Pilot’s Story

Joined the Army

October 1942 When WWII broke out, I wanted to serve. Growing up on the Lower East Side of New York City, I had never been on a plane or even been to an airport, but now there was a possibility for me …

Aviation Cadet Training

January – September 1943 I was an Aviation Cadet (A/C) for 9 months. I felt mighty good all decked out in my Aviation Cadet Dress Uniform which we wore to town and parades. Aviation Cadet Traini…

Classification and Preflight Training

San Antonio, Texas, January – March 1943 During 3 months of Preflight Training at Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas and 2 months of Primary Flight Training at Cimmaron Field in Oklahoma City, I …

Primary Flight Training

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, March – May 1943 My first flight as a pilot was in the Fairchild PT19 Trainer during 2 months of Primary Training at Cimmaron Field near Oklahoma City. After about 14 ho…

B-24 Transition Training

Liberal, Kansas, October – December 1943 B-24 Transition Training was 9 weeks. It was here that I learned to fly the Consolidated B-24 Liberator. The Howling Banshee was the “J” mode…

B-24 Crew Training

Tonopah, Nevada, Jan – March 1944 After completing B-24 Transition Training, I proceeded to Tonopah, Nevada, where I celebrated my 20th birthday and was assigned a crew. We trained together on t…

The AZON Project

April – May 1944 My crew and I were still “planeless” at this point. We werepart of the 470th Bomb group and would have remained with this bomb group if they hadn’t pulled us f…

European Theater of Operations

Horsham St. Faith, England, May 1944 In late April, we received our orders to head overseas and wrote out our last wills and testments. On May 4, 1944 we (the ten Azon aircraft) left the United States…

Crew of the Howling Banshee

Horsham St. Faith, England, May – December 1944 We arrived at Horsham St. Faith 5/18/44 where we obtained four new gunners for each of the ten crews and an allowance to purchase new clothing sin…

The Second Air Division

Europe, 1944 Army Air Corps 8th Air Force 2nd Air Division 96th Bomb Wing 458th Bomb Group 753rd Bomb Squadron After a year and half of training and preparation, I was now a part of the: 753rd Squadro…

Horsham St. Faith Airfield

Horsham St. Faith, England, 1944 Horsham St. Faith was the HQ of the 96th Bomb Wing with its very desirable operating and living quarters. Originally, it was a RAF base and had permanent brick buildin…

High Noon Over Germany

Europe, 1944 We flew combat missions, practice missions, and sometimes transported fuel. I kept a Pilot’s Log of all my flight time and related flight data. Our combat missions varied in difficulty.…

Crew From New York City

Europe, 1944 Some team eh! My crew of the Howling Banshee certainly was some team. However, one of my buddies from the Lower East Side, Sid “Red” Katz, had his own A1 team in mind with me …

Arnold A. Piskin

Distinguished Flying Cross

Europe, December 1944 At the start of my tour in Europe I took this photo at a London studio for the folks back home. The bar on the hat defined my officer status. Flight Officer was blue, 2nd Lt. Gol…

Knightshayes Court

Knightshayes Court

Europe, December 1944 My crew had 7 glorious days of long needed rest and relaxation before our last tour of duty. The officers went to Knightshayes in Tiverton and the enlisted men went to South Port…

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Final Tour of Duty

Europe, December 1944 Our last 4 missions were in late December to support the Battle of the Bulge. We flew December 24th, 25th, 27th, and my last mission was on the 28th. I had completed 36 missions.…

Don Ce Sar Convalescent Hospital

St. Petersburg, Florida, Feb – May 1945 I was rotated back to the USA the beginning of 1/45. After one month’s furlough, I reported in February to the reclassification center in Miami Beac…

Civilian Life

New York City, May 1945 I became a civilian on 6/23/45. I was one of the earliest to leave the service, even though the war was still on with Japan. I wanted to be a commercial pilot from the first da…

50th Anniversary of VE Day

Norwich, England May 1995 In honor of the 50th Anniversary of VE Day, I attended a reunion in Norwich, England which was the town central to the B-24 bomb groups of the Second Air Division. Ever since…