 3 days next to the burnt wreck in the desert, unable to walk due to his serious injuries. The crew were eventually rescued. Jack was sent back to South Africa where he stayed for ten months in hospitals and recovered to good health. 

Jack was sent back to North Africa in 1943 where he joined SAAF No.3 Wing. This formation included three SAAF bomber squadrons; no's 12, 21 and 24. Jack  became the wing commander when they operated from Italy 1943-1945. He stayed with the wing until the end of the war. 

After the war Jack did a R.A.F. Staff Officer's course in England. He then served for many years in various SAAF  roles including the Air Directorate and station commander of Waterkloof Air Base. He also served 6 years as the Air Liaison Officer for the SA High Commissioner  in London.

Jack passed away in....


 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 Jack, 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

April 2015


Ju-86 in East Africa 


Military Career

02/06/1934    Central Flying School, Zwartkops. Attended SA Military College at Roberts Heights

16/06/1938    Natal Air Training School (A.T.S), Durban, doing flying instruction, became station 


04/09/1939    SAAF No. 4 Squadron, B/F Squadron, Durban.

04/10/1939    C.F.S. Zwartkops

25/11/1939    C.F.S. Kimberley

30/05/1940    No.1 Service Flying Training School (SFTS) Kimberley

11/12/1940    SAAF No.34 Coastal Reconnaissance Flight (C.R.F.), Mombasa, Flew 18 patrols/sweeps

24/04/1941    SAAF No.16 Squadron, East Africa, flew 25 operations, Mainly Ju-86 aircraft.

26/05/1941    Attacked by CR-42 on bombing raid to Omo river.

13/06/1941    Direct hit on a bridge , Bedelle

30/06/1942    Attack town of Gondar, self attcked by 2x Italian CR-42's, counted 15 holes, aircraft unserviceable.

23/08/1941    70 OTU,

16/10/1941    Zwartkops Air Station

08/02/1942    SAAF No.24 Squadron, North Africa, Squadron Commander, flying Boston bombers

23/02/1942    Raid on motorised transport at Timini, attacked by 4 Me 109's

14/03/1942    Raid on Martuba, sqdn shot down 3 Me 109's

18/03/1942    Squadron shot down 3 Me 109's, 

21/03/1942    Shot down south of Bir Hacheim after a successful bombing raid. Badly wounded, made a successful crash landing,  rescued after 3 days in the desert with no supplies.

22/03/1942    Hospitals in Cairo and South Africa

14/01/1943    Return to service, C.F.A.D. Durban

21/04/1943    No.3 (SA) Bomber Wing, North Africa

23/08/1943    No.1 M.O.R.U. as forward bomber controller

15/12/1943    No.3 (SA) Bomber Wing, Italy, commanding officer

08/07/1945    Awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire ( CBE )

01/08/1945    R.A.F. Staff College, England,  staff officer's course

14/02/1946    Adjutant General Section

14/11/1948    Air Directorate

13/08/1950    Waterkloof Air Station

13/02/1953    Air Liaison officer to High Commissioner, London 

02/06/1959    Air Directorate


Boston Bomber  with 24 squadron, North Africa





 Jack and       at their wedding in 

TRAINING 1934 - 1938, Zwartkops

Posing with  an Avro Avian trainer

Jack as a Cadet at the SA Military College, Roberts Heights. 

Cavalry training, SA Military College 

 Artillery training, SA Military College

Infantry training 

DH-9 aircraft used as trainers 

 Westland Wapitis, ZAS

SAAF cadets at the Military College course ?? 19??. Jack standing in the middle, back row. 






Jack seated 4th from the left.  (photo credit:  Angus Farrall, seated in front with dog)

First Hurricanes  in South Africa, flown by Jack in1939



EAST AFRICA 1940-1941 

 Very rare photograph of a Fairy Swordfish flown by the SAAF, 34 C.R.F., East Africa 1940.

Jack next to a Ju-86 



Bombed-up Ju-86 

Bombing up the Ju-86 

 Captioned: CR-42 shot down by Lt.  S.v.B. Theron


 Boston Bomber with 24 Squadron in North Africa

 Wounds in the face?


 Nazi ground art in the desert.




Hospital visit by the "oubaas"  Gen. Jan Smuts.




3 WING (SA), North Africa and Italy 1943-1945 

 Col. Jack Mossop with R.A. "Tom" Blackwell, DSO DFC who was a 24  Squadron  CO.

 Boston Bombers

 Marauder bomber used by squadrons of 3 Wing.

 3 Wing staff party. Note the emblems of the different formations of  3 Wing (SA)


 Aftermath of an accidental explosion of a fully bombed up B-26 Marauder.

 Visit of  the Union parliamentarian . Jack is on the left.

 Jannie Smuts visiting the wing, Jack on the left.

 Jack Returned to South Africa in May 1945. On the first leg from Jesi to Bari Jack was a passanger on this US  B-25 aircraft. 

Most probably the aircrew and passangers of the B-25 flight from Jesi to Bari, May 1945. Jack is second from left.

Post-War : Note the CBE award

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