William Calvin Maxwell
Lt. William C. Maxwell
|Born||November 9, 1892|
|Died||August 20, 1920 (aged 27)|
|Service/||U.S. Army Air Service|
|Years of service||1918–1920|
|Unit||3rd Aero Squadron|
Born in Natchez, Alabama, Maxwell was one of seven children of John R. and Jennie Maxwell, and was raised in Atmore. He enrolled as an Army ROTC student at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and left college in 1917 to enlist in the Army during World War I.
Maxwell received his commission in April 1918, after completing flight training at Kelly Field at San Antonio, 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 stanchion hidden by the tall sugarcane and was killed instantly. He was buried back in Atmore at the Robinsonville Baptist Church Cemetery.