First of all when researching MIAs you have to verify the date specific found in different databases.
McGuffin is memorialized in Honolulu with a Date of 24NOV44.
Official date-of-death in most MIA cases is a "year-and-a-day" after the actual date of loss.
JPAC qualifies his loss as being 23-NOV-43. (A year-and-a-dat prior to that listed at the memorial)
So as far as battles go, he could have been in an action in the Gilbert Islands campaign--Tarawa?From his rate AOM2 (Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class) we might presume he was aboard a carrier.But it could also be he was attached to any large vessel that could launch an aircraft.
What evidence do you have that his ship was hit by a kamikaze?