Its last location was Taipingkai (military map SJ 6868) at about 0815 hrs by radio contact with Bhamo, Burma, fighter control, and its location was about 50 miles east-north-east of the Bhamo airfield. It had about 1 ½ hours of fuel remaining. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

44-25080         MACR 12415

 

On 18 February 1945 a P-38L-5LO Lightening, # 44-25080, assigned to 10th Air Force, 33rd Fighter Group, 58th Fighter Squadron, Sahmaw, Burma, departed the airfield on a mission to bomb and strafe the enemy at Madaya, Burma. The pilot was Flight Officer Robert M. Corekin, # T-2989. The last to have radio contact with him were Maj. Clarence T. Baker, 0-427582, 1stLt Harold C. Rosser, 0-820331, and 2ndLt Stewart M. Norris, 0-558152. Major Baker reported that the four-ship flight dropped their bomb on target. FO Corekin said he was in trouble and losing altitude. Maj. Baker told him to head for the river. The flight looked for him for 25 minutes with no results. A hand drawn map is included in the MACR folder on fold3.com..

 

COREKIN, ROBERT MAXWELL, Flight Officer, # T-2989, USAAF

 

Robert M. Corekin was born on 23 September 1922 in Richmond Hill, New York, New York, to Samuel M. Corekin (1895-1974) (PA) and (1) Edna Corekin (unknown), and (2) Pauline (Michaelson) Corekin (1907-    ) (married 1930, Boston, MA). Sibling Edward L. Corekin (1926-    ) (MA), Samuel M. Corekin Jr. (1928-    ). His father was a film company accountant in 1930 and the proprietor of a bedding company in 1940.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, employed by the Fred Oster Valley Oaks Ranch, Lakeport, Lake Co., CA, resided at 673 Thayer Ave., Los Angeles, CA, and described himself as 6’, 145 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He noted that he had an appendectomy scar. He enlisted in the USAAF in Van Nuys, L.A. Co., California, on 19 February 1943. After enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the P-38 Lightning. He earned his appointment as a Flight Officer and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 18 February 1945 a P-38L-5LO Lightening, # 44-25080, assigned to 10th Air Force, 33rd Fighter Group, 58th Fighter Squadron, Sahmaw, Burma, departed the airfield on a mission to bomb and strafe the enemy at Madaya, Burma. The last to have radio contact with him were Maj. Clarence T. Baker, 0-427582, 1stLt Harold C. Rosser, 0-820331, and 2ndLt Stewart M. Norris, 0-558152. Major Baker reported that the four-ship flight dropped their bomb on target. FO Corekin said he was in trouble and losing altitude. Maj. Baker told him to head for the river. The flight looked for him for 25 minutes with no results. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Edward L. Corekin, born 1926, served in the USAAF from 15 April 1944.