Adolph Gysbert Malam

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Adolph Gysbert Malan was born in Wellington, Cape Colony in South Africa back in 1910.  At the age of 14 he joined the South African Training Ship General Botha as a naval cadet in 1924.  In 1932 he joined the Royal Naval Reserve as an acting sub-lieutenant, by 1935 he was commissioned as a sub-lieutenant.

Later on, that year he volunteered for the Royal Air Force in its rapid expansion of the pilot corps.  He received his wings in March of 1936.  By 1939, he was promoted to flight lieutenant just six months before the outbreak of war.  Just 15 hours after war was declared he saw his first action during the Battle of Barking Creek.  He was involved in the evacuation of the British Army from Dunkirk.  For his actions, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.   In August of 1940 he was promoted to squadron leader.  Three days later the Battle of Britain began, he was right in the middle of it.  He died in 1963 from Parkinson’s disease, he was 53.

What you may not know about Adolph is that he is credited with 27 enemy planes destroyed, 7 shared destroyed and 2 unconfirmed, 3 probable’s and 16 damaged.  At the time he was the RAF’s leading ace and one of the highest scoring pilots to have served wholly with Fighter Command during World War II.

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Comments (16)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - that was amazing work that he did along with his comrads at Dunkirk and Battle of Britain.

Sep 15, 2021 03:32 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. What an outstanding career in the air. The 27 alone is extraordinary. Enjoy your day 

Sep 15, 2021 04:12 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning again, James... now that's what I call a hero! Can't imagine how brave and fearless he was.

Sep 15, 2021 04:28 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

He lived for action and was ahead of his time in S. Africa.

Make yourself an awesome day.


Sep 15, 2021 04:39 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning James,

What a story you shared with us.  Gutsy indeed downing 27 planes.  Happy Wednesday. A

Sep 15, 2021 05:04 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Another one that began at the age of 14, seems too young to be beginning a career, haha.

Sep 15, 2021 06:08 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello James - rather amazing story and as Brian England mentioned starting so young too.  

Sep 15, 2021 06:32 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Sep 15, 2021 08:13 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

That was a great story of a another military hero! Nice to see his heroics were recognized. Too bad he died at such a young age!

Sep 15, 2021 10:17 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- those are remarkable stats!!!!  We need to learn more about these military heroes. 

Sep 15, 2021 11:57 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good evening James! That is one brave and highly skilled pilot

Sep 15, 2021 08:02 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow that is an amazing story and recap of his heroic journey through the war, Endre

Sep 15, 2021 10:33 PM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Now that's an ACE! Wow, the stories he could tell.

Sep 16, 2021 05:50 AM
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

James Dray  I'm sending this to my history buff husband.  Let's see if he knows about this ace!

Sep 16, 2021 10:56 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear James,

Was he a Brit then? I am not sure how he jumped from South Africa to the front lines of WWII.

Sep 19, 2021 08:12 AM
John Juarez

South Africa used to be a British Colony.

Nov 27, 2021 08:51 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

What an amazing flying career was had by Adolph Gysbert Malam. He served his country well at a time of high need.

Nov 27, 2021 08:46 AM