Lt. Gib Hadley's # 41-24311 'Hadley's Harem' in Benghazi 1943. After the Ploesti mission, Gilbert "Gib" Hadley and his 'Harem' left the straggler formation of 'Hail Columbia' leading 'The Sandman', and 'Utah Man' before he could get to Nicosia Cyprus because of his failing airplane and ditched at sea just off the Turkish coast. Hadley was pinned in his cockpit and drowned, 1 August 1943.
Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...
The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942.
The B-24D, named 'Hadley's Harem' was Lt. Gilbert Hadley's personal airplane and the one he flew on the mission to destroy Hitler's oil refineries at Ploesti Romania in 1943.