Edwin V. Wells

 


 
Preferred Name: Edwin
Nickname/Call Sign: Hawk
Date Of Birth: 02-16-1933
Highest Military Grade Held: Lt. Col., O5
Hometown: Moline, IL

Comments

When I flew my first single seat fighter at Willy I knew I had found my calling. I spent my entire Air Force career in the cockpit. It was by choice and I would not do anything differently if I did it all over again. Well maybe one thing – I should have moved heaven and earth to avoid flying the Vark.
I logged 3300 hours in the Hun over 12 years and 1100 in the Vark from then on.

Units Assigned

  • 10-57 to 12-59 – 477th FBS/481st TFS, 312th FBW/ 27thTFW, 832nd AD, Cannon AFB, NM, Fighter Pilot.
  •   CASF deployments to Kadena AB, Okinawa and Hahn AB, Germany.
  •   Two-way Hi Flight Mather-Japan-Davis Monthan AFB.
  • 12-59 to 12-61 – 416th TFS, 21TFW, Misawa AB, Japan, Fighter Pilot
  • 01-62 to 01-66 – 4515th CCTS and 4517th CCTS, Luke AFB, Instructor Pilot.Fighter Pilot during Cuba Missile Crisis 1962 – Homestead AFB.
  • 01-66 to 12-66 – South Vietnam , ROK Tiger Div., and 7th AF , Forward Air Controller,Instructor Pilot and Chief Stan/Eval. O-1E/F
  • 01-67 to 06-70 – 4515 TFTS, Luke AFB, AZ – Instructor Pilot and Flight Commander.
  • 06-70 to 04-71 – 55th TFS, 20th TFW, RAF Upper Heyford, UK, F-100, F-111
  • 04-71 to 06-74 – 55th TFS, 20th TFW, RAF Upper Heyford, UK,Flight Commander and Assistant Ops Officer, F-111
  • 07-74 to 06-75 – 347th TFW. RTAB Korat . Squadron Commander, ADO, F-111
  • 06-75 to 08-77 – 474th TFW and 442TFTS, Nellis AFB, NV – Chief Stan/Eval, SquadronCommander and ADO, F-111
  • Retired, August 1977.

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

Military Education

  • UPT 57-K at Marana and Webb, T-34, T-28, T-33.
  • Fighter gunnery in the F-86 at Williams AFB (Top Gun Class 57-M)
  • Advanced gunnery at Nellis in the F-100-A

Civilian Education

  • BS, Accounting major, Economics minor, University of Illimois
  • Graduated 18 June 1955 with ROTC commission.
Biography

Comments

When I flew my first single seat fighter at Willy I knew I had found my calling. I spent my entire Air Force career in the cockpit. It was by choice and I would not do anything differently if I did it all over again. Well maybe one thing – I should have moved heaven and earth to avoid flying the Vark.
I logged 3300 hours in the Hun over 12 years and 1100 in the Vark from then on.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 10-57 to 12-59 – 477th FBS/481st TFS, 312th FBW/ 27thTFW, 832nd AD, Cannon AFB, NM, Fighter Pilot.
  •   CASF deployments to Kadena AB, Okinawa and Hahn AB, Germany.
  •   Two-way Hi Flight Mather-Japan-Davis Monthan AFB.
  • 12-59 to 12-61 – 416th TFS, 21TFW, Misawa AB, Japan, Fighter Pilot
  • 01-62 to 01-66 – 4515th CCTS and 4517th CCTS, Luke AFB, Instructor Pilot.Fighter Pilot during Cuba Missile Crisis 1962 – Homestead AFB.
  • 01-66 to 12-66 – South Vietnam , ROK Tiger Div., and 7th AF , Forward Air Controller,Instructor Pilot and Chief Stan/Eval. O-1E/F
  • 01-67 to 06-70 – 4515 TFTS, Luke AFB, AZ – Instructor Pilot and Flight Commander.
  • 06-70 to 04-71 – 55th TFS, 20th TFW, RAF Upper Heyford, UK, F-100, F-111
  • 04-71 to 06-74 – 55th TFS, 20th TFW, RAF Upper Heyford, UK,Flight Commander and Assistant Ops Officer, F-111
  • 07-74 to 06-75 – 347th TFW. RTAB Korat . Squadron Commander, ADO, F-111
  • 06-75 to 08-77 – 474th TFW and 442TFTS, Nellis AFB, NV – Chief Stan/Eval, SquadronCommander and ADO, F-111
  • Retired, August 1977.

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

Military Education

  • UPT 57-K at Marana and Webb, T-34, T-28, T-33.
  • Fighter gunnery in the F-86 at Williams AFB (Top Gun Class 57-M)
  • Advanced gunnery at Nellis in the F-100-A

Civilian Education

  • BS, Accounting major, Economics minor, University of Illimois
  • Graduated 18 June 1955 with ROTC commission.
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