AEH, PAUL R., First Lieutenant, # 0-687135, USAAF
Paul R. Aeh was born in 1921 in St, Clair County, Illinois, to George W. Aeh (1902-1986) and Mildred Dean (Prattt ) Aeh (1902-1929). He had a sister, Betty Joan Aeh (1924- ). In 1930 they lived on West Lakeview Ave., Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, with John W. Maxwell (1900-1938) and Marion F. (Aeh) Maxwell (1900-1975). Their father, John’s brother-in-law, George W. Aeh (widowed in1930), lived with them.
He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet in Detroit, Michigan, on 14 January 1942, while living in Wayne County, Michigan. He was selected for training as a navigator on America’s new B-29 Superfortress and earned his commission and wings. During 15 to 16 June 1944, a 20th Air Force, 58th Bombardment Wing, 468th Bomb Group, 792nd Bomb Squadron, Kharagpur A.A.B., India, a B-29, # 42-6231, departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, and was lost. The crash occurred at 1450 Zulu, 11 miles northeast of Kiangyu, China, on 15 June 1944. The bomber crashed into a sheer cliff and exploded. There were 19 aircraft in the attack on Yawata; 42-6231 was the 17th bomber to depart on the mission. Departure was normal. The last position report was 115 miles northeast of Pengshan. All these reports were in line with this crash. No attempt to contact the aircraft was made because it was unidentified. On 20 June 1944, a search party reached the crash wreckage; the Chinese found the radio operator’s log which contained the last three digits of the aircraft number “##-#631. Weather was not a factor in the crash. His remains were recovered in China. Indistiguishable from other crewmen remains, they were buried together in a group (ten remains – Aeh, Akins, Barrett, Gilman, Lund, Mann, Munoz, Pack, Robertson & Witcher) three-casket burial in the Fort Smith National Cemetery, Fort Smith, Arkansas, on 15 September 1949 (Sec. 2, Graves 765 & 766).