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16. May 2019

South Africa at Berlin's Airlift Commemoration

In the Commemoration of 70 years of the end the of Berlin Airlift on 12 May 2019; the South African Government and the South African Air Force were thanked for being part of the historic relief operation, which can be described as a true act of Ubuntu.

The Commander of the Airlift summarised the South African contribution as follows: "The South African Squadron has impressed all of us. They fulfilled their task in the endeavour 'Airlift' with such devotion and selflessness, that they were an inspiring role model for all of us".

For his bravery South African pilot Joe Joubert was also awarded a medal of honour after the Berlin Airlift. In the service of humanity, one South African flying officer lost his live in the humanitarian operation.

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