SSgt Roy E. Carney was the tail gunner of the B-24D Liberator, 41-24195, 'LIL JOE".
Sgt. Carney lost his life in action while on duty with the 9th Air force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 345th Bomb Squadron on "Operation Tidal Wave ", one of the most daring raids of WW2, to destroy the German held oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania.
Coming in at tree top level, Sgt Carney and the crew of 'LIL JOE' successfully bombed their target refinery before being shot down as they were leaving the area.
The crew of the B-24, "LIL JOE", flown by Lt. Lindley P. Hussey, were briefed to fly in the Fourth Wave, attacking the Astra Romano Refinery, code named, "White IV" at Ploesti. A leaking fuel connection in the bomb bay gasoline tank caused a substantial loss of fuel on the way to the target over the Mediterranean Sea. On it's approach to it's target, 'Lil Joe' was hit in the bomb bay by flak, which quickly caught on fire. With his plane burning fiercely, Lt. Hussey decided to press on in order to bomb his target. Then, after dropping his bombs, and with 'LIL JOE' now engulfed in flames, he pulled his airplane up into a climb and signaled the crew to bail out. At least six men jumped, at between 75 and 100 feet of altitude, of which, 3 gunners survived and were taken prisoners POWs. 'LIL JOE" crashed in a field beyond the target area and exploded in flames. Lt. Hussey and his radio operator, both badly burned and injured, were extracted from the wreckage by the Romanians, but survived, and became POW's. Of the 5 KIA, two bodies were never identified. S/Sgt Roy Carney received the Distinguished Flying Cross posthumously for this mission. 4 POW, 5 KIA. 1-Aug-43 - MACR 222.
Sgt. Carney appears on the Tablets of the Missing at Florence American Cemetery, Florence, Italy. His remains were never recovered or identified.
Crew of 'LIL JOE' :
1st Lt. Lindley P. Hussey - Pilot
2nd Lt. Donald Jenkins - Co Pilot
2nd Lt. Philip Erick - Nelson Navigator
1st Lt. Alan Edward Petersen - Bombardier
TSgt. Lloyd T. Fowler - Engineer
SSgt. Roy Carney - Tail Gunner
Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
Lt. Lindley Hussey was the pilot of the B-24D liberator bomber, #41-11886, named, 'Lil Joe', lost on the Aug 1, 1943 Ploesti oil refinery raid. As Lt. Hussey, flying in Flight 3 behind the fist two flights ahead of him, approached his target, he took...
Units served with
The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942.
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 B-24D, named, 'Lil Joe', SN #41-11886, was flown on Operation Tidal Wave to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, by Lt. Lindley Hussey. 'Lil Joe' was lost on the Ploesti oil refinery raid. The aircraft was hit by flak and had a large...
1 August 1943
Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...
||13 August 1942
||1943 – 1 August 1943
Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.
||1 August 1943
Tail Gunner of B-24 41-11886 'Lil Joe' lost on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, A/C had large fuel leak in bomb bay prior to target, pressed on and bombed target with A/C bursting into flames from leaked fuel, pilot pulled aircraft into climb to enable bail out, 6 crew bailed, 2 survived descent, Lil Joe exploded and crashed in a field, Hussey and radioman pulled from wreck badly burnt and became POW's. 4 POW, 5 KIA. MACR 222.
||Florence American Cemetery and Memorial
Tablets of the Missing
Florence American Cemetery and Memorial