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Frank Ray Aheron


Assigned to 62FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in crash at Cranfield following mechanical failure of P-47M 44-21125. Canopy covered in oil, engine misfiring before crashing 2 miles north of Cranfield, Died Non Battle DNB.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 62nd Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...


Event Location Date
Born Eden, NC 27288, USA 4 September 1923
Lived in Leaksville, NC 27288, USA 1940
Married 1940

Married Eileen Theresa Matthews
They met when both attended Lees-McRae college in Banner Elk, N.C., USA

Enlisted Asheville, NC, USA 30 October 1942
Assigned Boxted, Colchester, Essex, UK 26 October 1944 – 11 March 1945

Assigned to 62FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Buried Raleigh, NC, USA March 1945

Raleigh National Cemetery
Wake County
North Carolina, USA.

Died Cranfield, Bedford, Central Bedfordshire MK43, UK 11 March 1945

Killed in crash at Cranfield following mechanical failure of aircraft. Canopy covered in oil engine misfiring before crashing.


Date Contributor Update
04 February 2019 18:26:14 suzehart Changes to middlename, nickname and events

I am the daughter of Eileen T Matthews Aheron. Information taken from family papers

Date Contributor Update
27 June 2016 17:53:37 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2016 17:31:55 Richard Boxted Changes to role, events, place associations and media associations

Boxted airfield museum

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2015 15:41:38 general ira snapsorter Changes to middlename and events

Created a single record from duplicate to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:57 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list