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1LT Gilbert Benny Hadley

Birth
Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas, USA
Death
1 Aug 1943 (aged 22)
Turkey
Burial
Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot
Tablets of the Missing--Remains recovered
Memorial ID
193997201 View Source

Army Service No. (ASN): # O-661482
Entered the Service From: Kansas
344th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Group, Heavy
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart

Gilbert B. Hadley is listed as Killed In Action in the 1946 Army and Army Air Forces Personnel Casualty List for Cowley County, Kansas.

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.

Army Service No. (ASN): # O-661482
Entered the Service From: Kansas
344th Bomber Squadron, 98th Bomber Group, Heavy
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart

Gilbert B. Hadley is listed as Killed In Action in the 1946 Army and Army Air Forces Personnel Casualty List for Cowley County, Kansas.

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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