Group Captain F. C. Carling-Kelly, AFC
SAC 1929-1930

C172 Group Captain Fitzroy Cavendish Carling-Kelly was born in Toronto, 1911 and graduated from St. Andrew's College in 1930. He graduated from Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario in 1934 and enlisted in the Artillery.

  • Switched from Artillery to Royal Canadian Air Force; 
  • Commissioned in Toronto, 13 June 1935. 
  • Awarded wings, 26 May 1936. 
  • Went overseas, February 1940 with No. 110 Squadron
  • Repatriated to Canada, 1941. 
  • Posted overseas again in June 1944. 
  • Joined No. 428 Squadron
  • Shot down by fighter and taken prisoner, 28 January 1945 during attack on Stuttgart - three others of his crew baled out safely. 
  • Postwar air attache to Paris, NATO officer and commander of No.1 Auxiliary Group. 
  • Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 as a Group Captain. 
  • Retired 1957. 
  • As of award, had completed 2,650 flying hours to date, 1,600 hours as instructor, 70 hours in previous six months.  Award presented 1 April 1949.
Air Force Cross
"At the outbreak of the European War, this officer, already an experienced flying instructor, was deputy Chief Flying Instructor at Camp Borden.  Since that time, he has held such key training positions as Officer Commanding of a Central Flying School Visiting Flight, Chief Flying Instructor of Central Flying School, Officer Commanding Central Flying School, and Commanding Officer of No.1 Service Flying Training School.  By his untiring efforts and devotion to the task of pilot training, he has set an excellent example to all flying instructors.  he has made a significant contribution to the pilot training programme of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan which is deserving of the highest praise." 
Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that
date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946