DAMBUSTERS Tait, James Brian (Willie)

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Staff member
  • SURNAME
Tait
  • FORENAME
James Brian (Willie)
  • UNIT
617 Squadron,R.A.F.
  • RANK
Wing Commander
  • NUMBER
33291
  • AWARD
2nd and 3rd bar to Distinguished Service Order,bar to Distinguished Flying Cross
  • PLACE
London Gazette 22.9.1944 (2nd barDSO) 5.12.1944 (barDFC) 9.1.1945 (3rd barDSO)
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
from South Wales
born 9.12.1916
educated Wellingborough School
RAF Cranwell (Cadet - passed out 1936)
51 Squadron 1940
Flight Lt (A/Squadron Leader)
award DFC (22.10.1940)
award DSO (18.4.1941)
35 Squadron
Squadron Leader
award bar to DSO (25.7.1941)
Squadron Leader
award Mention in Despatches (24.9.1941)
10 Squadron
78 Squadron
617 Squadron 12.7.1944
Wing Commander
pilot
award 2nd and 3rd bar DSO
award bar DFC
Staff,Cyprus 1956
Commander,RAF Coningsby late 1950s
ADC to the Queen 1959
retired from RAF 1968
technical representative for ICL
managed a haulage company
investment adviser,Scottish Widows until 1981
married Betty (WAAF Officer) 1945 (died 1995) (3 children)
died 31.8.2007
 
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