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SSGT John E Wells

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SSGT John E Wells

Birth
Iowa, USA
Death
30 Apr 1944 (aged 21–22)
France
Burial
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Plot
SECTION E SITE 136
Memorial ID
29501481 View Source

John served as a Staff Sergeant & Radio Operator on B-17G #42-107012, 407th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Woodbury County, Iowa prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on January 15, 1943 at Fort Dodge, Iowa. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a structural and ornamental metal worker and also as Single, without dependents.

He was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant on February 2, 1944.

John was "Killed In Action" when his B-17 was attacked by enemy aircraft, hit by flak, and crashed in Viglain, 19 miles South East of Orleans, France during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred in Solers, France and was later repatriated here on September 19, 1949.

Service # 37655867

The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldier's were killed in close proximity to each other they were unable, at that time, to identify them separately and interred their remains together in one grave.

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Airmen who perished on this flight:

Adams, George D, Jr ~ Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, CA
Angelillo, James J ~ Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, NY
Campbell, John C ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, ND
Magnani, George F ~ Sgt, Tail Gunner, NY
Powers, William J ~ S/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, NY
Wells, John E ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, IA
Werneth, Harry W ~ Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, PA

Airmen who became POW's from this flight:
Kitt, Murray ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY
Wilson, Joseph B ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, TX

Airman who evaded capture from this flight:
Regan, Joseph F ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, PA

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Special thanks to:
ShaneO for submitting this record for bio updates!

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John served as a Staff Sergeant & Radio Operator on B-17G #42-107012, 407th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Woodbury County, Iowa prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on January 15, 1943 at Fort Dodge, Iowa. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a structural and ornamental metal worker and also as Single, without dependents.

He was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant on February 2, 1944.

John was "Killed In Action" when his B-17 was attacked by enemy aircraft, hit by flak, and crashed in Viglain, 19 miles South East of Orleans, France during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred in Solers, France and was later repatriated here on September 19, 1949.

Service # 37655867

The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldier's were killed in close proximity to each other they were unable, at that time, to identify them separately and interred their remains together in one grave.

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Airmen who perished on this flight:

Adams, George D, Jr ~ Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, CA
Angelillo, James J ~ Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, NY
Campbell, John C ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, ND
Magnani, George F ~ Sgt, Tail Gunner, NY
Powers, William J ~ S/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, NY
Wells, John E ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, IA
Werneth, Harry W ~ Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, PA

Airmen who became POW's from this flight:
Kitt, Murray ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY
Wilson, Joseph B ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, TX

Airman who evaded capture from this flight:
Regan, Joseph F ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, PA

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Special thanks to:
ShaneO for submitting this record for bio updates!

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  • Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 2 Sep 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 29501481
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/29501481/john-e-wells: accessed ), memorial page for SSGT John E Wells (1922–30 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 29501481, citing Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA; Maintained by ShaneO (contributor 47009366).