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|Pilot 2nd Lt. Raymond P. Corrigan, O-743419 (MIA / KIA) IA
Crashed September 24, 1943
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38H-1-LO Lightning serial number unknown. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 475th Fighter Group (475th FG) "Satan's Angels", 433rd Fighter Squadron (433rd FS) "Possum". No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines V-1710-89 serial number 42-93711 and V-1710-91 serial number 42-29754. Armed with 20mm cannon serial number unknown and four .50 caliber machine guns serial number unknown.
On September 24, 1943 took off from North Borio Airfield (Dobodura No. 15) piloted by 2nd Lt. Raymond P. Corrigan on a patrol mission to escort B-25 Mitchells from the 3rd Bombardment Group, 90th Bombardment Squadron over the Finschafen, flying as wingman for 1st Lt. Richard D. Kimball. The weather had an overcast at 5,000' to 8,000' with scattered clouds at 17,000'.
Over the target, the formation encountered enemy bombers and fighters and intercepted. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA). Also lost was P-38H 42-66580 piloted by F/O Kenneth D. Kirschner (POW, executed).
Corrigan was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.
Barbara B. Corrigan (wife)
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Raymond P. Corrigan
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Raymond P. Corrigan
FindAGrave - 2Lt Raymond P Corrigan (tablets of the missing)
Sioux City Journal "Barbara B. Corrigan obituary April 25, 1999
"She was preceded in death by her husband [Raymond P. Corrigan]; son Lt. Raymond P. Corrigan, Jr. who was killed in action in World War II, and a grandson, Larry Corrigan."
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional research and analysis
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