McNeil, Max D., Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1942, AAF MOS 611, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1942
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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron

Casualty Date
Nov 28, 1942
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Mediterranean Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial - Carthage, Tunisia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

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  1942, World War II Fallen

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Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1942, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 611, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1942, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Max Daniel McNeil was born in Missouri in 1920. His parents were Ernest Stanley and Fern Lavon Kingrey McNeil.

McNeil enlisted on June 9, 1942 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri as a private in the US Army Air Forces. His enlistment papers state he had completed 1 year of college (unnamed), was employed in the actor/actress field, and confirms nativity and year of birth.

Selected for flight duty, he was trained as an aerial gunner. When this course was completed, he was sent overseas and assigned to a B-17 combat crew.
On November 28, 1942, the crew was sent to bomb facilities in the Bizerte, Tunisia area. While flying there, the formation was attacked by German fighters, and McNeil's aircraft was shot down. It crashed into the Mediterranean Sea. There were no survivors, and no bodies were recovered.

Sgt McNeil is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing in the North Africa American Cemetery in Tunis, Tunisia.
NARA Enlistment Records


Sgt Max McNeil was an assigned waist gunner on B-17F # 41-24374, no name, assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 16038 covers this event. Mission loading lists show the crew as:

1 Lt Robert E. Maher  p
2 Lt Roy C. Tobey  c-p
2 Lt Lee H. Adkins  nav
2 Lt Fred J. Graf  bomb
MSgt Edward C. Shackleton  eng/tt gun
TSgt  Frank J. Conlon  r/o
Sgt   Harry R. Alger  wg
Sgt   Max D. McNeil  wg
Sgt  Charles R. Goodwin  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Shackleton's middle initial is given variously throughout documents as "O." "C," or "W."

There is no known crew photo.

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