He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940 and described himself as 5’10”, 120 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Jacksonville, Florida, on 7 June 1941. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the C-47. He earned his crewman wings. He was assigned overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 9 December 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93365, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 9th Combat Cargo Squadron, Moran, India, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on an air supply mission over target 283, Burma (drop supplies to ground troops). The C-47A was seen to crash at about 0950 hours near 23º 57’ North & 97º 26’ East. All aboard were killed. 1stLt Smith reported: At about 0830, 9 December 1944, he was briefed with the pilos of # 42-93365 and 42-93360 for a target at the above cited location. At about 0850, they departed at about 2-minute intervals. Upon arrival at the target drop site, one C-47 was circling and another was down and burning. Radio contact revealed the C-47 still aloft was 42-93360. There were no signs of life near the downed C-47. He is remembered on the memorial wall at the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Palm Cemetery, Winter Park, Florida. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
His brother, Robert A. Wellman, born 5 July 1919, in Virginia, was a graduate of the University of Florida, and retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force on 1 May 1972. He died 30 July 2000 and is buried in the Riverside Cemetery, Albany, Dougherty Co., Georgia.
His brother, Harold J. Wellman, born 31 July 1917, enlisted in the USAAF at Camp Blanding, Florida, on 15 January 1942. He died 25 February 1995 and is buried in the Greenlawn Memorial Park, Columbia, Richland Co., South Carolina.