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.

 

His brother, Joseph S. Komyati Jr., born 21 December 1925, enlisted in the USAAF on 20 June 1944 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. He died 10 December 2018 in Solon, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio.

HEMLER, JAMES LAWRENCE, Staff Sergeant, # 16045871, USAAF

 

James L. Hemler was born on 24 January 1920 in Dayton, Montogomery Co., Ohio, to John Stephen Hemler (1890-1972) and Georgia “Georgie” Elizabeth (Leever) Hemler (1894-1979). Siblings included Claude F. Hemler (1914-1925), Agnes Gertrude Hemler (1916-2012), John Harold Hemler (1918-1919), Georgia Allane Hemler (1921-1932), Kenneth William Hemler (1922-1970), Victor Hilary Hemler (1924-2010), Mary Catherine Hemler (1928-2008) and Anna Loretta (Hemler ) Burkel (1937-    ).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 2 March 1942 in Detroit Michigan. He was trained in the maintenance and function of the electrical and mechanical systems of the C-87. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force and 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. 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. 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. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

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