Clifford Sanderson

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Sir Clifford Sanderson
Born 19 February 1898
Wandsworth, London, England
Died 28 January 1976
Hove, Sussex, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Years of service 1916–1955
Rank Air Marshal
Commands held No. 19 Squadron
RAF Ramlah
AHQ Burma
AHQ Malaya
Far East Air Force
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Marshal Sir (Alfred) Clifford Sanderson KBE, CB, DFC (19 February 1898 – 28 January 1976) was a British Royal Air Force officer who became Air Officer Commanding Far East Air Force.

RAF career[edit]

Educated at Dulwich College, Sanderson joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1916 during World War I.[1] He transferred to the newly formed Royal Air Force at the end of the War and was made Officer Commanding No. 19 Squadron in 1931.[1] He was appointed Station Commander at RAF Ramlah in 1938 and served in World War II as Senior Air Staff Officer at Headquarters RAF Palestine and Transjordan and then at RAF Mediterranean before becoming Air Officer Administration at Air Headquarters Egypt.[1] He continued his war service as Director of War Organisation and then as Director of Administrative Plans at the Air Ministry.[1] He was seriously injured in an air crash in February 1945.[2]

After the War he was appointed Air Officer Commanding Air Headquarters Burma and then Air Officer Administration at Headquarters Air Command Far East.[1] He went on to be Air Officer Commanding Air Headquarters Malaya in 1948 and Director-General of Personnel at the Air Ministry in 1949.[1] He became Air Officer Commanding Far East Air Force in 1952 before retiring in 1955.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Francis Fogarty
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Far East Air Force
Succeeded by
Sir Francis Fressanges