Fritz's Photograph Albums

1)    13 Year old Fritz as a HJ member on board the German ship "Hemden" when it visited Cape Town. During this event Fritz obtained an award directly from Adm. Doenitz.

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2 Roberts Heights 1940, Fritz as a pupil pilot standing in front of a Hawker Hart aircraft.


3 Early 1940, Bloemfontein at the 1 Elementary Flying Training School; aircraft still have civilian paint shemes and markings; Tiger Moth

4 EFTS Bloemfontein 1940


54 EFTS Bloemfontein 1940

6 Visitor Vickers Valentia transport at Roberts Heights


7 Vickers Valentia


8 Union buildings in Pretoria from the seat of a Hart.


9 Erasmus; Ryan aircraft with Menasco engine, Erasmus got killed as a pupil pilot in a bird strike flying accident at Wonderboom aerodrome 1940.


10 Tutors in Cape Town


11 Tiger Moth at EFTS Bloemfontein


12 Bucher Jungmann; brought into South Africa by Jewish pilots who flew with Hermann Goering in ww1 in the von Richthoven squadron. Goering tipped them and see off that they safely left Germany to relocate in South Africa before the war.  Rosenthal and Katzenstein were the 2 chaps.  The 2 guys started a flying school in Rustenburg. Ironically they were both interned as German citizens  at the outbreak of ww2.


13 Hawker Hart Roberts Heights 1940. V 12 cylinder Rolls Royce "Kestrel" engine.


14 Pre War Baragwanath



16 Pre war Baragwanath


17 Hart with Pretoria Jhb  road in the background. Instructors wore white overalls.

18 Hart, grass stuck on skid. Every flight had its own symbol.


 19 Waterkloof AFB  in early days

20 Hart, note the movable slots on top wing  leading edge


21 Bloemfontein 1941 1942


 22 Hind crash site on Smuts's property at Irene, next to Waterkloof

23 Waterkloof before night flying. Hawker Hinds.Hinds had the tail wheel (not a skid like the Harts) and wheel breaks. Independent breaks for the wheels that help to steer when taxing.

During this time the "Hinds" were also referred to as "Harts".


 25 Hart, no wheel breaks, Roberts Heights

26 Hart


27 Formation flying Transvaal from Robert Heights'


28 Hart


 2nd Instructor's course in South Africa at Kimberly/Bloemfontein

Fritz Johl


"Wildy Wildsmith; DFC, OC No 2  sqdn


Harold Kirby, OC No 7 sqdn


"Cookie" Botha, DFC, KIA 1942


"Ken" Driver, fighter ace,  DFC, KIFA


"Lemmie" le Mesurier, DFC, OC No. 1 sqdn, KIFA


"Snowy" Moodie, DFC, OC No. 1 sqdn 

Tom Rhodes, 1 sqdn flight commander, KIA 1942


 Piet Venter, OC RAF 92 sqdn, DFC, He crashed a Mustang in Italy

 A Kriel, OC 10 sqdn

 "Dormy" Barlouw, OC 80 sqdn RAF Thrown out of the SAAF due to a crash and then he joined the RAF 

 Barry Wiggett,  OC 3 sqdn

 OC of CFS JD Pretorius, later OC 3 sqdn

 "Bunny" Pearce, OC 5 sqdn



31 Bloemfontein, Pretorius (OC of 1 CFS)  led this flight to Kimberly to drop a bunch of toilet rolls as a kind of joke :) . 1940 Instructors course.


32 Hart


34 Hind that made an accident after night flying. Note the rubber bungees that connects the rudder with the tail wheel. This was to help with taxi steering. Waterkloof.


35 Hawker Hind, see tail wheel contraption.


36 Hind Crashed after night flying, heavy landing.


37 Crashed Hind


38  Fatal crash debris during the instructors course.

40 Funeral party (coffin carriers) for  pupil pilot 'Erasmus" (see pic No. 9)  that got killed at Wonderboom in a flying accident. Notice all the pilots have wings but without rank!   McLaen, Peyper, Wildsmith, Tom Condon, Hector McDonald, Kokkie van Rooyen (became manager of Suid Wes lugdiens after the war),?, All uniforms were not standard issue but tailor made at a Pretoria private clothing shop


41 Pupil pilot named Bell with a Hart


42 Picture taken from B flight hanger at Roberts Heights.


43 Roberts Heights with the trees lining the Jhb road.


44 Roberts Heights in front of B flight hanger, all pupil pilots. This was the first service flying course at Roberts Heights as part of the SAAF upil pilot training program.


45 Avro Tutor


46  Hart


47 Hart


48 Fatal crash during instructors course at Kimberly, two people got killed.










52b Hart stick placed at impact point


53 Tiger Moth with danaged U/C


54 Safely landed


55 Miles Magister,  Fritz looking up


56 Avro Anson in Cape Town flown during Fritz's Navigation course in 1943.




58 73 OTU course in Egypt.  Fritz sitting next to Joe Dunning. Neville Duke was the OC of the OTU. Joe and Fritz were great friends. They later were fellow pilots in SAAF 2 sqdn. Joe's wife was chief of the WAAF unit, Doreen Dunning.


59 Kittyhawk at 73 OTU




61 Kittyhawk at 11 OTU in SA


62 Portrait taken in Cairo


63  Spitfire at 73 OTU, Egypt








66 Bitter lakes with the canal, Egypt.






69 Fritz at 73 OTU, Spit V


70 Joe Dunning at the OTU


71 Fritz in Italy


72 Gunnery course in Egypt.  Ruebel was an OC of a US fighter squadron in Algiers and invited Fritz to help them with gunnery. Fritz flew the P-38 while he was there.




74 Joe Dunning


75 Harry Gaynor, OC of 2 sqdn. Harry was killed right in fronf of Fritz while they were low flying busy with a strafing run on an enemy transport. Fritz was Harry's number two on this sortie.


76  2 sqdn pilots:

Back LtR : Dormy  Barlow, ?,? Joe Dunning, ?, Foxy Ruyter, ?,?,?,Paul Wiles, 

Sitting LtR: ?,?,?, Harry Gaynor, ?, Vic Martin, 

VW Jeep belonged to Joe and Fritz, they fitted Spit tyres to the VW.


77 Junkers 86 airliner with a US engines, modified to do bomber duty, 1940


78 Hawker Hart in Roberts Heights


79 Youngsfield, 1939-1940. Wapiti and Tutors. Wapiti was a bomber A/C.


80 Bloemfontein early 1940, EFTS 1


81 Rearwin sportster, before the war


82 Leopard Moth, larger engine than Tiger, Gypsy six engine, foldable wings.


83 Hornet Moth, Fritz flew this plane when he got his civil licence in 1939 with Victor Smith




85  Airspeed Oxford, wooden airframe, adhesive joints were a big problem as there were many cases of delamination.


86  EFTS in Bloemfontein 1940, at that stage uniforms were not available. Fritz,  Willcot, Wildsmith, Jones


87 Miles Master, lots of structural problems regarding adhesive failures. Great performance though, better than Hurricane in many respects.


88 Oxford


89 Miles Master, very bad position for the instructor.


90 Hurricane II c with 4 canon


91 Harvard


92 Harvard


93 Visitor Maryland bomber at Waterkloof.




95 Liberator visitor at Brooklyn aerodrome














102  Oxford, Nigel  station


103 Harvard


104 Harvard


105 Jan Smut's a/c Lockheed  Loadstar


106 accident at Waterkloof






109 crashed Oxford A/C , wooden construction




111 Fritz, Pretorius and Badenhorst (Ex OC of CFS Bloemfontein); they did formation aerobatic flying after the war. This pic was taken in Rhodesia at Komalo airport.


112 Chipmunk;  Tommy Vansten, Fritz and Badie Badenhorst, Aerobatic formation flying team in Rhodesia.


113 Badie Badenhorst flying pic taken by Fritz.




115 Oxford


116 Chipmunk that was bought from ex Rhodesiam Air Force


117 St albums outside PE, B flight of 11 OTU




119 11 OTU, St Albums




121 Rearwind sportster that Fritz got his civil licence in 1939.


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