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A road commemorates Air Marshall Sir Richard Williams, the founder of the Royal Australian Air Force.

Sir Richard Williams KBE, CB, DSO (3 August 1890 – 7 February 1980) is widely regarded as the "father" of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). He was the first military pilot trained in Australia, and went on to command Australian and British fighter units in World War One.

Williams played a leading role in the establishment of the RAAF and became its first Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) in 1922. He served as CAS for thirteen years over three terms, longer than any other officer.

Location

Address:Sir Richard Williams Avenue, Adelaide Airport, 5950
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.939371
Long: 138.534223
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Road
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Military

Dedication

Front Inscription

This Avenue is named in honour of Air Mar­shal Sir Richard Williams, K.B.E., C.B., D.S.O.

Chief of Air Staff Royal Australian Air Force 1921 – 1939.

Director General Depart­ment of Civil Aviation 1946 – 1955.

Born 3rd August 1890, Moonta, South Australia.

Source: MA
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