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Name: William Carpenter Lambert
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) William Lambert
Country: United States
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 24
Victories: 18
Born: 18 August 1894
Place of Birth: Ironton, Ohio, USA
Died: 19 March 1982
Place of Death: Ironton, Ohio, USA
Cemetery: Woodland Cemetery, Ironton, Ohio, USA
 
 
   The son of William G. and Mary Lambert, William Carpenter Lambert was born and raised in Ironton, Ohio. He was first introduced to aviation at the age of 10 or 11 when an aviator flying a Wright Flyer arrived in Ironton for the annual 4th of July celebration. Lambert went for a ride and the pilot allowed him to handle the controls.
    In 1914 Lambert left his job as a chemist, in Buffalo, New York, to go to Canada to enlist in the Royal Artillery. When he arrived, there were no openings and he found work as a chemist and factory supervisor at the Nobel plant in Montreal. He was employed by Canadian Explosives Limited from 1914 to 1916.
   In the spring of 1917 Lambert joined the Royal Flying Corps and received his training at Long Branch, Camp Borden, Camp Mohawk and Camp Rathbone. He sailed from Canada on 19 November 1917. Posted to 24 Squadron in France on 20 March 1918, he had 32 aerial combats and scored 18 victories before he was sent to hospital for battle fatigue on 20 August 1918. He was given home leave and remained at home for the remainder of the war.
   After the war, Lambert spent a year barnstorming with air shows in the eastern United States. He worked as an engineer, started manufacturing airplanes with a friend in Dayton, Ohio, and flew the U.S. Air Mail route from Cleveland, Ohio to Washington, D.C. Active in the U.S. Army Air Corps Reserve since the 1920s, he served as an engineer during World War II and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1954.
   An accomplished artist who made many sketches and paintings of his flying experiences, Lambert sold prints from his collection later in life. He also wrote two books: "Barnstorming and Girls" and "Combat Report." One of his prize memorabilia from the Great War was a piece of fabric from Manfred von Richthofen's red Fokker DR.I triplane.
   Lambert died following a long illness. He was buried in the uniform he wore so proudly as a Lieutenant Colonel in World War II. He was 87.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. William Carpenter Lambert.
   He has destroyed six enemy machines and driven down four others out of control, displaying at all times dash and determination. On one occasion, when attacked by two Fokker biplanes, he drove down one, engaged the other at twenty yards range, and crashed it to earth.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 07 Apr 1918 1550 24 S.E.5a (B79) Albatros D.V (OOC) Moreuil Wood
2 12 Apr 1918 1615 24 S.E.5a (C1084) Albatros D.V (DES) Hangard-Moreuil
3 21 Apr 1918 1100 24 S.E.5a (C1082) Balloon (DES) 1 La Quesnil
4 04 May 1918 1845 24 S.E.5a (C1082) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Bray-Dompierre
5 09 May 1918 1945 24 S.E.5a (C1082) Albatros D.V (DES) 2 Hangard Wood
6 20 May 1918 0835 24 S.E.5a (C1870) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Chaulnes-Albert
7 02 Jun 1918 1115 24 S.E.5a (C1870) S.S. D.III (DES) Davenescourt
8 17 Jun 1918 1200 24 S.E.5a (C1870) Fokker D.VII (DES) Villers-Brettoneaux
9 17 Jun 1918 1200 24 S.E.5a (C1870) Fokker D.VII (DESF) Villers-Brettoneaux
10 27 Jun 1918 1925 24 S.E.5a (C1084) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Chipilly
11 29 Jun 1918 1850 24 S.E.5a (C1084) Albatros D.V (DES) N of La Quesnel
12 04 Jul 1918 0900 24 S.E.5a (C1084) Fokker D.VII (DES) Bayonvillers
13 04 Jul 1918 0901 24 S.E.5a (C1084) Fokker D.VII (DES) Bayonvillers
14 04 Aug 1918 0920 24 S.E.5a (C1084) LVG C (DES) 2 E of Morlancourt
15 10 Aug 1918 0750 24 S.E.5a (B8395) LVG C (OOC) 3 NE of Rosières
16 10 Aug 1918 1400 24 S.E.5a (B8395) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Fouquescourt
17 10 Aug 1918 1405 24 S.E.5a (B8395) Hannover C (DES) NE of Parvillers
18 19 Aug 1918 1159 24 S.E.5a (B8395) Fokker D.VII (DES) W of Nesle

1 Shared with Lt George Johnson
2 Shared with 2Lt T B Hellett (C1845)
3 Shared with Capt Wilfred Selwyn, Lt Thomas Harries, 2Lt Hilbert Bair
 
Books
American Aces of World War 1
by Norman Franks, Harry Dempsey (Illustrator) / Paperback / Osprey Publishing (September 25, 2001)
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
In Clouds of Glory: American Airmen Who Flew With The British During The Great War
by James J. Hudson / Paperback / University of Arkansas Press (October 1, 1990)
Combat Report
by William Lambert / Hardcover / Kimber
 
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