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Anthony Owen Bamberg


nthony Owen "Tony" Bamberg was the fourth of five children born to Lorenz and Mayme (Kain) Bamberg. He was born on April 14, 1920 in Alton, Iowa. Tony enlisted in the US Army on February 10, 1941 and ultimately transferred to the Air Corps (which would later become the US Air Force)where he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on January 14, 1943 after graduating as a pilot. He later received his commission as a First Lieutenant. On December 16, 1944 Tony married Edna Jarrett Ringham in Lincoln, Nebraska shortly before being deployed overseas.

Tony completed pilot training, and ultimately became an Air Leader in the 836th Bomb Squadron of the 487th Bomb Group (Heavy). This unit was based at Army Air Forces Station 137, near the village of Lavenham, Suffolk, England, and was part of the 8th U.S. Army Air Force in Europe. On April 8, 1945, Lt Bamberg flew as Air Leader with the crew of Lt Leon R. Milner, and led the Low Squadron on a mission to bomb the marshalling yards at Hof, Germany. Lt Bamberg and four of his crew mates were killed in action when their aircraft, B-17G 44-8547, was shot down by flak just after bombs away. The aircraft exploded and crashed near Heinersgrün, about 12 kilometers northeast of Hof. Four men survived.

On April 8, 1945, 1st Lt. Bamberg was declared Missing in Action and on May 1, 1946 he was declared to have been Killed in Action by the War Department. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Oak Leaf Cluster posthumously.

The bodies of the five casualties were not recovered until September 24, 1952. They were buried first at the Mausoleum in Frankfurt. The remains could not be individually identified, and after the war were returned to the United States and reinterred in a group burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. They are buried in Section 84, Site 308-310. They are not listed in the U.S. War Department's World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel because the remains were found after publication.



  • Irving Bellow

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Neustadt on 4/8/45 in B-17 #44-8547

  • Bobby Bullion

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Neustadt on 4/8/45 in B-17G #44-8547

  • John Jackson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Neustadt on 8 Apr 1945 in B-17G #44-8547

  • Leon Milner

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Neustadt in B-17 #448547

  • Elmer Schramm

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Neustadt in B-17 #44-8547

  • Edward Sherman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Neustadt in B-17 #44-8547

  • Clement Swan

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Neustadt in B-17G #44-8547

  • Stanley Wechsler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pathfinder Operator | 487th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-17G 44-8121

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Units served with

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 836th Bomb Squadron


  • 44-8547

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/10/44; Hunter 19/11/44; Dow Fd 28/12/44; Assigned 836BS/487BG [2G-E] Lavenham 2/1/45; Missing in Action Kiel 8/4/45 with Leon Milner, Clem Swan, Ed Sherman, Elmer Schramm, Lt Tony Bamberg tg (5 Killed in Action); Irving Bellow,...


Associated Place

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...


Event Location Date
Born Alton, IA, USA 14 April 1920
Died Hof, Germany 8 April 1945 – 8 April 1945

He was in the 487th Bomb Group. He was a co-pilot on a B-17 and was shot down by flak while over Hof, Germany on April 8, 1945 (MACR #13742). He is buried with his crew at the Jefferson Barracks, in St. Louis, MO.

Buried Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery 1953

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA Add to Map
SECTION 84 SITE 308-310


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MACR 13742 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database