Maxwell Byron Simkin, was born in Victoria in 1922.
He served in the Middle East and South East Asia during World War II, commanding both 49th and 11th Australian Squadron Air Liaison Sections, and staff liaison officer with Headquarters Morotai Force. He later served as a parachute instructor, with the 2nd and 3rd Battalions, The Royal Australian Regiment, and Commander of the 1st Recruit Training Battalion. In 1968 he was appointed the first Director of the Australian Army Aviation Corps. He was promoted Brigadier General in 1971 and served as Chief of Staff, Northern Command, in Brisbane, until late 1972 when he was appointed Defence Attache in Washington DC, to the USA and Canada.
He retired from the Army in July 1976 and became Managing Director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service until his retirement.
He passed away in Brisbane on November 5, 2003.