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Pilot Rescued By RAF Gas Supply Alter Forced Landing Bv THOMAS R. HF.NRY, Star Staff Correspond^'. I UNITED STATES AIR BASE IN ITALY. Nov. 29 (Delayed (.—Trapped in a maze of impenetrable air walls over Greece and Albania, reduced 1 to a five-minute gas supply and finally forced down in a farmer's field , where his wheels plowed 6 inches deep in mud, Lt. Jules J. Hymel of Luling. La., was rescued when an RAP plane flew over and tosspd him tin cans of gasoline from an altitude of about 100 feet. Fellow pilots still cannot under i stand how Lt. Hymel got home. It was an almost perfectly geared com 1 bination of skill and luck. He had started out with Lt. Rich ard Hattendorf of Wheaton. 111., on the daily morning weather observa tion flight over the Greek moun tains. Over the Gulf of Corinth they began to encounter the "fronts." One of these is like a high stone wall :n the sky, as far as pilots are concerned. It is a great mass of cumulonimbus clouds reaching to altitudes of from 20.000 to 40.000 feet and extending downward to a.s low' as 5.000 feet. From tlie bottom level heavy rain is falling. Hemmed in by “Fronts." The flyer either turns away or tries to fly over. Hymel and Hat tendorf turned north over the Greek mountains. Near Mount Olympus, over which the sun was rising, they bumped into another front. They i tried climbing, but at 30.000 feet it still towered above them and they had to give up the attempt since gas was beginning to run low. They were forced by the walls of the maze over Salonika, where they were greeted with heavy ack-ack fire. They turned back toward the Gulf of Corinth. They found, as Hymel expresses it. "a lane between the fronts just about wide enough for five planes to go through abreast." It was quite similar to flying through a narrow mountain pass. Over the Agean the pass through the clouds ended in a solid wall again. There was nothing left to do but plunge into rain and almost complete invisibility. There they became separated. Hattendorf had a gas supply for about a half hour. Hymel was already down to enough i for only 10 minutes. Halts Plane on Ground. Lt. Hymel came out in clear i weather over the Agean and, flying i toward Italy at a point well north of the present Allied lines, by the sheerest stroke of luck met Hatten riorf again. He signalled his pre dicament. His comrade could do nothing for him at the time His own gas supply was only sufficient to get him back to an airport. He had to keep on. Hymel’s fuel was entirely exhausted when he came over land and the only thing to do was to set the plane down on the first level plot he could find. As soon as the craft hit the! ground the wheels sank 6 inches -into the mud. It was a. near : miracle the plane did not turn o' er. The field was very small. Hymel .stopped within 300 feet, just a font or so short of crashing into a high ! stone wall. There he was trapped. If Hat tendorf got in safely, he assumed, help would be sent, but he'didn t see how it could do him-any good because any landing near him would be impossible. He sat and waited In about a half hour the RAF plane, dispatched from the nearest British field where Hattendorf had re ported. was seen circling overhead. The pilot was seeking some place to land, but apparently could not spot -anything. Finally he did the only | thing possible—swooped to about 100 feet of the ground several times and at the bottom of each swoop kickpd out several 5-gallon tin cans of gas. There were 20 In all. Only ; 1 was broken. Hvmel now had plenty of gas,! but the plane was stuck in the mud. ‘There was not a chance In a hun dred he would be able to get it off the ground. He finally did. how ever, at a ground speed through the mud of about 95 miles an hour. He was barely able to clear the walls1 of the field and the olive trees] beyond them. I ESS/rra FISHTHMG PENSACOLA, Fla. — Robert G. Coleman, jr., 22, son of Robert Granville Coleman. 4729 Georgia avenue N.W., recently was awarded h i s wings and commissioned an ensign in the Naval Reserve on completion of flight training at this Naval Air Training Center. MADISON, Wis. — Pfc. Wil liam S. Hoppe, jr.. son of Mr. and Mrs. Wil liam S. Hoppe, sr„ 349 North Glebe road, Ar lington. recently w a s graduated En«i*n roitman. as honor man of his class at the Army Radio School here. He has been transferred to Maxwell Field. Ala. GULFPORT FIELD. Miss. — Pfc. Richard H. Charles. 26. son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Charles, 105 West Lu ray avenue. Alexandria, has been transferred from the basic weather station here to a weather bureau school at Chanute Field. 111. Before entering the service nine months ago. he worked at the airport weath er station in Washington. NORTH CAMP HOOD. Tex.— Capt. Shull L. Irwin, whose wife is the daughter of Col. and Mrs. Vic tor J. 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