|Birth: ||May 19, 1918|
|Death: ||Jul. 2, 1943|
He was the son of Marlen Herbert Avery and Maude Elmer (Bivens) Avery. He was married to Gladys Pauline Russell, and they had a daughter, Sherry Lynn Avery.
Avery was co-pilot on B-24D bomber #41-23747 assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 436th Bombardment Squadron. On July 2, 1943 they were one of a flight of six aircraft en route to bomb the Syriam oil refinery at Rangoon, Burma. After flying for fifteen minutes through heavy clouds, the airplanes broke into the clear in a dispersed formation and only five planes could be accounted for. About fifteen minutes later a radio message was heard "Any B-24D for help." However attempts to establish radio contact got no reply. Enemy fighters were active in the area, so it is presumed that Avery's plane was shot down.
Avery was from Calvin, OK. He received the Air Medal and the purple Heart.
He is also memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines.
In Memory Of
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US Army Air Forces
World War II
Created by: Always in my heart
Record added: Mar 03, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34378729
Thank you for your sacrifice Grandad. Your family will not forget.|
Added: Dec. 7, 2014
May the blessings of Heaven be yours Lieut Melvin Avery|
Added: May. 14, 2011
Rest in peace.|
Added: Apr. 4, 2009