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