Adolph Gysbert Malan, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar (24 Mar 1910 – 17 Sep 1963), better known as 'Sailor' Malan, was a famed South African WW II RAF fighter pilot who led No. 74 Sqdn RAF during the height of the Battle of Britain. Malan was known for sending German bomber pilots home with dead crews as a warning to other Luftwaffe crews. Under his leadership No. 74 became one of the RAF's best units. Malan scored 27 kills, seven shared destroyed, three probably destroyed and 16 damaged.
A portrait of the pilot and co-pilot in the cockpit of their No 149 Squadron Wellington bomber, probably at RAF Mildenhall in The pilot is David Donaldson, who was promoted to Wing Commander in 1943 at the age of Photo by Cecil Beaton
Air Vice Marshal James "Johnnie" Johnson was a noted British fighter pilot during World War II. The Royal Air Force's top scorer against the Luftwaffe, Johnnie Johnson flew throughout the war. After World War II, Johnson saw service during the Korean War.
"The average age of an RAF pilot in 1940 was The strain they were under is clearly written on the face of Squadron Leader Brian “Sandy" Lane pictured here aged He was killed in combat 2 years later." Click through for a wonderful site, Historical Times.