HELLER, CHARLES DANIEL, First Lieutenant, # 0-403595, USAAF

 

Charles D. Heller was born on 24 July 1917 in Polytechnic, Tarrant Co., Texas to Joseph Henry Heller (1888-1975) (TX) and Virginia E. (Longserre) Heller (1893-1989) (TX). A sibling was Edwin Henry Heller (1929-2007). In 1920-1940 his father was a teacher. He was married to Betty Mae Seideman (1918-2004) and they had a son.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction and advanced flight schools. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was multi-engine rated. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 10 July 1944, a C-87, # 30600, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 28th Transport Group, 1327th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Tezpur, India, on a cargo mission to Chengtu, China. It went down 20 miles NNW of Kamaing, Burma, along the Mogaung River; 4 miles NE of Warazup, Burma. An hour and 35 minutes from Tezpur, India, bad weather was encountered and icing was on the wings at 18,500 feet. 1stLt Heller took control and descended to 17,500. Turbulence was severe. The gyro went awry and Lt Heller told SSgt Hemler to adjust engine vacuum. The aircraft went into a steep spiral turn. Speed was up to 220 MPH and was leveled out. Speed was reduced to 150 MPH. The compass was at course 270º. Lt. Heller ordered the crew to put on parachutes. The plane went into a right steep spiral and gained speed to 320 MPH. No order to bail out was given. Suddenly Komayati felt a gust of wind and dust and found himself airborne and opened his chute. The search of American and Chinese soldiers from Warazup reached him at 1100 hours the next morning. An L-5 flew him from Warazup to Tingkawk Sakan, Burma. A C-47 medical plane flew him to Ledo, India. From Ledo he was flown to Jorhat, India, and then to Tezpur, India. After recovery from India, his remains were buried in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas, on 18 January 1949 (Sec. R, Grave 168).

KOMYATI, EDWARD J., First Lieutenant, # 0-729023, USAAF

 

Edward J. Komyati (Komjati) was born on 20 July 1921 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio to Joseph Stephen Komyati (1885-1964) (Hungary) and Zsophia “Sophie” (Lucskai) Komyati (1897-1976) (Hungary). Siblings included Evelyn Julia (Komyati) Unger (1918-1990) and Joseph Stephen Komyati Jr. (1926-2018).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet on 20 January 1942 at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio. He completed flight instruction and advanced flight schools. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. He was multi-engine rated. On 10 July 1944, a C-87, # 30600, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 28th Transport Group, 1327th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Tezpur, India, on a cargo mission to Chengtu, China. It went down 20 miles NNW of Kamaing, Burma, along the Mogaung River; 4 miles NE of Warazup, Burma. An hour and 35 minutes from Tezpur, India, bad weather was encountered and icing was on the wings at 18,500 feet. 1stLt Heller took control and descended to 17,500. Turbulence was severe. The gyro went awry and Lt Heller told SSgt Hemler to adjust engine vacuum. The aircraft went into a steep spiral turn. Speed was up to 220 MPH and was leveled out. Speed was reduced to 150 MPH. The compass was at course 270º. Lt. Heller ordered the crew to put on parachutes. The plane went into a right steep spiral and gained speed to 320 MPH. No order to bail out was given. Suddenly Komyati felt a gust of wind and dust and found himself airborne and opened his chute. He saw metal falling around him. He did not know what happened. He landed in swamp about 4 miles NE of Warazup, Burma. An L-5 overflew and spotted him. The L-5 pilot dropped a note that a search party would be sent. He found a C-87 door about 25’ from where he landed.