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Adolph Gysbert 'Sailor' Malan, DSO, DFC

Birthplace: Wellington, Cape Province, South Africa
Death: September 17, 1963 (52) (Parkinson's Disease)
Place of Burial: Kimberley, Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Willem Adolph Malan and Evelyn Forde Malan
Husband of Lynda Irene Malan
Father of Private and Private
Brother of Ralph Jordan Malan; Willem Stanley Malan; Private; Marjorie Joubert Malan; Zoe Minaar Malan and 1 other

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About Sailor Malan

"Adolph Gysbert Malan DSO & Bar DFC (24 March 1910 – 17 September 1963), better known as Sailor Malan, was a famed South African World War II RAF fighter pilot who led No. 74 Squadron RAF during the height of the Battle of Britain. Under his leadership the 74 became one of the RAF's best units. Malan scored 27 kills, seven shared destroyed, three probably destroyed and 16 damaged."


He was one of the Battle of Britain pilots. He shot down 35 German planes,six probates and damaged 20. He was awarde the D.F.C. and the D.S.O. with a bar to each, which meant that he deserved them twice. Sailor Malan said thet the bravest thing he ever did was to corner Sir Winston Churchill one day at Biggin Hill Airfield and ask him to be Godfather to his new-born son. After the war he formed the Rand War Veterans Action Comittee in South Africa. He considered the Seperate Representation of the Voters Bill proposed by Dr Malan's Nationalist Government, which removed voting rights from the coloureds, totally unfair. He later formed the Torch Comando and two hundred thousand ex-servicemen joined it. He died in 1963.

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Sailor Malan's Timeline

October 3, 1910
Wellington, Cape Province, South Africa
September 17, 1963
Age 52
Kimberley, Cape, South Africa