PENNISI, SEBASTIAN J., Sergeant, # 32341639, USAAF

 

Sebastian J. Pennisi was born 1912 in Italy to Antonio (Tony) Pennisi (1880-    ) and Jennie Pennisi (1890-    ) (1940, born Italy, naturalized – widowed). Siblings included Venera Pennisi (1908-    ) (Italy, naturalized) and Jennie Pennisi (1921-    ) (born Bronx, NY). He listed his mother in military records as next-of-kin, “Mrs Jennie Pennisi, mother, 1222 Wheeler Ave, Bronx, NY.” In 1933, (Antonio – Anthony) Tony (a cabinet carpenter) and Jennie Pennisi lived at 438 East 120th.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 6 May 1942 at Fort Jay, Governors Island. On 25 January 1944, a B-24D, # 41-23889 (converted to ferry passengers and cargo – Sgt. Pennisi was a passenger), departed Chabua, India, at 7:40 a.m., to fly to Kunming, China. At 10:45 a.m., over the Himalayas, the formation of five B-24Ds “was forced to break up due to extreme instrument weather conditions.” All five aircraft crashed; B-24D, # 41-23889, near Jorhat, India. Crews parachuted from two and a third, which crashed, had two survivors. The fourth and fifth, “Hot as Hell” and “Haley’s Comet,” disappeared, the crews presumed dead (Tara Copp, Stars & Stripes, 8 Apr 2016).

 

 

ZOBB, ELMER EUGENE, Corporal, # 33278451

 

Elmer E. Zobb was born on 5 July 1920 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Emery Zobb (1882-    ) (born Hungary) and Margaret E. (Makray) Zobb (1894-1963) (born Hungary), who in 1950, lived at 164 Sunflower Ave, Millvale, Pennsylvania. Siblings included Emery J. Zobb  (1912-1973), William James Zobb (1915-1956), Theodore Zobb (1924-2004) and Margaret (Zobb) Wojszynski (1914-    ).

 

On registration for the WW II draft in 1942, he described himself as 6’, 165 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted 9 July 1942 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He went overseas in November 1943. On 25 January 1944, a B-24D, # 41-23889 (converted to ferry passengers and cargo – Cpl. Zobb was a passenger), departed Chabua, India, at 7:40 a.m., to fly to Kunming, China. At 10:45 a.m., over the Himalayas, the formation of five B-24Ds “was forced to break up due to extreme instrument weather conditions.” All five aircraft crashed; B-24D, # 41-23889, near Jorhat, India. Crews parachuted from two and a third, which crashed, had two survivors. The fourth and fifth, “Hot as Hell” and “Haley’s Comet,” disappeared, the crews presumed dead (Tara Copp, Stars & Stripes, 8 Apr 2016). After recovery of his remains by Graves Registration, his remains were returned to the U.S., where he was buried 7 April 1949 (Plot M, Grave 10265) in the United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery, Washington, D.C.