42-93385

 

On 28 June 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93385, assigned to 10th Air Force, 2rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, Assam Padesh, India, on an air supply to British Site 47. It was last located at 25º 8’ North 96º 34’ East and crashed in Burma for unknown causes. The last contact by radio was with Sgt. Jacob F. Rempfer, # 37286073. The crew and droppers were:

                                                   Pilot                             2ndLt James B. Heise              0-751322

                                                   Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Fletcher Reynolds Jr.     0-720908

                                                   Radio Operator            SSgt Roy D. Torbert                15040326

                                                   Engineer                      Cpl Harry L. Leyda Jr.             33433574

                                                   Cargo Dropper             PVT J. Edwards                      4919621

                                                   “                                   PVT F. Cooper                        3052451

                                                   “                                   Sgt H. Magee                          3768651

(Assignments - Edwards – S. Staff; Cooper – Regiment; Magee – Kings Oron RR)

There is a hand drawn map of the drop target in the MACR.

Two locations were possible: (1) Indagyi Lake (not found); (2) the Chindwin River valley (6 week trip in jungle) – not investigated.

The next-of-kin were listed as:

                                                Heise                Mrs Phyllis P Heise, W, 308 E. Barner St, Frankfort, IN

                                                Reynolds          Mrs Fletcher P. Reynolds, W, 808 Fisher St, Peoria, IL

                                                Torbert             Mrs Marion L. Torbert, W, Rte 1, C/O C P Quinn, Axle, TN

                                                Leyda               Mrs Virginia S Leyda, W, 144 W 3rd St, Oil City, PA

                                                                         H L Leyda, F, Maury Hotel, 19th & G NW, Washington, D.C.

HEISE, JAMES BLAINE, Second Lieutenant, # 0-751322, USAAF

 

James B. Heise was born on 31 May 1918 in Michigantown, Clinton Co., Indiana, to Luther Blaine Heise (1890-1945) and Mabel Fern Heise (1893-1969). Siblings included Marjorie E. (Heise) Thomas (1920-2011) and John C. Heise (1925-2011). He was married to Phyllis Pauline (Pulley) Heise (1925-1950) (married 1942), whom in 1942 lived at 308 E. Barner St, Frankfort, Indiana.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, on 12 January 1942. He completed basic and advanced flight training, was rated for multi-engine aircraft, and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent to 10th Air Force in India. On 28 June 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93385, assigned to 10th Air Force, 2rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, Assam Padesh, India, on an air supply to British Site 47. It was last located at 25º 8’ North 96º 34’ East and crashed in Burma for unknown causes. The last contact by radio was with Sgt. Jacob F. Rempfer, # 37286073. Two locations were possible: (1) Indagyi Lake (not found); (2) the Chindwin River valley (6 week trip in jungle) – not investigated. He is remembered on the wall at the Manila American Cemetery, Philippines. The family placed a memorial marker in the Bunnell Cemetery, Frankfort, Indiana. He was awarded the Purple Heart.