Richard H. "Dick" Wells

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Richard H. "Dick" Wells
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Date of Birth: 
1920
Date of Death: 
January 13 1943

Capt. Dick Wells of Apopka, Killed in Air Crash Over Europe
Special to the Sunday Sentinel-Star
January 24, 1943, page 19

APOPKA -- This entire community was saddened Thursday when the news was received that Capt. Richard H. (Dick) Wells, local boy, had lost his life in an air crash in Europe. Particulars were not given in the official notice which came to his parents, only that he had been killed in an aircraft accident.

Capt. Wells was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Wells, who for a number of years have resided here at Dream Lake. He was an exceptional student and had made an enviable record in the service of his country since he enlisted in the air forces in the United States Army. He received his promotion to captain in August of last year. His parents had heard from him frequently since he had been assigned to duty in the Western European area and only on Thursday received his last letter which had been written on the morning of New Year's Day, the day that he lost his life.**

Deepest sympathy goes out to the bereaved family. Hearts are sadder when war strikes at home. Besides his father and mother here, Capt. Wells is survived by a sister, Miss Betty Wells, also a brother, Robert L. Wells of Grand Rapids, Mich., and his grandfather, Uncle Lee Wells. His last visit home was in October 1941, when he saluted Apopka in one of the newer P-38 planes he was piloting.

**This is curious as the Army Records in the Registry on the World War II Memorial web site indicate he died on January 13, 1943.

Buried in American Cemetery in England.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=wells&GSfn=richard...

Check out information in the Registry at the World War II Memorial.

https://www.wwiimemorial.com/Registry/plaque_wardept.aspx?honoreeID=1021716

https://www.wwiimemorial.com/Registry/plaque_cemetery.aspx?honoreeID=703883

Here’s the list of causalities from one of the databases on the above site. It shows Wells listed under Orange County.

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Place of Birth: 
Michigan, United States
Primary State of Residence: 
Michigan, United States

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