Number RAAF 408888
Unit RAAF 101 Squadron Prior to this he was in the 22nd Militia Battalion.
Place of Birth Leongatha 6 August 1921
Next of Kin Thomas Taylor his father. His mother was Jane Taylor
Date and place of enlistment
20 June 1941 in Melbourne
Location on enlistment Leongatha
Occupation bank officer
Date and place of death
17 April 1943 aged 21 in Germany
Location of grave or memorial
He is buried in Durnbach War Cemetery Germany. His name is on the Leongatha Memorial and the memorial at Leongatha Secondary College (formerly Leongatha High)
Relationship to Woorayl Shire
The son of Thomas and Jane Taylor, Max was born in Leongatha on August 6th 1921. He lived in Nerrena Rd just past the Secondary College towards the Tarwin River. He attended Leongatha State School and Leongatha High School before becoming a bank official at the State Savings Bank, Leongatha. He was a keen participant in various sporting activities, notably football and cricket and “could run like the wind”.
Max was an Air Force Flying Officer in the 101st Squadron.
He was a member of the 22nd Militia Battalion from August 1939 and on 21 June 1941 when he transferred to the Air Force. Max left Australia for the United Kingdom on 7 August 1942 arriving there on 3 October. He continued to train as a navigator and was placed in the 101st Squadron before going into action against the Germans over Europe.
On the night of the 16 and 17 April 1943 Max was a member of a bomber crew on an operational flight over German occupied territory. The plane failed to return to base and Max lost his life.
His brother, Walter James Taylor, also a past student of Leongatha High School served also in the Air Force and became an airline pilot after the war.