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William C. Maxwell

Born: Nov 9, 1892

Death: Aug 12, 1920

Birthplace: Natchez, Alabama

Nationality: United States

William C. Maxwell

Date of Birth : Nov 9, 1892
Date of Death : Aug 12, 1920
Birth Place : Natchez, Alabama

William Calvin Maxwell was an American pilot in the United States Army Air Service and namesake of Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. After growing up in Atmore, Alabama Maxwell enrolled as an Army ROTC student at the University of Alabama, he left in 1917 to enlist in the Army. He received his commission in April 1918, after completing flight training at Kelly Field, Texas. In 1919, he was assigned to 3rd Aero Squadron, Philippines. On August 12, 1920, engine trouble forced Lt. Maxwell to attempt to land his DH-4 in a sugarcane field. Maneuvering to avoid a group of children playing below, he struck a flagpole hidden by the tall sugarcane and was killed instantly. On the recommendation of his former commanding officer, Maj. Roy C. Brown, Montgomery Air Intermediate Depot was renamed Maxwell Field on November 8, 1922.

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