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Williston G. Wells
Major, U.S. Air Force
Service #: AO-764846
Born:        June 27, 1922
Passed:    May 15, 1953

Williston (Bill) G. Wells was a pilot in WW2, based at Rhein Main AB. He and 6 others will killed in a midair crash. Their names were inscribed on a monument that was placed somewhere near the tarmac (flightline), honoring the aircrews for their outstanding military servce.  Rhein Main AB is now closed.  We are trying to locate monument since no one knows where its located. Anyone knowing the location of the monument, would be greatly appreciated.

Major Wells was the aircraft commander of troop transport C-119C (51-8241) based at Rhein Main Air Force Base, Germany. On May 15, 1953, his aircraft was flying formation with other C-119C's, when it was hit by a F-84 Thunderjet and crashed near Mannheim, Germany killing three crew members. ** Major Wells was awarded the National Defense Service Medal.

15 May
An errant United States Air Force Republic F-84E-30-RE Thunderjet, 51-628, of the 22d Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 36th Fighter-Bomber Group, collides with two USAF C-119 Flying Boxcars of the 10th Troop Carrier Squadron, 60th Troop Carrier Group, flying in formation near Weinheim, Germany, sending all three planes down in flames. Fairchild C-119C Flying Boxcar, 51-8235, was struck by the fighter, which then hit struck C-119C, 51-8241, three Flying Boxcar crew killed, three injured. F-84 pilot James W. Chilton parachutes to safety.

Anyone having additional information and/or photo's regarding Major Wells, please send them to me, so I can add them to his memorial. Thanks.     Stan Miller,

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04/27/15 10:58 AM #1    

Stanley Miller

Williston G. Wells (Bill) was my Godfather. His premature death was due to a mid-air collision over the skies of Wiesbaden, Germany. He was married to "Babs" and they had been HS sweethearts in Tabor, IA. I'm sorry I didn't know him longer in my life. Rest is Peace, Bill. I'm glad I visited your grave in 1997.
- Doug Brill


04/28/15 07:26 AM #2    

Stanley Miller

On behalf of Major Williston G. Wells, I'd like to dedicate the picture to him.
Deborah - (Niece) took this pictures at Ramstein Air Base, 27 April 2015.
For the ones that don't know, this stained glass was formerly in the Rhein Main Chapel.


04/28/15 04:52 PM #3    

Daniel Parsons

Rest in peace Major Wells. May the Lord bless the family.

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