Known simply as Bam Bamberger, his RAF career started as RAFVR groundcrew in 1936. In late 1938 he was accepted for pilot training and rejoined No 610 at Biggin Hill on 27 July 1940, but with no experience flying Spitfires he was sent to 7 OTU, Hawarden for 3 weeks. He rejoined No 610 Squadron claiming a probable Bf 109 on the 28 August 1940. He was posted to No 41 Squadron at Hornchurch on 17 September 1940, and on 5 October 1940 he claimed a Bf 109. In mid-October 1940 he left for Malta, arriving on 28 November 1940. He claimed two Ju 87s in January 1941 before returning to the UK in June 1941. He returned to Malta in 1943 and shot down another Ju 87 on 13 July over Sicily. In August No 243 Squadron moved to Sicily, and he received his DFC on the 28 September 1943. On 16 October he claimed a Bf 109, another on 25 May 1944 and a Mc 202 damaged on 15 June. In July 1944 he returned to the UK and awarded the bar to his DFC on 14 November 1944. Released from the RAF in 1946, he was recalled during the Korean crisis and finally retired from the RAF in 1959.
Squadron Leader Cyril Stanley Bamberger DFC*
Hand signed 5in x 7in photograph - numbered and certified on reverse.