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loaded on a flat car to ship it back to the United States for repairs. Lamkey and Barlow decided to get out of there and escaped by hiding in the fuselage, only to be shot at as the opposing forces attempted to stop the train.

Remaining with Glenn Martin through 1915, Lamkey then joined the Navy and was sent to the flight school at Pensacola, Florida, early in 1916 for a course in water flying. After this he served as a Naval flying instructor until he was sent to France in World War I, stationed at the seacoast town of LeCroisic, in charge of a flying boat patrol squadron. While there Lamkey was forced down at sea and one wing was torn off his plane in landing. Two days later he taxied into base after a long slow journey on the water.

After World War I Lamkey was assigned to the Navy's Airship Base at Lakehurst, New Jersey, at the time of the "Shenandoah" and Type "C" dirigibles, and remained in Navy service until 1929 when he became a civil aircraft inspector for the Aeronautics Branch, Department of Commerce, at the Nicholas-Beazley Aircraft Company, Marshall, Missouri. He remained in this service until his retirement in 1959 at which time he was at the Lockheed plant in Burbank, California.

While visiting friends near San Diego, California, in October, 1961, he was taken ill and went into the Veteran's Naval Hospital at San Diego where he suffered a stroke which left him partially paralyzed and with loss of speech. In mid-December, 1961, he was transferred to the Brairwood Rest Home at Encino, California, by his daughter, where he suffered a second stroke and passed away on January 7, 1962, at age 75. his burial was at the Sawtell Veteran's Facility. Lamkey was a member of the Early Birds.

Flying Pioneer, William A. Lamkey devoted the major part of his active lifetime to aviation, the greater portion of which was in government service. An expert pilot, he flew all types of planes of his era and contributed his bit to the history and development of American aviation.


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