Kalfie Martin

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Henry James Martin
SM CBE DFC
Kalfie Martin.jpg
Born (1910-06-10)10 June 1910
Bloemfontein[1]
Died 20 October 2000(2000-10-20) (aged 90)
Pretoria[2]
Allegiance  South Africa
Service/branch South African Air Force
Years of service 1935 - 1968
Rank Lieutenant General
Battles/wars World War II
Awards

Lieutenant-General Henry James "Kalfie" Martin SM CBE DFC (10 June 1910 – 20 October 2000) was a South African military commander.

Military Career[edit]

He joined the South African Air Force in 1935 and played rugby union for his country in 1937.[2] During World War II, he commanded 3 Wing[3] 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[4] from 1 December 1953 to 31 October 1959, Air Chief of Staff (1 May 1965 to 30 June 1966)[5] as Chief of the Air Force from 1 July 1966 to 30 November 1967, and as Chief of Defence Staff from 1 December 1967 to 31 December 1968.

Awards and Decorations[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Uys, Ian (1992). South African Military Who's Who 1452-1992. Fortress Publishers. p. 148. ISBN 0-9583173-3-X. 
  2. ^ a b Harry Martin | Rugby Union | Players and Officials | ESPN Scrum
  3. ^ SWIFTER THAN EAGLES: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE 1912-1982 | Ward | Scientia Militaria - South African Journal of Military Studies
  4. ^ Nöthling, C.J.; Meyers, E.M. (1982). "Leaders through the years (1912-1982)". Scientaria Militaria 12 (2): 95. 
  5. ^ South African Defence Force Review 1991. Walker-Ramus. 1991. p. 261. 

See also[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Toby Moll
Chief of Defence Staff
1967 – 1968
Vacant
Title next held by
Booysie van der Riet in 1972
Preceded by
Barend Viljoen
Chief of the South African Air Force
1965 – 1967
Succeeded by
Jacobus Verster
Preceded by
HJ Bronkhorst
Quartermaster General South African Defence Force
1953 – 1959
Succeeded by
JSJ van der Merwe