1LT Gilbert Benny Hadley

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Death 1 Aug 1943 (aged 22)
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets of the Missing--Remains recovered
Memorial ID 193997201 · View Source
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Service # O-661482
Rank: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
Unit: 344th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Group, Heavy
Entered Service From: Kansas (Arkansas City)
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart

NARA War Department records list this soldiers Home of Record as Cowley County, Kansas...Killed In Action.

Lt. Hadley lost his life in action during "Operation Tidal Wave " one of the most daring raids of WW2. The objective was to destroy Rumanian oil fields at Ploesti. Lt. Hadley was the pilot of B-24D Liberator #41-24311 "Hadley's Harem" that ditched off the south coast of Turkey. There were 3 members of the crew who were killed and 7 who were interred.

In 1996, the nose section of the plane was recovered with Hadley's remains still inside. In addition, they found Hadley's aviator sunglasses, his wristwatch and one of his pearl-handled 45-caliber pistols. Returned to Kansas and re-interred on January 9, 1997 in Arkansas City, Kansas.


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*HADLEY GILBERT B 1 LT 344 BOMB SQ 98 BOMB GP (H) KANSAS


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  • Created by: Eric Ackerman
  • Added: 15 Oct 2018
  • Find A Grave Memorial 193997201
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Gilbert Benny Hadley (6 May 1921–1 Aug 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 193997201, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Eric Ackerman (contributor 48445240) .