Kenneth John Lambden 31 December 1923 – 22 May 2015
P/O Kenneth John Lambden, who passed away on 22 May 2015 aged 91, was buried on Friday 5 June 2015. His old squadron 208 did a fly past over the house in a Hawk at 13:00 as a mark of respect for a comrade.
Kenneth was a lifetime member of the Spitfire Society since November 1985. Kenneth was actively involved with the society for many years regularly attending the AGM and representing the society at air shows.
Earning his wings on Tiger Moths at Oxford University Air Squadron at Abingdon he went on to South Africa for his intermediate training on Harvards in November 1943. He flew 40 hours on Hurricanes and then on to the Spitfire VB to finish his training. In October 1944 he was posted to 208 Squadron who at the time were based in Florence, Italy, to carry out Tactical Aerial Reconnaissance and Surveillance. The squadron operated Spitfire MKIX LF Clipped Wings on which Kenneth amassed over 200 flying hours.
When the war in Italy was over in August 1945 the squadron was transferred to Ramat David, Palestine. The squadron was engaged in terrorist surveillance during the formation of Israel. On December 30th 1945 Kenneth left the squadron and travelled to RAF HQ Cairo, Egypt to be repatriated to the United Kingdom. Soon after his return to the UK he was demobbed to carry on his civilian life.
RIP Kenneth John Lambden