McGUFFIN, S/L William Chester (J15712) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron
Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945.
Born 3 April 1915 in London, Ontario; home in Calgary.
Formerly in 17th and 8th Field Ambulance, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps (Non-Permanent Active Militia), 1929 to 1940.
Enlisted in Calgary, 19 December 1940.
Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 April 1941),
No.5 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941)
and No.10 SFTS (graduated 8 August 1941).
Embarked for United Kingdom, 28 September 1941, arriving October 1941.
Further trained at a Beam Approach Training Flight (October 1941)
and No.21 OTU (November 1941).
Posted to No.156 Squadron, February 1942;
to No.419 Squadron, March 1942. Commissioned 1942.
To No.22 OTU as instructor, August 1942;
to No.23 OTU, January 1944 before return to operations.
Killed in action 23/24 October 1944. [With 419 Squadron]
DFC presented to next-of-kin, 17 April 1947.
One night in August 1944, Squadron Leader McGuffin was detailed as captain of aircraft to attack Bremen. On approaching the target his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and severely damaged. The oxygen economizer and the hydraulic and intercommunication systems were rendered unserviceable. In spite of this, Squadron Leader McGuffin pressed home his attack. His aircraft was again hit before leaving the target but he flew it safely to base. Squadron Leader McGuffin is a most efficient and gallant captain.
McGUFFIN, S/L William Chester DFC (J15712) - Croix de Guerre with Gold Star (France) - No.419 Squadron (deceased) - AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947. No citation. News of award communicated to his parents, 30 August 1947, at which time it was noted that the award was "for his invaluable service towards the liberation of France in the recent war."