As a youngster in Cape Breton, Dunlap's imagination was fired by a nearby seaplane base and by memories of Baddeck, where the Silver Dart had flown. He joined the RCAF in 1928, specializing in aerial photography and then in air armament. Posted overseas in 1942, he commanded No 331 Wing in 1943, carrying out operations from Tunisia. He was the first RCAF officer to command a British operational bomber wing: his No 139 Wing participated in daylight raids from England against V-1 launching sites in Germany 1943-44, and Dunlap himself flew 35 operational sorties. A trim, competent, principled officer with a pleasant personality, he rose steadily after the war, serving as commandant of the National Defence College 1951-54, and vice-chief of the air staff 1954-58, before becoming chief of the air staff 1962-64, and deputy commander in chief of NORAD 1964-67. He retired in 1968.
- MLA 8TH EDITION
- Hillmer, Norman. "Clarence Rupert Dunlap". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 22 September 2017, Historica Canada. www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/clarence-rupert-dunlap. Accessed 28 November 2023.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- Hillmer, N. (2017). Clarence Rupert Dunlap. In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/clarence-rupert-dunlap
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- Hillmer, Norman. "Clarence Rupert Dunlap." The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published November 04, 2007; Last Edited September 22, 2017.
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Clarence Rupert Dunlap," by Norman Hillmer, Accessed November 28, 2023, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/clarence-rupert-dunlap
Clarence Rupert Dunlap
Article by Norman Hillmer
Published Online November 4, 2007
Last Edited September 22, 2017