My father servied in the RAF as a leading aircraft man in Singapore from 1941 to 1942 when he sailed from Singapore days before the fall. He sailed to Sumatra / Java then on to India to Ambala. He was in 100sqd, the 36sqd then No 4 AACU at RAF Tengah.
He mentioned being in convoy of 3 ships, the ship in front of the convoy was sunk, as was the one at the back, my fathers ship was originally intended to sail to Australia, but the Captain turned it around and headed for India.
Could it be possible they served at the same base, sailed out on the same ships?
His name was Harry Pollitt
Happy to share what details I have if you can give any more details.