Adolph Malan Quotes

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

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Adolph Malan


Go in quickly - Punch Hard - Get out!

Adolph Malan


Whilst shooting think of nothing else; brace the whole of the body; have both hands on the stick; concentrate on your ring sight.

Adolph Malan


INITIATIVE, AGGRESSION, AIR DISCIPLINE, and TEAM WORK are words that MEAN something in Air Fighting.

Adolph Malan


Height gives you the initiative.

Adolph Malan


Make your decisions promptly. It is better to act quickly even though your tactics are not the best.

Adolph Malan


Fire short bursts of 1 to 2 seconds and only when your sights are definitely 'ON.'

Adolph Malan


Never fly straight and level for more than 30 seconds in the combat area.

Adolph Malan


Always keep a sharp lookout. "Keep your finger out"!

Adolph Malan


Always turn and face the attack.

Adolph Malan


When diving to attack always leave a proportion of your formation above to act as top guard.

Adolph Malan