Lieut Gilbert Benny Hadley

Lieut Gilbert Benny Hadley

Death 1 Aug 1943 (aged 22)
Burial Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas, USA
Plot Space 1, Lot 369, Addition SOUTH
Memorial ID 47575857 · View Source
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World War II

1st Lt Gilbert B. Hadley 0-661482
22 year old pilot of his Disabled Bomber was forced down in the Aegean Sea Aug 1, 1943 after a low level bombing of Ploesti Rumanian Oil Center.

Son of Mr. & Mrs. Perry Hadley

Pilot 1st/Lt. Gilbert B. Hadley DFC KIA
Hometown: Arkansas City, Kans.
Squadron: 344th BS 98th Bomb Group
Service# O-661482
Awards: Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart

Target; Low level mission to destroy Rumanian Oil Fields, White IV. Ploesti.
Missing Air Crew Report Details
Date Lost: 1-Aug-43
Serial Number: 41-24311
Aircraft Model B-24D
Aircraft Letter:L
Aircraft Name: HADLEY'S HAREM
Location: Lost -- ditched off south coast of Turkey.
Cause: Crew 10 3KIA 7INT

Lt. Hadley lost his life in action while on duty with the 98th Bomb Group for "Operation Tidal Wave " one of the most daring raids of WW2. Coming in at tree top level the crew of HADLEY'S HAREM destroy Rumanian oil refineries.

Flown by Lt Gilbert B. Hadley and crew of the 98th BG from North Africa to Ploesti, Rumania 1943.
Lt. Hadley name appears Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery Carthage, Tunisia, however according to AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENTS COMMISSION His remains were recovered and interned in the USA.

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

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  • Created by: Judy Mayfield
  • Added: 4 Feb 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 47575857
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Gilbert Benny Hadley (6 May 1921–1 Aug 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 47575857, citing Riverview Cemetery, Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Judy Mayfield (contributor 46636512) .