Max Miller was the son of James Handy Miller and Maude Cordelia Repass.
Died non Battle

Staff Sergeant Miller served with the 395th Bomb Group, 590th Bomb Squadron aboard the B-17F Flying Fortress #42-29500.

One of nine Airmen killed when the bomber struck a mountaintop, 16 miles east of Ellensburg, WA, while operating from the Ephrata Army Air Base.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, 3 April 1943
Staff Sgt. Max E. Miller, 22, former shirt factory employee here, and son of Mrs. Maude Miller, widow, of Riverdale and New Market, was one of a bomber crew of nine found dead last night in the wreckage of their plane near Ephrata, Wash, Army Air Base. The mother, who recently moved from Riverdale to New Market was officially notified today, and United Press carried an account of the accident. Only other immediate family member is a brother, Emile Miller, who lives with his mother. The dispatch said the wreckage of the four-engined bomber and the bodies were recovered after a five-day search. “His mother was earlier notified that the plane was 24 hours overdue,” Mrs. Rush Miller, Riverdale, aunt of the victim, said today. “Only the other day Max wrote his mother and enclosed his wings and diploma ( he had just graduated as staff sergeant at Las Vegas, Nev., gunnery school. “He said the service had changed his way of life. He was attending church service regularly and had taken out heavy insurance for his mother and brother. “Max wrote her that he and his crew expected to go overseas and into action in their bomber and that he might not get back.” Wilbur H. Blair, a superintendent at the Knoxville plant where young Miller worked, said today: “He was a fine boy. I’ve corresponded with him all along. After gunnery school graduation he wrote that he was ‘on top of the world.’ ” 

  • Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 29 October 1920
  • Date of death: 29 March 1943
  • County: Jefferson
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 590th Bomber Squadron, 395th Bomber Group, Heavy
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: New Market Cemetery, New Market, Jefferson County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XII, Middle Panel
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