Rod Hojem

 Tribute page: WW2 SAAF pilot  Rod Hojem, DFC

Hi and welcome to this site!

I have met the Hojem family via the internet. Thanks to Kevin Hojem who kindly lend his father's war memorabilia to me to be copied. Also thanks to Warwick Hojem who sent me war photographs of Rod, Graham and Colin Hojem.  

Most interesting and of special historic importance is the set of letters Rod wrote to his dad while doing operational service, describing life in the harsh desert war, also published on the site.


Rodney Clayton Hojem  joined the SAAF in early 1941 and was trained as a fighter pilot. After qualification Rod  was transferred to No. 2 fighter squadron, stationed in Egypt at the Alamein line in mid 1942.

Rod had an eventful operational tour participating in the Alamein  battles with the subsequent push to Tunisia until the surrender of the North African German/Italian forces in mid 1943.

2 Squadron flew the Curtiss Kittyhawk fighter which was in general inferior to the German Messerschmitt Bf-109 in fighting ability. Rod however managed a good record of shooting down four enemy aircraft while himself was never shot down.

During this time Rod was promoted to Captain and ended his operational tour as a flight commander. He flew 115 operational sorties in 182 ops hours.

After his return from war service Rod was involved with pilot training at various air schools until the end of the war when he was demobilised.

After the war Rod had a long and successful career in the insurance industry. 








 

 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 Rod, 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

May 2016


 

 

Military Service

   Sept 41    4 EFTS Benoni: Tiger Moths

   Oct   41    25 SFTS Standerton: Mile's Master

   May 42    71 OTU Carthago, Egypt;  Harvard, Hurricane, Tomahawk 

16 July 42    No.2 Fighter Squadron: Kittyhawks

18 Aug 42    Wing holed during dog fight

29 Aug 42    Damaged a Machi C 202 near Alamein station

11 Nov  42    Shot down 2 x Ju 87 Stukas and a Prob damage to another.

01 Dec  42    Shot down a Me BF-109 F

19 April 43    Shot down a Ju-52

30 May  43   End of operational tour




Click HERE to view Rod's Flying Log Book.

Click HERE to view Rod's letters 


 

 Rodney in the front row second from the right.


 

 

 

 2 Squadron Kittyhawk 


DFC awarded 


 

Wedding Photographs


 Rodney and Mary Campbell on their wedding day.


 ?, Rodney, Mary and Jean Rowney who nursed with Mary at Addington hospital on the right


 

 

 

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