Tait, Ivan Francis

Personal Information

Rank P/O
Forename(s) Ivan Francis
Surname Tait
Gender M
Age 23
Date of Death 15-03-1945
Next of Kin Son of Robert Norman Tait and Lottie Tait (née Binnie), of Parry Sound, Ontario. Husband of Mary Isabel Tait (née LaRoque)- date of marriage 30 January 1942, Oshawa. Father of Terry Ivan Tait (born 1942, Perth, Ontario).

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Avro Lancaster I
Serial Number NG287
Markings BQ-Q

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country Germany
Burial/Memorial Place Hanover War Cemetery
Grave Reference 5. E. 12.

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 1
Panel Number 104

Enlistment Information

Service Number J/95506
Service Royal Canadian Air Force
Group 1
Squadron 550
Trade Air Gunner
Country of Origin Canada

Miscellaneous Information

Ivan was born on 10 April 1921 at Parry Sound. He was one of five children having two brothers, Hilmont and Jack and two sisters, Betty and Norma who were both schoolteachers. His father was a garage owner born in Hurdville and his mother born in Georgetown, both Ontario. He attended Parry Sound School 1927-1935, General course and again in 1935-1938 at the Academy where he reached grade 10. His sport interests were hockey and swimming and for hobbies he enjoyed hunting, fishing and motor mechanics. For work, he was a mechanic’s helper 1938-1939, a Store clerk 1939-1940, an Order clerk 1940-1941 and then became a Quantity Surveyor in 1941 with C. Halls, Prince George, until enlistment on 30 September 1943.
Ivan embarked from Halifax on 11 July 1944 and arrived at 3 (RCAF) PRC 19 July 1944. He went on to 83 OTU 1 August 1944, 30 OTU 28 October 1944, 71 Base 18 November 1944 and 550 Squadron 28 February 1945. Sadly, two weeks later, Ivan lost his life.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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Last Operation Information

Start Date 15-03-1945
End Date 15-03-1945
Takeoff Station North Killingholme
Day/Night Raid Night
Operation Misburg
Reason for Loss Hit by flak and crashed during an attack on the Deurag refinery at Misburg, near Hanover

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IBCC is delighted to introduce a unique facility to link the Losses Database to the relevant RAF Casualty Pack on the National Archives website. This project is the result of on-going collaboration between IBCC, the MOD Records Office and National Archives, Kew. This document describes what Casualty Packs are, when they were created, the process of making them available to the public and then goes on to describe the process by which you can view the contents of the packs. Casualty Packs (CPs) were created by the RAF whenever there was serious injury or loss of life associated with operational activity within the RAF. This includes operational flying losses, enemy action due to air raids, road accidents either on station or even off-station if they involved RAF vehicles. Deaths due to natural causes in service or accidents that did not involve RAF vehicles did not generally give rise to a CP.

CPs were originally given a unique reference number by the RAF. Each begins with the letter ‘P’ and is followed by six digits, then an oblique (forward slash) and the finally the year in which the incident took place- for example P396154/42.

The CPs are in the process of being made available to the general public as they are passed from the MOD Records Office, Portsmouth to National Archives, Kew. This process requires some rework to the files which is very time consuming, so the process of making them all available to National Archives will take several years. They are being made available in increasing date order.

Once CPs arrive at National Archives they are assigned a unique AIR81 number, so each CP has both a P-number and an AIR81 number. Both are searchable on the National Archives website under ‘Search the catalogue’ and both are included on the IBCC website.

The AIR81 reference on the IBCC website is a link to the file on the National Archives website. When you click on it, the relevant page will open in a new tab on your browser.

There is currently no plan to digitise AIR81 files, partly because they are fragile and partly because the information they contain can at times be sensitive, even harrowing, since they may contain exhumation reports and even photographs of corpses. Family members wishing to read the AIR81 files relating to their ancestors are advised to exercise caution and be guided by National Archives warnings where appropriate.

There are two means for accessing AIR81 files- to attend in person or to order a copy by post.

To attend in person, the attendee should first create a Reader’s Ticket. This can be done online by following this link: https://secure.nationalarchives.gov.uk/login/yourdetails. Then click on the AIR81 reference on the IBCC website and click Order in Advance. Enter your Reader’s Ticket number and state the date on which you intend to visit. National Archives will have the file ready for you when you arrive, saving you time. When you visit Kew, you must quote the Reader’s Ticket number and take along two forms of ID- one bearing your signature and one bearing your address. When you view the files, you are permitted to take photographs of each page, should you wish.

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