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Roderick Carr

SurnameCarr
Given NameRoderick
Born31 Aug 1891
Died15 Dec 1971
CountryNew Zealand, United Kingdom
CategoryMilitary-Air
GenderMale

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ww2dbaseCharles Roderick Carr was born in Feilding, New Zealand in 1891. He served as an airman in the British Royal Navy and British Royal Air Force during WW1. In 1919, he participated in the Russian civil war as a member of the Lithuanian Army, on the side of the anti-Bolshevists. In 1921, he was a part of Ernest Shackleton's final Antarctic expedition. He returned to the RAF in 1922. In 1927, he and L. E. M. Gillmann attempted to fly non-stop from Britain to India, but they would be forced to ditch near Bandar Abbas, Iran after running out of fuel; this flight gained them a very brief world record for flight distance, but Charles Lindbergh would beat this new record by over 200 kilometers within hours. When the European War of WW2 began in 1939, he was commanding Fleet Air Arm units aboard the carrier HMS Eagle. In 1940, he was made the commanding officer of No. 61 Group. In 1941, he was made commanding officer of No. 4 Group, and he would remain in this role for the majority of the war. Near the end of the war, he was made the Deputy Chief of Staff for Air at the Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Force, assisting in the planning of air operations in northwestern Europe. In 1946, he briefly served as Air Officer Commanding of the Royal Indian Air Force. He retired from service in 1947 and served some years in civil aviation. Carr passed away in Bampton, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom in 1971.

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Last Major Revision: Apr 2013

Roderick Carr Timeline

31 Aug 1891 Roderick Carr was born in Feilding, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand.
17 Jun 1919 Roderick Carr engaged in combat with Soviet aircraft over Puchega, Russia, shooting down one aircraft and destroying three aircraft on the ground. He would later receive a Distinguished Flying Cross medal for this action.
21 Oct 1919 Roderick Carr was removed from the active list of British Roayl Air Force.
15 Nov 1919 Roderick Carr joined the air arm of the Lithuanian Army.
19 Sep 1922 Roderick Carr was promoted to the rank of flying officer in the British Royal Air Force.
12 Feb 1923 Roderick Carr was attached to the Headquarters of Inland Area of the British Royal Air Force.
10 Jul 1926 Roderick Carr was attached to the Headquarters of Air Defence of Great Britain of the Royal Air Force.
20 May 1927 Roderick Carr and L. E. M. Gillmann departed RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire, England, United States in an attempt to fly to India without stopping.
23 May 1927 Roderick Carr and L. E. M. Gillmann's attempt to fly non-stop from Britain to India failed as they ran out of fuel and had to ditch their aircraft in the Persian Gulf near Bandar Abbas, Iran. Despite the failure, they would achieve a world record for flight distance, however.
17 Dec 1928 Roderick Carr was named a flight commander in No. 9 Squadron RAF.
27 Apr 1929 Roderick Carr became a flight instructor with the No. 4 Flight Training School in Britain.
8 Feb 1933 Roderick Carr was named the adjutant of RAF Depot Middle East at RAF Aboukir, Egypt.
8 Aug 1934 Roderick Carr was assigned to RAF Gosport, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom.
18 Jan 1937 Roderick Carr was named the commanding officer of Fleet Air Arm units aboard HMS Eagle.
26 Jan 1940 Roderick Carr was named the commanding officer of No. 61 Group RAF.
26 Jul 1941 Roderick Carr was named the commanding officer of No. 4 Group RAF.
1 Apr 1946 Roderick Carr was named the commanding officer of the Royal Indian Air Force.
7 Jan 1947 Roderick Carr became the Division Controller of the London and South East Division of the United Kingdom Ministry of Civil Aviation.
1 Feb 1947 Roderick Carr retired from military service.
14 Feb 1947 Roderick Carr was appointed King of Arms of the Order of the British Empire.
15 Dec 1971 Roderick Carr passed away in Bampton, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom.




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