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Robert G Wells

Military

Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423436. Killed in Action (KIA).

From The Providence Journal-Enterprise newspaper, Thursday November 24 1943:
Mr. and Mrs. Sam C. Wells, near Wheatcroft, were notified Monday that their only son, Sgt. Robert G Wells, 20, previously reporting missing, was killed in action on Oct. 14.
Sgt. Wells, a waist gunner on a flying fortress, was killed in a raid somewhere over Germany. The young man volunteered for service on November 2, 1942. He received his training at Atlantic City, N.J., and received his gunner's wings and the rating of Sergeant at Ft. Myers, Florida, in January, 1943.

Sgt. Wells was a graduate of Wheatcroft High School, where he played on the basketball team, and had attended Murray Teachers College. The last letter his parents received from him was written on Oct. 11, and in it, he said, "Above all, I don't want any of you to worry about me, for I am only doing what thousands of others are trying to do, make this a better world to live in."
Mr. and Mrs. Wells have received from Gov. Keen Johnson a certificated stating that their son has been commissioned posthumously as an aide-de-camp on the staff of the Governor with the rank of Colonel, in recognition of valor and heroism displayed.

Robert Wells helped Ben Roberts out of his ball turret, but was fatally injured before baling out (Roberts and Crawford in MACR 1034). However Dominic Lapore stated that ‘he had no bullet wounds but all his bones were broken, presumably when the ‘ship’ hit the ground’. Lapore also stated that Wells his parachute was open in the tail (MACR 1034).

Now buried in Pythian Ridge Cemetery - Sturgis/Union County - Kentucky
See http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=wells&GSfn=robert&...

Service

Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3436 No nick name known

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/6/43; Redmond 15/8/43; Assigned 96BG 16/8/43; transferred 364BS/305BG [WF-R] Chelveston 18/9/43; ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Clay, Kentucky, USA 16 January 1923
Killed in Action (KIA) Eygelshoven Netherlands 14 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 December 2017 22:45:31 wimhm.slangen Changes to place associations
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Wim Slangen

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2016 15:54:34 wimhm.slangen Changes to biography
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Wim Slangen

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31 October 2016 12:10:49 wimhm.slangen Changes to role, biography, events and media associations
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Wim Slangen

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2016 23:01:16 rino62 Changes to biography, awards, events and mission associations
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Find A Grave Memorial website

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:29 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1034 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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