McGuire, Thomas B, Jr., MAJ

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Last Rank
Major
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 1058-Pilot, Two-Engine Fighter
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1945, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
Service Years
1941 - 1945

Aviation

Major



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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Ridgewood
Last Address
Sebring, Fl

Casualty Date
Jan 07, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Philippines
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section 11, Grave 426-SH, Map grid O 14.5

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenMedal of HonorWW II Memorial National RegistryHistorical Soldiers
  1945, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  1945, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1945, WW II Memorial National Registry
  1945, Historical Soldiers [Verified]

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AAF Pilot Badge

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, USAAF Basic Training (Miami Beach, FL), B/2
 Unit Assignments
US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1941-1941, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1942-1942, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1942-1943, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1943-1945, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1943 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Aleutian Islands Campaign (1942-43)
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Leyte
 Colleges Attended 
Georgia Institute of Technology
  1937-1941, Georgia Institute of Technology
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Comments/Citation


McGUlRE, THOMAS B., JR. (Air Mission) 

Rank and organization: Major, U.S. Army Air Corps, 13th Air Force. Place and date: Over Luzon, Philippine Islands, 2526 December 1944. Entered service at: Sebring, Florida. Birth: Ridgewood, New Jersey. G.O. No.: 24, 7 March 1946. 

Citation:

He fought with conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity over Luzon, Philippine Islands. Voluntarily, he led a squadron of 15 P-38's as top cover for heavy bombers striking Mabalacat Airdrome, where his formation was attacked by 20 aggressive Japanese fighters. In the ensuing action he repeatedly flew to the aid of embattled comrades, driving off enemy assaults while himself under attack and at times outnumbered 3 to 1, and even after his guns jammed, continuing the fight by forcing a hostile plane into his wingman's line of fire. Before he started back to his base he had shot down 3 Zeros. The next day he again volunteered to lead escort fighters on a mission to strongly defended Clark Field. During the resultant engagement he again exposed himself to attacks so that he might rescue a crippled bomber. In rapid succession he shot down 1 aircraft, parried the attack of 4 enemy fighters, 1 of which he shot down, single-handedly engaged 3 more Japanese, destroying 1, and then shot down still another, his 38th victory in aerial combat. On 7 January 1945, while leading a voluntary fighter sweep over Los Negros Island, he risked an extremely hazardous maneuver at low altitude in an attempt to save a fellow flyer from attack, crashed, and was reported missing in action. With gallant initiative, deep and unselfish concern for the safety of others, and heroic determination to destroy the enemy at all costs, Maj. McGuire set an inspiring example in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service. 


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