Varnell Jr, James Sullins, CPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 1056-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, USAAF 15th Army Air Force
Service Years
1942 - 1945



Two Overseas Service Bars

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Home Town
Charleston, Tennessee
Last Address
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Date of Passing
Apr 09, 1945
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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.

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, USAAF Basic Training (Miami Beach, FL), A
 Unit Assignments
USAAF 12th Army Air ForceUSAAF 15th Army Air Force
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1056, USAAF 12th Army Air Force
  1944-1944, USAAF 15th Army Air Force
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