Adolph Gysbert Malan DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar (24 March 1910 – 17 September 1963), better known as Sailor Malan, was a South African fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force (RAF), who led No. 74 Squadron RAF during the height of the Battle of Britain. Under his leadership No. 74 Squadron became one of the RAF's best units. Malan scored 27 kills, seven shared destroyed, three probably destroyed and 16 damaged.
Malan survived the war to become involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his country. His younger brother, Francis ("George") Malan, was killed flying with No. 72 Squadron RAF as a Spitfire pilot in Tunisia, on 26 April 1943.
Last I was in a discussion, there was controversy about the underside of Malan's Spitfire. At the time there wasn't any photos to confirm one way or the other. Some say the colour was actually sky or sky blue in accordance with the orders issued. Others say with the paint shortage of sky it may have stayed black and white halves. As for the roundels, there was a period when none were painted on the underside. Malan's Spitfire could have been during this period.
Interesting South African releases of late... I wonder how many of my fellow ZSs would want one of these... For me I'm wondering 1/48... The old Corgi one is very old indeed... I do like my 74 Sqn. Spooks...
Seeing it's split run mate on ebay from a Chinese seller now, but not this one.
Don't have an HM Spit, want a BOB version with a pilot of notoriety. This is about as good as it gets with Malan in the corrected top colors.
I read that Robert Shaw's character in the Battle of Britain movie was based on Malan.
Funny I have the 21st Century Toys 1:18 version of this, haven't taken it out of the box because it's so big, but on a web pic it shows the roundels on the black and white wing bottoms though someone could have added decals like they do sometimes.