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1Lt Raymond P. Lambert

1Lt Raymond P. Lambert

Birth
Death 4 Jan 1944
Germany
Burial Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium
Plot Plot D Row 10 Grave 47
Memorial ID 56359303 · View Source
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Pilot 1st/Lt. Raymond P. Lambert MIA/KIA
Hometown: Lebanon, New Hampshire
Squadron: 577th BS 392th Bomb Group
Service# O-530081
Awards: Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart

Target: KIEL Germany
Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#: 01908
Date Lost: 4-Jan-44
Serial Number: #42-7482
Aircraft Model B-24
Aircraft Letter: "P"
Aircraft Name: "SHACK RAT" 13th Mission
Location: North Sea just off the small island of Langeness
Cause: Fighters 10KIA

General Briefing for aircrews was held at 0330-0400 hours. The Command Pilot with Cassell's crew for this mission was Major Keilman, 579th CO. Takeoff for (25) aircraft began around 0800 hours with the 579th Squadron leading the mission. This raid was to be the most costly one for the 392nd in airmen and aircraft lost more so than the first Bremen mission on 13 November 1943. Before the Group returned, (6) B-24s would be lost in combat with (6) more badly damaged and (60) aircrew members killed or missing-in-action. Six (6) Liberators were damaged (3) due to enemy fighters and (3) to flak. Mission aircraft began returning at 1445 hours.

MISSION LOSS CIRCUMSTANCES: No specific 392nd crew eye-witness account is detailed concerning the loss of this aircrew and plane. A German Report, #KU623 of the mission date, 4 January, notes that this particular ship was found crashed in the North Sea at 1300 hours just off the small island of Langeness after having exploded in the air. Five dead crew members were located in this wreckage and the probable cause of the shoot-down was fighter aircraft. No other account exists on further circumstances of the crew's loss.

BURIAL RECORDS: German Report #A133 dated 18 February 1944, noted the following crewmen whose bodies were found in the plane's wreckage: Sgts. Day, Magee and Tantum; and Lts. Haviland and Godfrey. All (5) of these men were buried on 12 January 1944 at 1500 hours in the Nordmarschers Cemetery on the island of Langeness. No individual grave markers were cited. A separate report stated that the body of the Pilot, Lt. Lambert was found washed ashore on 7 January 1944 near land identified as Hallig Hooge. He was interred the next day, 8 January, in the Old Churchyard Cemetery of Pellworm in Grave #58. The total of the (6) crewmen thus found and buried initially were then subsequently interred in the U.S. National Cemeteries as follows: Lambert (ARDENNES, Grave D10-47); Godfrey (ARDENNES, Grave D-10-26); Tantum (ARDENNES, Grave number D6-3); Day (ARDENNES, Grave A-8-3); and one other crew member not identified prior in enemy records, Kapp, who is also buried in the ARDENNES Cemetery, Grave D-16-15.. At U.S. National Cemetery of the Netherlands (Margraten), Sgt. Pfeifer is listed on the WALL OF THE MISSING. No other record is available in this MACR on the whereabouts of Sgts. Brown and Reese in any reports, initially on the crew's loss, or subsequently by U.S. authorities. Except for the German interment of Lt. Haviland, no U.S. Cemetery lists his name later for burial in an overseas National plot as is the same case for Sgt. Magee. Lambert, Kapp, Godfrey, Tantum, Pfeifer, and Day. All are recorded as having received an Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart. No records exist on a posthumous award for the remaining four members.

The "SHACK RAT" crew
1/LT Raymond P. Lambert Pilot
2nd/Lt. Archie F. Haviland Jr. Co Pilot
1/Lt. Rudolph A. Kapp Navigator
1Lt. Herbert M. Godfrey Bombardier
T/Sgt. William J. Reese Engineer
T/Sgt. James S. Brown Radio Op.
S/Sgt. William R. Tantum Gunner
S/Sgt. Ambrose R. Pfeifer Gunner
S/Sgt. Walter N. Day
S/Sgt. John H. Magee


Gravesite Details Entered the service from New Hampshire.

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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56359303
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt Raymond P. Lambert (unknown–4 Jan 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56359303, citing Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial, Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .