PERKEL, CHARLES (NMI), Private First Class, # 12159512, USAAF
Charles Perkel was born on 6 April 1923 in Manhattan, New York, to Morris Perkel (1893-1984) (Poland) and Frieda (Freytka) (Hoffman) Perkel (1884-1931). Siblings included Ida (Perkel) Weizmann (1913-2005) (NY), Esther (Perkel) Padden (1921-1996) (NY), Michael "Max" Perkel (1923-1999) (NY) (twin brother). Living with them in 1930 were two cousins, William Albert (1905- ) (Poland) and Bessie Albert (1912- ) (Poland).
He enlisted in the USAAF in New York, New York, on 26 October 1942. He was trained to maintain and repair the mechanical parts of the C-47 Skytrain (engineer). He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 5 June 1945, a C-47A, # 41-38746, assigned to Air Transport Command, Assam Wing, India, B Squadron, departed the airfield at Dum Dum, India, on an air resupply cargo mission, eventually to land at the airfield at Jorhat, India. It never landed. After recover from the American military cemetery in India, the remains of crew and passengers (Besone, Adoff, McLauchlin, Melichar were buried in a group burial - Burial 4570, GB-530) and ceremony in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 15 March 1950 (Sec. 79, Graves 279A, 280B, and 281C). After recovery by Graves Registration, his remains were buried in the Mount Lebanon Cemetery, Glendale, New York (Plot WC-5-24-7).
His brother, Michael "Max" Perkel, born 6 April 1923 (twin), enlisted in the USAAF in New York, New York, on 6 November 1942. He was honorably discharged a Staff Sergeant on 6 December 1945. He died 16 June 1999 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia (Sec. 65, Grave 3502)