Biography

Birth date: 31 May 1907
Final rank: Group Captain
Service number: 260226 (O210084); Group Captain - Second World War, 1939-1945
226 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • 1 Wing RAAF
  • No. 3 Squadron

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards : Officer of the Order of the British Empire

  • Unit: 1 Wing RAAF
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: No. 3 Squadron
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

008319

1941-06-06. LYDDA. BLAKE PELLY, SQUADRON LEADER OF THE NEWLY FORMED AUSTRALIAN SQUADRON IN THE MIDDLE EAST, AND LATE FLT. LT. OF THE FAMOUS NO. 3 RAAF SQUADRON MEETS AN OLD FRIEND FROM THE HOME TOWN, (BOWRAL), R. MASLYN WILLIAMS, OF THE OFFICIAL PHOTO UNIT.... BOTH ON THE WAY TO SYRIA ON...

008319

008322

1941-06-06. LYDDA. FLT. LT. BLAKE PELLY OF NO. 3 SQUADRON RAAF WHO IS AT PRESENT 21C OF THE SQUADRON. BY THE TIME THIS REACHES AUSTRALIA HE WILL BE SQUADRON LEADER OF THE NEWLY ARRIVED 451 SQUADRON MADE UP OF AUSTRALIAN TRAINED PERSONNEL LED CHIEFLY EXPERIENCED MEN FROM NUMBER 5 SQUADRON. (NEGATIVE...

008322

P01254.006

Three CAC Wirraway aircraft of No 2 Service Flying Training School RAAF station Wagga in formation during a flight in the Wagga area. Aircraft A20-78 is piloted by Flight Lieutenant Blake-Pelly, A20-82 by Flight Lieutenant R C Cresswell and A20-101 is piloted by Victor Wood.

P01254.006

P02251.005

Uranquinty, NSW. c. 1943-09. Three Commonwealth Aircraft Factory (CAC) Wirraway Aircraft flying in formation over the countryside near Wagga. The three belonged to No. 5 Service Flying Training School (5SFTS) and are numbered A20-82 (piloted by Flight Lieutenant R. C. Cresswell), A20-78 (piloted by...

P02251.005

Timeline

Date of birth 1907-05-31
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1939
Other units 1939 No 3 Squadron.
Date promoted 1939-09-01 Pilot officer.
Date promoted 1940-06-01 Flight lieutenant.
Other units 1941 No 3 Squadron.
Other units 1941-06-13 Temporary Commanding Officer No 451 Squadron.
Other units 1942 RAAF School of Army Air Co-operation.
Date promoted 1942-01-01 Acting squadron leader.
Date promoted 1942-01-01 Squadron leader.
Date promoted 1942-10-01 Acting wing commander.
Other units 1943 Commanding Officer No 73 Wing Headquarters.
Other units 1943 No 71 Wing Headquarters.
Other units 1943 RAAF Station Canberra.
Other units 1944 Assistant Senior Air Staff Officer RAAF Command.
Date promoted 1944-02-01 Acting group captain.
Other units 1945 American Army Air Force Staff Course.
Other units 1945 Director Tactical and Operational requirements RAAF Headquarters.
Other units 1945 Director of Operations RAAF Headquarters.