Varnell, James Sullins, Jr., Capt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, USAAF Flying Training Command
Service Years
1942 - 1945
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Home State
Georgia
Georgia
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Charleston, Tennessee
Last Address
Florida

Date of Passing
Apr 09, 1945
 
Location of Interment
Calhoun Community Cemetery - Calhoun, Tennessee
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

AAFTTC Instructor


 Unofficial Badges 

Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal


 Military Association Memberships
In the Line of DutyAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  2016, In the Line of Duty
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was credited with destroying 17 enemy aircraft in aerial combat. He was killed in a plane crash in Pinellas, FL. A bridge on US Highway 11 over the Hiwassee River is named for him. The bridge is between Charleston, TN, his home town, and Calhoun, TN and is very near where he is buried in the Calhoun Community Cemetery.

Synopsis of his Silver Star citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: James S. Varnell, Jr., United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the FIFTEENTH Air Force in the Mediterranean Theater of Action during World War II.

General Orders: Headquarters, 15th Air Force, General Orders No. 2341 (1944)

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army Air Forces

Division: 15th Air Force
   
Other Comments:
Sources: http://www.acesofww2.com/USA/aces/varnell/#.UeioGdKHuSo
http://www.tn.gov/sos/acts/102/pub/pc0726.pdf
http://etvma.org/web/index.php?guestaction=displayveteran&uid=7593&displaytype=web
http://projects.militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=50334
http://www.cieldegloire.com/fg_052.php
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8949000
http://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/243743

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  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 52nd Fighter Group

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Unit
52nd Fighter Group Unit Page
Rank
Captain
MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Location
Tunisia, Sicily, Corsica, then Madna Airfield, Italy
Country/State
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 52nd Fighter Group Details

52nd Fighter Group





Assigned 8th AAF: 13 Jul. 1942-14 Sep. 1942
Wing/Command Assignment
VIII FC, 6 FW: 18 August 1942
Combat Aircraft:
Spitfire V

Stations
EGLINTON 13 Jul. 42 - 25 Aug. 42 (5FS remained until 13 Sep. 42).
GOXHILL 26 Aug. 42 - 21 Oct. 42 (Main air echelons 2 & 4FS in 13 Sep. 42).
(2FS at Biggin Hill 25 Aug. - 13 Sep. 42; 4FS at Kenley 25 Aug.-13 Sep. 42). (Maydown also used from 7 Aug. 42-Sep. 42 as satellite for Eglington)

Group COs
Lt Col Dixon M. Allison: 27 Feb 1942 - 1 March 1943

Total sorties: 83
MIA: 0

Early History:
Activated 15 January 1941 at Selfridge Field, Mich. Trained with P-40 and P-39 aircraft. Completely equipped with P-39s early 1942 and moved to Florence AB, SC, 18 Feb. 1942 and Wilmington NC, 27 Apr. 1942. Scheduled to move to United Kingdom flying its aircraft via northern ferry route and moved to Grenier Fd, NH, mid-Jun. 1942 to prepare, but project cancelled. Second and Fourth Fighter Squadrons flew sorties up to squadron strength between 27 Aug. 1942 and 11 Sep. 1942 in conjunction with RAF Fighter Command. 5FS did not take part in operations from UK Subsequent History:
Assigned 12AF, Xll FC 14 Sep. 1942. Spitfires shipped to Gibraltar. Personnel sailed in convoy 26 Oct. 1942. Fought with 12AF in North Africa and Italy. Converted to P-51s in Apr. 1944 and flew escort for 15AF. Inactivated Nov. 1945. Activated again, in Germany, in 1946.
Transferred to the US in 1947 and established as all weather fighter group with P-61 and later F-2s. Active in air defence role for twenty years, chiefly at Suffolk County. AFB. NY.

Assigned 8th AAF: 13 Jul. 1942-14 Sep. 1942

Wing/Command Assignment

VIII FC, 6 FW: 18 August 1942
Combat Aircraft:

Spitfire V

Stations

EGLINTON 13 Jul. 42 - 25 Aug. 42 (5FS remained until 13 Sep. 42).
GOXHILL 26 Aug. 42 - 21 Oct. 42 (Main air echelons 2 & 4FS in 13 Sep. 42).
(2FS at Biggin Hill 25 Aug. - 13 Sep. 42; 4FS at Kenley 25 Aug.-13 Sep. 42). (Maydown also used from 7 Aug. 42-Sep. 42 as satellite for Eglington)

Group COs

Lt Col Dixon M. Allison: 27 Feb 1942 - 1 March 1943

Total sorties: 83
MIA: 0

Early History:

Activated 15 January 1941 at Selfridge Field, Mich. Trained with P-40 and P-39 aircraft. Completely equipped with P-39s early 1942 and moved to Florence AB, SC, 18 Feb. 1942 and Wilmington NC, 27 Apr. 1942. Scheduled to move to United Kingdom flying its aircraft via northern ferry route and moved to Grenier Fd, NH, mid-Jun. 1942 to prepare, but project cancelled. Second and Fourth Fighter Squadrons flew sorties up to squadron strength between 27 Aug. 1942 and 11 Sep. 1942 in conjunction with RAF Fighter Command. 5FS did not take part in operations from UK
Subsequent History:

Assigned 12AF, Xll FC 14 Sep. 1942. Spitfires shipped to Gibraltar. Personnel sailed in convoy 26 Oct. 1942. Fought with 12AF in North Africa and Italy. Converted to P-51s in Apr. 1944 and flew escort for 15AF. Inactivated Nov. 1945. Activated again, in Germany, in 1946. Transferred to the US in 1947 and established as all weather fighter group with P-61 and later F-82s. Active in air defence role for twenty years, chiefly at Suffolk County. AFB. NY.

Air Forced Assigned To :

8th AF (July '42)
12th AF (Sept 14th '42)
15th AF (May '44 - end WWII)

Stations Flown From :

Northern Ireland, Jul 13 1942
Goxhill, England, Aug 26 - Oct 1942
Tafaraoui, Algeria, Nov 9 1942
La Senia, Algeria, Nov 14 1942
Orleansville, Algeria, Jan 1943
Telergma, Algeria, Jan 17 1943
Youks-les-Bains, Algeria, Mar 9 1943
Le Sers, Tunisia, Apr 14 1943
La Sebala, Tunisia, May 21 1943
Boccadifalco, Sicily, Jul 30 1943
Corsica, Dec 1 1943
Madna Airfield, Italy, May 14 1944
Piagiolino Airfield, Italy, Apr 21 1945
Lesina, Italy, Jul 8 -Aug 1945

Campaigns Flown in :

Air Combat, EAME Theatre
Air Offensive, Europe
Algeria-French Morocco
Tunisia
Sicily
Naples-Foggia
Rome-Arno
Normandy
Northern France
Southern France
North Appines
Rhineland
Central Europe
Po Valley

Awards Won :

Distinguished Unit Citations: Germany, Jun 9 1944;
Distinguished Unit Citation: Rumania, Aug 31 1944

Victory Claims (in Air) :

Destroyed: 425.33

Probable: 35

Damaged: 137

Aces were :
(scores in the group only- some scored victories while flying in other groups or squadrons)
HQ: Ø
2nd FS:
4th FS:
5th FS:
J.S. Varnell (17)
S. Feld (9)
C.D. Allen (7)
R.C. Curtis (14)
J.O. Tyler (8)
D.R. Franklin (7)
J.B. Lawler (11)
W.F. Hanes (6)
R.A. Karr (6)
A.G. Johnson (8.5)
V.N. Cabas (4) [total 5]
J.W. Empey (5)
N.L. McDonald (7.5) [total 11.5]
D.J. Zoerb (7)
J.E. Hoffman (6.5)
F.F. Ohr (6)
R.C. Lampe (5.5)
A.E. Vinson (5.333)
R.L. Alexander (4) [total 5]
R.J. Watson (2) [total 5]
J.E. Peck (1) [total 5]



Freddie Ohr, flying for the 2nd Squadron of the 52nd Fighter Group,




P-51C-10-NT "Dody"
Unit: 2nd FS, 52nd FG, 15th AF, USAAF
Serial: QP-S (43-25133)
Pilot - Capt.Hans Zachmann. Madna, Italy, 1944.



P-51B-?-NA "Abdul's Baby"
Unit: 4th FS, 52nd FG, 15th AF, USAAF
Serial: WD-A
Pilot - Lt. Frederick 'Ted' Bullock. Madna, Italy, Summer 1944.



P-51B-5-NA "Meg X/Pet's Pet"
Unit: 4th FS, 52nd FG, 15th AF, USAAF
Serial: WD-L (43-6583)
Pilot - Capt.James O.'Tim' Tyler. Madna, Italy, June 1944.



P-51B-10-NA "Hey Rube! II"
Unit: 2nd FS, 52nd FG, 15th AF, USAAF
Serial: QP-U (42-106715)
Pilot - Lt. Daniel Zoerb. Madna, Italy, June 1944.



P-51B-15-NA "Chappie/Dixie Mk X"
Unit: 2nd FS, 52nd FG, 15th AF, USAAF
Serial: QP-A (43-24816)
Pilot - Lt.Richard L.'Dixie' Alexander. Madna, Italy, June 1944.


P-51B-15-NA "Little Joe"
Unit: 5th FS, 52nd FG, 15th AF, USAAF
Serial: VF-B (43-24818)
Pilot - Lt.Joe Blackburn. Madna, Italy, June 1944.



P-51B-15-NA "Little Ambassador"
Unit: 5th FS, 52nd FG, 15th AF, USAAF
Serial: VF-U (43-24853)
Pilot - Lt.James W.Empey. Madna, Italy, June 1944.




P-51D-5-NA "Doc Watson..."
Unit: 5th FS, 52nd FG, 15th AF, USAAF
Serial: VF-V (44-13160)
Pilot - Maj.Ralph 'Doc' Watson. Madna, Italy, December 1944



P-51D-5-NA "Jo Baby..."
Unit: 4th FS, 52nd FG, 15th AF, USAAF
Serial: WD-D (44-13263)
Pilot - Lt.Robert McCampbell. Madna, Italy, August 1944.


P-51D-5-NA "Julie"
Unit: 2nd FS, 52nd FG, 15th AF, USAAF
Serial: QP-C (44-13264)
Pilot - Maj.Robert C.Curtis. Madna, Italy, August 1944.



P-51D-5-NA "Marie"
Unit: 2nd FS, 52nd FG, 15th AF, USAAF
Serial: QP-Q (44-13298)
Pilot - Capt.Fred F.Ohr. Autumn 1944.


P-51D-5-NA "Cathy II"
Unit: 2nd FS, 52nd FG, 15th AF, USAAF
Serial: QP-V (44-13428)
Pilot - Capt. John Barry Lawler. Madna, Italy, July 1944.



P-51D-5-NA "Little Eva"
Unit: 4th FS, 52nd FG, 15th AF, USAAF
Serial: WD-Z (44-13442)
Pilot - Lt.Charles E.Wilson. Madna, Italy, 1944.


P-51D-20-NA "Seneca Chief"
Unit: 4th FS, 52nd FG, 15th AF, USAAF
Serial: WD-L (44-63799)
Pilot - Lt.Hugh Ottley. Madna, Italy, Winter 1944.






















































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52nd Fighter Group

Tyler, James Otey, Lt Col, (1942-1969) A23 AAF MOS 1055 Major
Alexander, Richard Lear, Capt, (1940-1948) A23 AAF MOS 1055 First Lieutenant
Cornwell, Ottaway Bethard, 1st Lt, (1942-1944) A23 AAF MOS 1055 First Lieutenant
Cooper, Priesley Paul, 2nd Lt, (1943-1945) A23 AAF MOS 1055 Second Lieutenant
Hoover, Robert Anderson, 1st Lt, (1940-1949) A23 AAF MOS 1055 Flight Officer
Peck, James Elvidge, Capt, (1942-1944) A08 Captain
Karr, Robert, Col, (1942-1976) First Lieutenant
Loring, Richard Holmes, Cpl, (1942-1944) Corporal

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