WELLS, NORMAN LOUROSS
Name: Norman Louross Wells Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/O3 Unit: Date of Birth: 7 March 33 Annapolis MD Home City of Record: Unionville VA Date of Loss: 29 August 1966 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 173300 North 1062600 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D Missions: VN 75 Other Personnel in Incident: Refno:
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NORMAN L WELLS Lieutenant Colonel - United States Air Force Shot Down: August 29, 1966 Released: March 4, 1973
I was born on my Dad's birthday, March 7, 1933, in Annapolis, Maryland, to Norman B. Wells and Rosemary F. Wells. We lived on the USN Engineering Experimental Station across the Severn from the Academy until I was twelve years old. We then moved to a 53 acre tobacco farm called Sunny Acres near the community of Davidsonville, Maryland.
I graduated from Annapolis High School in 1951 and enlisted in the USAF on April 18, 1952. I entered Aviation Cadet training in September 1953 and received my wings and commission at Williams AFB on December 4, 1954. On April 30, 1955 Barbara A. Truslow, my teenage sweetheart, and I were married in the Chapel at Nellis AFB, Nevada. We traveled to Sidi Slimane AB in Morocco where I flew the F-86 and F-100C in the FDS. Our first daughter, Nina, was born at Port Lyauty NAS, Morocco.
I was then transferred to Chaumont AB, France and the 493rd FBS where I flew the F-100D. Our second daughter, Roseleen, was born at Chateauroux AB, France in 1957. We returned to the United States in 1958 where I was assigned to the 309th TFS at Turner AFB, Georgia. Donna, our third daughter was born at Turner. In late 1958 I was transferred to Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina and assigned to the 336th TFS. I flew the F-100D and F-105B. Our two sons, Ross and Sammy, were born at Goldsboro, North Carolina in 1960 and 1962. In 1963 I was assigned to the 22nd TFS at Birburg AB, Germany where I flew the F-105D.
I departed Bitburg AB for Southeast Asia and Thailand in early 1966 leaving Barbara and the family in Unionville, Virginia. I flew 75 missions over North Vietnam in the F-105D and was shot down on August 21, 1966 and recovered by a Marine helicopter in the Gulf of Tonkin. I was downed again on August 29,1966 in RT Pack 1 in the southern panhandle of North Vietnam on my 78th mission.
I was captured by Vietnamese peasants and militia about fifteen minutes after I landed uninjured. So began a six and one-half year tour as a POW. Faith in God and country and the support and guidance of my fellow POWs saw me through those long years. As an American I knew that my country would never let me down and that someday I'd go home. America has given us a wonderful welcome and I appreciated it very much but I constantly remind myself of the men who lost their lives so that I might be free. I am forever indebted to them. Let us honor those brave men.
Norman Wells retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He and his wife Barbara reside in Virginia.
On July 30, the Wells son, Norman Wells, Jr., 41, was killed in an explosion at his workplace in Culpepper.