Allen McGuire

Allen McGuire

Date of birth: Feb. 26, 1918

Dates of service: September 1942 to March 1973

Hometown: Clarksville City, Texas

Lives in: Clovis

Theater and location of service: European: Duxford, England

Branch: Army Air Corps

Rank: Lieutenant colonel

Unit and specialty: 78th fighter group; fighter pilot

Veterans organizations: Daedalions

In his words: Growing up as a farm boy in Texas, McGuire entered service and became a flying cadet, graduating from training in 1943. Sent to England, he was assigned to fly a P-47.

“It was the best airplane I ever flew. It was the fastest plane in the world at that time,” he said. McGuire flew 64 missions out of England.

“ I never bailed out. I always thought it was pretty foolish to jump out of a good airplane. (Luckily), I never did have to make that decision.”

McGuire said of the 30 pilots who went to England with the 78th Fighter Group only 10 survived the war .

“I’m pretty lucky to be here,” said McGuire, who logged 127 missions in Korea and flew F-105 fighters in Vietnam.