Barry County History Portal - Hosted by Hastings Public Library

James P. Dibble: World War II P-38 Fighter Pilot

Dublin Core


James P. Dibble: World War II P-38 Fighter Pilot


James P. Dibble. World War II Pilot. KIA


This collection recounts the early life, military training and combat career of WWII P-38 pilot James P. Dibble of Hastings, MI.

It includes information on:
  • His early life through time spent in Chicago just before the war,
  • The efforts of his nephews to unearth more information about him,
  • The story of finding his crash site in Italy,
  • His posthumous Distinguished Flying Cross medal,
  • Personal correspondence,
  • Military records and eye-witness information surrounding not only James' final flight but other WWII air battles,
  • Information on the memorial erected to him in Italy where he died.
Artifacts are on display at the Hastings Public Library, including parts of his crashed airplane. All of the original documents contained in this digital collection are also housed here, along with a few items that could not be included digitally.

We hope you enjoy learning more about James and help us honor his contribution and ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe.

The collection is divided into the below sections:


Hastings Public Library


early 1920's to the 2020's

Collection Items

Collection Tree