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Maxham Henry G.

Monuments

King Size monument

Name:
Henry G. Maxham
Rank:
Staff Sergeant
Serial Number:
6130880
Unit:
565th Bomber Squadron, 389th Bomb Group
Date of Death:
1944-12-25
State:
Vermont
Cemetery:
Henri Chapelle American Cemetery, Belgium
Plot:
A
Row:
3
Grave:
45
Decoration:
Air Medal with 8 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart
Comments:

Born 28 January 1912 in Hartford, Vermont. Maxham flew 63 aerial combat missions. The first 51 were flown from North Africa and Italy, after which he was sent back to the US. He was subsequently sent overseas again to England. He was the tail gunner of the B-24 ôKing Size, 42-50612, which took off from Hethel Airbase in England on a mission to bomb an industrial zone in Wahlen-Kall, Germany. After successfully dropping their bombs, the King Size was attacked by German fighters and went into a spin and started burning. This caused them to fall behind their formation, and they were attacked again and crashed. Of the crew of nine, only two survived. Maxham bailed out of the plane too late for his parachute to open and he fell to his death.