9 July 1915 – SAAC to demobilize

Following the armistice on 6 July in South West Africa, German forces finally surrendered today. The campaign in now over.

Despite the limited opportunities for action, the Henri Farman aeroplanes, with their steel structures have stood up well in the hot climate. The only wood parts of the aeroplanes, the struts between the tail outriggers, did warp, and a number of men were employed almost continuously in making new struts. The Canton Unne engines proved reliable and there was only one instance of a forced landing caused by engine failure.

The South African Air Corps will now travel to Cape down for demobilization, but it is likely that many of the unti will travel to England to join up with the Royal Flying Corps.


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