Skip to main content
Edit entry 

Max Gerald Gunsolley


"In preparation for the Allies invasion of Normandy, France on 6 June 1944, Max and his fellow crew members (1LT Robert C. Bruce and SSgt Irving P. Hanflig) participated in round the clock bombing missions over heavily defended German positions in France. On 3 June Max and fellow crew members, joined the rest of the squadron for a mission to Chartres, France. Not long after crossing the English Channel near Cabourg, France, the squadron ran into intense accurate flak. According to two witness statements, at 8:46 p.m. 1LT Bruce made a 180 degree turn heading back across the English Channel. The aircraft failed to return to its base. It was unknown if the aircraft was hit by flak or not.

In a 6 June 1945 War Department telegram, Joan was informed that Max’s status was changed from Missing In Action to Killed In Action." (


Units served with

Associated Place

  • Gosfield

    Military site : airfield
    First used as an airfield during the First World War, when known as Royal Flying Corps/RAF Sible Hedingham, it was built as Gosfield for the Eighth Air Force and then Ninth Air Force in 1942-43. Home to first the 365th Fighter Group, then the 397th...


Event Location Date
Born Burlington, IA, USA
Killed in Action 3 June 1944


Date Contributor Update
27 April 2016 11:48:23 general ira snapsorter Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and media associations

New entry with details from: