Wells, Wilfred Christie, FltOff

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Last Rank
Flight Officer
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1034-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1944-1944, USAAF Flying Training Command
Service Years
1943 - 1945
Flight Officer

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
1925
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Columbia
Last Address
Believed to be an airfield in China

Casualty Date
Jul 27, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
China
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Saint Peter's Cemetery - Columbia, South Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
Air Education and Training CommandUnited States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1944, Aviation Cadet Navigator Training Course, Harlingen, TX
  1944-1944, USAAF Flying Training Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
 Colleges Attended 
Clemson University
  1941-1943, Clemson University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-46 Commando  
  1944-1945, C-46 Commando
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Last Known Activity
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.



www.cualumni.clemson.edu/pageaspx?pid=1844
www.findagrave.com/search
www.accident-report/450727
www.ancestry.com/search
USAAC-USAAF Aircraft Inventory Records
NARA Enlistment Record
US Census 1930
Journal-Index (newspaper) Greenwood, South Carolina

  

Comments/Citation
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.





 

   
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