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Frank Robert Miller
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Air Chief Marshal Frank R Miller
Born (1908-04-30)April 30, 1908
Died October 20, 1997(1997-10-20) (aged 89)
Place of birth Kamloops, British Columbia
Place of death Charlottesville, Virginia
Allegiance  Canada
Service/branch Air Force Ensign of Canada (1941-1968).svg Royal Canadian Air Force / Canadian Forces
Years of service 1931–1955, 1960-1966
Rank Air Chief Marshal
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of Canada
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Canadian Forces Decoration
Other work Deputy Minister of National Defence

Air Chief Marshal[1] Frank Robert Miller, CC, CBE, CD (April 30, 1908 – October 20, 1997) was a Canadian airman, the last Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff in 1964, the first Chief of the Defence Staff from 1964 until 1966, and Deputy Minister of National Defence.

Military career

Frank Robert Miller was born in Kamloops, British Columbia on April 30, 1908 to Hedley Miller and his wife Mary. After completing his education at the University of Alberta (where he gained a BSc) Miller joined the Royal Canadian Air Force at Camp Borden on September 15, 1931.[2] From May 1942 Miller commanded the Air Navigation School at Rivers, Manitoba.[2] He then commanded the General Reconnaissance School on Prince Edward Island before moving to the Air Force Headquarters where he served as Director of Training Plans and Requirements.[2]

In 1944 Miller, by then an air commodore, was posted to England and on September 19 he took up command of RAF Bomber Command's No. 61 Base in North Yorkshire. No 61 Base was headquartered at Topcliffe and commanded the RAF establishments at Dalton, Dishforth and Wombleton. On November 9 Millar's command was redesignated No. 76 Base and Gamston in Nottinghamshire was added as a subordinate unit. On January 13, 1945 Miller took up command of No. 63 Base which was responsible for RAF Leeming (headquarters) and RAF Skipton-on-Swale.[3]

After the war, Miller served in several senior positions in the Royal Canadian Air Force. From 1951 to 1954 Miller was Vice-Chief of the Air Staff and he was then posted to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe as General Lauris Norstad’s Vice-Deputy Air.[2] Gaining promotion to air marshal in 1955 he then retired from the RCAF at Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent's request to serve in the senior civil service position of Deputy Minister of National Defence, remaining in post until 1957.[2] He then became Deputy Commander-in-Chief NORAD.[2] In 1960 he was appointed Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff gaining promotion to air chief marshal on 1 September 1961.[2] Three years later he become the first Chief of the Defence Staff, serving from 1964 until 1966.[2]

In 1972 Miller was made a Companion of the Order of Canada. He died in 1997.[2]

Academic qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  • Doctor of Laws (LL.D.)

References and notes

  1. This rank was used during the existence of the Royal Canadian Air Force and replaced with the rank of general in 1968 with the unification of the Canadian Forces. Miller was the only Canadian air chief marshal to hold the rank in an active capacity. The only other Canadian air chief marshal was Lloyd Samuel Breadner who was granted the rank on retirement.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Air Chief Marshal Frank Miller - A civilian & military leader
  3. RAF.web

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Military offices
Preceded by
J L Hurley
Air Officer Commanding No. 61 Base
September – November 1944
Base disestablished on renumbering as No. 76 Base
New title
Base established by renumbering No. 61 Base
Air Officer Commanding No. 76 Base
November 1944 – January 1945
Succeeded by
J G Kerr
Preceded by
J G Bryans
Air Officer Commanding No. 63 Base
January – May 1945
Succeeded by
J G Kerr
Preceded by
Unknown
Air Officer Commanding Maintenance Command
June 1946 – August 1948
Succeeded by
R E McBurney
As AOC Air Materiel Command
Preceded by
Unknown
Air Member Operations and Training
1949 – 1951
Succeeded by
Unknown
Preceded by
Unknown
Vice-Chief of the Air Staff
1951 – 1954
Succeeded by
C R Dunlap
Government offices
Preceded by
Charles Drury
Deputy Minister of National Defence
1955 – 1960
Succeeded by
Elgin Armstrong
Military offices
Preceded by
Charles Foulkes
Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff
1960 – 1964
Committee replaced by the Armed Forces Council
Preceded by
Creation of position
Chief of the Defence Staff
1964 - 1966
Succeeded by
J.V. Allard


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