Kuhn, Eston C., 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 1054-Pilot - Two-Engine
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1944, AAF MOS 1054, Airborne Troop Carrier Command
Service Years
1942 - 1944

Aviation

First Lieutenant


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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Barbour County
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jun 06, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Other Cause
Location
France
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Brittany, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
USAAF 9th Army Air ForceAirborne Troop Carrier Command
  1942-1944, AAF MOS 1054, USAAF 9th Army Air Force
  1942-1944, AAF MOS 1054, Airborne Troop Carrier Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 World War II
  1944-1944 Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
2LT ESTON C. KUHN HUSBAND OF BERTIE M. KUHN OF BIM, WEST VIRGINIA WAS KILLED IN ACTION ON D-DAY, 6 JUNE 1944 IN FRANCE. 2LT KUHN SERVED WITH THE 71ST TROOP CARRIER SQUADRON, 434RD TROOP CARRIER GROUP. THE C47 WHICH LIEUTANT KUHN WAS CO-PILOTING WAS TOWING A GLIDER OF THE 327TH GLIDER INFANTRY REGIMENT WHEN IT WAS HIT BY GERMAN FLAK AND CRASHED.


Glider No. 51, flown by F/Os Kile and DelaGarza, was flying slightly behind and off my right wing. The tow plane piloted by Lt. Raymond Howard, and Lt. Eston Kuhn, from the 71st squadron, received a fatal hit from flack and crashed in flames in a swamp five miles southwest of the landing zone. Lt. Howard, the pilot, was killed by the Germans as he crawled from the burning wreckage. The crew chief, Sgt. John W. Beckley, the radio operator, Sgt. Marvin Boetcher, and Lt. Kuhn, the copilot, were captured by the Germans. Lt. Kuhn was killed later in the day in a strafing attack on the German trucks they were riding in by one of our own planes near St. Lo.
The glider (No. 51) cut loose before the C-47 crashed and landed nearby. Kile was lost in September 1944, when his glider ditched in the channel during the Holland "Market" operation.

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Eston C. Kuhn

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces

Service # O-683029

71st Squadron, 434th Troop Carrier Group

Entered the Service from: West Virginia
Died: 6-Jun-44
Buried at: Plot M Row 4 Grave 7
Brittany American Cemetery
St. James, France
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart
   
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