Hector Daniel

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Hector Cyril Daniel
Hector Daniel.jpg
Born (1898-10-19)19 October 1898
Senekal, Orange Free State, South Africa
Died 28 December 1953(1953-12-28) (aged 55)[1]
Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa
Allegiance  United Kingdom
 Union of South Africa
Service/branch Royal Flying Corps (1917-1918)
Royal Air Force (1918-1919)
South African Air Force (1923-1951)
Years of service 1914-1917
Rank Brigadier
Unit No. 43 Squadron (1917-1918)
No. 70 Squadron (1918)
3 Fighting School

Brigadier Hector Cyril Daniel CBE MC AFC (1898– 28 December 1953)[2] was a South African military commander. He served in the Royal Air Force in World War I, becoming an ace with nine aerial victories,[3] and joined the South African Air Force in 1923.

He was Director of Air and Technical Services, i.e. head of the SAAF, from 1937 until the outbreak of World War II in 1939, when he was appointed Officer Commanding SAAF Headquarters. During the war, he was Inspector of the SAAF in 1940, senior SAAF officer in East Africa from 1940 to 1941, and Air Officer Commanding 24 Group from 1941.[4]

Brigadier Daniel retired in 1953. He died by his own hand.[3]

Military honors[edit]

Military Cross (MC)[edit]

T./2nd Lt. Hector Daniel, Gen. List and R.A.F.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in numerous aerial encounters. On one occasion he completely destroyed three enemy aeroplanes on the same day. He has in addition crashed three others and sent down two out of control. He has always displayed the greatest skill, keenness and courage in aerial fighting, and his services have been of inestimable value to his patrol leader.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "DANIEL Hector Cyril 1898-1953 :: DANIEL John -1974". Eggsa.org. 2003-03-07. Retrieved 2015-05-08. 
  2. ^ C.J. Nöthling, E.M. Meyers (1982). "Leaders through the years (1912-1982)". Scientaria Militaria. 12 (2): 91. 
  3. ^ a b "Hector Daniel". Theaerodrome.com. Retrieved 2015-05-08. 
  4. ^ Uys, Ian (1992). South African Military Who's Who 1452-1992. Fortress Publishers. p. 57. ISBN 0-9583173-3-X. 
  5. ^ [1] Archived November 9, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
Military offices
Preceded by
Francis Hoare
Director Air Services, South African Air Force
Succeeded by
John Holthouse