Kalfie Martin

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Henry James Martin
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Born (1910-06-10)10 June 1910
Died 20 October 2000(2000-10-20) (aged 90)
Allegiance  South Africa
Service/branch South African Air Force
Years of service 1935 - 1968
Rank Lieutenant General
Battles/wars World War II

Lieutenant-General Henry James "Kalfie" Martin SM CBE DFC(10 June 1910 – 20 October 2000) was a South African military commander. He joined the South African Air Force in 1935 and played rugby union for his country in 1937.[3] During World War II, he commanded 3 Wing[4] in North Africa (1942-1943), and in 1945 he commanded 4 Group, which was responsible for transporting South African servicemen back home from Italy. He was CO of AFB Waterkloof from 1949 to 1951.[1]

He served as Quartermaster-General[5] from 1953 to 1959, as Chief of the Air Force from 1965 to 1967, and as Chief of Defence Staff from 1967 to 1968.


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Military offices
Preceded by
Barend Viljoen
Chief of the South African Air Force
Succeeded by
Jacobus Verster