"His dedication to the development of civil and military aviation together with his exceptional organizational skills and desire for perfection have been of outstanding benefit to Canadian aviation.”
Robert Leckie joined the Royal Naval Air Service in 1915, after learning to fly at the Curtiss Aviation School, Toronto. He was later posted to RNAS Station Great Yarmouth where he flew HS-2L Curtiss flying boats for the duration of the war. Leckie had a reputation as an outstanding fighter pilot during the First World War.
He flew attacks on Zeppelins, anti-submarine patrols, and had the reputation for flying in the worst North Sea weather. In 1919, with the rank of Wing Commander, he began working for the Canadian Air Board as Director of Flying Operations where he laid the ground work for the future development of trans-Canada air mail and passenger services.
In 1944, he was promoted to the position of Air Marshal and appointed Chief of the Air Staff. In this position he gave dedicated service and exhibited unmatched leadership qualities during the final year of the war and immediate post war years.
Born: 16 Apr 1890, Glasgow, Scotland
Died: 31 Mar 1975
Awards: CB, DSO, DSC, DFC, CD