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 Action (KIA) MACR 222
Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.
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...
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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, 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...
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...
||22 September 1918
Son of Nels C. and Nannie Eleanora [Anderson] Nelson.
||Iron River, WI
||1943 – 1 August 1943
Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.
||1 August 1943
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 Action (KIA) MACR 222
||Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
Plot C Row 3 Grave 50