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									This page has details of Sgt Smulian who was a Dakota
pilot at RAF Broadwell for 512 squadron in 1944/5
This article was in a South African News Paper in January 1965

                     Phil Smulian Retires
                     Phil Smulian the “Mr Flying” of the Eastern Cape, has
                     announced his retirement from full time commercial aviation.

                     Mr Smulian founded Southern Aviation in 1947 and remained its
                     managing director until June last year, (1964) when he sold a
                     share of h is business to National Airways. He has been Port
                     Elizabeth manager of the company since.

                     Phil Smulian is probable the most experienced flying instructor
                     still active in the business in South Africa. For 17 years he has
                     been moving force behind aviation in the Eastern Cape and is
                     regarded as the doyen of South African’s flying instructors.

                He and his wife Joyce have also been closely associated with the
                Algoa Flying Club which has its premises in the Southern
Aviation hanger, Phil has served on the committee of he club for many years.

Mr Smulian’s flying career started in Britain in 1938 when he joined the Royal
Air force Volunteer reserve while a law student. In the expansion “flap” in
Britain after Munich, he became an instructor and took he full time job with
Marshall’s Flying School in Cambridge.

When the war started he stayed on instruction for a while, being commissioned in
1941. In 1942 he was posted to a glider unit as an instructor and tug pilot on
Horsa and Hamilcar troop carrying gliders. At this time he was flynig Hawker
Hectors, Whitleys and Halifaxes.

He recalls that the HBNorsas carried 28 troops, a jeep and a 6 pounder gun and
crew. The Hamilcar carried a 7 ½ ton tank and crew.

He then joined 296 Airbourne Assault Squadron, flying Whitleys, he took part in
the invasion of Sicily, dropping paratroopers. At this time he was also flying the
little known Armstrong Whitworth Albermarles, of which only 100 were built.
This aircraft largely built of wood in case German air raids crippled the British
metal industry.

Another unusual feature of this bomber-that-never-really-was was the tri-cycle
undercarriage, a revolutionary departure for British aircraft at that time,

The Sicily operation was carried out from Goubrien near Sousse in North Africa.

After being promoted Squadron Leader, Phil Smulian forked the Airborne Forces
Tactical Division. In order to get back in operations he then transferred to 512
Squadron, flying troop carrying and glider towing Dakotas (At RAF Broadwell)

He took part in the Normandy invasion and he famous airborne operation at
Arnhem. After a spell of operations he returned to the Tactical Unit until it was
taken over by Transport Command. He was demobbed on May31 1946.

In 1940 he met and married his wife Joyce and when he left he RAF he decide to
fly his wife and three children to South Africa by Rapide.

Hiss route was Southampton Rennes, Bouordeaux, Maerigene, Elmas, El Ouia,
Castel, Benito, Miserata, Benina, El Adem, Almaza, Luxor, Wadi Halfa,
Kaertouim, Malakal, Juba, Entebbe, Tabora, Kasama, Ndola, Lusaka,
Livingstone, Bulawayo, and Germiston. The trip took 11 days.

He founded Southern Aviation at Port Elizabeth, buying out and amalgamating
two rival concerns at the Bay- Sharwoods Flying services, and Haller Aviation.

Mr Smulian resigned his RAF rank to take a South African Reserve commission
when his company started training pupil pilots for the South African Air Force.

He has 9,000 accident free hours of which nearly 7,000 has been in instructional

He has flown nearly 70 different typos of aircraft from ultra Lights to heavy multi
engined types, helicopters and gliders

He was awarded the A.F.C. for his services in Training Command.

In his youth, he says he hero worshipped two pre war South African pilots Pat
Murdock and Victor Smith, who made spectacular flights across Africa. By
coincidence, he will now be working for Victor Smith who has offered him a
position ion one of his Cape Industries.

Victor Smith is still an active pilot, he owns the stagger wing biplane Beech
Traveller formerly flown by Jack Bowie (ZS-BBZ)
Phil Smulian will not be hanging up his goggles entirely. He plans to do part time
instruction with the Cape Aero Club. He will leave for Cape Town in February

512 Squadron,

A Letter of Commendation sent to Sgt Smulian in 1940

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Letter Heading

18th December 1940.

Sergeant P.K. Smulian ,


Dear Smulian,

Please accept the enclosed as a token of appreciation of the efforts which you have been
making to train the greatest number of pilots to a high standard of efficiency in the shortest
possible time.

The work is extremely important and I think represents one of the hardest day in and day out
jobs in the Service a job ;which can be so intensely interesting if the spirit which you have
shown to obtain results is maintained, and one which can be so boring if it is treated ras a
drudge with no live interest in results.

I think you know of the Company's anxiety to do everything in its power to increase the output
of pilots with the equipment and personnel available. I want to impress upon you the fact that
this enthusiasm is actuated by one desire only, namely, to do every

thing possible to win this war. I know that many may think that these efforts are for financial
gain, but I would definitely state that it is impossible for the Company or Directors to retain a
profit greater than that made or received in 1935, 1936 or 1937 owing to the 100% Excess
Profit Tax and I think you can well imagine what this means. I explain this to you at length
because I believe that it must be some encouragement for you to know thatwhatever hours you
fly, it can make no difference to the Company or the Directors and that we are therefore all
working together with the one object of bringing this War to an early conclusion.

Good luck to you and your efforts for 1941 and above'.all, spread your great, enthusiasm
throughout E.F.T.S and to all other Training Centras.


                                           Letter Signature

P. S. I congratulate you on being one of the five Instructors who have been especially
mentioned. splendid:

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