Maj. Thomas McGuire Jr.
24 years old from Sebring, Florida
475th Fighter Group
August 1, 1920 – January 7, 1945
On January 7, 1945, McGuire was leading a group of four P-38s – himself, Major Jack Rittmayer (four victories), Captain Edwin Weaver (two victories) and Lieutenant Douglas Thropp (one victory) – on a fighter sweep over northern Negros Island in the central Philippines. Their aim was to gain victories. McGuire desperately wanted to pass Major Richard Bong’s score of 40 kills. Descending through cloud cover, McGuire’s flight circled a Japanese airfield at Fabrica and then proceeded to a second airstrip at Manapla (also referred to as Carolina). As they approached Manapla, they were confronted by a lone Ki-43 “Oscar”, which immediately engaged McGuire’s flight.You can read more about Maj. McGuire here
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We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived
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