AYOUB, JOSEPH “JOE” AMEEN (NASEEM), Staff Sergeant, # 18015735, USAAF

 

Joe A. Ayoub was born 1 June 1917 in El Paso, Texas, to Ameen Farris Ayoub (1888-1953) and Josephine Zacchia (Jabalie) Ayoub (1888-1953) (from Syria). He had several siblings, including, Fred Ameen Ayoub (1914-1979), Rosa (Ayoub) Wardy (1915-2004), Halem Ameen Ayoub (1918-2003), and Carem Ameen Ayoub (1921-1977) and another brother.

 

He registered for the WW II draft, giving a residence of Mesilla, Dona Ana, New Mexico, and describing himself as 5’6”, 125 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 13 November 1941 at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas. He was the armorer gunner on the B-25C, 41-12966, of the 341st Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Squadron, departed the Air Base at Chakulia, India, on 30 October, 1943, at about 0930 hours, in rain, poor visibility and IFR weather. In 1949, some remains were recovered by Graves Registration and returned. His remains were recovered by a Graves Registration team and he was returned for burial 29 September 1949 at Fort Bliss National Cemetery, Texas, Section E, Grave 9555.

PENKUL, STANLEY A., Staff Sergeant, # 35313826, USAAF

 

Stanley A. Penkul was born 9 November 1918 in Indiana, to parents who immigrated from Poland, .   In 1930, he was living with Ignatius Nowack, an uncle (1882-    ), Mattie (Penkul) Nowach, a maternal aunt (1887-    ), a brother, Bernard R. Penkul (1920-    ) and a sister, Jeanette Penkul (1923-    ), Jean (Penkul) Buczak (1917-    ). He attended Fort Wayne Central H.S.

 

He enlisted 13 July 1942 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a photographer and gunner on the B-25C, 41-12966, of the 341st Bomb Group, 491st Bomb Squadron, departed the Air Base at Chakulia, India, on 30 October, 1943, at about 0930 hours, in rain, poor visibility and IFR weather. In 1949, some remains were recovered by Graves Registration and returned.                                          His remains were recovered by Graves Registration and returned for burial 30 August 1949 to New Albany National Cemetery, New Albany, Indiana.