Born: 4th October 1923, Felixstowe, Suffolk.

Died: 14th August 1944; age: 20; 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,


Southern Harbour,



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.




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 Ipswich School Chapel war memorial.

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.


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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