42-3575

 

On 25 August 1944, a Curtiss C-46 Commando, # 42-3575, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 1337th Air Base Unit, departed the airfield at Sookerating, India, on a flight to the airfield at Kunming, China, and return. A report was made that the C-46 was found, crashed, about 19 miles NE of Shingowlyang, Burma, and the crew was killed (MACR 7856). The crew were:

 

                                                Pilot                             Capt. Elwood O. Wells                        0-432735

                                                Co-Pilot                       1stLt Victor R. DeGrasse                    0-402775

                                                Radio Operator            SSgt Emil J. Van Den Berge               16037495

WELLS, ELWOOD OSGOOD, Captain, # 0-432733, USAAF

 

Elwood O. Wells was born on 20 August 1917 in Epsom, Merrimack Co., New Hampshire to Walter Brackett Wells (1891-1972) and Sophronia M. (Yeaton) Wells (1891-1941) (married 18 August 1915, Epsom, NH). Siblings included Eugene Yeaton Wells (1916-1978), Priscilla Evelyn (Wells) Schmitt (1919-1991), Virginia Laura (Wells) Mitchell (1922-1990), and Edgar Flint Wells (1932-1990). He attended the University of New Hampshire. He married Dorothy Head of Epping, New Hampshire, 14 January 1943. They had a daughter. The American Legion Post # 112, New Hampshire, was named in his honor.

 

He enlisted as an aviation cadet in the USAAF 1 June 1941 in Manchester, New Hampshire. He began at Parks Air College, St. Louis Missouri. He completed flight instruction, trained as a pilot and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings in January, 1942. He was first assigned as an instructor pilot at Enid, Oklahoma. He was sent overseas 2 June 1943, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 1337th A.A.F. Base Unit. On 25 August 1944, a C-46, # 42-3575, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 1337th Air Base Unit, departed the airfield at Sookerating, India, on a flight to the airfield at Kunming, China, and return. A report was made that the C-46 was found, crashed, about 19 miles NE of Shingowlyang, Burma, and the crew was killed (MACR 7856). His family placed a memorial marker in the New Rye Cemetery, Epsom, New Hampshire. In 1948, his remains were reovered and buried 5 June 1948.

 

His brother, Edgar F. Wells, born, 28 February 1932, served in the U.S. Air Force from 6 July 1951 to 10 July 1961. He died 1 May 1990 at Epsom, New Hampshire.