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Varnell Jr, James Sullins (WW II Fighter Ace), CPT.
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Home Town Charleston, Tennessee
Last Address Not Specified
Date of Passing Apr 09, 1945
Location of Interment Not Specified
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During his relatively short combat career, this "Ace Among Aces" who
served in the 12th Air Force in southern France from September 1943 - April 1944 and in the
15th Air Force from May 1944 - August 1944 flew 120 missions over enemy territory and
destroyed 17 enemy aircraft; he was the recipient of the Certificate of Valor - Aerial Combat, a
recognition of Courageous Service for Aerial Combat, the Silver Star, a Distinguished Flying
Cross with 2 Oakleaf Clusters, an Air Medal with 15 Oakleaf Clusters, a Unit Citation for Special
Achievement, and the European Theater, Africa and Middle Eastern Bronze Star
Other Comments: The July 9, 1944 sortie brought Captain Varnell's record to 15, giving him a tie for
the leading ace in the European Theater; his 17th and final score came on August 4, 1944,
returning from a shuttle escort to the USSR; again over Romania he spotted a German JU-52
flying below him, dived to engage the plane and shot it down
The Army Air Corps then transferred Captain Varnell back to the United
States for duty as a flight instructor; tragically, he died in a training session on August 9, 1945,
just a month before V-E Day, near Pinellas, Florida.