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James V Lambert


Killed in Action (KIA) while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti Raid in B-24 'Sand-witch' #42-40735.



  • Chris Christensen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot, Co-Pilot; Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    Shot down on 9th mission, 9 May 1944 in B-24 #42-52186, Prisoner of War (POW). AM/ PH/ POW

  • Robert Horton

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Lt. Robert Horton was Killed in Action (KIA) while on TDY to the 9th AF during Operation Tidal wave, the bombing mission to the Ploesti, Romania, oil refineries, flying the B-24D, 42-40735, named, Sand-Witch. ...

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Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 566th Bomb Squadron

    566th Bomb Squadron

    Constituted 566th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 Dec. 1942. Activated on 24 Dec. 1942. Inactivated on 13 Sept. 1945. Campaigns: Air Offensive, Europe; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air...


  • 42-40735 - Sand Witch

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24-D-90-CO, 42-40735, was (TDY) to the 9th Air Force in Benghazi, Libya, from the 8th Air Force in Britain, and flown down to Benghazi, North Africa, for Operation Tidal Wave, flying in the 389th Bomb Group, and the 566th Bomb Squadron, to bomb...


  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

Associated Place

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Corona, New York
Killed in Action (KIA) Campina, Romania 1 August 1943

Chris Christensen's account: "Suspected of having been hit on the bomb bay tank and fuel ignited by explosions on the refinery. A wing fire also reported. Attempted a crash landing on the Prahova river near Bobolia village approximately 2 miles SW of Campina and north of the L. Hughes crashed aircraft. Aircraft disintegrated upon impact killing 7 crew members. The the TTG miraculously escaped with injuries. Robert Kaufman and James Lambert were extracted with injuries but died shortly thereafter."


Date Contributor Update
03 August 2021 13:36:36 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events

Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.
Corrected the label for the KIA event to fix a misspelling.

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2019 15:35:29 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2019 21:15:13 Dieterle Changes to place associations

Richard Dieterle.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2019 22:35:38 Dieterle Changes to events, person associations and mission associations

Find a Grave website > Lieut. Robert W. Horton.

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27 September 2014 18:14:56 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 156