Lieutenant-General William (Bill) Carr, CMM, DFC, OStJ, CD
1923 – 2020
Edit of an RCAF Article By Emily Lindahl
On October 14, 2020 the Royal Canadian Air Force said goodbye to one of its most influential leaders. Referred to as the father of the modern Canadian Air Force, Lieutenant-General William (Bill) Carr, CMM, DFC, OStJ, CD was born on March 19, 1923 in Grand Bank, Newfoundland before it was a part of Canada. He was 97 years old.
In a military career spanning from 1941 to 1978, he received his wings from legendary flying ace Air Marshall Billy Bishop. Beginning with his first Spitfire flight with 542 Squadron over enemy territory, to serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations) for NORAD Headquarters Colorado, to commanding the United Nations air transport operation in the Congo, LGen Carr was a pilot with a remarkable number of flying hours over the course of his aviation career. He understood the importance of air power, and experienced first-hand the effects of technological advancements.
Lt. General Barr
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