Claude Bernard Raymond Pelly
|Born||19 August 1902|
Great Malvern, Worcestershire, England
|Died||12 August 1972 (aged 69)|
Deben, Suffolk, England
|Service/||Royal Air Force|
|Years of service||1920–1959|
|Rank||Air chief marshal|
|Commands held||RAF Middle East Air Force (1953–56)|
Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment (1946–48)
|Battles/wars||Second World War|
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire|
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Mentioned in dispatches (3)
Claude Pelly started his Air Force career at the RAF College Cranwell in 1920. In 1931 he was deployed to Iraq where he became Air Liaison Officer earning the Military Cross "for distinguished service rendered in the field in connection with military operations in Northern Kurdistan, Iraq during the period December 1931 to June 1932." He served in World War II initially as Head of Intelligence at Headquarters Air Component of the British Expeditionary Force and then as Senior Air Staff Officer for the Desert Air Force.
After the War he became Commandant of the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment and then Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Technical/Operational Requirements) before joining the Directing Staff at the Imperial Defence College in 1951. He went on to be Commander-in-Chief RAF Middle East Air Force in 1953 and Controller of Aircraft at the Ministry of Supply in 1956. Pelly was appointed Aide-de-camp to the Queen in 1957 and retired as an air chief marshal in 1959.
In 1930 he married Margaret Ogilvie Spencer; they had three sons and one daughter.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Claude Pelly (RAF officer).|
- New Air Chief Marshals Flight International, 15 March 1957
- "No. 33984". The London Gazette. 6 October 1933. p. 6426.
- Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation – Air Chief Marshal Sir Claude Pelly
- The Peerage.com – Air Chief Marshal Sir Claude Bernard Raymond Pelly