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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Waite
WAITE, Air Cdre Reginald Newnham (1901-1975)
Created 1942-[1953]
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 boxes or 0.02 cubic metres


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1901; educated at Repton School and RAF Cadet College, Cranwell; commissioned, 1921; various posts in Coastal Command, 1921-1939; served in First Lord's Operations Room, Admiralty, 1939-1942; commanded RAF Station, St Eval, Cornwall, 1942, commanded Coastal Command Station, Nassau, Bahamas, 1942-1944; served at Supreme HQ, Allied Expeditionary Force, 1944-1946; Director of Air Branch, Control Commission, Berlin, 1947-1949; devised and organised the Air Lift to Berlin in 1948; conducted Anglo-Russian enquiry into collision between Yak fighter and GB civilian aircraft flying from Hamburg to Berlin during the Berlin Airlift, 1948; Commandant, RAF Bircham Newton; Assistant Chief of Staff, Allied Air Forces, Central Europe, 1951-1953; retired 1953; died in 1975.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Loaned to the Centre by the family in 1984, and microfilmed in 1999 prior to withdrawal.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to his RAF career, 1942-[1953], principally comprising correspondence relating to the development of a submersible target at RAF St Eval, Cornwall, 1942, dated 1948; manuscript notes on the problems of establishing Coastal Command Station, Nassau, Bahamas, as a training centre for Coastal Liberator crews, 1942; official report on the RAF occupation of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, 5-11 May 1945; printed reports on the progress of air disarmament in Germany in 1944-1946, produced by British Air Forces of Occupation, 1945-1947; correspondence relating to his work as Director of Air Branch, Control Commission, Berlin, 1947-1949, and to the planning of the Berlin Airlift, 1948-1949; official report on organisation and structure of Berlin Airlift administration; RAF training course notes and papers, 1950; papers relating to his service as Assistant Chief of Staff, Allied Air Forces Central Europe, [1951-1953], notably including photographs of Waite, [1951-1953]; published RAF manuals, 1948, 1950.

System of arrangement

Arranged in the following sections: RAF St Eval; Coastal Command Station, Nassau; British Air Forces of Occupation; Berlin; course notes; Allied Air Forces Central Europe; RAF manuals.

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
Finding aids

Draft catalogue available online and 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

The Public Record Office holds a copy of his report into the Viking-Yak disaster, 1948.

Publication note
The Public Record Office holds a copy of his report into the Viking-Yak disaster, 1948.



Decorations: CB, CBE

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.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Updated 2016

Box List(s)

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  • Air transport
  • Armed forces
  • Berlin airlift, 1948-1949
  • Boundaries
  • Civil aviation
  • Disarmament
  • East West relations
  • Economic sanctions
  • Foreign aid
  • Higher science education
  • Humanitarian law
  • International conflicts
  • International cooperation
  • International law
  • International politics
  • International relations
  • Military aviation
  • Military education
  • Military engineering
  • Military operations
  • Military organizations
  • Occupied territories
  • Organizations
  • Peace
  • Photographs
  • Rights of states
  • State security
  • Territorial rights
  • Transport
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Corporate names

  • RAF, Royal Air Force


  • Americas
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Eastern Europe
  • London, England
  • Nassau, Bahamas, Caribbean
  • Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
  • St Eval, Cornwall, England

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