​ A fine Second World War East Africa Armoured Cars, Italy and Yugoslavia Pilot’s group awarded to Lieutenant P.L. Du Bruyn, South African Air Force, late South African Tank Corps, who saw service in East Africa with the 1st Armoured Car Company from December 1940 to September 1941, and having transferred to the South African Air Force, he underwent pilot training from January 1942, being commission and attached to the Royal Air Force from August 1943, and then saw operational service with 21 SAAF Squadron in Italy in June 1944, flying from Ca

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A fine Second World War East Africa Armoured Cars, Italy and Yugoslavia Pilot’s group awarded to Lieutenant P.L. Du Bruyn, South African Air Force, late South African Tank Corps, who saw service in East Africa with the 1st Armoured Car Company from December 1940 to September 1941, and having transferred to the South African Air Force, he underwent pilot training from January 1942, being commission and attached to the Royal Air Force from August 1943, and then saw operational service with 21 SAAF Squadron in Italy in June 1944, flying from Campmarino, south east of Termoli, piloting transport / light bomber aircraft till the end of the war, including operations over Yugoslavia.
 
Group of 6: 1939-1945 Star; Africa Star; Italy Star; Defence Medal; War Medal; Africa Service Medal 1939-1945, all named in officially impressed South African issue style; (79879 P.L. DU BRUYN), mounted swing style as worn.
Condition: Good Very Fine.

Philippus Lodemicus Du Bruyn was born on 8th July 1919 in Nigel, Transvaal, and worked as a reduction worker in the mines. With the outbreak of the Second World War, Du Bruyn enlisted into the Union Defence Force as a Private (No.79879) with the Cape Armoured Training Depot on 30th September 1939, and then transferred to the South African Tank Corps in June 1940, being promoted to Acting Corporal on 27th September 1940, he then joined the 1st Armoured Car Company on 14th October 1940.

Having disembarked in Mombassa for service in East Africa from 15th December 1940, and then contracted a gastric ulcer, which necessitated treatment, and he arrived back in South Africa in September 1941. Having recovered, he was transferred back to the Cape Armoured Training Depot in October 1941, and then saw service with the headquarters at Pretoria.
Du Bruyn transferred into the South African Air Force on 19th January 1942 as a pupil pilot, and then underwent pilot training with No.21 Air School, before commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in June 1943, and being posted for service with the Royal Air Force on 21st August 1943, and embarking for the United Kingdom on 31st August 1943.
Promoted to Lieutenant on 26th December 1943, and having ceased attachment to the Royal Air Force, then  joined 21 SAAF Squadron in Italy in June 1944, and then operated from Campmarino, south east of Termoli, piloting transport / light bomber aircraft till the end of the war, including operations over Yugoslavia. Du Bruyn returned to South Africa on 10th July 1945, and was discharged on 9th February 1946. Full medal entitlement confirmed.