44-25116         MACR 14710

 

On 12 July 1945 a P-38L-5LO, “Pheasant,” # 44-25116, assigned to 10th Air Force, 33rd Fighter Group, 60th Fighter Squadron, Myitkyina East, Burma, departed the airfield on a reconnaissance mission in Thailand. The pilot was 1stLt Theodore H. Demezas, # 0-770201, born in 1924 in Oregon; enlisted 19 February 1943 at Buckley Field, Denver, Colorado. He was shot down by small arms fire and was captured by the Japanese. A POW, he was held in POW Camp 13-100 and liberated on about 20 September 1945.

 

DEMEZAS, THEODORE HADLEY, First Lieutenant, # 0-770201, USAAF

 

Theodore H. Demezas was born on 6 November 1924 in Silverton, Marion Co., Oregon, to John D. Demezas (1895-1968) and Gladys M. (Hadley) Demezas (1900-1931). Siblings were James Rosselle Demezas (1921-1991), Nels Demezas, and John F. Demezas (1927-    ). He graduated from Silverton High School. He married Dolores Helen (Ebner) Demezas (1924-2009) (married 26 December 1950) and they had children, including Terry Jon Demezas (1953-2004), Mike and Nancy Demezas, Nancy and David, David and Colleen, and grandchildren.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Buckley Field, Denver, Colorado, on 19 February 1943. He served two enlistments: (1) 19 February 1943 to 28 February 1946, and, USAF, (2) 23 September 1950 to retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel on 31 August 1967 during WWII, Korea and Vietnam. After enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the P-38 Lightning. He earned his appointment as a Flight Officer and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 12 July 1945 a P-38L-5LO, “Pheasant,” # 44-25116, assigned to 10th Air Force, 33rd Fighter Group, 60th Fighter Squadron, Myitkyina East, Burma, departed the airfield on a reconnaissance mission in Thailand. He was shot down by small arms fire and was captured by the Japanese. A POW, he was held in POW Camp 13-100 and liberated on about 20 September 1945. Subsequently commissioned in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, he completed further duty. He died 7 May 2003 in Mount Angel, Marion Co., Oregon and is buried in the Calvary Cemetery, Mount Angel, Marion Co., Oregon.

 

His brother, James R. Demezas, born 20 August 1921, served in the U.S. Army from 5 November 1942. He died in 1991 and is buried in the Miller Cemetery, Silverton, Marion Co., Oregon.

 

His brother, John F. Demezas, born 2 December 1927, served in the U.S. Army from 18 March 1946.