Second Leading WW1 Ace
LAMBERT, William (1894-1982). American fighter pilot in the British Royal Flying Corps’ No. 24 Squadron in 1918. He was accredited with the destruction of 22 German aircraft. He received the British Distinguished Flying Cross from King George V. He left the RFC with the rank of Captain. During WWII, Lambert served in a non-flying capacity with the U.S. Air Corps where he obtained the rank of Major. He retired in 1954 with the rank of lt. Colonel. Lambert was also an accomplished architect and artist. In 1975 he wrote Combat Report which included his own illustrations from WW1. He submitted 21 different drawings of which five were chosen for the book.
Original pencil drawing given to the publisher to be used in the book. This drawing is of two fighter planes being shot at by soldiers from the trenches. Signed and dated by Lambert: “Lambert 4-7-18”. Includes a full COA from William E. Martin, a consultant for Lambert’s book. This illustration which measures appx. 8”x11” was not one of those used in the book. In fine condition...............................$495.00