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LT  Robert M. WELLS

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: RAD

Cadet photo of Robert M. Wells.  Photo courtesy of Jack O'Leary

Lt Robert Melvin Wells, Radar Operator on Lt Jessie Wofford's Lead Crew. Originally a Bombardier with 95th Bomb Group.  Photo courtesy of Jack O'Leary 

Lt Robert Melvin Wells USAAF collection of his time with 95th Bomb Group and 100th Bomb Group.  Photo Courtesy of Jack O'Leary

SERIAL #: STATUS: FEH
MACR:

Comments1: ORIGINALLY FLEW MISSIONS WITH 95TH BG, TRANSFERRED TO 100TH IN MARCH 1945

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW: 

Was originally assigned to 95th Bomb Group, 334th Bomb Squadron at Horham.  Flying missions with Lt  R.E. Rudkins Crew. 

1944-09-26	212	Bremen, Germany	2107047	R.E. Rudkins	R. M. Wells	Bombardier	
1944-09-27	213	Mainz, Germany	297215	R.E. Rudkins	R. M. Wells	Bombardier	
1944-10-06	219	Berlin (Spandau), Germany	297215	R.E. Rudkins	R. M. Wells	Bombardier	
1944-10-09	221	Mainz, Germany	338551	R.E. Rudkins	R. M. Wells	Bombardier	
1944-10-12	222	Bremen, Germany	2102447	R.E. Rudkins	R. M. Wells	Bombardier	
1944-10-22	227	Munster, Germany	231867	R.E. Rudkins	R. M. Wells	Bombardier	
1944-10-26	229	Hannover, Germany	2107201	R.E. Rudkins	R. M. Wells	Bombardier	
1944-10-30	231	Merseburg, Germany -Recalled-Bad Weather	338551	R.E. Rudkins	R. M. Wells	Bombardier	
1944-11-05	234	Ludwigshafen, Germany	2107154	R.E. Rudkins	R. M. Wells	Bombardier	
1944-11-09	236	Saarbrucken, Germany	2102951	R.E. Rudkins	R. M. Wells	Bombardier	
Radar Training
1945-02-09	273	Weimar, Germany	48179	C.R. Stotesbury	R. Wells	Radar Operator	
1945-02-22	280	Bamberg, Germany	48667	C.R. Stotesbury	R. Wells	Radar Operator	

TRANSFERRED TO 100TH BOMB GROUP, 351ST BOMB SQDN LT JESSIE WOFFORD'S LEAD CREW
LEAD CREW TRAINING
9.     3/4/45  KIEL, Sub Penns, "moderate flak" H2X bombing
10.   5/4/45  NURNBURG-RR Yards, Extemely Heavy Flak, visual bombing
11.   6/4/45  LEIPZIG-MY, Light Flak, H2X bombing
12. 14/4/45  ROYAN-Gun Inplacements, visual bombing, no flak
13. 16/4/45  ROYAN-BORDEAUX-Gun Inplacements, visual bombing
14. 18/4/45  STRAUBING. MY "Little or no Flak"

Crew did one Chowhound Missions:
3/5/45  PFF  916 R   HARDSTAND 32

22 June,1945  BANJO mission for WOFFORD on "PARD"  44-8849  EP-J

MISSIONS 9-14 WE FLEW LEAD IN 351ST SQUADRON. 

LEAD CREW:

COMMAND PILOT:
1ST LT JESSE L. WOFFORD                        P FEH
1ST LT LEONARD C. FRUMIN                   NAV FEH SN# 0-2015306
1ST LT ALFRED PATERNO                       BOM FEH 
T/SGT ALGIE L. DAVENPORT, JR.              TTE FEH
T/SGT RUEBEN LASKOW                          ROG FEH TAPS: 16 SEP 1979 
S/SGT CARL E. LINDSTROM                       WG FEH  SWITCHED BACK TO WG FROM TOGGLEIER 
SGT JOE R. URICE                                     TG FEH
LT ROBBERT M. WELLS    RADAR OPERATOR  FEH

MEMO 2:

In Memory of
Robert Melvin Wells
October 30, 1920 - October 7, 2016
Obituary

Robert Melvin Wells, 95, of Kings Grant, Martinsville passed away on Friday, October 7, 2016. He was born in Callands, Va. on October 30, 1920 to Matthew Lee Wells and Julia Minter Wells. In addition to his parents, Mr. Wells was preceded in death by his son, Robert M. Wells Jr.

Mr. Wells is survived by his loving wife of 75 years, Mary Gilbert Wells; daughter Meg Oliver and husband Eddie of Richmond, Va.; son Richard S. Wells and wife Micky of Greensboro, N.C.; grandchildren, Carter Herndon and husband Mike of Charlotte N.C., Wells Oliver and wife Angela of San Diego CA, Langdon Oliver and wife Sharon of Chesapeake Va.; great-grandchildren, Archer and Olive Herndon, Chase and Kairi Oliver.

Mr. Wells was a graduate of Martinsville High School, Middle Georgia College for pilot training and he also attended Roanoke College. He served in Air Corps Reserve from 1942 to 1953. In 1943 he was activated for duty in WWII serving as a bombardier with the 95th bomb group and the 100th radar navigator group out of England. Among the many service medals he received are the air medal with two oak leaf clusters, presidential citation with 6 oak leaf clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

He retired from Dupont with over 44 years of service during which time he served in management positions in four different departments. After five years of service with the company in Germany, Holland and Iran he returned home from Europe and was named Personnel Superintendent of the Martinsville Nylon Plant.

Mr. Wells was a very civic and community minded person who served as President of the local area chapter of the Roanoke College Alumni Association and Director of the Junior Chamber of Commerce's Boys Baseball League. He served on the board of directors for Roanoke Blue Cross and Blue Shield, YMCA and the Lynwood Club. He was also a member of First Baptist Church of Martinsville where he served on the budget committee and was a Sunday school teacher; he was also a member of the management relations committee for the Virginia State Chamber of Commerce, Southern College Placement Association, Commission on Human Values, Junior Chamber of Commerce, Local Community Theater Group, and the United Way. Robert was also a Boy Scout leader at First Presbyterian Church of Martinsville.

Mr. Wells was very thankful for all of the many opportunities he had to serve and help others. He served with dedication and enthusiasm and once noted that education never ceases as long as you are serving others. He summed up his life by saying he had a great life with a wonderful wife.

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PHOTOS:

LT ROBBERT M. WELLS    RADAR OPERATOR  with Lt Wofford Lead Crew. English made Ike Jacket.  Note special red liner.  Photo courtesy of Jack O'Leary

English Made Ike Jacket with Bullion Wings and English made 8th AF patch. Photo Courtesy of Jack O'Leary

Back of A-2 Jacket showing 12 missions flown by Lt Wells as Bombardier with the 95th Bomb Group.  Lt Wells would fly 6 more missions with Lt Jessie Wofford's Lead Crew. Photo courtesy of Jack O'Leary.

Front of Lt Robert Melvin Wells A-2 Jacket  showing 351st Sqdn patch.  Lt Wells flew 12 missions as a  Bombardier with the 95th Bomb Group.  Lt Wells would become a Radar Operator and Transfer to the 100th Bomb Group.  There he would fly 6 more missions with Lt Jessie Wofford's Lead Crew. Photo courtesy of Jack O'Leary.

Summer Class A "Tans" Uniform of Lt Robert M. Wells.  Note the rare Pathfinder patch on Right Sleeve.  Photo courtesy of Jack O'Leary. 

Summer Class A "Tans" Uniform of Lt Robert M. Wells.  Note the rare Pathfinder patch on Right Sleeve.  Photo courtesy of Jack O'Leary. 

2107201 "Worrybird". Lt Wells flew one mission on this aircraft while with 95th BG.  Photo courtesy of 95th BG website and historian Phil Sampognaro.  

2107201 "Worrybird". Lt Wells flew one mission on this aircraft while with 95th BG.  Photo courtesy of 95th BG website and historian Phil Sampognaro. 

 

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Crew 2

ID: 93861