Lost voices of the SAAF – Peter Henry Lambert – 21 Squadron

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Re: Lost voices of the SAAF – Peter Henry Lambert – 21 Squad

Unread post by freddieh » Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:05 pm

Thanx for sharing Duncan =D>, amazing piece of History :D
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Re: Lost voices of the SAAF – Peter Henry Lambert – 21 Squad

Unread post by Alan Lambert » Thu Aug 05, 2010 2:01 pm

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Your granddad would be proud of you – even if he was a Jeppe boy and you are a KES boy !!!!
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Re: Lost voices of the SAAF – Peter Henry Lambert – 21 Squad

Unread post by Duncan L » Fri Sep 03, 2010 12:50 pm

Anyone else with an old logbook or history of the SAAF wanting to share?

I know my granddad wanted to write a book on the early history of the SAAF - he never got further that about 10 pages - after the prelim exams are over I will try and decipher and post.

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Re: Lost voices of the SAAF – Peter Henry Lambert – 21 Squad

Unread post by IANP » Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:49 pm

I will post my uncles log book once I have figure out how to post it. He flew Maurders with 24 sqn and the lat year flying the Dacs fron Swartkops to Italy and return.

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Re: Lost voices of the SAAF – Peter Henry Lambert – 21 Squad

Unread post by Duncan L » Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:15 pm

Great Ian

I just typed it up in MSWord and copy and pasted into the dialogue box.
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Re: Lost voices of the SAAF – Peter Henry Lambert – 21 Squad

Unread post by PixelRenoster » Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:12 pm

21 Squadron S.A.A.F. ST. PETER’S ROME ITALY 12.3.45
(An inscription on the reverse reads: Taken at St. Peter’s on 11-2-45 Roma)
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Unread post by ACE MAN » Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:49 pm

ACE MAN wrote:
Agent Cooper wrote:We had a station pilot at Dunno's by the name of Peter Lambert.
He was a pupe there in 88/89 - I believe he is now in SAA. I do see him around Benoni/Northmead from time to time.

Interesting read - My wife's grandfather was ' a bundu boy in bomber command' of 44 and 49 Rhodesian Squadron's and has an interesting logbook covering 2 tours of duty and then resorting to flight instruction at Castle Coombe. (He still lives in Zim and owns his farm - but that is another story for another day!)

Sadly my Wifes grandfather, Tom Webster (WW2 DFM , Lancaster Pilot), and Zimbabwe Farmer until the end, passed away peacefully last Sunday at the age of 90. His story can be read at http://www.ourstory.com/thread.html?t=177838 . A eulogy in pictures will be pasted in a seperate thread.
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Re: Lost voices of the SAAF – Peter Henry Lambert – 21 Squad

Unread post by Deanw » Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:11 pm

Sorry to hear about your loss and thanks for the link.
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Re: Lost voices of the SAAF – Peter Henry Lambert – 21 Squad

Unread post by Hotspur » Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:34 pm

From a historical perspective, I was reminded this week of a story I heard a couple of years ago from a WW2 veteran.........

It's the late 1940's and the SAAF have some Spits being flown by former WW2 1 & 2 Sqn pilots. These chaps are the bees knees in local aviation, they've flown Hurricanes, Tomahawks, Kittyhawks and Spitfires against the Luftwaffe in North Africa and Italy.

A four-ship navigation sortie is tasked to Rhodesia on a Friday morning, returning Friday afternoon. Bad weather delays. They eventually head out, but touch down in Salisbury after 3pm (on a Friday.... !) The mess is closed, our four intrepid aviators haven't eaten since an early breakfast. Enquiries at the kitchen as to the possibility of even a sandwich are met with a firm "No, sorry".

Seriously cheesed at this circus, Jerks McLean goes on walk-about through the buildings. In the front of the Officers Mess he finds their pride & joy, a visitors book open on stand with a single entry that is treated as the Holy Grail......

On Monday morning the Rhodesians read....

Montgomery of Alamein

and scrawled below in blue pen.....

MacLean of Waterkloof

Apparently, it took a while before Alan Delville 'Jerks' McLean was welcome back into the Rhodesian Mess......
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Re: Lost voices of the SAAF – Peter Henry Lambert – 21 Squad

Unread post by AnnieC » Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:35 am

Hi,
I am interested to know which gentleman in the photograph is Ian Falkiner Dale Robertson.
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Re: Lost voices of the SAAF – Peter Henry Lambert – 21 Squad

Unread post by jonahill » Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:42 am

Hi Duncan

i wish I had found this post earlier. My father was a pilot with 21 Squadron in Italy from 26/10/43 to 24/05/44 flying Baltimores. He was Lt G.W. Hill. I have his logbooks and did a quick match of his sorties to your grandfather's. He flew 83 sorties while in italy over this period, and 35 of them were the same raids that your grandfather went on. Just having a quick glance, the logbook entries are also very similar in terms of bombing accuracy, AA etc.

He did not have many pictures of this time, but one he had was of aircraft 414P which he also flew quite a lot. In fact both logbooks show them both being on the same aircraft an a particular day, although i guess that must be an error in one of the logbooks.

Loved the colour picture of the nose.
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Re: Lost voices of the SAAF – Peter Henry Lambert – 21 Squadron

Unread post by daran » Sun Jan 03, 2016 11:10 pm

Hi Duncan

I doubt that you will get this message... but thought it worth a shot. My grandfather... JW Geldenhuys... served as an observer and air gunner in squadron 21... I read your post with interest basically hoping to get some background on operations at the time. I have a log book but it starts at Feb 1944... I was astounded to see that the plane in your logbook is 167S which is the exact same aircraft as my grandfather. Your logbook is more detailed which is amazing and the part that hit me most was the accident on 30 March where the top gunner was killed and the other gunner... my grandfather... was unhurt. Absolutely astounded. My logbook lists lt askew as the pilot in all entries.

Thanks for sharing my grandfather sadly passed away in 1987 but this was a great way for me to connect with his memory. He told me many stories about the war as a child.

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Re: Lost voices of the SAAF – Peter Henry Lambert – 21 Squadron

Unread post by Deanw » Mon Jan 04, 2016 8:18 am

I recently published a book of stories written by those who served in or with the SAAF, describing their personal experiences: Tumult in the Clouds.

The contributions cover the history of the SAAF, from WWII, Korea, Post-WWII, Rhodesia, Bush War to current. A great many of the stories cover WWII, including North Africa and Italy. In this way, you can get an idea of the people and conditions that your family member experienced.

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Re: Lost voices of the SAAF – Peter Henry Lambert – 21 Squadron

Unread post by Warbirdza » Mon Jan 04, 2016 10:54 am

That was a great read. Loved it.
I have "Tumult in the clouds" and also loved it.
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Re: Lost voices of the SAAF – Peter Henry Lambert – 21 Squadron

Unread post by Deanw » Mon Jan 04, 2016 12:51 pm

Warbirdza wrote:I have "Tumult in the clouds" and also loved it.
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