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Leonard Preston Lambert Jr


Joined Sqd 3/14/44. Killed in Action (KIA) 4/21/44 (Hamm). Pilot:Havens.

Killed when Pappy’s Chillun, B-24H #42-29418, crashed during assembly. ”It was the opinion of the investigating board that the airplane picked up too much ice, was forced into a stall, and from there into a spin, when it fell apart.” ( The main body of the aircraft still lies in the lake at Taverham Mill. On 21 April 2001, 57 years after the crash, a memorial was dedicated on the property.


Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron



Event Location Date
Born Lamesa, TX 79331, USA 16 May 1925
Enlisted Abilene, TX, USA 2 November 1942
Died Taverham Mill Lakes 21 April 1944

Plot C Row 5 Grave 17


Date Contributor Update
04 April 2020 23:01:32 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" and a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
01 May 2015 16:23:54 usxpat Changes to middlename, role, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

Find A Grave Memorial# 56291575
Personal recollection and information:
American Battle Monuments Commission

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:39 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Webb Todd