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Amos H Bomberger II


From Westmoreland County, PA

Born in 1922

Enlisted 24 Feb 1943 in Miami Beach, FL after completing four years of college

Assigned to 361st FS, 356th FG, 8th AF, USAAF.

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (8OLC), World War II Victory, EAME (4 bronze stars), American Campaign Medal.

Post military service, authored the first Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) handbook on formation flying for EAA air shows

Purchased P-51D 44-74494 on 27 April 1979 and flew it in the WWII colors of 44-15080 Carolyn's Vergeltungswaffe (with name shortened to Vergeltungswaffe) from 1980 until selling it 27 May 1998


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 361st Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...


Event Location Date
Born Westmoreland County, PA, USA 9 November 1922
Enlisted Miami Beach, FL, USA 24 February 1943
Crashed Dyess AFB, TX, USA 11 May 1944

Taxiing Accident Abilene AAB, TX Cat 3 damage 2Lt Amos H Bomberger, 11-May-44.

P-47D 43-25342 - 261BU 2AF.

Based Martlesham Heath 21 August 1944 – 21 July 1945

Assigned to 361FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 21 July 1945

Completed Tour Duty (ETD).

Crashed Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, USA 28 June 1947

Landing Accident Wright Field, OH Cat 2 damage Capt Amos Bomberger, 28-Jun-47.

AT-6F 44-81887 - 4000B.

Crashed Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, USA 20 January 1948

Landing Accident due to Mechanical Failure Wright Field, OH Cat 2 damage Capt Amos H. Bomberger, 20-Jan-48.

P-51D 44-64433 - 4000BU.


Date Contributor Update
10 September 2018 21:53:55 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events

Date Contributor Update
10 September 2018 15:17:06 KGGA Changes to biography

I am a personal friend of Hess Bomberger and he was born in PA not KY. He is adamant about changing this.

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2017 08:23:10 PEP.1956 Changes to biography

Service Record

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2017 15:18:14 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- Unit Histories;
- Note on record: 'Hess did NOT serve with the 360th FS, only the 361st. Please correct that on this record. Thank you.' - Corrected 21/6/16

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2017 05:07:51 fugari Changes to role, biography, awards and events


Date Contributor Update
13 December 2016 18:39:50 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards and events

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2015 13:27:05 PEP.1956 Changes to nickname, highest rank, role, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:39 AAM AAM ingest

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