D.F.M. group (E11R) for Malaya, 48 Squadron, a Valetta pilot who was killed in a flying accident and his medal presented to his next of kin

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Medal Description

Distinguished Flying Medal, (E11R), (3504359 Sgt. C. A. Cornford, R.A.F.), Naval General Service clasp, Palestine 1945-48 (P/JX. 721797 C. A. Cornford, A.B., R.N.), General Service  clasp, Malaya, E.II.R. (3504359 Sgt. C. A. Cornford, R.A.F.) 

D.F.M. London Gazette 6/3/1953.

The recommendation states.

‘Sergeant Cornford joined No. 48 Squadron in January 1951. During the 22 months which have elapsed since then he has flown 200 hours in direct support of the Emergency Force operating against the terrorists. On many occasions, he has had the task of supplying units located in dense jungle in the mountainous interior of Central Malaya. Frequently the weather conditions have been adverse and the ordinary difficulties of locating and supplying these small and dangerously situated dropping zones have been greatly accentuated. There have also been occasions when the task has been further aggravated by technical difficulties in his aircraft. On each and every occasion, Sergeant Cornford has dropped the supplies with a high degree of skill and accuracy. In the course of his route flying duties, he has many times been confronted with difficult circumstances and, on these occasions as on all others, he has met adversity with an outstanding degree of determination, without which the tasks could not have been completed. Sergeant Cornford started his tour as a junior and inexperienced pilot. By his determination, courage and patience, he has made himself an outstanding operational supply dropper who has done much to maintain the very high reputation of the supply dropping crews with the ground forces.’

Clifford Albert Cornford, b. 19/8/1927,   joined from the Air Training Corps around 1948-49 passing out as a Sergeant  Pilot, licence no. 26491, 8 May 1940 (sic) (presumably a typo for 1950 as 12 year old RAF pilots might be considered unusual) shown as residing 15 Saxony Road, Worthing.  At the time of being recommended for his D.F.M., he had completed 1402 hours flying time, 1024 of these hours being  to his time in Malaya.

On 7th May 1953, Sergeant Cornford took off from Hullavington R.A.F. station was lost 25 miles off Hartland Point in Valetta T Mk 3 WG258, together with 3 crew and 6 student pilots. His body was not recovered.

A remarkable combination of medals though his father Clifford Arthur Cornford b. 1891 had enl. in the R. Navy in  March 1918 (RNAS) and R.A.F. April 1918. A carpenter by trade he was listed as a builder 1930

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