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Wells, Richard John

Date of death:
March 16th, 1942
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Crashed in Ireland in a Liberator with crews home for the Liberator Ferry Flight, crashed.
Burried on Diss Cemetery, Norfolk, England

? Pilot Officer
10 december 1939: Flying Officer
4 maart 1941: Flight Lieutenant (war sub)

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Flight Lieutenant
Unit:
No. 148 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
June 10th, 1941
Action:
Citation:
"One night in May, 1941, this officer was the captain of an aircraft which carried out an attack against the aerodrome at Maleme. In spite of difficult weather conditions, Flight Lieutenant Wells skilfully located his target and carried out a daring dive-bombing attack on the aerodrome. Two sticks of bombs were dropped, the first falling among dispersed aircraft and the second securing a direct hit on a building.
Flight Lieutenant Wells has been engaged on operational flying over a long period during which he has always displayed great determination and enthusiasm, combined with a high standard of technical and navigational ability."
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Squadron Leader
Awarded on:
September 24th, 1941
Mentioned in Despatches
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Wing Commander
Unit:
No. 108 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
October 17th, 1941
Action:
Citation:
"This officer has led his unit with great success. In attacks on Tripoli, 6 ships were sunk and hits were obtained on many others. Widespread damage was caused at various other places. At Messina, in particular, the whole railway sidings, including many trucks, were destroyed while the power house and a large adjoining area were completely burned out. Throughout the short period of less than a month, Wing Commander Wells organised and directed all the sorties which were carried out by his unit and participated in 15 of them himself. He has at all times displayed outstanding leadership, courage and determination."
Details:
Tweede DFC toegelend als gesp.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

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