W.H. Rice


The Motor Boat Wing of the South African Air Force was inaugurated some thirty eight years ago.

With its main base at Gordon's Bay, the wing was formed to operate the various marine craft used to provide a service to the flying component of the South African Air Force. Its main function was to be air/sea rescue, but it also had to man and maintain armoured target boats, seaplane tenders, marine tenders and the 'bomb scows', used for recovering practise bombs and missiles and for laying and lifting moorings.


The Motor Boat Wing; South African Air Force; air / sea rescue; armoured target boats; 'crashboat; Gordon's Bay; Malmok; Miami boats;

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