List of World War II aces from South Africa

Summary

This is a list of fighter aces in World War II from South Africa. For other countries see List of World War II aces by country.

Name Kills Squadrons Awards Notes
Bailey, James Richard Abe 264, 85, 125, 600 DFC Surviving Aircrew BofB. Night fighter ace. Died 29 Feb. 2000.[1]
Barber, Maurice Clinton Hinton 3[2] RAF: 250 and 450 DFC Although it was considered to have achieved 5 wins, it seems that this total is only 3
Bosman, Andrew Christian[3] 10½ RAF: 72 Sqn; SAAF: 1 Sqn, 2 Sqn & 4 Sqn DSO, DFC
Botha, Adriaan Jacobus "Attie"[3] 5 SAAF: 1 Sqn KIA 14 June 1941
Botha, Louis Cecil "Cookie"[4] 5 SAAF: 5 Sqn KIA 17 June 1942
Boyle, Brian John Lister "Piggy" SAAF: 1 Sqn DFC
Bremner, Thomas Dick "Dikkie" 6 SAAF: 5 Sqn, 12 Sqn DSO, DFC
Clements, Reginald John 2 & 2 shr. RAF: 227 Sqn.
Collingwood, Robert Joseph Peter 5 RAF: 82 Sqn & 152 Sqn, SAAF: 1 Sqn DFC
Cooke-Botha, Louis C 5 SAAF: 5 Sqn DFC
Courtney, Tyler J 5 SAAF 5 Sqn DFC
Davis, Carl Raymond 9 RAF: 601 Sqn DFC KIA 6 September 1940
Dexter, Peter Grenfell 5 RAF: 16, 54, 603 & 611 Sqn DFC KIFA 14 July 1941
Driver, Kenneth Weekes[5] 12 SAAF: 1 DFC
Duncan, Andrew SAAF: 1 and 5 DFC
Duff-Richardson, Melville 5 SAAF: 4 Sqn DFC
Faure, Johannes Morkel[4] RAF: 92 Sqn; SAAF: 1 and 4 Sqns DSO, DFC & Bar
Frost, John Everitt[3] 15 3 and 5 SAAF DFC & Bar
Gaynor, John Henry 1, 2 and 7 SAAF DFC
Golding, Douglas William[3] 9 4 SAAF DFC
Haysom, Geoffrey David Leybourne 6 79 RAF DSO, DFC
Hewitson, John Loch 5 1, 4 and 5 SAAF DFC
Hojem, R C 4 2 and 5 SAAF DFC
Hugo, Petrus Hendrick "Piet" 17 & 3 shr., 3 prob., 7 dmg. 615 and 41 RAF DSO, DFC & Bar (twice)
Human, Daniel William "Johnny" 5 1, 2 and 5 SAAF DSO, DFC & Bar
Johnston, George Robert A M 9 & 2 shr. RAF: 73 Sqn, 122 Wg. DSO, DFC & Bar, MBE
Lacey, Dennis Vernon D[3] 6 2 and 5 SAAF DFC
Lardner-Burke, Henry Patrick 1, 19, 46, 126 and 222 RAF DFC & Bar
Laubscher, Charles James 4 & 2 shr. RAF: 261 Sqn., 2 SAAF
Lewis, Albert Gerald[6] 18 85, 249 DFC & Bar
Lindsay, Vernon Mears L.[4] 5 2 SAAF DFC
Loftus, D H 4 & 1 shr. 2, 7 SAAF DSO, DFC
Malan, Adolph Gysbert "Sailor" 35 74 RAF DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar
Le Mesurier, G J 3 1 SAAF DFC Although credited with 6 this appears to be the sum of his kills and probables
Metelerkamp, Peter Carel R[4] 5 1 SAAF
Morris, Douglas G "Zuba" 5 406 RCAF DSO, DFC
Morris, E J 10 79, 238 and 250 RAF DSO, DFC
Osler, Malcolm Stephen[3] 12 145 and 601 RAF, 1 SAAF DFC & Bar
Pare, Robin 6 1 and 5 SAAF DFC
Pattle, Marmaduke Thomas St. John "Pat" 41 80 and 33 RAF DFC & Bar KIA 20 April 1941
Rabagliati, Alexander C 7 46 and 126 RAF DFC & Bar
Robinson, McClelland Eric S 1 SAAF DFC
Le Roux, Johannes Jacobus 23½ 73, 91, 111, 602 RAF DFC & Bar (twice)
Saville, Eric Cowley[3] 8 112 and 260 RAF; 2 and 5 SAAF DFC & Bar
Seccombe, J T 3 1 SAAF DFC
Smith, H F 3 5 SAAF and 1 SAAF KIA 25/03/1943
Stapelton, Basil Gerald "Stapme" 32, 247, 257 and 603 RAF DFC, DFC (Dutch)
Starret, Harry 33 RAF
Talbot, Robert Henry[3] 10 274 RAF and 1 SAAF
Theron, Servas van Breda 10[clarification needed] 250 RAF and 3 SAAF DSO, DFC Aces High only credits him with 5 destroyed, 3 & 6 shared
Van Mentz, Brian 222 and 504 RAF DFC
Wallace, Thomas Young 8 111 and 610 RAF DFM
Waugh, Lawrence Robertson S[3] 6 417 and 601 RAF, 1 SAAF DFC
Whiting, S R 4 213 RAF DSO
Wildsmith, H E N 4 2 SAAF DFC
Wilmot, L A 4 & 1 shr. 1 SAAF, 238 Wg, 322 Wg.
Wilson, Edward Taylor 3 & 4 shr. 1844 Sqn, FAA

References

Footnotes
Citations
  1. ^ Battle of Britain Memorial, The Airmen's Stories – F/O J.R.A. Bailey, visited March 20, 2018
  2. ^ Shores, C; Williams C. Aces High: A Tribute to the Most Notable Fighter Pilots. Grub Street. p. 101. ISBN 1-898697-00-0.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Shores, Christopher; Ring, Hans (1969). Fighters over the Desert: The Air Battles in the Western Desert: June 1940 to December 1942. New York: Arco. p. 240. ISBN 0668-02070-9.
  4. ^ a b c d Shores, (1969). p. 241
  5. ^ Tidy, D.P (December 1976). "SOUTH AFRICAN AIR ACES OF WORLD WAR II". Military History Journal. 3 (6).
  6. ^ Tidy, D.P (June 1970). "SOUTH AFRICAN AIR ACES OF WORLD WAR II". Military History Journal. 1 (6).

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