Lloyd Kenneth Wells, Jr. was born on January 4, 1926 in Ponca City, OK. He suffered a long and courageous battle with leukemia and passed on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at the age of 91.
Lloyd was a WW II Veteran. He joined the Army Air Corp. in 1943 & was a tail gunner in a B-17. He was a member of the 8th Air Force/490th Bomb Group/850th Bomb Squadron. His plane was shot down & crash landed in Herborn, Germany on March 9, 1945. He was captured by the Germans and taken to a German POW Hospital. After the war, he went thru a long recovery process. In 1946, he received a Purple Heart for his courageousness in the war.
In 1948, he attended the Univ. of So. California where he received his bachelor’s degree in music education. He was a band director at Fremont JH in Delano, CA until 1956. He then moved the family to Houston & became a professional photographer. In 1963, he moved his family to La Porte & taught 6th grade math & science at Baker Elem. In 1966, he received his master’s degree from Florida State Univ. & retired from La Porte ISD in 1983.
Lloyd was very active in the La Porte community. He was Past Commander of VFW Post 8251. He was a member of the LP Lions Club, Pres. of the LP Heritage Society & in 1983, he organized and led the LP Community Band. He also led the LP Dixieland Jazz Band until 2011. He played banjo & string bass in the LPHS Musicals for many years. He was active in sailing & boating & was a 35 yr. member of the Houston Yacht Club.
Units served with
The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 21/6/44; Kearney 5/7/44; Grenier 19/7/44; Assigned 850BS/490BG Eye 22/7/44; Missing in Action Frankfurt 9/3/45 with Carl Faust, Oliver Hirist, Harry Perdue, Leroy Pierstos, Bob Greene, Paul Winkle, Lloyd Wells (7 Prisoner of War);...
Military site : airfield
Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...
||Ponca City, OK, USA
||4 January 1926
|Prisoner of War (POW)
||9 March 1945 – 27 March 1945
Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Mulheim on 9 Mar 45 in B-17 'Magnificent Obsession' #4338068
||La Porte, TX 77571, USA
||22 August 2017