1Lt Orla Alexander Lamb

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1Lt Orla Alexander Lamb

Post by georgetanksherman » Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:35 am

Looking for Aircraft info, if possible on 1Lt Orla Alexander Lamb, was an American transferred from the R.C.A.F. to the U.S.A.A.F., He with 6 others were members in the Royal Canadian Air Force which departed England at 6:00 p.m. in a Wellington bomber which was on anti-shipping patrol mission to the Dutch coast. After about two (2) hours a message was received no ships had been sighted and then aircraft was proceeded to return to its base. At 10:30 p.m. a message was received that the aircraft was over a dinghy was going down to investigate. At 10:50 p.m. a message was sent that both engines were failing and it was followed with a S.O.S. It was concluded First Lieutenant Oral A. Lamb (service number O886294) with the rest of the crew perished in the North Sea about twenty-three (23) miles from Great Yarmouth, England on 8 February 1944.

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Re: 1Lt Orla Alexander Lamb

Post by Temujin » Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:00 am

George, do you have a Squadron No, or know ANY of the other crew names??

Having trouble finding this one

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Re: 1Lt Orla Alexander Lamb

Post by Temujin » Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:13 am

Found him, he was part of 415 Squadron. I’ll look for more info
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Re: 1Lt Orla Alexander Lamb

Post by Temujin » Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:23 am

Found info On F/O Hansen

Wellington Aircraft HZ 649 were on a anti-shipping patrol

Source: They Shall Not Grow Old

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Re: 1Lt Orla Alexander Lamb

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Re: 1Lt Orla Alexander Lamb

Post by Temujin » Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:15 am

From Operational Record Book - 415 Squadron
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Re: 1Lt Orla Alexander Lamb

Post by georgetanksherman » Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:58 pm

Temujin, as always, "Thank You" so much, found a short story 1Lt Orla Alexander Lamb, but it did not give all the details, as far as the rest of the Crew, Squadron and Serial Number. Looked up on usaafdata.com, they don't even have him listed on their site at all.


So do you know if R.C.A.F. No. 415 Squadron was attached to Coastal Command or Bomber Command, or was there not really a difference during that time period ?

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Re: 1Lt Orla Alexander Lamb

Post by Temujin » Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:16 pm

georgetanksherman wrote:
Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:58 pm
Temujin, as always, "Thank You" so much, found a short story 1Lt Orla Alexander Lamb, but it did not give all the details, as far as the rest of the Crew, Squadron and Serial Number. Looked up on usaafdata.com, they don't even have him listed on their site at all.


So do you know if R.C.A.F. No. 415 Squadron was attached to Coastal Command or Bomber Command, or was there not really a difference during that time period ?

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Your welcome. Answer to your question:

415 Squadron initially served as a torpedo-bombing unit and with Coastal Command. Formed at Thorney Island on 20th August, 1941, this squadron began flying Hampdens and later flew the Blenheim and Beaufort. The Bristol Beaufort was never used operationally by the Squadron and was quickly replaced by the Handley Page Hampdens in 1942. The Hampdens flew both anti-U-Boat and anti-shipping patrols in the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay. It was on 21 April 1942 that 415 flew its first operational mission being an Air Sea Rescue and on the 29th, flew its first anti-submarine "Musketry" patrol.

In September 1943, 415 Squadron had a complete change of aircraft when the Vickers Wellingtons and Fairey Albacore biplanes replaced the Hampdens. The Albacores were the only biplanes to see combat with the RCAF during the Second World War and 415 Squadron was the only Canadian unit to use them. Both planes, having two different roles, were effective against E-Boats in the English Channel. The Wellingtons were employed to find the E-Boats while the Albacores were sent to attack them.

During D-Day (6th June, 1944), 415 Squadron assisted in the invasion of Normandy by laying smokescreens to aid the Allied Naval Forces in their advance.

The squadron transferred to No. 6 (R.C.A.F.) Group of Bomber Command in July, 1944 and was based out of East Moor. The unit assumed a heavy bomber role when equipped with the Halifax at the same time. Hamburg was the target of the first operational mission as part of the Royal Canadian Air Force, where 15 Halifaxes bombed the area on the 28/29th July, 1944. The squadron regularly attacked strategic and tactical objectives across the Western Front for the remainder of the war.

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Re: 1Lt Orla Alexander Lamb

Post by georgetanksherman » Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:09 pm

Thanks for the Squadron education, good to get my History fix :-) Did a research on the serial number, with the exception of the info you gave, like on the Royal Air Force Forum, they don't even mention 1Lt Orla Alexander Lamb as being part of the crew, but I am sure that happened a lot with some of the other fliers as well !

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