Lament in the Pacific: The mystery of McGuire’s death

2022-04-30 0 By

To be fair, pilots in the Pacific Fleet are rarely involved in accidents during their missions.On the one hand, it was directly overwhelmed by the strength of the air force. The SUPERIORITY of the US military in fighter jets was almost all aspects. By the end of the Second World War, the Japanese army had converted thousands of Zero fighters into Kamikaze fighters, and American pilots only had to wait for their heads to be collected.But there are always accidents. Like the sinking of the Surgeonfish, the US army also lost an ace in 1945, the second ace in the us army, McGuire.McGuire, history and United States Army Air Force 5 Aviation Group, fighter Squadron 475, Fighter Squadron 431, McGuire is the leader of fighter Squadron 431.In January 1945, he led four P-39 Lightning on combat mop-up missions over the Philippines.There is nothing in itself.McGuire was confident that no Japanese fighter could threaten him.But McGuire soon met his match, in the form of a Type IV Class I Japanese fighter, piloted by Japanese pilot Fukuda Ritori, who was trying to bomb allied landing forces in the Philippines. Instead of finding the fighter, McGuire came face to face.The two then got into a dogfight.McGuire’s victory in the air battle was in the bag, but due to an operational error the plane went out of control and crashed.Sugimoto’s pilot, Fukuda’s wingman, was also shot down, and Fukuda shot down another U.S. P-38 and escaped unharmed.McGuire had 38 victories in world War II, second only to Richard’s 40, and the two Japanese jets were already in his possession.And the group of aircraft behind him may also become their potential rivals.McGuire, who was likely to become the army’s top pilot, flew the P-38 too boldly and crudely.It’s all because of McGuire’s dedication.What do you think?