I have just very recently purchased the newest book ” SAILOR in the SKY ” published in 2019 by Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd in London.
What makes this book exceptional is that it has been written by a South African Graham Jooste who attended the South African Nautical College. ” GENERAL BOTHA ” during 1952-1953. During the time there he often had the name of Adolph Gysbert Malan in his thoughts and decided to find out everything he could about this exceptionally well know South African Royal Airforce Pilot.
In his book he has not only told the story of Sailor Malan but has also tried to interweave certain happenings that occurred during that period so as to give readers a broader view of those history-making days. In addition he has also brought the boys that graduated during the same time as Sailor Malan from the old training ship General Botha.
As a Trustee of the Spitfire Society Trust ZA I must say that I have been a fanatical studier of the SPITFIRE as well as the 26 South African Pilots that joined the Royal Air Force and flew in The Battle of Britain. I have many books on the subject and I must say that this book by Graham Jooste is to me the best book ever written about ” Sailor ” Malan. It covers and includes section of his life and times that readers will be more than interested to learn about this very special gentleman and that his co RAF Pilots, and in this regard Air Vice Marshal Johnnie Johnson said, ” He was the outstanding fighter pilot of the 1939-1945 war. His inspired leadership, added to his gunnery and implacable determination made him second to none, a fact acknowledged by us all.”
I could add a lot more comments but will leave it up to you all to purchase this book. It is a MUST for you to acquire, you will be more than satisfied and that this book will take pride of place on your bookshelf. What to me is amazing that 80 years after the Battle of Britain that writers are still writing books about this incredible gentleman.
Well done Graham K. Jooste. You can be very proud of having done so much research containing new content never before written and published about our famous pilot. Thank You.
Until the next time.