Maj. Thomas B. McGuire was the second highest ranking American Ace of World War II. Dealing with the harsh tropical conditions in the New Guinea area, P-38s of the 5th Air Force helped wreck the Japanese war machine in the South Pacific. McGuire had 38 kills when he died trying to save a fellow pilot from an attack. "Pudgy" was an early P-38H model, one of the first effective types against the more nimble Japanese fighters.
April 1st, 2008
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