Battle Scars

The New York Times

Mr. Gold, 94, was a kid from the Bronx who grew up dreaming of being a pilot. He now lives on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where Elaisha Stokes met with him and he recounted how he managed to take those pictures.

Mr. Gold flew bombing missions over Germany in 1944. He liked flying the Lockheed P-38 Lightning aircraft because it had two engines — which meant if one was shot out, he might still be able to survive. He loved flying, but was terrified of dying.

“I flew 101 missions in total and I don’t think I flew a single mission where I wasn’t deathly afraid and came back soaking in perspiration,” Gold said.

This is a story about trauma and memory.

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