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/Sicily Campaign (1943)
Start Year
1943
End Year
1943

Description
(Sicily Campaign 9 July to 17 August 1943) In preparation for the invasion of Sicily the Allies captured the islands in the Sicilian strait, with aerial bombardment forcing the capitulation of Pantelleria on 11 June 1943. By that time Allied air power had begun the attack on Sicily by bombing defenses and airfields. The invasion itself got under way on the night of 9/10 July with airborne landings that were followed the next day by an amphibious assault. The enemy offered strong resistance, but the Allies had superiority in the air and soon had planes operating from Sicilian bases to support Montgomery’s Eighth Army and Patton’s Seventh.

Interdictory operations against communications in Italy and between Italy and Sicily convinced the enemy that it would be impossible to move strong reinforcements. By 17 August 1943 the Allies were in possession of the island, but they had not been able to prevent a German evacuation across the Strait of Messina.
 
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1943
To Year
1943
 
Last Updated:
May 4, 2016
   
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  37 Also There at This Battle:
 
  • Backstrom, Carl Joseph, TSgt, (1942-1945)
  • Encinias, Miguel, Lt Col, (1939-1971)
  • Friend, Robert J., Lt Col, (1942-1972)
  • Golphenee, Gail B., Sgt, (1938-1946)
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