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    Default RAF officer research help needed (1939-1955)

    Hi folks,

    I am not familiar with the RAF at all but I got diverted into researching the following chap:

    Walter Frederick Lamb

    and his RAF (RAFVR & regular RAF) career.

    This is what I have carved out of the London Gazette plus a look up in the Oct 1940 AFL - can anyone add any additional information? His OBE citation perhaps?

    Walter Frederick Lamb (75241)

    Appointed Flight Lieutenant RAFVR (A & SD) 1st September 1939
    According to the Oct1940 AFL he is serving of staff - Department of the Chief of the Air Staff, Deputyof the Air Staff, Directorate of Operations (Home) as of 6th May1940.
    Appointed Temporary Squadron Leader RAFVR (A&SD) 1/12/41
    Appointed War Substantive Squadron Leader 25/1/44
    Awarded OBE as Acting Wing Commander, RAFVR LG 1/1/45
    Relinquished War Substantive Squadron Leader 1/11/47 or 1/1/48 (listed twice)
    Appointed Squadron Leader (Permanent) with seniority 1/9/45 and transferred to Secretarial branch 1/7/46 (amended in LG 23/3/48)
    Promoted Wing Commander with seniority 1/7/47 as of 1/7/48
    Promoted Group Captain 1/7/53
    Awarded CBE as Group Captain LG 10/6/54
    Retired on account of medical unfitness for air force service 16/9/55

    Thanks,

    Matthew

    p.s. I have just learnt he died on the 10th August 1957 in an accident near his home in county cork, Ireland.

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    Since he has been deceased for over 25 years you can apply to the MoD (RAF Disclosures at Cranwell) for a copy of his service record.

    A fee along with the correct form will return with much more on his career.

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    Ross
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    Ross,

    Thank you for your comments. It looks like I have to get a death certificate from Ireland - not sure how you do that.

    Can no - one help with his OBE citation?

    Thanks,

    Matthew

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    Irish Death index is available for free on familysearch.org this will give you the file reference to request.
    The reference in this case is:

    Name: Walter F Lamb
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1904
    Date of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep 1957
    Death Age: 53
    Registration District: Bandon
    Volume: 5
    Page: 7

    And you can apply for them here.
    http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Apply...tificates.aspx

    Simples
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Hi
    Walter Lamb was my grandfather. I found this forum and post through a Google search. As he died relatively young I never got to meet him. It was quite strange to find this thread and all the information about him. Almost more than I know!
    We still have the farm in Ireland where he died and all his medals. My grandmother has only just passed away.
    I have tried to send the OP an email but got no response, I think he probably just used it for this forum. It would be fascinating to find out why he knew of my grandfather. Maybe he'll see this?

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    I have replied via personal email to this poster sharing my research on Walter Frederick Lamb. I do hope I hear back from him - nothing yet.

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