Major Maxey Ward McGuire,a well-liked pilot, completed 137 combat missions in Europe as a P-47 Thunder-bolt pilot in the 391st Fighter Squadron, 366th Fighter Group-Ninth Air Force.
The group flew over 10,000 missions to support ground troops.On one flight, Major McGuire had engine trouble and crashed on a German airfield in France. He was picked up by Lt. Charles Smith in an L-5 while under fire.
He earned the air Medal with five silver Oak Leaf clusters, the French Croix de Guerre, and the Belgian Fourragere.
Major McGuire was killed in a crash at Amarillo,Texas in October 1945.
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The Group moved in England over the New Year of 1944, setting up home first at Membury and then at Thruxton. The pilots' first mission was a fighter sweep of the French coast in March 1944 and from then until D-Day that June the ground supported Allied...
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