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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World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
Start Year
1941
End Year
1945

Description
The European-Mediterranean-Middle East Theater was a major theater of operations during the Second World War (between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946). The vast size of Europe, Mediterranean and Middle East theatre saw interconnected naval, land, and air campaigns fought for control of the Mediterranean, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. The fighting in this theatre lasted from 10 June 1940, when Italy entered the war on the side of Germany, until 2 May 1945 when all Axis forces in Italy surrendered. However, fighting would continue in Greece – where British troops had been dispatched to aid the Greek government – during the early stages of the Greek Civil War.

The British referred to this theatre as the Mediterranean and Middle East Theatre (so called due to the location of the fighting and the name of the headquarters that controlled the initial fighting: Middle East Command) while the Americans called the theatre of operations the Mediterranean Theatre of War. The German official history of the fighting is dubbed 'The Mediterranean, South-East Europe, and North Africa 1939–1942'. Regardless of the size of the theatre, the various campaigns were not seen as neatly separated areas of operations but part of one vast theatre of war.

Fascist Italy aimed to carve out a new Roman Empire, while British forces aimed initially to retain the status quo. Italy launched various attacks around the Mediterranean, which were largely unsuccessful. With the introduction of German forces, Yugoslavia and Greece were overrun. Allied and Axis forces engaged in back and forth fighting across North Africa, with Axis interference in the Middle East causing fighting to spread there. With confidence high from early gains, German forces planned elaborate attacks to be launched to capture the Middle East and then to possibly attack the southern border of the Soviet Union. However, following three years of fighting, Axis forces were defeated in North Africa and their interference in the Middle East was halted. Allied forces then commenced an invasion of Southern Europe, resulting in the Italians switching sides and deposing Mussolini. A prolonged battle for Italy took place, and as the strategic situation changed in southeast Europe, British troops returned to Greece.

The theatre of war, the longest during the Second World War, resulted in the destruction of the Italian Empire and altered the strategic position of Germany resulting in numerous German divisions being deployed to Africa and Italy and total losses (including those captured upon final surrender) being over half a million. Italian losses, in the theatre, amount to around to 177,000 men with a further several hundred thousand captured during the process of the various campaigns. British losses amount to over 300,000 men killed, wounded, or captured, and total American losses in the region amounted to 130,000.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1943
To Year
1944
 
Last Updated:
Apr 8, 2016
   
Personal Memories
   
Units Participated in Operation

355th Wing - Desert Lightning

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

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  • Allen, Herman Fredrick, Col, (1942-1945)
  • Allen, William Harry, Maj, (1942-1963)
  • Ananian, Stephen Carnig, 1st Lt, (1942-1945)
  • Armstrong, Donald C., SSgt, (1942-1945)
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