He enlisted in the USAAF on 7 January 1942 in New York City, New York. He was extensively trained in the maintenance and operation of the radios and interphone on the B-24 and earned his designation as radio operator and his crewman wings. On 20 May 1944, a flight of B-24J bombers, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 425th Bomb Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the air field at Luichow, China, on a sea sweep mission. B-24J, # 100249, was hit by anti-aircraft enemy fire over the ocean and lost. He is remembered on the memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Mausoleum, Philippines.  He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Charles M. McCorkell, enlisted in the USAAF on 21 February 1942 at Camp Upton, Yaphank, New York. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Master Sergeant on 29 October 1945. He is buried in the Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, NY. On 23 November 1945, he married Frances Lestrange in New York City, NY. His brother, John J. McCorkell, born 2 July 1918, enlisted in the U.S. Army on 7 April 1941. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant. He is buried in the Long Island National Cemetery, East Farmingdale, NY.  His brother, Thomas J. McCorkell, served in the U.S. Coast Guard at the rank of Seaman 2nd Class during WW II and is buried in the Fort Loescher Veterans Cemetery, Spring Valley, NY.

KENT, JAMES C., Sergeant, # 18169354, USAAF

 

James C. Kent was born on 12 August 1923 in Benton, Arkansas, to James W. Kent (1896-1976) and Ruby (Maroon) Kent (1904-1934) (married 12 November 1921 in Benton, Arkansas).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Little Rock, Arkansas, on 7 November 1942. After extensive training, he earned his crewman wings. On 20 May 1944, a flight of B-24J bombers, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 425th Bomb Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the air field at Luichow, China, on a sea sweep mission. B-24J, # 100249, was hit by anti-aircraft enemy fire over the ocean and lost. He is remembered on the memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Mausoleum, Philippines. The family placed a memorial marker with his parents in the Bryant Cemetery, Bryant, Saline County, Arkansas. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.