Varnell, James Sullins, Jr., Capt

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Last Rank
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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Contact Info
Home Town
Charleston, Tennessee
Last Address

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
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 1943-1944, Supermarine Spitfire
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Aircraft/Missile Information
Specifications (Spitfire Mk Vb)
Replica Mk VB on display in 2009

Data from The Great Book of Fighters[154] and Jane�??s Fighting Aircraft of World War II[155]

General characteristics

* Crew: one pilot
* Length: 29 ft 11 in (9.12 m)
* Wingspan: 36 ft 10 in (11.23 m)
* Height: 11 ft 5 in (3.86 m)
* Wing area: 242.1 ft² (22.48 m²)
* Airfoil: NACA 2209.4(tip)
* Empty weight: 5,090 lb (2,309 kg)
* Loaded weight: 6,622 lb (3,000 kg)
* Max takeoff weight: 6,770 lb (3,071 kg)
* Powerplant: 1�? Rolls-Royce Merlin 45 supercharged V12 engine, 1,470 hp at 9,250 ft (1,096 kW at 2,820 m)


* Maximum speed: 378 mph, (330 kn, 605 km/h)
* Combat radius: 410 nmi (470 mi, 760 km)
* Ferry range: 991 nmi (1,140 mi, 1,840 km)
* Service ceiling: 35,000 ft (11,300 m)
* Rate of climb: 2,665 ft/min (13.5 m/s)
* Wing loading: 24.56 lb/ft² (119.91 kg/m²)
* Power/mass: 0.22 hp/lb (0.36 kW/kg)


* Guns: Mk I, Mk II, Mk VA
o (VA) 8 �? .303in (7.7 mm) Browning machine guns, 350 rpg

o (VB on) 2 �? 20 mm (0.787-in) Hispano Mk II cannon, 60 rpg (drum magazine); (VC) 120 rpg (belt loaded, box magazine)
o 4 �? 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Browning machine guns, 350 rpg
* Bombs:
o 2 �? 250 lb (113 kg) bombs

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Last Updated: Jul 18, 2013
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