Sam Saunders in Egypt



Sam Saunders in Egypt


Two pages detailing some of Sam's time in Egypt.
Photo 1 is HMS Sagitta from the air.
Photo 2, 3 and 4 are Sam working on a lamp.
Photo 5 is Sam playing tennis.
Photo 6 is Sam and colleague in khaki and shorts.
Photo 7 is a letter in Arabic.
Photo 8 is two airmen waiting outside a hut.
Photo 9 is three men in khaki outside a wooden hut.
Photo 10 is Sam smoking a pipe whilst seated at a desk.




Temporal Coverage

Spatial Coverage



Two printed sheets with 10 b/w photographs


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From January to Feb.ruary 1942, he was with 38 Squadron based in Shalluffa, north of Suez, Egypt. He was trained to carry out night torpedo attacks on enemy shipping in the Mediterranean, a duty he carried out from March to October 1942. The end of Axis resistance in North Africa meant that the Squadron had to fly further afield to find its targets, att[photograph]
acking enemy ships along the coasts of Italy and the Balkans.

From the 13th April 1942 until the 30th of April there were training flights involving HMS Roberts and HMS Sagitta. “Formations, low flying and dummy drops”.

On 24th May 1942 he carried out his War Operation number 1 with ‘A’ Flight 38 Squadron in a Wellington based in Shallufa, north of Suez, Egypt. He carried out mine laying 12 miles south of Benghazi.

Such flights involved night flying with a total of 6 hours, 50 minutes flight each time. The training flights were interspersed with operational ones.

On the 5th June 1942 there was further mine laying off Benghazi with a forced landing after damage from flak. This was War Operation 3.

And here is the lamp project. [three photographs]

[page break]

[two photographs]

[points of conduct leaflet]

Here are some pictures of the base at Shallufa where they seemed to have a good time. They played tennis, smoked pipes, rode motor bikes, wore big shorts and had their “points of conduct when meeting Arab peoples in the desert”

[three photographs]


Penny Thickett, “Sam Saunders in Egypt,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed March 5, 2024,

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