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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Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
Start Year
1943
End Year
1944

Description
Operation Strangle was a series of air interdiction operations during the Italian Campaign of World War II by the United States Fifteenth and Twelfth Air Forces to interdict German supply routes in Italy north of Rome from March 24, 1943, until the fall of Rome in spring 1944. Its aim was to prevent essential supplies from reaching German forces in central Italy and compel a German withdrawal. The strategic goal of the air assault was to eliminate or greatly reduce the need for a ground assault on the region. Although the initial goal of forcing the enemy to withdraw was not achieved, the air interdiction of Operation Strangle played a major role in the success of the subsequent ground assault Operation Diadem.

Two principal interdiction lines were maintained across the narrow boot of Italy. This meant that no through trains were able to run from the Po Valley to the front line, and that south of Florence substantially all supplies had to be moved by truck. The operation employed medium bombers and fighter bombers over a 150-square-mile (390 km2) area from Rome to Pisa and from Pescara to Rimini.
   
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From Year
1943
To Year
1943
 
Last Updated:
Feb 24, 2016
   
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