Lamb, James Lawrence

Personal Information

Rank F/S
Forename(s) James Lawrence
Surname Lamb
Gender M
Age 20
Date of Death 18-08-1943
Next of Kin Son of Patrick Joseph Lamb and Maud Teresa Lamb (née Laderoute), of Montreal, Québec.

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Avro Lancaster III
Serial Number ED989
Markings DX-F Frederick III

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country United Kingdom
Burial/Memorial Place Runnymede Memorial
Grave Reference Panel 183.

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 1
Panel Number 61

Enlistment Information

Service Number R/164563
Service Royal Canadian Air Force
Group 5
Squadron 57
Squadron Motto Corpus non animum muto (I change my body, not my spirit)
Trade Air Gunner
Country of Origin Canada

Other Memorials

Location Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, East Kirkby, Lincolnshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Sculptures, Inscribed Memeorial Stone & Inscribed Metal Plaques
Memorial Text In memory of those who gave their lives with 57 and 630 Squadrons 1939 - 1945
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Location Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, East Kirkby, Lincolnshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Stenciled 57 Sqn RoH in site Chapel
Memorial Text In proud memory of the men of No. 57 Squadron who lost their lives operating from Royal Air Force East Kirkby 1943 to 1945
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Miscellaneous Information

James was born on 23 September 1923 at Montreal, Quebec. His father was born in Ireland and works as a clerk and his mother was born in Arnprior, Ontario. His father lived in Baltimore, USA and was an American citizen, his mother lived in Montreal. He has two married sisters, Maud and Mary and three brothers: D’Arcy Lamb, R/194411 J. Patrick Lamb in the RCAF overseas and R/56424 John Edward Michael Lamb who was a Flight Sergeant with 459 Squadron (Middle East). Sadly he was killed on 25 August 1942. James went to St. Patrick Boy’s School, Montreal 1931- 1938 (Primary) and D’Arcy MacGee High School 1938-1940 (4 year’s Jnr Matric). They lived in St.Famille Street, Montreal. Some of the sports he enjoyed were skiing, rugby and hockey. He worked as an Office clerk for the McDonald Tobacco Co. between 1940-1942.
James enlisted on 29 April 1942 and embarked from Canada for the U.K. on 28 October 1942 arriving at 3PRC on 6 November 1942. He went on to 12 OTU 8 December 1942, 1660 CU. 22 April 1943, 467 Sqn 9 June 1943, 1654 CU 30 June 1943 and 57 Squadron 28 July 1943. He was killed less than a month later.

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Last Operation Information

Start Date 17-08-1943
End Date 18-08-1943
Takeoff Station Scampton
Day/Night Raid Night (93% moon)
Operation Peenemunde (Operation Hydra, part of Operation Crossbow - Destruction of the V2)
Reason for Loss Lost without trace

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