Christoffel Venter

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Christoffel Johannes Venter
CB DFC & bar
Christoffel Venter.jpg
Nickname(s) Boetie
Born (1892-11-01)1 November 1892
nr Middelburg, Eastern Cape
Died 20 February 1977(1977-02-20) (aged 84)[1]:255
Lyttleton, Pretoria
Service/branch Aviation
Rank Major General
Battles/wars World War I

Major-General Christoffel 'Boetie' Venter CB DFC & bar, (1 November 1892 – 20 February 1977) was a South African military commander.

Military career[edit]

He joined the 7th Mounted Rifles in 1912 then the 5th SAMR in August 1914 for service in South West Africa. He joined 1 South African Infantry Battalion in 1916 and served in France until he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in February 1917. He was shot down and captured in 1918. He won the DFC and bar and was credited with 16 aerial victories, and joined the South African Air Force in 1922.[1]:255

He commanded 1 Squadron SAAF and served as Officer Commanding Wits Command in 1936[3]

He was Director-General of the Air Force from 1940 to 1945.[3] After World War II, he was managing director of South African Airways.

Honours and awards[edit]

Companion of the Order of the Bath[edit]

Then Major General Venter was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath on 1 January 1944[4]

The notice in the London Gazette reads as follows:

Distinguished Flying Cross[edit]

Lieutenant Venter was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1918. The notice in the London Gazette reads as follows:

Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross[edit]

In November 1918 he was awarded a bar to his Distinguished Flying Cross The notice in the London Gazette reads as follows:


See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Uys, Ian (1992). South African Military Who's Who 1452-1992. Fortress Publishers. ISBN 0-9583173-3-X. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Rathbone Museum". Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Who's Who of Southern Africa 1959. Ken Donaldson (Pty) Ltd. 1959. p. 589. 
  4. ^ "No. 36311". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1943. p. 57. 
  5. ^ a b "Cristoffel Venter Biography". The Aerodrome. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "No. 30827". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 August 1918. p. 9204. 
  7. ^ "No. 30989". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 November 1918. p. 12961. 
Military offices
Preceded by
John Holthouse
Director Air Services, South African Air Force
1940 – 1945
Succeeded by
Jimmy Durrant
Preceded by
OC Witwatersrand Command
1936 – 1938
Succeeded by
Charlie Ross