Pitchforth was considered for one of the Air Ministry salaried posts in 1940 but was not appointed. Nevertheless in February 1940 he was commissioned to make twelve drawings of Civilian Defence subjects for the Ministry of Home Security, at a price of 100 guineas. He later went on to various six month contracts for the Ministries of Supply and Home Security, and later for the Admiralty, as well as additional "piece" work.
As Pitchforth had been deaf since his service in the First World War, he might be in danger when working on bombed sites as Dickey wrote "suitable precautions are being taken to prevent a good artist from being shot by an over-zealous sentry (34)".
Pitchforth produced a large volume of works for the WAAC; consequently not all references to works have been noted here. The file provides a rough outline of Pitchforth's many projects and locations trips to Birmingham, Bristol (with Harry Morley), Manchester (for factory subjects), the bombed City of London (where he saw Moore and Sutherland, see (67)); the House of Commons and Westminster Abbey. However there is no detail of his travel to the Far East with his Admiralty commission. Over all his work, Pitchforth was conscientious and hardworking, and in October 1941 the Committee took the exceptional step of awarding him an honorarium payment of 100 guineas because of the time he had given to his work.