Harold Willmott

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Harold George Wilmott
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Born (1899-08-26)26 August 1899[1]
Malmesbury, Western Cape
Died 14 July 1993(1993-07-14) (aged 93)
Allegiance South Africa
Service/branch South African Air Force
Years of service 1924 – 1954
Rank Brigadier

Brigadier Harold Willmott CBE (1899 – 1993)[2] was a South African military commander.

Military Career[edit]

He served in the Royal Air Force in World War I, and joined the South African Air Force in 1924.

During World War II, he served as Deputy Director-General of Air Services from 1939 to 1940, as commander of 3 Wing in North Africa from 1941 to 1942, as Director of the Coastal Air Force from 1942 to 1944, and as Deputy Director-General of the Air Force from 1944 to 1945, when he was promoted to Director-General.

After the war, he served as Officer Commanding Natal Command, and finally as Air Chief of Staff, from 17 October 1945 to 10 September 1946.[3]

Honours and Awards[edit]

He was appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the January 1943 New Years Honours list.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Uys, Ian (1992). South African Military Who's Who 1452-1992. Fortress Publishers. p. 269. ISBN 0-9583173-3-X. 
  2. ^ "Oud-Lugmaghoof sterf op 94 jaar". Die Beeld. July 14, 1993. Retrieved July 26, 2016. 
  3. ^ Englebrecht, Leon (18 November 2008). "Fact file: Chiefs of the SA Air Force". Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "New Year Honours". Flight: 23. 7 January 1943. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
Military offices
New title Chief of Staff of the South African Air Force
1951 – 1954
Succeeded by
Stephen Melville
Preceded by
Jimmy Durrant
Director-General of the South African Air Force
1942 – 1951
Title changed
Preceded by
Christoffel Venter
Director-General of the South African Air Force
1945 – 1946
Succeeded by
Jimmy Durrant