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    Default 77942 F/O John LAMBTON RAFVR 202 Sqdn 11-8-1941

    I am looking for information on the death of 77942 F/O John LAMBTON RAFVR of No.202 Squadron, listed with date of death 11/08/1941 and buried on Gibraltar in a joint grave. He was an officer Air Gunner, only recently posted from No.268 Squadron RAF in the UK, just over a month before. From Lysanders to Catalinas.

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    Colin Ford
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    Hi Col,

    10/08/41
    202 Sqn
    Catalina I
    W8425

    Op: Convoy Escort, New Camp, T/O 11:30 hrs

    Pilot

    F/L J Whitton

    Took off to escort convoy OG.70. Overshot, bounced on landing at 00:10 hrs and dived into sea, Gibraltar. Three killed. P/O Scott is commemorated on the Malta Memorial.

    P/O R G Scott
    F/O J Lambton
    Sgt J G Summers

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    Default Many thanks

    Ross,

    Many thanks for the quick reply.

    F/O Lambton had been the Gunnery Officer for No.268 Sqdn ACC, however with the transition to Tomahawks the majority of the observors and air gunners were posted out except for a couple who stayed until early 1942. F/O Lambton was recorded in the ORBs as being posted for service overseas in July 1941.

    I'm currently in the process of trying to track the details and fates of many of the Squadron's very early members from 1940 and early 1941 on whom very little is recorded in the Squadron records.

    My thanks once again.

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    Colin Ford
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    No.268 Squadron Royal Air Force 1940-1946
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    Default F/O John Lambton

    I am Peter Lambton, Flying Officer John Lambton's son. I just recently obtained my father's service record and learned that he was in 268 Squadron. My wife found your query concerning my father's death. According to my father's service record, the Court of Inquiry (A285102/41) held at Gibraltar on 13.8.41 states "Air Gunner of Catalina W8425, killed at Gibraltar Bay on 11.8.41. The Investigating Officer considered that the accident was due to the aircraft crashing through making a fast landing at night."
    As a retired pilot myself, I think it possible that the pilot misjudged the wind direction at night and landed with a tailwind, which would definitely have caused an overshoot. Another gunner, Jim Summers, was also killed in the accident (along with the co-pilot). Originally, my father and Jim were buried alongside one another, but were re-interred in non-adjoining graves at Gibraltar.
    According to his service record, my father's squadron postings were as follows:
    9.3.40 No. 1. AA School
    22.4.40 613 Squadron
    22.11.0 309 Squadron
    21.4.41 238 Squadron
    23.3.10 Cent. Gunnery School
    7.7.41 No. 2 PDG (?) 202 Squadron
    I was six years old when my father was killed, and do not have any photographs of him while he was in RAF service. (I only have one photo of him as an adult, a newspaper photo of him on his wedding day in 1934). Is it possible that you or anyone else in the squadron might have any photos of him? It would not matter if it was a group photo or any sort of snapshot; it would at least be more than I have now. Also, any information about him would also be much appreciated.
    Please contact me at plambton@hotmail.com
    Sincerely, Peter John Lambton

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    Peter,

    Many thanks for your posting here and direct email. Reply sent as requested.

    Regards,
    Colin Ford
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    Colin--Thank you so much for your email. I am grateful for the information you provided about my father and his time in 268 Squadron.
    My post contained some typo errors: On 22.11.40 my father was assigned to 309 Squadron; on 21.1.41 he was assigned to 268 Squadron, and from 17.2.41 to 23.3.41 he was at Central Gunnery School.
    --Peter Lambton

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