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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Goddard
Title
GODDARD, AM Sir (Robert) Victor (1897-1987)
Date(s)
Created 1940, 1957, 1982
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box or 0.01 cubic metres

Context

Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1897; educated at Royal Naval Colleges, Osbourne and Dartmouth, Jesus College, Cambridge and Imperial College of Science, London; joined RN, 1910; served World War One with RN, Royal Navy Air Service, Royal Flying Corps and RAF; transferred to RAF, 1918; RAF Staff College, 1929; commanded RAF Mosul, 1930; RN Staff College, 1934; Wing Cdr, 1935; Deputy Director of Intelligence, Air Ministry, 1938-1939; Group Capt, 1938; Air Officer in charge of Administration, later Senior Air Staff Officer, General HQ, BEF, France, 1939-1940; Deputy Director of Plans, later Director of Military Cooperation, Air Ministry, 1940-1941; Chief of the Air Staff, New Zealand, and Commander Royal New Zealand Air Force, South Pacific, 1941-1943; Air Officer in charge ofAdministration, Air Command, South East Asia, 1943-1946; Deputy Head of RAF Delegation to USA, 1946-1948; member of Air Council for Technical Services, 1948-1951; retired 1951; Principal of College of Aeronautics, Cranfield, 1951-1954; publication of The enigma of menace, (1959), Flight towards reality, (1975), and Skies to Dunkirk, (1982); died in 1987.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by Goddard in 1975 and 1982.

Content & structure

Scope and content

'Epic violet', a draft memoir covering his service with the Air Ministry and the BEF, 1939-1940, notably pre-war air intelligence, the 'phoney war' and air reconnaissance in France, Sep 1939-Apr 1940, the German invasion of France, May 1940, and the evacuation of UK troops from Dunkirk, May-June 1940, written in [1957]. 'Skies to Dunkirk', a memoir based on the above draft,published in 1982.

System of arrangement

Arranged in sections as above.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material

English

Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and detailed catalogue available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives
Related units of description

Public Record Office holds an account of his war experiences, 1914-1918, written as staff college assignment (AIR 1/2390/228/11/130). Liddle Collection, Leeds University holds papers relating to his service in World War One and Imperial War Museum Department of Sound holds recordings of interviews with Goddard.

Publication note

Public Record Office holds an account of his war experiences, 1914-1918, written as staff college assignment (AIR 1/2390/228/11/130). Liddle Collection, Leeds University holds papers relating to his service in World War One and Imperial War Museum Department of Sound holds recordings of interviews with Goddard.

Notes

Note

Compiled Aug 1996

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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Subjects

  • Armed forces
  • Documents
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Memoirs
  • Military engineering
  • Military intelligence
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Phoney War, Sep 1939-May 1940
  • State security
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • RAF, Royal Air Force

Places

  • Dunkirk, France

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