2LT Dp Hays

2LT Dp Hays

Birth
Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri, USA
Death 13 Apr 1943 (aged 24)
Libya
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Name is listed on the Tablets of the Missing with a Rosette, indicating remains have been recovered.
Memorial ID 56251497 · View Source
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Dp Hays was the navigator on the B-24 Liberator bomber ‘Lady Be Good’ that crashed in the Libyan Desert in 1943. His remains, along with others of the crew, were discovered in 1960.

Not only was The Lady Be Good making her maiden voyage into combat on April 4, 1963, but so was the entire crew. She took off from a makeshift airbase located on the coast of Libya, for a bombing mission over Naples. The Lady Be Good never made it back to base. The assumption was that they had crashed into the Mediterranean. Search planes were sent out the next morning, but found no floating wreckage and no signs of any crew. Families were notified and, eventually the official word from the Army Air Force was that the crew was missing and presumed dead.
In May of 1958, during an aerial survey by a British oil exploration team, they spotted what looked like a World War II era plane. In March 1959 a ground geological team visited the aircraft and it was confirmed to be The Lady Be Good.
The crew, except for SSgt. Moore, was eventually found in March of 1960.

Fellow crew members:
Lieut. William J. Hatton;
2nd Lt. John S. Woravka;
T/Sgt. Harold S. Ripslinger;
T/Sgt. Robert E. LaMotte;
S/Sgt. Guy E. Shelley;
S/Sgt. Vernon L. Moore;
S/Sgt. Samuel E. Adams;
2nd Lt. Robert Toner

At the request of family, Dp's remains were flown to the states and are interred at Arlington National Cemetery.


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  • Maintained by: tbickellb
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56251497
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Dp Hays (22 Feb 1919–13 Apr 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56251497, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by tbickellb (contributor 47136488) .