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Wells N Gardner

Military

Served 16 months in World War I. Was a glider pilot befor he became a gunner. Flew 26 missions over Germany. Was twice reported Killed in Action (KIA) while flying against Japan. At age 46, was the oldest air gunner on combat duty with the 458th BG.

AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

Service

People

  • Birto Brumby

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 755th Bomb Squadron
  • 784th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Erie County, PA, USA 10 December 1898
World War I Service Forêt de Hesse, 55120 Aubréville, France September 1918

Participated in the Argonne Offensive with the 56th Artillery, A Battery

Enlisted Fort Meade, MD, USA 27 January 1943
Combat Tour Horsham St Faith, Norwich, Norfolk, UK 7 June 1944 – 9 February 1945

Flew 3 missions with the 466th BG and 23 with the 458th BG

OLD SOLDIERS NEVER DIE

WE DON’T THINK WE ARE PUTTING OUR NECKS OUT TOO FAR WHEN WE STATE WE BELIEVE THAT THIS GROUP HAS THE OLDEST COMBAT GUNNER IN THE ETO. WE BASE OUR CLAIMS ON S/SGT WELLS N. GARDNER WHO IS AN AERIAL GUNNER ON B-24’S WITH THE 458TH. SGT GARDNER IS A VETERAN OF WORLD WAR 1, HAVING SERVED 16 MONTHS IN FRANCE WITH THE 56TH ARTILLERY, A BATTERY. HE PARTICIPATED IN THE ARGONNE, CAMPAIGN AND WAS DISCHARGED AS A CORPORAL, JUNE 25, 1919. THIS 46 YEAR OLD GUNNER, WAS A BRAKEMAN FOR 10 YEARS WITH THE PENNSYLVANIA, RR, ENLISTED FOR WORLD WAR 11 IN OCTOBER 1942 AS A CORPORAL AND ENTERED FOREIGN SERVICE MAY 1, 1944. HE IS CREDITED WITH 26 COMBAT MISSIONS OVER GERMANY AND ENEMY OCCUPIED EUROPE AND HOLDS THE AIR MEDAL WITH THREE OAK LEAF CLUSTERS. BEFORE SGT GARDNER WAS ASSIGNED TO B-24’S HE WAS A GLIDER PILOT. GARDNER’S BETTER HALF, MRS. DOROTHY GARDNER, IS ALSO DOING HER FAIR SHARE IN THIS FRACAS AS SHE IS A WAC STATIONED AT LOWRY FIELD, COLO. AND AS WE SAY, “OLD SOLDIERS NEVER DIE”, THEY JUST KEEP ON GOING FOREVER.

Died Erie, PA, USA 14 March 1973
Buried Erie, PA, USA 17 March 1973

Lakeside Cemetery
Erie
Erie County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Sec 6,121C,#3

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 September 2015 04:18:25 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

http://www.458bg.com/crewbrumby.htm

Date Contributor Update
26 September 2015 04:13:46 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
26 September 2015 04:12:51 466thHistorian Changes to awards
Sources

http://www.458bg.com/crewbrumby.htm

Date Contributor Update
26 September 2015 04:08:13 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, role, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.458bg.com/crewbrumby.htm

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / newspaper article & Page 272 in the book SECOND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Co, 1998 edition

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