Book of Remembrance - Volume  I


Flight Lieutenant Charles Alfred Lambert

Royal Canadian Air Force


was the son of William Frank Lambert and  Rachel (Bean) who immigrated to Canada from England around 1911 or 1912. Charles had seven siblings: Doris, William F. Jr., Hilda, John D.(Jack), Harold A. (Sandy), Rachel and Gladys . All are now deceased.

John and Sandy served in the Royal Canadian Navy and lived to tell about it , but never did.  William Jr. was in the Queen's Own Rifles Militia (or Reserve?) but did not see action.

Charles was married to Nursing Sister Hilda Muriel Logan, of the RCAF, at Lachine, Quebec since  Jan 1944.

F/L Lambert died on 15-Dec-1944 at the age of 24 while based at Melsbroek, Holland, on an weather recce into Germany.

The following entry is from 439's War Operations Record Book (Form 540): One weather recce and two operations comprised the day's flying activity. J.7827 F/L C.A. Lambert failed to return from the weather recce. This officer who hails from Ingersell, Ontario, Canada, was a very popular figure in the daily life of the Squadron. He has 13 operational sorties and 14:00 operational hours and a total of 1431:25 flying hours to his credit.

The following entry is from 439's War Operations Record Book (Form 541): The bombs were close and damage the train though not close enough to claim a break in the railway. They made a strafing attack on the train and left the engine steaming badly with passengers making a hurried exit. After climbing up S/L Crosby resumed an easterly course, crossing the railway north of Haltern.

They met a heavy barrage of heavy flak. Red Four (J/7827 F/L C.A. Lambert) received a direct hit and with his engine out, he attempted to belly land. Picking out a large field, he overshot slightly and went through a clump of trees, tearing a wing off and flipping on his back in the process at map reference A.5556.

Smoke was seen emanating from the aircraft but no fire. No word on the R/T was heard and  it is not known whether he is safe or not. (It was learned later that F/L Lambert did not survive the landing.)

Following entry is from The Canadian Virtual War Memorial website courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

J/7827 F/L C.A. Lambert is buried at REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Germany Grave Reference: 13. F. 6. 

Location: The REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY is located 5 km south west of Kleve. From Kleve the cemetery is located, using the Hoffmannallee from the Town Centre, which becomes the Materbornerallee. This road enters Reichswald Forest and becomes the Grunewaldstrasse. Follow direction Gennep, entering Reichswald Forest the cemetery is situated 500 meters on the left. 

Photo and background  genealogical information courtesy of John Charles Lambert (nephew) of Ontario. Used with permission. 


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