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Pulford, Conrad Walter Heath (1892-1942)


Photograph of C.W.H.
          Pulford

Australian War Memorial #040533

Pulford was originally commissioned in the Royal Navy, where he won the 1919 Dunning Cup for experimental work on airborne torpedo attacks. He transferred to the Royal Air Force in 1920. He was decorated in 1926 for leading the RAF Cape Flight of four Fairey IIIDs in a record setting flight from Cairo to Cape Town.

Pulford was already in poor health when he appointed air vice marshal in command of RAF Far East Command in March 1941. Witnesses report that he was near mental collapse by the time Singapore fell. He was authorized to escape from Singapore on 5 February 1942, but delayed ten days, finally departing in a motor boat with nineteen other high-ranking officers and staff. The group was stranded on Tjebia Island (105.268E 1.211S), and Pulford perished from exhaustion and malaria.

Service record

1892

Born
1905

Naval cadet
1910
Midshipman
BB Russell
1912-9-15
Acting sublieutenant     
BC Lion
1914-12-15
Lieutenant
CV Ark Royal
1915-3-26
Flight lieutenant
RNAS Chingford
1916-6-30
Flight commander
CV Ark Royal
1917-12-31     
Squadron commander

1918-14-1
Major

1919-8-1
Squadron leader
210 Squadron
1920-9-28

Commander, 210 Squadron
1922-4-3

RAF Staff College
1923-5-1

Directorate of Training
1925-7-1
Wing commander

1925-8-17

HQ Coastal Area
1925-11-6     

Commander, RAF Cape Flight
1926-9-1

Officer Commanding - Flying, CV Furious
1929-1-14

Imperial Defense College
1929-12-15

Commander, 7 Squadron
1931-4-9

Commander, RAF Bircham Newton
1932-7-1
Group captain

1932-11-4

Commander, RAF Heliopolis
1934-10-1

Commander, Air Armament School
1936-7-1
Air commander

1936-9-14

Superintendent of the Reserve
1937-12

Commander, 26 (Training) Group
1938-8-15

Director, Volunteer Reserve Expansion
1939-4-1
Air vice marshal

1939-8-31

HQ Reserve Command
1941-3-6

Commander, RAF Far East Command
1942-3-10     

Dies from exposure

References

Barrass (2012-8-24; accessed 2014-3-8)

Gilbert (1989)

Thompson (2005)


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