Angus Farrall

 Fighter Pilot Angus Farrall: tribute site

Hi and welcome to this site;

I met Robin Farrall via the internet and he was so kind to forward scans of his late dad's war memorabilia to me including log books and photographs .  We decided to construct this tribute page in memory of Angus Farrall. 

 Angus Donald Farrall joined the SAAF in 1938 as part of the UATG (Union Air Training Group) scheme and susequently qualified as a pilot. In early 1941 he was seconded to RAF 55 squadron flying operations with Blenheim bombers in North Africa for 4 months. 

Angus was transferred to SAAF No. 2  Fighter Squadron in June 1941. This was the time when the Germans had air superiority in the North African operational theatre and our SAAF squadrons suffered severe losses. Angus was engaged with several air battles where his Tomahawk aircraft was damaged at times. He was  credited  for shooting down an Italian G-50 fighter aircraft.  Angus was shot down and badly wounded during this period and sent to a hospital in Alexandria for 3 months where he recovered to continue his operational service.

Angus'  operational tour expired in early 1942. He returned to South Africa and served in No.6 Fighter Squadron as  commanding officer. He then qualified as a flying instructor and did pilot training at various SAAF air schools until the end of the war.

After the war Angus was chief Pilot for the Met Office. Later returned to Rand Mines and had a long and successful career as Geological Administration Manager at Corner House until his retirement in 1990.

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 Angus, 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


 Angus in his Tomahawk, Western Desert






Military career 

01/04/1938    U.A.T.G. Pilot training, Rand Flying Club 

30/04/1940    Qualified for SAAF flying badge (wings)

30/04/1940    Promoted to 2/Lt. 

01/05/1940    Wonderboom AS

20/07/1940    Waterkloof AS

19/08/1940    Wingfield 

03/10/1940    Waterkloof

30/10/1940    Promoted to Lt.

12/11/1940    Officer fighter course no. 4, Iraq, Habbaniya 

??/03/1941    Joined RAF 55 squadron, flying Blenheims

16/06/1941    Joined 2 Squadron SAAF, flying Tomahawks

03/09/1941    Shot down an Italian G-50 fighter

13/09/1941    Aircraft damaged by enemy AA fire

02/10/1941    Crashed at Barrani east

07/10/1941    Aircraft damaged by enemy fire, crash landing

??/??/1941    Shot down, wounded,  hospitalised in Alexandria

01/01/1942    Returned to squadron

31/01/1942    End of operational tour

??/02/1942    OC SAAF 6 Fighter Squadron, Eersterivier, SA coastal defence

11/04/1942    Promoted to acting Capt.

01/07/1942    Promoted to Capt.

19/09/1943    Elementary Instructors course,  62 Air School, Bloemfontein, Tiger Moths

15/12/1943    2 Air School, Randfontein, Elementary flying instruction, Tiger Moths

15/08/1944    6 Air School, Potchefstroom, Elementary flying training, Tiger Moths

21/11/1945    Last flight, Harvard trainer


















NORTH AFRICA 1941-1942 

 Angus, Lt. David Mc Connell, Lt. Noel Cullum.



 Angus with a hand of sand at a grave next to a crashed aircraft.

 Angus on the left with David Mc Connell

 Taking off covers, Angus on top

 Sidi Barrani: John Wells, Angus,  Lt. Rolfe Garneke, Lt. Vernon Field

 L.t.R: David Mc Connell ?, Major Truter, Capt Featherstone, Capt. Doug Loftus, Lt. Doug Pannell, Angus

 Angus 4th from left.

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