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1st Lt. US Air Force
World War II

1st. Lt. Gilbert Ben Hadley - 0-661482. Son of Mr. & Mrs. Perry Hadley. Hometown: Arkansas City, Kansas.
The 22 year old pilot of his disabled bomber, damaged by flak over Ploesti, Romania, crashed in the Mediterranean Sea, after the low level bombing of the Ploesti, Romanian oil refineries. Lt. Hadley was killed in action in the crash of his plane as he was attempting to ditch it in the water just off the Turkish coast. - KIA. 1 Aug 1943.



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  • Gilbert Hadley

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24D Command Pilot
    Gilbert Ben "Gib" Hadley was born and raised in Arkansas City, Kansas. He was the son of Perry Arthur Hadley and Beulah Pearl Bacastow, born 6-May-21. Kansas was his home and enlistment state, and Cowley County was included within the archival record. ...


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Find A Grave Memorial - Lt. Gilbert B. Hadley