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
Captain

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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

http://home.ancestry.com
 
   
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World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
Start Year
1944
End Year
1944

Description
(Normandy Campaign 6 June to 24 July 1944) Early on D-Day airborne troops landed in France to gain control of strategic areas. Aerial and naval bombardment followed. Then the invasion fleet, covered by an umbrella of aircraft, discharged Eisenhower’s assault forces. Soon the beachhead was secure, but its expansion was a slow and difficult process in the face of strong opposition. It was not until late in July that the Allies were able to break out of Normandy.
 
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1944
 
Last Updated:
May 4, 2016
   
Personal Memories
   
Units Participated in Operation

762nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy

355th Wing - Desert Lightning

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

  228 Also There at This Battle:
  • Allen, William Harry, Maj, (1942-1963)
  • Backstrom, Carl Joseph, TSgt, (1942-1945)
  • Beyer, William Rockafeller, Capt, (1942-1945)
  • DeBolt, Harold Raymond, 1st Lt, (1942-1945)
  • Dyke, Samuel Eugene, Col, (1942-1972)
  • Frey, Maynard H., Capt, (1942-1945)
  • Galfunt, Abraham, 1st Lt, (1942-1953)
  • Gibbons, John P., Col, (1942-1972)
  • Golphenee, Gail B., Sgt, (1938-1946)
  • Hall, George, 2nd Lt, (1943-1951)
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