LAMBERT, PAUL ROBERT, Technical Sergeant, # 18019526, USAAF

 

Paul R. Lambert was born on 28 April 1921 in Henryetta, Okmulgee Co., Oklahoma, to Orpheus Richard M. Lambert (1886-1978) (MS) and Mary Isaphine (Cope) Lambert (1888-1978) (AR) (married 3 March 1907 in Atoka, OK). Siblings included James Floyd Lambert (1908-1993), Cleo Lambert (1914-    ) (OK), Bonnie Kate (Lambert) Walker (1916-1986) (OK), Joe Palmer Lambert (twin of Paul R.) (1921-1991) (OK). His father was a telegraph operator for the Texas Oil Co. He married Mildred Oneta Bauerie (1922-1998) and they had a daughter.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 2 July 1940 in Oklahoma. He was trained to maintain the mechanical  parts of the C-47 Skytrain and served as the Crew Chief (engineer). He was sent overseas to India. On 15 June 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93372, assigned to 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Sookerating, India, on an air resupply mission and return. It was last seen by an eyewitness to the crash that killed everyone on board at 25º 31’ North and 96º 50’ East, when it hit some trees and crashed. Two Chinese soldiers said that the C-47A propellars hit trees before crashing. All crew members were from the 11th Combat Cargo Squadron on detached service to the 1st Troop Carrier Squadron, except 1stLt Miller, who was from Station # 10 (A.T.C.) on detached service to the 1st Troop Carrier Squadron. His remains were recovered from the American military cemetery at the airfield near Kalaikunda, India, and were buried in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on 30 June 1948 (Sec. N, Grave 45). He was awarded the Purple Heart.

ADLER, RICHARD (NMI), Private First Class, # 31314076, USAAF

 

Richard Adler was born on 21 June 1923 in Bronx, New York, New York, to William Adler (1891-    ) (Keidaw, Russia) and Lena (Weiss) Adler (1892-1961) (married 12 September 1914 Manhattan, NY, NY). Siblings included, David Adler (1915-2005), Benjamin “Bennie” Adler (1919-2007), Yetta Adler (1919-    ), Joseph Adler (1930-    ). He was recorded as a missing Jewish serviceman.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, resided at 9-11 Lebanon Ave., Colchester, New London Co., Connecticut, employed by Colt’s Firearms, Hartford, CT, and described himself as 5’7”, 170 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 4 February 1943 in Connecticut. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the C-47 Skytrain. He was sent overseas to India. On 15 June 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93372, assigned to 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Sookerating, India, on an air resupply mission and return. It was last seen by an eyewitness to the crash that killed everyone on board at 25º 31’ North and 96º 50’ East, when it hit some trees and crashed. Two Chinese soldiers said that the C-47A propellars hit trees before crashing. All crew members were from the 11th Combat Cargo Squadron on detached service to the 1st Troop Carrier Squadron, except 1stLt Miller, who was from Station # 10 (A.T.C.) on detached service to the 1st Troop Carrier Squadron.