WELLS, Wg Cdr Maurice Clunes (fl 1935-1988)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Copies of extracts from 'Wells, a family history', produced by Tessa J Harfield, 1988, principally comprising a brief account of the life and RAF career of Sidney McLeod Wells (Wg Cdr Maurice Clunes Wells' brother), 1906-1941, written by Harfield in 1988; transcription of Brig (then Lt) Brian Gordon Wells' account of a big game hunt in Northern Rhodesia, 1931, written in [1931-1932], with his record of service, 1923-1955, dated 1955; transcription of 'My career in the RAF, 1935-1950' written by Wg Cdr Maurice Clunes Wells, written in [1980-1985]. Original manuscript of 'My career in the RAF, 1935-1950'. Photographs relating to Wg Cdr Maurice Clunes Wells' army career, dated [1940-1945] and [1980-1988], notably his internment as a POW, [1940-1945].

Administrative / Biographical History

Joined RAF in 1935; No 15 Sqn, RAF Abingdon, 1935-1938; Flying Officer, 1938; 103 Sqn, 1938; took part in bombing raids in North West Europe, 1939-1940; captured by Germans and held as POW in Germany, 1940-1945; Commanding Officer, 213 Fighter Sqn, Cyprus, 1946-1947; Movements Department, HQ Middle East, 1947; Senior Administration Officer, Nicosia, Cyprus, 1947-1949; Senior Administrative Officer, RAF Duxford; retired from RAF, 1950, and started a career in farming.

Arrangement

1 file.

Conditions Governing Access

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Acquisition Information

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1994.

Other Finding Aids

Summary guide entry available on-line at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/lhcma/top.htm, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Separated Material

The Royal Artillery Institution also holds photographs relating to Brig Brian Gordon Wells (Photographic Archives - Album 605).

Conditions Governing Use

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Related Material

Lt Brian Gordon Wells' account of big game hunting in Northern Rhodesia, 1931, is held in the Royal Artillery Institution (Ref: MD 1947).

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