New England Air Museum
Michael J. Brienza

Mike Brienza (right) on Tinian

Recent Address:

94 Indian Run Parkway, So., Union, NJ 07083



Family Information:

Parents: Michael, Sr. and Deborah; Siblings: William, Nicholas


Brooklyn, NY

Date Entered Service:

September 21, 1942

Service Number:


Bomb Group:

468th; 25th Air Service Group



Location of Unit:


Missions Flown:

Many for downed B-29s

Hump Missions Flown:

2 round trips




Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, American Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Air Offensive Medal, China-Burma Award

Service Schools Attended:

B-24 School-Keesler Field 1944; Air Corp Training School

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 747-Airplane and Engine Mechanic

Rank Upon Discharge:


Crew Type:

Ground crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

Too many to list but one favorite was 42-63422 Little Mike.

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:


Date Discharged from the 58th:

December 6, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:


Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Drove a truck in New York for Engel's Trucking. Delivery to piers, homes and stores. Before I worked with Engel Trucking, I was supposed to go to Glen L. Martin. I went to Manhattan School of Aviation, but my mother did not like the idea of me leaving home for Baltimore. Now this is before December 7 (Jap attack). I was assigned a job by the school after graduation.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

My experience is truly priceless in regard to my friends and buddies and seeing the different places and things, like the Panama Canal, the locks and the fresh water lakes, seeing Perth, Australia, and some parts of India. What sorry places they are and the way people live. I remember the awful trip on the troop ship. It broke down six times near Cuba. It took 105 days to get to India. It was a good thing that it took so long. We were supposed to dock in Bombay. The ammo ship blew up. We would have been dead!




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