EDWIN GARNET LAMBERT

Born: 4th October 1923, Felixstowe, Suffolk.

Died: 14th August 1944; age: 20; Aircraft exploded and crashed in to the sea off Spain.

Residence: 2, Dalton Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: an Apprentice – Builder’s Merchant.

Rank: Flight Sergeant/Air Bomber; Service Number: 1391779.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 624 Squadron.

Memorial Reference:

Panel 14. Column 1.

Malta Memorial,

Valletta,

Southern Harbour,

Malta.

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Frederick Charles & Constance Ida Lambert, of Ipswich.

Father: Frederick Charles Lambert, born April 1867, Mendlesham, Suffolk – died January 1945.

Mother: Constance Ida Lambert (nee Leamon), born January 1887, Whitwell, Norfolk.

Edwin was educated at Ipswich School.

ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939

Edwin was an Apprentice for a Builder’s Merchant. He was living with his parents.

Frederick, a retired Traveller.

Constance, unpaid Domestic Duties.

1 domestic help.

Edwin is also remembered on the Chapel war memorial at Ipswich School.

On the 6th December 1995, Edwin’s sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Taylor (nee Lambert (1st marriage de Warrenne-Waller)), of 31, Fonnereau Road, Ipswich, made a visit to the newly unveiled Roll of Rememberance Book, at St. Stephen’s Church, Ipswich. To her dismay Edwin’s name had been forgotten. Elizabeth immediately wrote letters to start the proceedure to have her brother’s name recorded in the book.

The crew of JN896 Flt/Sgt. Lambert he is 2nd from the right.

left to right W/O John Foster Hardwicke, F/O Leopold William Neale , Sgt.Norman Soulsby ,Sgt.Brian Standing ,F/O Walter George Driscoll , Flt/Sgt Edwin Garnet Lambert , Sgt.Edmund Hurst.

Sgt. Standing, Wireless op/gunner became ill and was hospitalised at Blida , replaced by W/O Procter 11 days before the crew were lost. W/O Hardwicke had recently been relaced as navigator by P/O Laing. Flt/Sgt Hulmes had been with the squadron just 4 days and was an observer on the flight as a trainee gunner. F/O Luxon was a newly qualified pilot and also joined the crew as an observer.

Image courtesy of www.624squadron.com

14th August 1944

Aircraft – Halifax; Serial number: JN896. Based at Blida. Took off on the 13th July 1944, at 23:03 hrs from Blida on an operation to a drop-zone at Quincaillerie, France. The operation was part of the Massingham Mission.  The crew made a successful drop and safely landed at Berre des Cervennes, a 2 man Jedburgh Team – Minaret – L.C.M. Hartley-Sharpe & J.W. Ellis, who had travelled on board the Halifax. On the return journey over the Mediterranean Sea, it is believed the aircraft exploded and dived into the sea about 6 miles from the coast, close to the village of S’Agaro, Spain. All the crew were recorded as Missing in Action.

Crew:

Walter George Driscoll; Flight Officer/Pilot; age 22; R.A.F.V.R.

Leopold William Neale; Flight Officer/Navigator; killed on his 35th birthday; R.N.Z.A.F.

William Norman Procter; Warrant Officer Class 1/Air Gunner; R.C.A.F.

Edmund Hurst; Sergeant/Flight Engineer; age 29; R.A.F.

Frederick Davidson Laing; Pilot Officer/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 21; R.C.A.F.

Norman Soulsby; Sergeant/Flight Engineer; age 23; R.A.F.V.R.

Cecil Henry Luxon; Flying Officer/Air Bomber; age 22; R.A.F.V.R.

James Maxwell Hulmes; Flight Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 19; R.A.A.F.

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