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The Papers of Air Vice Marshal Sir Victor Hubert Tait

Title The Papers of Air Vice Marshal Sir Victor Hubert Tait
Reference GBR/0014/TAIT
Creator Tait, Sir Victor Hubert, 1892-1988, Knight, Air Vice-Marshal
Covering Dates 1917–1945
Extent and Medium 2 archive boxes
Repository Churchill Archives Centre
Content and context

Victor Hubert Tait was born on 8 July 1892, the son of Samuel Tait. He was educated at the University of Manitoba. Tait married three times: his third wife was Nancy Muecke.

Tait entered the Canadian Army in 1914-17, serving with the Royal Flying Corps and the RAF, 1917-45. Tait's positions included Director of Radar and Director-General of Signals at the Air Ministry (1942-45) and Operations Director for British Overseas Airways Corporation (1945-56); Chairman of various companies including International Airadio Ltd (1945-63), Lindley Thompson Transformer Co. (1959-66), Ultra Electronics Ltd.

His honours and awards included the Order of the Nile (Egypt), 1936, the Order of Merit (USA), 1945, OBE 1938, CB 1943 and KBE 1944.

Tait died on November 27 1988.

Material relating to Tait's service career, mainly to his time in Egypt.

Presented to Churchill College by Air Chief Marshal Sir Kenneth Cross in March 1995.

The Papers are owned by Churchill College, Cambridge.

Access and Use

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Churchill Archives Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. A prior appointment and two forms of identification are required.

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts must obtain prior permission from the copyright holder and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Please cite as Churchill Archives Centre, The Papers of Air Vice Marshal Sir Victor Hubert Tait, TAIT

Further information

A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, the National Register of Archives, London, and on the JANUS website, http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk.

This catalogue was compiled by Roberta Johnson at Churchill Archives Centre in January 2001. The introduction was prepared by Natalie Adams, using biographical information obtained from Tait's entry in Who Was Who.

Index Terms
Air Force Personnel
Tait, Sir Victor Hubert (1892-1988) Knight, Air Vice-Marshal
Churchill/TAIT contains:
1 Bomb throwing instructor's certificate belonging to Tait (1917); photographs of places visited by Tait e.g.: the pyramids in the Egypt; brief summary of Tait's life up until 1966; list of British Officials in the Egyptian Service (1939).
1 folder.
2 Photographs. Photographs of squadron personnel and aircraft in Paris; ; photographs of a tiger-moth plane and the other planes used by the REAF – Royal Egyptian Air Force; photograph of Lord Trenchard and Tait; "Le deuil des ailes egyptiennes"- French book commemorating the lives of 2 Egyptians (1933); Group photograph.
1 folder.
3 Photographs. Photographs of machinery (1925 - 28); photographs of a RAF van; photograph of a tank; group photograph (1945).
1 folder.
4 Tait's photograph scrapbook including photos taken in Gallipoli and the area of Turkey.
1 volume.
March 1933-July 1933
5 Scrapbook, compiled by Tait; photographs and press cuttings.
1 volume.
6 Edition of an Egyptian newspaper including a letter to Maitre Abasa.
1 folder.
7 Photographs of tanks and fighter planes; group photographs; and photographs of machinery (not dated).
1 folder.
ca. 1930-ca. 1934
8 Papers relating to Tait's career. File giving details of Tait's promotion from Air Staff Officer to Squadron Leader; details of Tait's recommendation; reports on Tait by his Army Officials (1932 - 36); statements and the findings of the jury on the case concerning Tait's accident in 1936; essay on "Employment and Probable Development of Air Force Signal Commandment"; 3 lectures on "Signal Organisation in the Royal Air Force" (one given each year from 1924-26).
1 folder.

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