HOLCOMB, MAX EUGENE, First Lieutenant, # 0-802856, USAAF

 

Max E. Holcomb was born on 2 September 1918 in Pennsylvania to Charles William Holcomb (1896-1994) and Sarah “Carrie” (Peters) Holcomb (1894-1972). Siblings included June E. (Holcomb) James (1921-2016). In 1920 his paternal grandfather lived with them, George Holcomb (1867-    ). In 190 his father was a grocery merchant.

 

He registered for the WW II draft in 1940 and described himself as 5’6”, 138 lbs, with blond hair and gray eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet on 25 October 1941 and was accepted to Officer cadet School on 29 April 1943. He completed flight instruction and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was multi-engine rated. On 29 June 1944, a C-46A, # 42-3574, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 1328th Air Base Unit, Station # 11, departed the airfield at Misamari, India, on a cargo transportation flight to Myitkyina, Burma, then across “the Hump” of the Himalayas, to the airfield at Yankai, China. The C-46A was attacked and set afire by enemy fighters and the crew had to bail out. 2ndLt Maveety was unable to get out and died in the crash. He and Sgt. Tyrell were rescued by the Allies and returned to duty. He was separated after his release on 28 November 1945. He earned a doctorate and became a doctor. He died on 11 March 2009. He was buried in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri (Sec. 1HH, Grave 626).