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Melvin J Robison

Military

Wounded by enemy fighters on 15th mission on 25 December 1944. After bombing troop and supply concentrations which were supporting the enemy in the Battle of the Bulge, three seperate fighters attacked my tail position. Fought off the 1st two but the third one wounded me.

Silver Star/ PH/ EAME w/ 5 stars/ AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster

(2) probables

Service

People

  • Glen Alexander

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Lead Crew Squadron Operations Officer AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ DFC

  • Robert Moore

    Military | Major | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Flew first combat mission as CP on another crew. Flew 5 gas missions and 11 combat missions with original crew. Was reassigned to the 784th BS in November 1944 to take over the lead crew of Glen Alexander who was assigned as Operations Officer of the...

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 784th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Byron, WY, USA 6 December 1920
Died Powell, WY 82435, USA 2 April 2001

Mr. Robison was the former district manager for Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. in Powell.

He was born Dec. 6, 1920, in Byron to Joseph Ray and Lucy (Johnson) Robison. He grew up in Byron and attended school there, graduating from Byron High School in 1940.

He married Marguerite Cox on May 24, 1941, in Billings, Mont. To this union were born two children, Melvin Jay Robison and Mitchel Ray Robison. They lived in Byron for 31 years before moving to Powell in 1972 when he assumed the position of district manager for MDU. A welder by trade, he retired in 1985 after 36 years with MDU, the last 13 years as district manager.

Mr. Robison worked in the Byron Mercantile from 1939 to 1942. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1942 and flew as a B-24 Liberator tail turret gunner with the 8th Air Force, 466th Bombardment Group in Europe in World War II. On Dec. 25, 1944, during his 15th air mission, Staff Sgt. Robison was seriously wounded during the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action, the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed camping and spent his winter months in Lake Havasu, Ariz., for the last 15 years.

He enjoyed camping with his son, Jay, and wife Sheri for the last 40 years straight at Crazy Creek Campground in the Beartooths. He also enjoyed traveling to Alaska to fish with his son, Mitch, and wife Pat where he caught a 76-pound king salmon.

At the age of 62, Mr. Robison qualified for his private pilot's license.

Prior to his retirement, he was involved in the Masonic Lodge, Shriners, Eastern Star, Powell Rotary, and was a member of the Powell Airport Board, Powell Planning and Zoning Commission, Byron School Board and the LDS Church.
Survivors include his wife Marge of Powell; son Jay and his wife Sheri of Billings, Mont., and son Mitch and his wife Pat of Anchorage, Alas.; two brothers, Solon Robison and wife Marjorie of Lovell and Joe Robison of Milton Freewater, Ore.; two sisters, Stella May of Lovell and Mamie Martin of Deaver; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by half-brothers Charles Robison and wife Linda, Dale Robison and wife Nancy and half-sister Mary Harmon and husband Jerry, all of Lovell; and several nieces and nephews.

Buried Powell, WY 82435, USA 5 April 2001

Crown Hill Cemetery
Powell
Park County
Wyoming, USA
Plot: Blk 15, Lot 14, Space 4

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 December 2015 15:33:13 466thHistorian Changes to events
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
08 December 2015 03:54:15 marty41299 Changes to nickname
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My Dad, Melvin Johnson Robison was given the nickname Robby by his flying mates....

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2015 03:28:38 466thHistorian Changes to awards, events, person associations and place associations
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:03 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self

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