Edward Wells joined the RNZAF in 1939 and following his training sailed for England in late May 1940. After converting to Spitfires he was posted at No. 266 Squadron before moving some weeks later to 41 Squadron at Hornchurch.
In March 1941 he joined No.485 Squadron, the first all-New Zealand fighter unit. By then he had three conformed victories. In November 1941, his victories risen to ten, he took command of the Squadron.
When the German battleships ’Scharnhorst’ and ’Gneisenau’ left Brest under the cover of darkness on 12 February 1942, No. 485 was one of the squadrons sent to engage the enemy fighters who were protecting the ships.
In May 1942 he was apponted as co of the Kenley Wing. After two years of non stop fighting, he was given a rest and returned to New Zealand where he declined an offer for a higher ranking desk job. Via the USA where he visited several aircraft factories he returned to England in Spring 1943.
After a course at Staff College, Wells returned to Kenley to lead the Wing again until November 1943, when he was rested. During 1944 he led the Tangmere, Detling and West Malling Wings. On December 1944 he was posted to command the Day Fighter Leaders School.
Wells was credited with thirteen enemy aircraft destroyed, three probably destroyed and fifteen damaged. He retired from the RAF in 1960 and took up farming in England with his Dutch wife.
In 1975 he retired to Spain where he build up a reputation for growing subtropical fruits.
When his wife died he returned to England.
May 1940: Pilot Officer
1941: Flying Officer
July 1941: Flight Lieutenant
November 1941: Squadron Leader
May 1942: Wing Commander
January 16th, 1947: Commissioned as Squadron Leader
January 1st, 1952: Wing Commander
January 1st, 1959: Group Captain
June 15th, 1960: resignation
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