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Wilfred Christie Wells was born in the Shandon section of Columbia, South Carolina on June 2, 1925, the son of Wilfred Bush and Christie James Wells. He graduated from Dreher High School in June of 1941, and enrolled at Clemson University in September, 1941 as part of the Class of 1945. He dropped out, however, in August, 1943 to enter the military.
After basic training, he was given navigator training, then assigned to an operational unit for transition training and night navigation. When completed, he was commissioned a Flight Officer and assigned to the 14th Air Force in China.
While on a mission on July 27, 1945, his aircraft disappeared and was thought to have crashed in China. All crew members were declared Missing in Action.
Evidently, his body was later recovered and returned to the U.S. as he is supposedly buried in St. Peter's Cemetery in Columbia, South Carolina. There is a grave marker there, but it may be a memorial stone.
USAAC-USAAF Aircraft Inventory Records
NARA Enlistment Record
US Census 1930
Journal-Index (newspaper) Greenwood, South Carolina
Records are difficult to find to document F/O Wells early life, or his military life. It is believed he was associated with the 9th Combat Cargo Squadron of the 3rd Combat Cargo Group. It is also believed he was crew on C-46D # 44-78202, although all records to date indicate he was a navigator on a B-24 (unit unknown.)
According to records located at Clemson University, Wells left in August, 1943, to join the military. He took training at Miami, Fl; Amherst, MA; Maxwell Field, AL; and San Marcos, TX, graduating as a navigator in September, 1944. He received crew training at Charleston, SC in November - December, 1944, then assigned overseas in January, 1945 where he was a member of the China-Burma-India Command.
This update on July 27, 2016.