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Lyndon Francis Lakeman


Assigned to 447BG, 8AF USAAF. Dale Hanks crew. 35 x missions on B-17's. ETD. Assigned to 654BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. Flying de Havilland Mosquito's.

Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Re-enlisted USAF, seving in Korea, Vietnam conflicts rising to Lt Colonel.



  • Paul Collins

    Military | Major | Bombardier, navigator | 447th Bomb Group

  • Dale Hanks

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 708BS, 447BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: DFC (OLC), LOM (OLC), AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Re-enlisted USAF, serving in Korean and Vietnam conflicts, retiring at rank of Colonel.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 25th Bomb Group

    25th Bomb Group

    The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated...

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 654th Bomb Squadron


  • NS590

    Take Off Accident - RAF Watton, 27/8/44 - Minor damage - 1st Lt Otto E Kaellner (pilot). Landing Accident - RAF Watton, 7/12/44 - Minor damage - John M Carter (pilot). Landing Accident - RAF Watton, 5/5/45 - Cat 3 Damage - Lyndon F Lakeman (Pilot)....

Associated Place

  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...

  • Watton

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1939 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Watton was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in mid-1943. Improved initially with a single steel mat runway in 1943, plus 41 loop and 12 pan hardstandings, a...


Event Location Date
Born Goffstown, NH 1 May 1921

Son Harold Percy and Edna Mabel [Bucklin] Lakeman.

Enlisted 16 September 1942

Manchester, New Hampshire

Pilot training Dorr Field, FL 1943

Flight training Basic. Dorr Field, FL.

Pilot training Gunter Field, AL 1943

Flight training Primary. Gunter Field, AL.

Pilot training George Field, FL 1943

Flight training Advanced. George Field, FL. Commissioned 2nd Lt.

Discharged USAAF October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Enlisted 2 June 1951

Enlisted USAF

Discharged USAF 30 September 1972

Honourable discharge.

Died North Augusta, SC 16 January 1996
Buried Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, Barnstable County, MA 20 January 1996

Massachusetts National Cemetery
Bourne, Barnstable County, Massachusetts


Date Contributor Update
03 May 2020 19:22:26 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:27 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit History Roster as of 01 August 1945