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Melvin Walter Demmin


Immediately after high school, Demmin entered the USAAF. He survived 14 missions and the long march to Germany from his POW camp in Poland. After the war, he completed college in Peoria, IL and then worked as an engineer at Caterpillar for 35 years. While in college he married Barbara McKellip, and they had five daughters. He also learned to fly and was an instructor at a flying club in Peoria for several decades.



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Units served with

  • 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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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...


Event Location Date
Born Peoria, IL, USA 3 December 1924
Lived in Peoria, IL, USA 1943
Enlisted Peoria, IL, USA 14 April 1943
POW Tychowo, Poland September 1944 – June 1945
Shot Down/Captured Wittingen, Germany 8 September 1944
Died Farmington, IL, USA 7 November 2017


Date Contributor Update
20 May 2018 23:24:38 KWK Changes to biography
Also, my visit with him in late summer of 2017.

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2018 23:01:09 KWK Changes to middlename and events

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2017 22:13:20 KWK Changes to nickname

I met with Mel recently and asked if he had a nickname during his time in the service; he replied he didn't. I'll try to get him to provide a brief biography when I next see him early Sept. 2017. KWK

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2015 23:40:41 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and media associations

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