Ronald Firth CULLIFORD


CULLIFORD, Ronald Firth

Service Number: 425129
Enlisted: 31 January 1942, Brisbane, Qld.
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: 51 Base Headquarters
Born: Miles, Qld., 7 April 1922
Home Town: Toowoomba, Toowoomba, Queensland
Schooling: Toowoomba Grammar School
Occupation: Student
Died: Flying Battle, United Kingdom, 19 April 1944, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial, Runnymede Air Forces Memorial, Toowoomba Grammar School WW2 Honour Board, Toowoomba Roll of Honour WW2, Toowoomba St Stephen's Church WW2 Memorial Tablet, Toowoomba WW2 Roll of Honour Book, Toowoomba War Memorial (Mothers' Memorial)
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Pilot Officer, SN 425129
31 Jan 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 425129, 51 Base Headquarters, Brisbane, Qld.
31 Jan 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 425129

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Norman John Smith Culliford, and of Ruth Minnia Culliford, of Toowoomba, Queensland

Pilot Officer Ronald Firth Culliford was the Second Pilot and crew member of a No. 57 Squadron Royal Air Force Lancaster III ND 475 that departed Royal Air Force Station, East Kirkby, Lincolnshire, England, to attack an enemy target in France. The aircraft crashed at Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, England, on 19th April 1944 at 1.00 am upon returning from a successful operation against an enemy target in France. His mother was notified by telegram on 25th April 1944 that he had lost his life in the crash.