Starnes, James Roy, Col

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1972-1974, 1931st Communications Group
Service Years
1942 - 1974

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Wilmington, North Carolina
Last Address
Hillsborough County, Florida

Date of Passing
Sep 04, 2010
Location of Interment
Hillsboro Memorial Cemetery - Brandon, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Combat Crew Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Association Memberships
American Fighter Aces Association
  2015, American Fighter Aces Association

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
In WWII he was credited with destroying 6 enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus 6 more on the ground.

His 2nd DFC citation:
For extraordinary achievement and heroism in aerial combat, the destruction of two enemy airplanes and for sharing in the destruction of one enemy airplane over enemy occupied Continental Europe. The skillful and zealous manner in which Lt. Starnes has sought out the enemy and destroyed him, his devotion to duty and courage under all conditions serve as an inspiration to his fellow flyers. His actions on all those occasions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Other Comments:
Book: "Aces Against Germany", Eric Hammel, Pocket Books, 1993, pp 206-13.
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 Unit Assignments
US Army Reserve (USAR)Aviation Cadet Flight School505th Fighter Squadron339th Fighter Group
AFROTC (Cadre) Det 190 University of IllinoisNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)7th Airborne Command and Control Squadron1931st Communications Group
  1942-1943, US Army Reserve (USAR)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 505th Fighter Squadron
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 339th Fighter Group
  1951-1954, AFROTC (Cadre) Det 190 University of Illinois
  1960-1963, Allied Air Forces North (AAFNORTH)
  1968-1969, 7th Airborne Command and Control Squadron
  1972-1974, 1931st Communications Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Boston UniversityUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignNaval War College
  1948-1950, Boston University
  1951-1954, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  1956-1957, Naval War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  F-84 Thunderjet  F-86 Sabre  
F-4 Phantom  EC-130E ABCCC  
  1943-1945, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1946-1946, P-51/F-51 Mustang8
  1947-1948, F-84 Thunderjet
  1954-1956, F-86 Sabre
  1967-1968, F-4 Phantom
  1968-1969, EC-130E ABCCC
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