KUHN, ARCHIE LAWRENCE, Technician 5th Grade, # 39832072, USAAF
Archie Kuhn was born on 10 April 1915 in Lostine, Wallowa Co., Oregon, to Elias Brown Kuhn (1874-1942) (IA) and Pauline Emaline (Hayes) Kuhn (1880-1957) (MO). Siblings were Clayton Raymond Kuhn (1900-1976), Chester Warren Kuhn (1902-1984), Alta Rae (Kuhn) Powell (1905-1953), Georgia Irene Kuhn (1907-1923), Charles Edward Kuhn (1910-1976), Bertha Mae (Kuhn) Helms (1913-1983), Salome Dallas (Kuhn) Fulbright (1917-2000), and John Hubert Kuhn (1920-1991).
He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, employed by Roy Deshazer, and described himself as 6’4”, 185 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained in the methods to impel supplies from a cargo aircraft to ground troops. He was sent overseas to India. On 7 January 1945 a C-47A, “Princess Jeannie,” # 43-15370, assigned 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, Shingbwiyang, Burma, departed the airfield on a combat air supply mission to “694.” It was monsoon season and visibility was poor. It was last contacted by radio when near 50° course 25 miles from Myitkyina, 25° 37’ North & 97° 40’ East. The C-47 crashed and the crew was killed. 10th AF Jungle Rescue Unit, 1333rd AAF Base Unit were notified after contact was lost. The MACR file includes 2 map pages. After recovery, the indistinguishable remains of crewmen Collier, Fry, Lowery, Fischer, Kuhn and Stribling, were buried in a group ceremony in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on 16 August 1949 (Sec. 34, Grave 4972-4973).
His brother, Charles E. Kuhn, born 9 July 1910, served in the U.S. Army, a Private First Class, from 9 November 1942 to 10 September 1945. He died 24 June 1976 and is buried in the Mermiston Cemetery, Hermiston, Umatilla Co., Oregon.