Jacobus Verster

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Jacobus Pieter Verster
Lt Genl Jacobus Verster.jpg
Born 22 May 1919[1]
Boksburg, South Africa
Died 1981
Allegiance  South Africa
Service/branch South African Air Force
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Chief of the South African Air Force
Battles/wars World War II

Lieutenant-General Jacobus Verster SSA SM (1919 – 1981) was a South African military commander. He joined the South African Air Force in 1936, and served in World War II. He was Chief of the Air Force from 1967 to 1975.

Military Career[edit]

He was educated at Pretoria University and joined the Air Force in 1936 as a student pilot.[2]

He served in RAF Bomber Command in World War II. He was shot down in North Africa in 1942[1] and was taken prisoner.

He served as Aide-de-Camp to the Governor General and the State President (1953 – 1962)[2]

Awards and Decorations[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Kalfie Martin
Chief of the South African Air Force
1967 – 1975
Succeeded by
Robert 'Bob' Rogers

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Uys, Ian (1992). South African Military Who's Who 1452-1992. Fortress Publishers. p. 255. ISBN 0-9583173-3-X. 
  2. ^ a b Nöthling, C.J.; Meyers, E.M. (1982). "Leaders through the years (1912-1982)". Scientaria Militaria. 12 (2): 98.