|Henry James Martin
10 June 1910|
|Died||20 October 2000
|Service/branch||South African Air Force|
|Years of service||1935 - 1968|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
He joined the South African Air Force in 1935 and played rugby union for his country in 1937. During World War II, he commanded 3 Wing in North Africa (1942-1943), and in 1945 he commanded 4 Group, which was responsible for transporting South African servicemen back home from Italy. He was CO of AFB Waterkloof from 1949 to 1951.
He served as Quartermaster-General from 1 December 1953 to 31 October 1959, Air Chief of Staff (1 May 1965 to 30 June 1966) as Chief of the Air Force from 1 July 1966 to 30 November 1967, and as Chief of Defence Staff from 1 December 1967 to 31 December 1968.
Awards and Decorations
- Southern Cross Medal (SM)
- Africa Star with NORTH AFRICA 1942–43 clasp
- Africa Service Medal (WWII)
- Uys, Ian (1992). South African Military Who's Who 1452-1992. Fortress Publishers. p. 148. ISBN 0-9583173-3-X.
- Harry Martin | Rugby Union | Players and Officials | ESPN Scrum
- SWIFTER THAN EAGLES: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE 1912-1982 | Ward | Scientia Militaria - South African Journal of Military Studies
- Nöthling, C.J.; Meyers, E.M. (1982). "Leaders through the years (1912-1982)". Scientaria Militaria. 12 (2): 95.
- South African Defence Force Review 1991. Walker-Ramus. 1991. p. 261.
|Chief of Defence Staff
1967 – 1968
Title next held byBooysie van der Riet in 1972
|Chief of the South African Air Force
1965 – 1967
|Quartermaster General South African Defence Force
1953 – 1959
JSJ van der Merwe
|OC AFB Ysterplaat
1951 – 1952
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