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Old 30-05-2017, 06:31 PM   #105
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Allied Chiefs Meet In London (1944)..

Marshal of the Royal Air Force Arthur William Tedder, 1st Baron Tedder was born (11 July 1890) the son of Sir Arthur John Tedder & Emily Charlotte Tedder (née Bryson) at the Glenguin Distillery (now Glengoyne) in the Campsie Fells, north of Glasgow..Tedder spent his university years (1909–13) at Magdalene College, where he read history & spent the summer of 1912 in Berlin studying German..Tedder was promoted to lieutenant in the Dorset Regiment on 14 October 1914, and arrived back in Britain in December..In 1915 Tedder married Rosalinde Maclardy; they had two sons and a daughter..Tedder was given command of 274 Squadron, equipped with the Handley Page V/1500, the largest RAF bomber of its time, at RAF Bircham Newton in May 1919..Promoted to wing commander on 1 January 1924, Tedder became station commander at RAF Digby and Commandant of 2 Flying Training School RAF there in September..In November 1936, Tedder was appointed Air Officer Commanding (AOC) RAF Far Eastern Forces which gave him command over RAF units from Burma to Hong Kong & Borneo..At the outbreak of war in 1939, Tedder's department was transferred to the newly created Ministry of Aircraft Production - Tedder was the father of: Dick (killed in France 1940), John Michael (1926–1994; Late Purdie Professor of Chemistry, University of St. Andrews), Richard (Professor of Virology at UCL) and Mena - Tedder oversaw the buildup of the air arm in the Western Desert..One of his bombing tactics became known as the "Tedder Carpet"..He was advanced to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath on 27 November 1942 in recognition of his services in the Middle East.. Following the death of his first wife in an aircraft crash in Egypt in January 1943, Tedder married Marie (Toppy) Black (née Seton) in October 1943..

Tedder on the Italian coast in December 1943..

He was awarded the American Legion of Merit on 27 August 1943 and awarded the Grand Cross of the Polish Order of Polonia Restituta on 1 October 1943..When Operation Overlord—the invasion of France—came to be planned, Tedder was appointed Deputy Supreme Commander at SHAEF beneath General Eisenhower.. During the difficult Battle of Normandy and later, he was a critic of Montgomery's performance and advocated Montgomery's removal from command..Tedder was awarded the Soviet Order of Kutuzov (1st Class) on 28 August 1945 and promoted to Marshal of the Royal Air Force on 12 September 1945..He was granted a peerage as Baron Tedder, of Glenguin in the County of Stirling on 8 February 1946 and received the American Distinguished Service Medal on 14 June.. He moved on to become Chairman, British Joint Services Mission in Washington in January 1950 before retiring in May 1951..Tedder was the author of a highly regarded essay on the history of the Royal Navy and also composed his war memoirs..In November 1950 he was elected Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.. He also served as Chairman of the Standard Motor Company from 1954 to 1960 and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Governors of the BBC..In his later years he developed Parkinson's disease and died at his home at Banstead in Surrey on 3 June 1967 - With demolition of the 1964 New York World's Fair site completed and reseeding and reclamation finished by fair organizers, Flushing Meadows Park was turned back over to city officials...,-baron-tedder me sir, is this, uh, part of the training program?..Alert all stations and track him closely..Might I suggest, gentlemen, that this is where you should concentrate your intelligence forces...

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