Caesar Hull: The Hurricane ‘Wizard’

In the February 2010 issue of FlyPast, Norman Franks looked at the remarkable flying career of Rhodesian-born Caesar Hull

One of the most famous of the RAF’s early fighter pilots, Sqn Ldr Caesar Hull was well-known even before the start of the Battle of Britain. By the time that pivotal conflict began, he had already seen action over Scotland and in Norway, had been awarded the DFC and received a Mention in Despatches.

Caesar Hull DFC.
Caesar Hull DFC. Via Norman Franks

Caesar was born at Leachdale Farm, Shangani, Southern Rhodesia, where his father raised cattle and grew maize. After leaving school in South Africa, his first job was with a mining company, by which time the family farm had moved to Herefords in Swaziland.

In 1935 he boxed for the Springboks in the British Empire Games in the UK. Upon his return home, he spoke of his new-found love for England and was determined to go back.

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