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  1. Just a heads up - The Maxwell collection is on auction at Bonhams as of July 28th: Conflicts of the 20th Century Online Ending from: 7 Aug 2020 at 12:00 EDT. https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26461/ Lot #24 Maxwell https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26461/lot/24/?category=list&length=101&page=1 Lot#13 His father’s gas mask https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26461/lot/13/?category=list&length=101&page=1
  2. Shelter in place attic find - Eagle Squadron Just a heads up - The Maxwell collection is on auction at Bonhams online now: Conflicts of the 20th Century Online Ending from: 7 Aug 2020 at 12:00 EDT. https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26461/ Lot #24 Maxwell https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26461/lot/24/?category=list&length=101&page=1 Lot#13 His father’s gas mask https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26461/lot/13/?category=list&length=101&page=1
  3. New wallet finds: A bed and entertainment, in Kartoum on his trek across Africa, 6/3/1942. He was traveling in a DC-3 Also, trying to stay out of trouble in Cairo. 7/1942
  4. New find: Max in love with his first airplane and flying, Washington DC. 1939/40 Back of photo, "There's nothing I can do about it" Same photo session, Max with his collar up. Also Max tailored-up for his job at the power plant.
  5. Awesome !!! I as pointed out in my write up of Max’s time in the 71. Max had said that he and Bob were friends, and when Bob said he was volunteering for “overseas” duty, Max volunteered too. I had wondered if they had made the epic trip down and through Africa to Cairo together. When I posted the leopard kilt picture, I wanted to say that Bob is standing next to Max on the left in their stop over in Lagos, and now that I see your picture, I'm going to make the call that they did make the trip together. Max transferred out of the 33 to the USAAF shortly after Bob was lost and
  6. Thanks Randy, That is interesting info! If its 1957, that means he is commuting from Virginia where his family is living. The T-33A jet is an amazing looking flying machine! I have never seen one before! Here are the names on the back of the photo.
  7. George Saint Maur Maxwell Max certainly lived a little. As many fearless young men do, he followed his nose, and his instincts took him along historic pathways. I’m sure he was humbled along the way, and beyond disappointed that he was taken out of the fight by his illness, but that didn't stop him from passing the torch to others, as he became an instructor of young, up-and-coming pilots. That is some of the story I am taking away from his trunk and it’s contents. But there is so much more, as for me it became a living, breathing testament to one young man and one generation’s b
  8. Post war continued: Caine - “George then went into the statistical services field and during the next twenty-five years was responsible for overseeing the installation of computer systems worldwide." Family: Max carried top secret status from 1950, and he was not at liberty to tell his family anything about what he was involved with, while being away for extended periods of time, so there is that. (photo) By late 1956 he was based in Virginia, and worked at the Pentagon, where my wife got the opportunity to try out her pink and black Minnie Mouse roll
  9. Thanks for the details. It looks like he might have continued to ferry planes cross country, as I found this plane ticket for a later date in 1945. He certainly found an interesting way to stay in motion!
  10. Max’s last flying logs in the book I have are on June 25, 1945 . He does not summarize the page in his usual manner, and his service record entry is left with a dash. It is a bit out of character for him, but there could be many explanations. His 1950 record has him remaining in Florida through March of 46. The war was over and he did not get to fly combat again either in Europe, the Pacific or in Korea. Perhaps it was the malaria? Some time after the war, he bought a plane and briefly tried his hand flying shrimp and cut flowers from Florida t
  11. Thanks for the hat and goggle info ! The lenses do have a date: T.1942.C. Max in Florida Continued: After 9 months of instructing pilots in Florida, in December of 1944, Max suddenly logs a flight in a P-51 from Los Angeles to Oakland, at the same time his log book service record has him in Long Beach, CA. on 12/23/44 Apparently, he is still hoping to see action in the Southwest Pacific. I thought this might have been for possible deployment, but his records don’t hint at that. Instead, his logs have him flying a different P-51 cross-county, twic
  12. Previous to this last month, I was under the impression that he rejoined the 86 in Europe after being treated in Florida but that was not the case. One can only imagine the profound disappointment Max must have felt to be suddenly shipped back to the USA. It must have been crushing! I would imagine he thought he would recover and then get sent back into action, but his relapse and re-hospitalization probably closed the door for that possibility. If any of this was communicated to Philip Caine, he decided not to use it: Caine: “He continued w
  13. He retuned to duty, yes, but unfortunately, according to immediate family, he never fully recovered, and apparently malaria symptoms continued for some time, possibly giving him issues throughout the rest of his military career. I have very few items from his days in 86. His flying cap, 2 sewing kits, with compass, a cross on a chain and his pack of Lucky Strikes filled with zippo striker replacements.
  14. You can see in log photos that his flights after the 16th are very short. He is obviously trying to give it a go, but it is just not working. An anecdote from a relative: “Sometime during the Italian campaign, George contracted malaria. He was rotated home to the base in Florida to recover. While stationed there, he got the chance to drive home to DC to visit family. He asked two of his cousins to drive back with him to Florida. The plan was that his cousins, Mary Elizabeth Taylor and Page Truslow would catch a train back to DC from Florida. On the drive down, Geo
  15. 86 squadron continued: On September 9,1943, Max flies his last combat mission. Fate has dealt him a card he could not have anticipated. He came through 138 combat missions and 568 combat hours in the air over the course of 14 months without a scratch. But now, a tiny mosquito puts a stop to everything, as he comes down with malaria. On October 16, he flies for the last time with 86 Squadron. After looking at the minutiae of the daily logs and the map again, in the context of the 14 months Max spent in the 33 and 86, one r
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