He attended Marion Military Institute and graduated from Jackson High School. Volunteering at age 18 for the U.S. Navy, he was accepted in 1943 to flight school as a naval cadet, was trained flying a Stearman and became a “triple threat” pilot, navigator and bombardier. Continued training included graduating from Airborne Radar School, becoming an Advanced Flight Instructor and serving as a member of the Night Fighting Squadron 53, flying the F6F Hellcat.
In 1946 and 1947 he was with the Fighting Squadron, FOURTEEN ABLE, stationed at Kobler Field, Saipan, and flew missions from the U.S.S. Princeton flying the F6f Hellcat and F4U Corsair.
After honorary discharge from the US Naval Reserve, he joined the U.S. Air Force in Aug. 1948. He served in the Korean War with the 502 Tactical Control Group of the 605th Tactical Control Squadron in Puson, Korea, flying combat supplies to front line troops and working with radar stations. Other posts included Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, Fla., where he was an instructor with the Radar Bomb Dropping School, Aircraft Control and Warning School and USAF Aircraft Controllers School.
While stationed at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, he received worldwide attention when he crash-landed his disabled C-47 plane in the ocean near Iwo Jima with all persons aboard surviving, including noted author James Michener. In 1959 he was transferred to England Air Force Base where he served as an Aircraft Control and Warning Controller in addition to flying and instructor responsibilities with the L- 20, T-33 and C-123 aircrafts.
After retiring in 1962 with the rank of major, he continued aeronautical training, earning ratings as a helicopter instructor and for flying the Grumman – 1, North American Saberliner and BAC-111, as well as operating a private air charter and flight instruction business. He achieved ratings for single engine, multi-engine, helicopter, seaplane and airline – all the ratings offered by the Federal Aviation Agency.
Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 2, 2011at the Gainestown United Methodist Church, Gainestown, with Pastor Tommy Gaillard officiating. Interment followed in the Lambard family cemetery in Gainestown.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Eugene Lambard; grandson, David Allen Lambard; second wife, Annie Earle Turner; stepson, Bentley Wayne Shamburger.
He is survived by his brother, William Joshua Lambard, Jr. of Gainestown; first wife, June Lorene Gilkison of Pineville, La.; wife of 13 years, Betty Jo Kennedy Shamburger Lambard of Pine Hill; son, Allen Cannon (Peggy) Lambard, Jr. of Haughton, La.; son, Dr. Warren William (Georgia) Lambard of Minden, La.; daughter, Lisa Lambard (Stephen) Norman of Alexandria, La.; stepchildren, Robert F. (Gayle) Shamburger of Magnolia, Kathryn L. Shamburger (Richard) Roberts of Dothan, Betty Jean Shamburger of Seattle, Wash., Brenda Turner (Bill) Salter of Mobile; stepdaughter in-law, Sharon Shamburger of Childersburg; niece, Mary Lambard (King) Wright of Satsuma; nephews, Richard Eugene (Maxine) Lambard, Jr. of Gainestown, Judson William (Janet) Lambard, Sr. and Thomas Gross Lambard, Sr., both of Mobile; grandchildren, Dr. Brooke Lambard (Chris) Kyle Eugene, Ore., Luke Gilkison (Kelly)Lambard of Dallas, Texas, Dr. Piper Lambard (Patrick) Norton of College Station, Texas, Catherine Norman (Mark) Stead and Laura Norman (Brian) Clerc, both of Dallas, Texas, Matthew Stephen Norman of Muenster, Germany and Melissa Hope Norman of Baton Rouge, La.; stepgrandchildren, Bentley Sean Shamburger of Bay Minette, Russell Monroe (Brooklyn) Roberts of Birmingham, Christopher Scott (Krissy) Shamburger and Jennifer Shamburger, both of Gulf Shores, Robyn Thayer Roberts of Dothan, Richard Thayer Roberts III of Tuscaloosa, Ranee Lynn Martin and Lexie Mikal Martin, both of Minden, La. and Blair Salter of Mobile; great-grandchildren, Piper Katherine Kyle, Preston Charles Kyle and Pace Creighton Kyle, all of Eugene, Ore., Mason Donald Stead, Grant Stephen Stead and Emma June Clerc, all of Dallas, Texas; stepgreat-grandchildren, Cameron Lee Stanford of Dothan and Vera Caroline Shamburger of Gulf Shores.
Pallbearers were Richard Lambard Jr., Gross Lambard, Charles Lambard, Luke Lambard, Scott Shamburger and Ronnie Moore.
Honorary pallbearers were George W. Murphy, Frank Shamburger, Wilbur Jackson, Delmer Fletcher, Emmett Alexander and Thomas Edward Autrey.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gainestown United Methodist Church, 513 Hicks Ave., Jackson, Ala. 36545; Pine Hill Baptist Church, P.O. Box 398, Pine Hill, Ala. 36769 or a charity of one’s choice.
Condolences may be offered at www.obryantchapelfh.com.
O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville directed.