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Maxey Ward McGuire


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.


Units served with

  • 366th Fighter Group

    366th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 391st Fighter Squadron



Event Location Date
Born Del Rio,Val Verde,Texas, USA 20 October 1920
Died Amarillo,Potter County,Texas, USA 5 October 1945
Buried Del Rio, Val Verde , Texas, USA 7 October 1945

Westlawn Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
17 March 2015 16:49:29 Gilad_Bashan Changes to biography

366th Fighter Association

The War We Fought - An almost daily account of the 366th Fighter Group "Hun Hunters" from stand up, June 1, 1943 at Richmond AAF, VA, through deactivation, August 20, 1946 at Fritzlar, Germany.

This 327 page history contains hundreds of never before published photographs plus maps, casualty lists, 42 pages of P-47 Nose Art and much, much more. It is a "must have" resource for aviation history buffs and P-47 modellers.

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 14:31:37 Gilad_Bashan Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events and unit associations

"Del Rio News Herald" from Del Rio, Texas

Issue Date: Wednesday, December 6, 1944
Page: Page 1

Issue Date: Wednesday, December 6, 1944
Page: Page 1

Issue Date: Sunday, March 10, 1946
Page: Page 1