In Memory of
U.S. Army Air Force Staff Sergeant
James Donald Carney
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Minnehaha County
September 8, 1922 – June 26, 1944
Killed in Action over Kleinzell, Austria

 James Donald Carney

James Donald Carney was born September 8, 1922, in Des Moines, Iowa, to James G. and Myrtle Carney. “Jim,” as he was known, attended Cathedral grade school and graduated from St. Thomas Military Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1942.

On September 8, 1942, James entered active service at Ft. Snelling, Minnesota, and was trained in the Army Air Corps. He was then sent overseas on April 2, 1944, and was stationed in Italy as part of the 740th Bombardment Squadron, 455th Bombardment Group.

Staff Sergeant James Carney, ball gunner on a Liberator bomber, was killed in action on June 26, 1944, while they were on a mission to bomb an oil refinery at Moosebierbaum, Austria. The book, South Dakota in WW II, had this to say in regards to our WW II casualties, “It must be obvious that in a history of this nature there can be no individual tribute paid to each of our war dead. Not infrequently the record is entirely silent as to the facts of death. In the case of Sergeant Carney the record is eloquent.” As a type of tribute to all, the book then goes on to detail the fate of Sergeant Carney, and that story has been included in this profile.

Staff Sergeant James Carney profile from the book "South Dakota in WWII"

Staff Sergeant James Carney profile from the book "South Dakota in WWII"

This entry was respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator, Spearfish, SD. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment, a newspaper clipping, and South Dakota in WW II, pp. 619-620.