Richard Williams

RAAF Chief of the Air Staff Richard Williams

Air Marshal Sir Richard Williams KBE, CB, DSO 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 I. A proponent for air power independent of other branches of the armed services, Williams played a leading role in the establishment of the RAAF and became its first Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) in 1922.
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Sense of fear lingers in Okla. on 9/11 anniversary - The Associated Press
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11, Richard Williams felt an awkward kinship with New York and Washington. Williams, who needed 150 stitches to close wounds on the right side of his body after the Oklahoma City bombing and lost dozens of colleagues and friends in the attack,
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ON TENNIS; Madison Keys Is Among U.S. Youngsters Following Williams Sisters
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The story goes that 4-year-old Madison Keys picked up a racket for the first time because she liked the way Venus Williams looked in her stylish tennis dress. Twelve years later, on the day Williams exited the scene ominously without striking a ball, Keys looked like a budding star inside a body that is well suited for 21st century women’s
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Serena Williams' dad says he doesn't care if she wins US open - as long as ... - The Daily Telegraph
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Source: AFP Richard Williams is not worried about whether his daughter Serena will win the US Open - he's just happy she's alive. Normally brash with his predictions, Richard Williams is just happy his youngest daughter is alive after surviving last
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New Jersey men charged - Towanda Daily Review
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The state police charges follow additional charges against Richard Williams made July 20 by Athens Borough police. Richard Williams was arrested and charged with theft by deception and deceptive business practices in response to two complaints made by
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With Williams Sisters as Model, Prospect Tries to Find Her Way - New York Times
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Taylor Townsend, 15, lost in qualifying but impressed Richard Williams: “I think she's better than my daughters at that time.” By JORGE CASTILLO The scene in Flushing was familiar: a female African-American player with a loud, aggressive playing style
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Fire-Damaged Church Committed to Outreach - 13WHAM-TV
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Rochester , NY - Pastor of True Gospel World Wide, Richard Williams was out of town when he got the news his church was on fire. "It was hurting to know that the building was burned and we couldn't feed them [the needy] from the inside,” said Williams
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SPECIAL REPORT: FORMULA ONE; The Transcendent Life of Ayrton Senna, From Track to Screen
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When Ayrton Senna died at the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola on May 1, 1994, the BBC racing commentator Murray Walker predicted that the Brazilian driver would become ''a legend which will grow and grow as coming generations appreciate his achievements.'' With Formula One preparing for the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend, 20 years after the
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Family Members, Injured Trooper Recount Deadly Standoff - WNEP-TV
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State Trooper Richard Williams said he is thankful the bullet that hit him during file this standoff in Brodheadsville was part of shotgun pellet, not another type of ammunition. "I was really shocked he would fire upon a marked state police vehicle
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Richard Williams home-made U-boat sailing an English canal - Daily Mail
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Complete with periscope and dummy torpedoes, U-8047 is the creation of 51-year-old Richard Williams. This Captain Birdseye lookalike is a former mobility scooter salesman who has spent more than £50000 building what, of late, has proved to be something
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  • 1980
    Age 89
    Died on February 7, 1980.
  • 1977
    Age 86
    In 1977, Williams published his memoirs, These Are Facts, described in 2001 as "immensely important if idiosyncratic... the only substantial, worthwhile record of service ever written by an RAAF chief of staff". Sir Richard Williams died in Melbourne on 7 February 1980.
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  • 1954
    Age 63
    He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the 1954 New Year Honours, the year before he retired from the Director-Generalship of Civil Aviation.
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  • 1942
    Age 51
    When Air Chief Marshal Burnett completed his term in 1942, Williams was once more considered for the role of CAS.
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  • 1940
    Age 49
    Goble had succeeded Williams as Chief of the Air Staff for the last time but clashed with the Federal government over implementation of the Empire Air Training Scheme and stepped down in early 1940.
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  • 1939
    Age 48
    When war broke out in September 1939, Williams was Air Officer in charge of Administration at RAF Coastal Command, a position he had held since February that year, following a brief posting to the British Air Ministry.
    In 1939 Williams was dismissed from his post as CAS and "effectively banished overseas", following publication of the Ellington Report that January.
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  • 1937
    Age 46
    A series of mishaps with Hawker Demons at the end of 1937, which resulted in one pilot dying and four injured, subjected the Air Force to harsh public criticism.
  • 1936
    Age 45
    Williams encouraged the local aircraft industry as a means to further the self-sufficiency of the Air Force and Australian aviation in general. He played a personal part in the creation of the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation in November 1936, headed up by former Squadron Leader Lawrence Wackett, late of the RAAF's Experimental Section.
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  • 1935
    Age 44
    His promotion to air vice marshal on 1 January 1935 belatedly raised him to the equivalent rank of his fellow Chiefs of Staff in the Army and Navy.
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  • 1933
    Age 42
    Williams again handed over the reins of CAS to Goble in 1933 to attend the Imperial Defence College in London, resuming his position in June 1934.
  • 1932
    Age 41
    According to Williams, only after 1932 was the independence of the Air Force assured.
  • 1927
    Age 36
    Williams was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1927 King's Birthday Honours in recognition of the achievement, and promoted to air commodore on 1 July the same year.
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  • 1926
    Age 35
    In 1926, Williams mandated the use of parachutes for all RAAF aircrew.
  • 1924
    Age 33
    The young Air Force was a small organisation with the atmosphere of a flying club, although several pioneering flights were made by its members. Goble had commanded the first circumnavigation of Australia by air in 1924 while he was CAS.
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    He had visited the Irvin Air Chute Company while in the US during 1924 and recommended purchase at the time, but a backlog of orders for the RAF meant that the Australian equipment took almost two years to arrive.
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  • 1922
    Age 31
    The position of First Air Member was replaced by Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) in October 1922.
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  • 1921
    Age 30
    Williams proposed an ensign for the AAF in July 1921, based on the Royal Air Force flag but featuring the five stars of the Southern Cross within the RAF roundel and the Commonwealth Star in the lower hoist quarter.
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  • 1920
    Age 29
    Upon establishment of the Australian Air Board on 9 November 1920, Williams and his fellow AAC officers dropped their army ranks in favour of those based on the Royal Air Force.
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  • 1919
    Age 28
    Appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1919 New Year Honours, Williams served as Staff Officer, Aviation, at Australian Imperial Force (AIF) headquarters in London, before returning to Australia and taking up the position of Director of Air Services at Army Headquarters, Melbourne.
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  • 1917
    Age 26
    On 5 March 1917, shortly after commencing operations with No. 1 Squadron, Williams narrowly avoided crash-landing when his engine stopped while he was bombing the railway terminus at Tel el Sheria.
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    Williams completed his RFC attachment in February 1917.
  • 1911
    Age 20
    Commissioned a second lieutenant on 8 March 1911, he joined the Permanent Military Forces the following year.
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  • 1909
    Age 18
    He enlisted in a militia unit, the South Australian Infantry Regiment, in 1909 at the age of nineteen.
  • 1890
    Born on August 3, 1890.
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