Staff Sergeant Max W. Denton, US Army Air Forces, was assigned to the 816th Bombardment Squadron, 483rd Bomber Group Heavy, based at Sterparone, Italy.

He was killed in action 21 March 1945 and is interred at the Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupré, Belgium, plot C, row 5, grave 31.

Aircraft B-17G with serial number 44-6552 departed from Sterparone, Italy on a combat mission to Southeast Goods Depot in Vienna.

Statement of 2nd Lt George A. Gammon, Co-Pilot of ship #44-8113:
I saw ship #44-6552, piloted by Lt. Venable, before, at the time of the flak hit, and all the way down after the flak hit. The plane was flying number four position in the high box. The plane was on the bomb run and no bombs had been dropped by the box when I saw the plane hit in the tail and rear waist section. Plane had right horizontal stabilizer missing and rudder was flapping out of control. Plane pulled up out of formation, did a slow roll and immediately started a tight spin. Plane went into a vertical dive and then into a tight spiral. When last seen plane was in a flat spin during which time one man jumped from the waist section, parachute partially opened. Plane was very low when last seen, seeming to have about three thousand to five thousand feet altitude.

Crew members
Pilot, 2nd Lt Albert J. Venable
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Paul D. Casey
Navigator, F/O Steve Krelic
Bombardier, 2nd Lt Keith A. McDonell
Top Turret Gunner, T/Sgt Everett E. Harrolle
Right Waist Gunner, Sgt Hans W. Kloss
Right Waist Gunner, T/Sgt Charles W. Sutton
Ball Turret Gunner, S/Sgt John J. Busick
IW, S/Sgt Claude G. Jackson
Tail Gunner, S/Sgt Max W. Denton

  • Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Date of death: 21 March 1945
  • County: Sullivan
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 816th Bomber Squadron, 483rd Bomber Group, Heavy
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupré (Neuville-en-Condroz), Belgium
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XVIII, Top Panel
  • Sponsored by: Max Jackson

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