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Martin B Biener 1
Level of Education: 1 year of college 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
1922 1
New York 1
Place: Queens County, New York 1

World War II 1

Army 1
Enlistment Date:
23 Jan 1942 1
Army Branch:
Medical Administrative Corps - For Officers only 1
Army Serial Number:
12053587 1
Enlistment Place:
New York City New York 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
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Civil Life 1
Foremen, n.e.c. 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
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321stBG,448thBS, Lt Martin Biener, B-25 Combat Pilot/MTO





Martin -

Barbi,       I am in Florida for the next 2 week  will send you pictures and  more information. Can't believe I am 91 and still going. I enlisted in 1942 and took a college written  test in order to get into the Army Air Corps.  Made it and entered the class of 42A. From Columbia SC I flew to Belem in Brazil . While waiting for the weather to clear before leaving for Acension Island in the middle  of the South Atlantic and then to Gold Coast of Africa My plane was attacked by rats who got in thru the wheel wells to get candy and food that my crew had aboard . We sat with our 5 pistol out ready to shoot them if the got too close. When we landed the B25 had to be scrapped as the wires and hoses had been destroyed.    My crew and I waited until a ferry crew brought a new ship over.  Then To Casablanca and a couple of weeks of low element skip bombing of German Shipping.   After the 50th mission I was flying Wing man to Col. Jimmy Bates when his ship was shot down and his crew bailed out.   My bombardier took over and went for the target a rail head (very heavy flack) and the squadron stayed together and I headed back to our base a Foggia.  General Knapp was our Wing Commander and he asked my to fly with him to Egypt  to bring back turkeys for Thanksgiving. The next day was #51. Very heavy flack and my side gunner as killed.   I was sent to Rest Camp on the Isle of Capri and then on a ship back to New York.  Rest Camp in Atlantic City. Got Married to old girl friend and was assigned to Macdill Field in Tampa Fla as commander of the hurricane squadron of 4 B25's.  General Smith , 3rd Air Force liked to fly the B25 to Cuba so I was invited to go with him as his co-pilot every weekend.   There was an opening for a base commander at Alachua Air Base in Gainesville  FL.  As the Field was to be closed he sent me there was the Base Commander. I was still a First Lieutenant.  One week later Col. Flip Cochran. and his air commando  group landed in Gainsville on their way over Hump to India and the Pacific.  He came into my office and suggested that I just stay in my office and stay away from his men.  After all a Col. out ranks a 1st. lieutenant.   I was promoted to Captain and sent to Cross City Air base in Florida and was there for 2 months and ordered to decommission the base and was discharged   That is my story. I continued flying as a private pilot a couple of years later and then commercial pilot of my company Navajo. Had to quit on my 80th year as I had open heart surgery and could not get my license back.    Thanks for doing such a good job. Hope to meet you someday.     Martin Biener  11 June, 2013



Martin Biener

New York, NY

Martin was residing in Queens, New Your, New York City, NY when he enlisted on 23 Jan. 1942 directly into the Army Air Corps.  He was born in N.Y. in 1922 and had completed one year of college.  Martin is a Citizen, was working as a forman and was still single at enlistment. 

Biener, Martin B., 2Lt, pilot   12053587 BIENER#MARTIN#B# NY QUEENS NYC NY 42) 
321st Bomb Group, 448th Bomb Squadron WAR-DIARY;


June 22 – 30- 43:  The following Officers were assigned and joined.  2nd Lieutenants:  Mayer, Blake, *Biener*, Ennis, Joli, Scopp, McEvoy.  The following Enlisted Men were assigned and joined.  S/Sgts:  Moore, Kessler, Sgt. Deal, S/Sgts:  Paschel, Kerr, Griffen, Lyons, Hilton, Sgts:  Pudlo, Mintus and T/Sgt. Shaw.  1st Lieutenant Powers transferred to 23rd Statistical Control Unit.  T/Sgts:  Boucher, Onstatt, Petty, Shaw transferred to 87th Fighter Group.  Private Koger transferred to 447th Bomb Squadron (M), 321st Bomb Group (M), AAF.  1st Lieutenant Stultz appointed Captain.  Usual squadron duties performed while in camp.  Nothing outstanding to report.


Biener, Martin B., 2Lt, pilot                Ennis, John H., Jr., 2Lt, pilot  
1st MISSION;   29 June, 1943 #41-12925 Hawkeye

2nd)      Monday, 5 July 1943 
A/C No.   41-13172 “Boyd Toyd” 3rd; Tuesday, 6 July 1943 A/C No.   41-29998 “Little Joe” with Sinclair

3) 8 July 1943 A/C No.   41-30005 “The Duck” w/Thaddeus Garrett

4) 9 July A/C No.   41-29998 “Little Joe” w/ Sinclair

5) 10 July - Little Joe with Sinclair

6) 11 July with Sinclair in A/C No.   41-30352

7) 12 July with Laland Moore - A/C No.   42-64661

8) 14 July w/L Moore - A/C No.   41-30001

9) 18 July, with Moore in Hawkeye #41-12926

10) 17 July, w/L Moore - A/C No.   41-29967

11) 19 July w/Moore A/C No.   41-30352

12) 20 July w/Moore in Hawkeye

12) 24 July w/Moore A/C No.   41-30326




#41-12926 Hawkeye, 4 Aug. 1943
                                        7 Aug.
                                        12 Aug.
#41-30327 (unknown)   13 Aug.
#41-12926 Hawkeye,    15 Aug
        12926                       27 Aug
                                          28 Aug.
Dec.  #41-12926 Hawkeye         2 Dec. '1943
           #41-30327   (unknown)    6 Dec. 1943   
            #42-64521 (Un)               28 Dec. 1943  
JAN. Missions;           


DEPARTED;  8 - 14 Jan. 1944






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