Harold Terens

Cpl Harold Terens
350th Fighter Squadron, 8th Air Force

Harold Terens was born on August 6, 1923 in the Bronx, New York.

He graduated from high school in 1941 and enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in 1942. He attended basic training in Miami Beach before being sent to radio mechanic school in Sioux Falls, SD where he learned Morse Code. On his 20th birthday, he sailed from New York to Liverpool, England where he was assigned to the 350th Fighter Squadron, 8th Air Force.

Harold was stationed at Eccleshall Air Base in England working on the radios for P-47s based there. On June 18, 1944, he volunteered to go to Normandy to assist with bringing back American and British POWs released from German camps. In July, 1944, he was transferred to Lands End, England before flying to Morocco to assist with Morse Code. He was then sent to Tunisia, Tripoli, Cairo, and Baghdad in support of an air offensive called ‘Shuttle Bombing.’

Harold was assigned to go to the Pacific when the bomb was dropped and he was honorably discharged on October 24, 1945.