Thomas Buchanan McGuire Jr.

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Thomas Buchanan McGuire Jr. was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey back in 1920.  He graduated from Sebring High School in Sebring, Florida.  After graduating from high school, he enrolled at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He left after his third year to enter the U.S. Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet in 1941.

He reported to the flying school in Corsicana, Texas for further training.  He was commissioned a second lieutenant receiving his pilot winds in 1942.  His first combat assignment was later that year in the Aleutian Island.  In 1943, he was sent to the Southwest Pacific with the 9th Fighter Squadron based in New Guinea.  During august 18-19 he shot down 5 aircraft of the enemy making him as ace in two days.  By December of 1943 he was promoted to captain and in 1944 became the commanding officer of the 431st Fighter Squadron.   That same year he was promoted to major.   In December 25-26 of 1944, he downed seven Japanese fighter aircraft over Luzon, Philippines.  In January of 1945 he was killed in combat while engaging enemy fighters in the Negros Island.

What you may not know about Thomas is that he was the second most decorated American fighter pilots in the Second World War.  McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey is named in his honor.

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Comments (18)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Such a great contribution to the war effort and until,today did not know the story. Thanks! Enjoy your day 

Sep 16, 2021 03:56 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

I did not know of him.

Make yourself an awesome day.

Sep 16, 2021 04:31 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... I know Ridgewood, New Jersey. And of course I know McGuire Air Force Base... but I had no idea about where the name came from (till now).

Sep 16, 2021 04:46 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

No one remembers second best so it's nice that you bring this hero's acts to our attention James Dray . I'm glad they named a base after him so he would not be forgotten.

Sep 16, 2021 05:34 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Another interesting man that I would never have known about if I had not visited your blog today.

Sep 16, 2021 05:47 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

These Americans who fought so bravely to defend our country. I wish THIS is what they would teach in school.

Sep 16, 2021 05:51 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, very cool to name an air force base after this decorated fighter.

Sep 16, 2021 06:28 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Sep 16, 2021 07:24 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning James,

I am sensing a fighter pilot theme in your posts.  Thank you for sharing the stories of thsoe who have contributed.  A

Sep 16, 2021 07:43 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

You know, I wish we would hear more about heroes like this, then get biased info on some political hack.

Sep 16, 2021 09:35 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow James, to shoot down that many in 2 days is unreal.  I can see why he kept moving up in rank.


Sep 16, 2021 10:51 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- I agree with Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty we need to hear more stories like this. My dad was in the Army Air Corps during WWII and was a photographer. 

Sep 16, 2021 12:12 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

This was all news to me, but wonderful to read about this hero. So sad his life ended at such an early age.

Sep 16, 2021 06:04 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Great story James! Of course, now I wonder who the most decorated was

Sep 16, 2021 07:31 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Now it makes sense why the Air Base is called McGuire  ironically I have taken off and landed there a few times.... oh I miss the good old days, Endre

Sep 16, 2021 11:19 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - thank you for sharing this previously unknown-to-me story.  Heroes of all kinds are often not famous or well-known but that doesn't mean their stories are any less important.  

Sep 17, 2021 07:35 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear James,

He must have been quite the pilot. Too bad, he could not have died of old age one day recently. It is always sad to hear of the death of a mere child.

Sep 20, 2021 06:24 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

In 1942 he got his pilot wings. The Japanese airplane fuel lines did not come with a rubber protected self sealing cover causing most of plane loss. By the time the learned Americans technology the war was almost over. 

Sep 20, 2021 11:44 AM