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Norman Earl Ellis




  • Paul Arnold

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

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  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

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  • Attlebridge

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    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...


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Born Sedan, KS 67361, USA 22 November 1920
Lived in Sedan, KS 67361, USA 1942
Died Ponca City, OK, USA 27 June 2014

Norman Earl Ellis of Ponca City died on Friday afternoon June 27, 2014 at the age of 93.

He was born in Sedan, Kansas on November 22, 1920 to Earl Delos Ellis and Edith Lucilla Weaver Ellis.

A 1938 graduate of Sedan High School, Mr. Ellis lettered in basketball, tennis, and was the doubles horseshoe champion.

After high school, Norman attended Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, KS on a basketball scholarship.

War was declared in 1941. After Pearl Harbor, Norman joined the Aviation Cadets and was sent to Fort Riley, KS where he joined the Army Air Corps.

Basic pilot training was in Waco, TX. He then joined the glider pilots and completed ten months of training at Twentynine Palms, CA where he earned his glider pilot wings.

Norman transferred to Bombardier training in Santa Ana, CA finishing school in Deming, NM earning his Bombardier wings.

He joined a B24 squadron in Clovis, NM deploying to Adel Bridge, Scotland in 1943. He pulled 30 missions on B24s "Little Lulu" and "Sunshine Jane"; 15 missions over Germany and 15 missions over France. He played an integral part in the D-Day invasion and the St. Lo Breakthrough.

On the way to England, Norman stopped at Herington, KS to marry Wanda Dunham. The two married in a private ceremony at the minister's home on February 9, 1943. Wanda took the bus home to Ponca City and Norman flew to England by way of Morrison Field in Florida.

After Norman finished his tour of duty, he traveled to Sedan and picked up Wanda where they traveled to Miami Beach, FL for R&R.

They then transferred to Midland, TX, then Monroe, LA, and as the war ended Norman was honorably discharged from active duty in Boise, ID. He continued in the reserves for many years and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force.

The Ellis family moved to Ponca City and Norman began work for Continental Oil Company. Taking advantage of the GI Bill, Norman attended Oklahoma A&M earning a B.S in Geology and continued to work for Conoco in Ponca City for over 40 years.

He was a Mason for 60 years. He coached YMCA basketball and baseball for many years and was a Scout Master for Explorer Scouts.

Norman was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Ellis, his parents, three brothers, two sisters, and his granddaughter Nancy Ellis of Bartlesville.

Buried Ponca City, OK, USA 30 June 2014

Resthaven Memorial Park
Ponca City
Kay County
Oklahoma, USA


Date Contributor Update
07 May 2015 17:02:28 466thHistorian Changes to middlename and events

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
21 December 2014 20:11:34 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book ATTLEBRIDGE ARSENAL by Wassom & Brassfield, p345