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Arthur Tedder

Given NameArthur
Born11 Jul 1890
Died3 Jun 1967
CountryUnited Kingdom


ww2dbaseArthur William Tedder was born in Glenguin, Stirling, Scotland, Britain to Commissioner of the Board of Customs Sir Arthur John Tedder and Emily Charlotte Bryson. He joined the Dorsetshire Regiment in 1913 and was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1916. During WW1, he served in France between 1915 and 1917 and then in Egypt until 1919. After the war, he was transferred to the newly formed Royal Air Force as a squadron leader. He was promoted to the rank of group captain in 1931, and served as Director of Training from 1934 to 1936. Immediately before the outbreak of the European War, he was the commander of the RAF Eastern Forces and was director general for research in the Air Ministry.

ww2dbaseAfter Britain entered WW2, Tedder served as the head of the RAF Middle East Command, which also covered the battlefields in the Mediterranean Sea and in North Africa. While the forces under his command experienced both victories and defeats, his reputation as an effective air commander grew. He was increasingly known for the deployment of "Tedder Carpet" tactic, which involves multiple bombers committing a rolling barrage with high explosive and napalm bombs ahead of advancing friendly forces. He was knighted in 1942 and was promoted to the rank of air marshal by the end of the Desert War. He was heavily involved in the planning of the invasion of Sicily and then Normandy. He was named Deputy Supreme Commander in the latter campaign, though he at times found himself without resources because commander of the Allied Air Expeditionary Force Trafford Leigh-Mallory at times deployed forces for objectives that were tactically different than that of Tedder's for the campaign in Normandy. In the last year of the war, he was sent to Russia seeking greater coordination between Russia and the Western Allies, particularly during the Ardennes offensive in the winter of 1944 to 1945. In May 1945, he signed the German surrender instrument on behalf of General Dwight Eisenhower.

ww2dbaseTedder lost two family members during the war. His son Richard Tedder died in combat in France during the German invasion. His first wife Rosalinde Maclardy, who was beside him during the Desert War, died in an air crash in Egypt in 1943.

ww2dbaseAfter the war, Tedder gained peerage as First Baron Tedder. He served as the Chief of the Air Staff between 1946 and 1950. In 1950, he served as the British representative on the military committee of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Washington, DC, United States. On the civilian side of his life, he was the chancellor of Cambridge University between 1950 and 1967, served some time on the board of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), and authored his memoirs and a historical study of the Royal Navy.

ww2dbaseAfter several years of struggle with Parkinson's Disease, Tedder passed away in Surrey, England, at the age of 76.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: May 2007

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Air Marshal Peter Drummond, Minister of Sate in the Middle East Richard Casey, and Air Marshal Arthur Tedder, Cairo, Egypt, 4 May 1942Harry Broadhurst, Arthur Coningham, Arthur Tedder, and Charles Portal at Vasto, Italy, date unknownArthur Coningham, Carl Spaatz, Arthur Tedder, and Laurence Kuter, Apr 1943Winston Churchill presiding over the Allied Planning Conference, Algiers, Algeria, 4 Jun 1943; note Eden, Brooke, Tedder, Cunningham, Alexander, Marshall, Eisenhower, and Montgomery
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11 Jul 1890 Arthur Tedder was born in Glenguin, Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom.
30 Mar 1941 An aircraft carrying British Air Marshal Arthur Tedder crash-landed in the Western Sahara; Tedder was not injured.
17 Feb 1943 Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder became AOC-in-C Mediterranean Air Command with responsibility for all air operations.
27 Dec 1943 Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder was appointed Deputy Supreme Commander under General Dwight Eisenhower.
3 Jun 1967 Arthur Tedder passed away.

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1. Jan Brouwer says:
27 Dec 2018 09:20:42 AM

In May 1945, he he did not sign the German surrender instrument on behalf of General Dwight Eisenhower. Tedder signed May 8, 1945 in Berlin-Karlshorst the ratification of the Act of Military Surrender, May 7, 1945 at Reims.

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Air Marshal Peter Drummond, Minister of Sate in the Middle East Richard Casey, and Air Marshal Arthur Tedder, Cairo, Egypt, 4 May 1942
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