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Rex Hay


Rex Hay (front row, far left) Chakulia, India, May, 1944


Recent Address:

Prairie Village, KS



Family Information:

Parents: Elbert and Evelyn; Wife: Mary (died 1998). Sheryl; Children: Julie, John, Jim, Sean and Erin


Cleveland, OH

Date Entered Service:

June, 1942

Service Number:

15077638 (as an enlisted man)

Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

Pratt, KS

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Service Schools Attended:


Military Specialty(ies):

Flight Engineer

Rank Upon Discharge:


Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

Rex flew with the Major Benton O'Neal crew in Plane 42-6249 which crashed in Cairo en route to India

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:

January, 1946

Date Discharged from the 58th:


Post-WWII Military Service:


Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Rex earned an electrical engineering degree from KU in 1949 where he was featured in the KU Engineering magazine. He resided in Prairie Village for 56 years. His career included Crown Center project, Black & Veatch, and REMAR. Rex was a Boy Scout leader, Troop 92, Cherokee Christian Church elder, Master Flower Judge, election official, master plumber, Friends of the Library member & volunteer and coached 3 & 2 Little League. Rex participated in the Oral History Veterans Project, was a charter Member of WW II Veterans Memorial, Member of Jewish War Veterans and strong supporter of Israel.


Mr. Hay passed away February 9, 2010. He is buried at Corinth Cemetery, Prairie Village, KS.


Rex Hay


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