I have just received information through a friend that RAF Squadron Leader Cyril “Bam” Bamberger passed away on 03.00 Sunday morning.
Bamberger was one of the surviving members of “The Few”, having flown Spitfires with No. 610 Squadron in the Battle of Britain. During the Battle he scored five victories, achieving the ace status.
In November 1940, Bamberger volunteered for Malta, flying a Hurricane off HMS Argus to the island on 17th November. Serving with No. 261 Squadron, he shot down two Junkers Ju 87 in successive days over Grand Harbour in January 1941. He was subsequently posted to No. 185 Squadron and returned to England in May of that year.
In 1942, Bam joined No. 93 Squadron and followed with that unit to Tunisia. 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.
On 28 september 1943, Cyril Bamberger was awarded the DFC. On 16 October he claimed a Bf 109, another on 25 May 1944 and a Macchi Mc 202 damaged on 15 June.
In July 1944 Bamberger returned to the UK. In November that year he was awarded the bar to his DFC. Released from the RAF in 1946, he was recalled during the Korean crisis. He finally retired from the RAF in 1959.
During his retirement Bam became known as a great friend to many and remained active in the aviation circles to his last days, most recently with the Bentley Priory Battle of Britain Trust (BPBBT). He was 88 years old.