Retired Dec. 1, 1965. Died Aug. 3, 1981.
Norman C. Spencer Jr., was born in Boston, Mass., in 1913. Seven years later the family moved to Concord, Mass., where he graduated from high school in 1931. He enlisted in Co. H, 182nd Infantry (Massachusetts National Guard) on his 18th birthday and the following year successfully competed for a National Guard appointment to the U.S. Military Academy. Upon his graduation in 1936 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant of Field Artillery with duty assignment as a student officer at Randolph Field, Texas. He transferred to the Air Corps in October of 1937 upon completion of flying training at Kelly Field.
His first assignment was to the 22nd Observation Squadron at Brooks Field, Texas. In 1940-41 he attended the California Institute of Technology where he was awarded a master of science degree in meteorology. He was next assigned to the Cold Weather Experimental Station at Ladd Field, Alaska. Soon after Pearl Harbor he joined the newly formed Eleventh Air Force and remained with it as assistant A-3 until the end of the Aleutian Campaign. He was next assigned to air staff SHAEF in London where he participated in the Normandy invasion planning, and he remained with that headquarters in Europe until V-E Day.
Returning to the United States, he commanded the 101st Weather Group until late 1946 when he was assigned to the first class of the Air Command and staff school at the newly formed Air University, Maxwell Field, Ala. From 1947 to 1950 he was in the Directorate of Plans and Operations at Air Force headquarters and was then assigned to the Office of the Inspector General. He attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort Leslie J. McNair, Washington, D.C., in 1953-54 and then went to Greenland to command the Sondrestrom Air Base. He returned to Robins Air Force Base, Ga., as base commander and, in 1957 was appointed deputy commander of the Warner Robins Air Materiel Area. In the same year he attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.
In 1960 he was assigned to headquarters, AFLC, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, as deputy director of Personnel. A year later he was appointed AFLC chief of staff. He was promoted to brigadier general in January 1961.
He assumed duties as deputy chief of staff for Materiel at Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Wiesbaden, Germany, on July 15, 1963.