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Distinguished Flying Cross (D.F.C.) Dated 1942
Distinguished Flying Medal (D.F.M.) Sgt. R. Lambert R.A.F.
1939-45 and Air Crew Europe Stars. Defence and War Medals.
Coronation Medal 1953.
D.F.M. - L/G 30-7-1940 - No. 115 Sqn. R.A.F. Marham. (Wellington Bombers) “This airman has been continuously engaged as Air Observer on operational flying since the beginning of the war, his own personal record being 5 long sweeps and 18 bombing operations. At all times he has displayed a very high standard of enthusiasm and an indefatigable devotion to duty under the most trying conditions when in action, while his unfailing cheerfulness during long periods of standing by and particularly when preparing for operations, have been of the greatest value in sustaining the high state of morale in his flight. In particular his sound navigation and backing of his Captain and Section Leader at the time, was largely responsible for enabling the Section to make successful dawn and twilight attacks, without loss, on Stavanger Aerodrome, on 14th April and 30th April, 1940, respectively.
Since the death in action of the remainder of his crew, he has taken over the duties of Navigator to his Flight Commander with undiminished cheerfulness and enthusiasm and continued to set the finest example to all ranks.
The efficiency and imperturbability of this N.C.O. have undoubtedly been of the utmost value to his unit. He possesses a temperament which makes him ideally suited for employment in a heavy bomber squadron where his determination, courage and thoroughness have been well tested”. Sgt. Lambert went on to complete 35 operational sorties with 115 squadron, of which 12 out of the last 15 were over the Ruhr area.
D.F.C. - L/G 26-5-1943 - Warrant Officer - No. 15 Sqn. RAF Wyton (Stirling Bombers) “This Warrant Officer has taken his place as Air Observer on fifty-six operations during his two tours, which included several attacks on such heavily defended targets as Berlin, Wilhelmshaven, and the Ruhr. At all times his Captain has spoken most highly of his ability as a Navigator, and his coolness and efficiency as a Bomb Aimer in the face of the heaviest defences. I consider him to be one of the very best Observers in this squadron, who by his coolness and enthusiasm acts as a most excellent example to everyone, and most strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross. W/O Lambert carried out a further 3 operational sorties up to 12-4-1942 with No. 15 squadron, making a total of 59 ops up to that date.
Recipient was born 9-11-1905 and was first commissioned on 1-12-1942 and was discharged as a Flight Lieutenant some time after the war. He rejoined the RAF on 13-1-1953 and was appointed to a permanent commission in the Technical Branch with the rank of Flight Lieutenant. He retired on 31-12-1960, and his last appointment was that of Station Armament Officer at RAF Chivenor. His wife whom he married in 1947 was a Section Officer in the W.A.A.F. Flt. Lt. Lambert died on 11-12-1984.
Sold with two commissioning parchments dated 19-1-1943 (Pilot Officer) and 21-7-1953 (Flt. Lt.), and his wife’s commissioning parchment dated 16-3-1943 (Assistant Section Officer). Also included are details of his operational sorties with both squadrons (E.G. 12-12-1941 - “Aircraft hit by flak in both main-planes. Held by searchlights for three minutes”, and 226-1-1942 - flak intense and A/C hit”), a newspaper cutting from the “Salford City Reporter” detailing the award of the D.F.C., and a scrap book compiled by his wife containing various letters, newspaper cuttings etc.. This includes letter appointing Flt. Lt. Lambert to a permanent commission (1953), Air Ministry letters concerning his impending retirement (1960), the covering document for the award of the Coronation Medal (1953),and letter of thanks from H.M. the Queen for his long and valuable services (1960). Also included is a newspaper photograph of his wedding and another photograph and article recording his retirement. There is also a letter to his wife from the Air Ministry, dated 19-2-1943 confirming appointment to commission in the W.A.A.F. and a letter to her signed by Wg. Cdr. H.I. Edwards VC. DSO. DFC. thanking her for her activities in the Officer’s Mess and with the Station Concert Party overt Christmas and the New Year (9-1-1944 - RAF Binbrook) A fine wartime record for someone who was not a young man by R.A.F. Aircrew standards in W.W.2. (NEF) £7750
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