Bill Lambert

World War I Flying Ace

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About the Book

World War I fighter pilot William C. Lambert of Ironton, Ohio, flew for the British Royal Air Force in 1918. When he left the Western Front in August, he had 22 victories—then the most achieved by any American pilot. (By the time of the Armistice in November, his total was surpassed by Eddie Rickenbacker, the former race car driver from Columbus, Ohio, with 26 victories.) Lambert survived the war and lived into his eighties, unwilling until late in life to seek public acclaim for his war record. This book examines his life and the wartime experiences that defined it.

About the Author(s)

Samuel J. Wilson is a professor of history at the University of Rio Grande in Rio Grande, Ohio.

Bibliographic Details

Samuel J. Wilson
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 276
Bibliographic Info: 24 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6467-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2612-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments viii

Preface 1

Introduction 3

One—The Birth of Aviation and the Road to War 9

Two—From Ironton to Canada 15

Three—Training 22

Four—Entering the Air War 30

Five—Spring 1918 41

Six—Summer: June 1918 58

Seven—Moving into Autumn: July 1918 83

Eight—Leave and Return 100

Nine—Return to the War 112

Ten—Leaving the War 139

Eleven—Barnstorming Days 145

Twelve—Life Between the Wars 156

Thirteen—Lambert in World War II and Afterward 164

Fourteen—Lambert and Friends: The Book Gets Published 176

Fifteen—Lambert as Artist 192

Sixteen—The Lambert They Knew 200

Seventeen—The Rediscovered Ace 207

Eighteen—The Final Years 216

Epilogue 222

Appendix: The Numbers Game 225

Chapter Notes 231

Bibliography 250

Index 259

Book Reviews & Awards

“The overall package makes for a very interesting read [and] is something that’s worth having”—Cross & Cockade International.