Reginald Waite

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Reginald Waite
Born(1901-06-30)30 June 1901
Died7 May 1975(1975-05-07) (aged 73)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Air Force
Years of service1920–53
RankAir Commodore
Commands heldRAF Nassau (1942–44)
No. 111 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit (1942–44)
RAF St Eval (1942)
No. 224 Squadron (1937–38)
Battles/warsSecond World War
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Mentioned in Despatches

Air Commodore Reginald Newham Waite, CB, CBE (30 June 1901 – 7 May 1975) was a senior officer in the Royal Air Force during the middle of the 20th century.

Waite joined the RAF in 1920, receiving his initial instruction as a flight cadet at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire.

In 1948, while Waite was Head of Disbandment at the headquarters of the Allied Control Commission, he suggested that the Berlin Blockade could be broken by an airlift. Subsequently, the British and Americans started a joint operation to circumvent the Russian blockade of all overland routes.