|Birth: ||Apr. 13, 1922|
|Death: ||Jun. 21, 1944|
Plans Services for Lt. Arley J. Kuehn
The body of 2nd Lt. Arley J. Kuehn, 22, Peru young man who was killed early Wednesday afternoon in a flying accident which presumably occurred near the Lake Charles army air field in Louisana, will be brought back to Peru for burial.
His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otto A. Kuehn, 2228 Second st., Peru, in a telephone conversation with his wife, the former Dorothy Robinson, Peru at 5:30 o'clock Thursday evening learned that Lt. Kuehn's body had been recovered and identified just a short time before. First messages received here Wednesday evening indicated that it would be impossible to return the body to Peru for burial.
Lt. Kuehn and the six other members of the crew of a B-26 Martin twin-engined bomber were believed instantly killed about 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon when the bomber apparently exploded in mid-air near the air field in the southwestern section of Louisiana. Lt. Kuehn was serving as navigator-bombardier aboard the plane which was on a routine training fight.
The young officer's widow will accompany the body to Peru, arriving here Saturday evening.
Funeral services are planned for Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Peter's funeral chapel, Peru, to St. John's English Lutheran church, Peru. In charge of the services will be the Rev. W. C. Liefeld, pastor, and the Rev. H. C. Hafermann, Peoria, former pastor of the Peru church and a close friend of the decedent. Burial will be made in the Peru City cemetery.
Members of Peru post, American Legion, will form a guard of honor and will conduct military rites at the grave.
In her telephone conversation Thursday evening Mrs. Kuehn reported that officers at the air field have released little information on circumstances surrounding the accident.
She told the young man's parents that Lt. Kuehn left home about 6:30 o'clock Wednesday morning to report at the field for a training flight. As had been her usual practice, she said, she went to the field by bus at noon Wednesday intending to meet her husband there and return with him to their home for lunch.
Fails to Return
Mrs. Kuehn said that the plane failed to return at noon and about 1 o'clock ambulances left the field, presumably headed for the scene of some accident. Though she remained at the field all afternoon Mrs. Kuehn was given no word about her husband until 6 o'clock when she was informed that he had been killed in an accident.
Since then officials at the field have released no information as to the actual point at which the mishap took place. They explained, however, that the bodies of the crew members were apparently scattered over a considerable area and therefore there was some difficulty in locating and identifying the various men.
The young man's father, Otto A. Kuehn, Peru mail carrier, was a patient in the veterans hospital at Dwight when news of the tragic accident was received here. His wife and daughter, Palma, were driving to Dwight by a neighbor, Herbert Hoscheit, and Mr. Kuehn returned with them to his home in Peru late Wednesday night.
The Daily Post Tribune, Friday, Jun 23, 1944
Otto August Kuehn (1887 - 1967)
Emily Augusta Fiedler Kuehn (1900 - 1996)
Peru City Cemetery
Plot: Bl 6, Lot 65, Gr 7
Created by: Diane F
Record added: Nov 02, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 100066993
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