Barend Viljoen

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Benjamin Gottlieb Viljoen[1]:255
Nickname(s) Barend
Born (1908-04-13)13 April 1908
Died 1995 (aged 86–87)
Allegiance  South Africa
Service/branch South African Air Force
Years of service 1927 – 1965
Rank Major General
Commands held Air Force Chief of Staff
Battles/wars World War II

Major-General Benjamin Gottlieb "Barend" Viljoen SSA OBE (13 April 1908 – 1995)[1]:255 was a South African military commander.

Military career[edit]

He joined the South African Air Force in 1927, and served in World War II. He also served as ADC to the Governor General of the Union of South Africa and to the King of Greece.[2] He was Air Chief of Staff from 23 September 1956 to 30 April 1965.[3]

Honours and awards[edit]

He was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1944.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Uys, Ian (1992). South African Military Who's Who 1452-1992. Fortress Publishers. ISBN 0-9583173-3-X. 
  2. ^ Nöthling, C.J.; Meyers, E.M. (1982). "Leaders through the years (1912-1982)". Scientaria Militaria. 12 (2): 98. 
  3. ^ Engelbrecht, Leon (21 January 2010). "Fact file: Chiefs of the SA Air Force". Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "No. 36546". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 June 1944. p. 2664. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Stephen Melville
Chief of Staff of the South African Air Force
23 September 1956 – 30 April 1965
Succeeded by
Kalfie Martin