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Lindley P Hussey


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 flak hits in one of his large auxiliary fuel tanks installed in his bomb bay, which began leaking gasoline, prior to bombing his target. Hussey pressed on, in spite of the leak, and bombed his target with his stricken bomber bursting into flames from the leaking fuel. Lt. Hussey pulled 'Lil Joe' into climb to enable his crewmen to bail out. Six crew bailed. Two survived their descent, but 'Lil Joe', now on fire, exploded and crashed in a field. Hussey and his radioman were pulled from wreck badly burned, but lived to become POW's. - 4 POW - 5 KIA. MACR 222.



  • Roy Carney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Tail Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    SSgt Roy E. Carney was the tail gunner on the B-24D Liberator, 41-24195, Lil Joe. ...

  • Lloyd Fowler

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer/ Top Turret Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    TSgt. Lloyd T. Fowler was a crew member, the Flight Engineer/top turret gunner, of the B-24D, 41-11886, Lil Joe, shot down and lost on Operation Tidal Wave over Ploesti, Romania. Lil Joe was hit in it's extra gasoline tank in it's bomb bay by flak...

  • Philip Nelson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 41-11886 'Lil Joe'; A/C burst into flames from leaked fuel over target, pilot pulled aircraft into climb to enable bail out, exploded and crashed in a field. Killed in...

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Units served with

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 345th Bomb Squadron

    345th Bomb Squadron

    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...


  • 41-11886 - Lil Joe

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named, Lil Joe, 41-11886, was flown by Pilot Lt. Lindley Hussey on Operation Tidal Wave to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. Lil Joe, was shot down and lost on the Ploesti mission. FTR. On approach to it's target, Lil Joe, was...

  • 41-24195 - Little Joe

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator bomber, Little Joe, 41-24195, was in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 415th Bomb Squadron. Little Joe, 41-24195, flew on the Ploesti oil refinery mission piloted by Lt. Wesley N. Pettigrew, returning safely to Libya....


  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D 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...

Associated Place

  • Lete

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Prisoner Of War POW Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Pilot of B-24 #4111886 '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.


345th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF.


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03 April 2021 14:43:23 Kickapoo Changes to role, biography, unit associations and place associations

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27 March 2015 09:28:45 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and mission associations
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