ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA, 1939-1943
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Lieutenant R Pare of No. 5 Squadron SAAF, sitting in the cockpit of his Curtis Tomahawk "Shirley III" at LG 121, Egypt. Pare joined the South African Permanent Force and attended the Military College as a Cadet. He was commissioned in the SAAF in April 1940 and posted to No. 1 Squadron SAAF, seeing action over East Africa until April 1941. After a period as an instructor in the Union, he joined 5 Squadron in December 1941. He was promoted commander of 'B' Flight on 31 May 1942, but was shot down and killed by Oberleutnant Hans-Joachim Marseille of I/JG27 near Bir Hacheim on 3 June, just after scoring his sixth victory.
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