ANDREW CHRISTIAAN BOSMAN

ANDREW CHRISTIAAN BOSMAN

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One can say the Bosman’s aviation career was framed by two aircraft crashes. Both with large loss of life.

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FLIGHT LIEUTENANT CAESAR BARRAND B HULL

FLIGHT LIEUTENANT CAESAR BARRAND B HULL

I firmly believe that had Caesar Hull served throughout the war he would be spoken of in the same breath as South African leaders in the RAF such as Malan and Hugo.  After Caesar’s death John wrote: “For two days I have been thinking of Caesar. I loved him as I would a brother. He […]

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SQUADRON LEADER ROGER JOYCE BUSHELL – THE GREAT ESCAPER

SQUADRON LEADER ROGER JOYCE BUSHELL – THE GREAT ESCAPER

INTRODUCTION Roger Bushell was born in South Africa on 30th November 1910. His father, a mining engineer, had immigrated to the country from England and he used his wealth to ensure that Roger received a first-class education. He was first schooled in Johannesburg but was later moved to Wellington, in England, and in 1929 he […]

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GROUP CAPTAIN PETRUS ‘DUTCH’ HUGO

GROUP CAPTAIN PETRUS ‘DUTCH’ HUGO

INTRODUCTION Petrus ‘Dutch’ Hugo. ‘Dutch’ Hugo did not go through the University Flying Squadrons, but joined the Royal Air Force the traditional way. Hugo took part in the Battle of France, The Battle of Britain, air battles over Dieppe, commanded a Wing in the Battle for Tunisia and in the Battle for what Churchill called […]

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CHARLES JAMES LAUBSCHER

CHARLES JAMES LAUBSCHER

His career during the War is interesting in that there are two very different deployments that also reflect the changing role of the SAAF fighters as the war progressed.

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ROSAMUND EVERARD STEENKAMP

ROSAMUND EVERARD STEENKAMP

The two decades following World War I were the golden age of expanding air routes.

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BAILEY JAMES RICHARD ABE

BAILEY JAMES RICHARD ABE

Although born in England on 23 October 1919, Jim Bailey was the third son of the South African tycoon, Sir Abe Bailey.

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LE ROUX ,  JOHANNES JACOBUS

LE ROUX , JOHANNES JACOBUS

‘Chris’ Le Roux was one of the high scoring South African born aces,who is generally credited with 18 aerial victories against Bf109s and FW190’s

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MALAN ADOLF GYSBERT

MALAN ADOLF GYSBERT

Adolph Gysbert Malan presented himself to the RAF with the same disability as Marmaduke Thornas Pattle: he did not like his given name.

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MAJOR FROST

MAJOR FROST

He joined the South African Permanent Force as a cadet in 1936, winning the Sword of Honour at the Military College in 1938.

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MAJOR ERIC COWLEY SAVILLE

MAJOR ERIC COWLEY SAVILLE

During the North African Campaign, the South African Air Force provided a significant proportion of the Allied fighter strength.

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ALBERT GERALD LEWIS

ALBERT GERALD LEWIS

Albert Gerald Lewis was born in Kimberly in 1918 where he attended the local high school. He joined the RAF on a short service commission in August 1938.

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