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James Angelo Verinis

Military

Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions with 'Memphis Belle' and crew, though he qualified as a first pilot, chose to take a co-pilots seat, rather than wait for enough A/C to be available for him to have his own crew and kite, he flew their sixth mission as pilot on 'Memphis Belle,' returned to USA for war bond tour. Subsequently, returned to ETO, given his own crew and aircraft named 'The Connecticut Yankee'.

James Verinis attended the University of Connecticut on a basketball scholarship, enlisting upon graduation in Juy 1941. A pilot with the 91st BG he was reputed to be the first to complete a tour of 25 missions - on 'Connecticut Yankee' - and was accordingly sent on the War Bonds tour of the USA with 'Memphis Belle'. Verinis was a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force Reserve and ran a contract furniture business in civilian life. He died 3rd March 2003 being survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Stuka Scottish Terrier

    Military | Other | Crews mascot / Morale Officer | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Scottish terrier, crew mascot belonging to Capt James A Verinis, flew on B-17's 'Memphis Belle' and 'Connecticut Yankee'. ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Home of the Memphis Belle

Aircraft

  • 41-24485 Memphis Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned to the 324th Bomb Squadron/91st Bomb Group [DF-A], Bangor 31/8/42; Bassingbourn 26/10/42; one of first in group to complete 25 missions; Returned to the USA Columbia 25/6/43 for nationwide war bond tour; Reconstruction Finance Corporation ...

  • 42-2970 'Connecticut Yankee'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-E/C] New Castle 13/10/42; Bassingbourn 23/11/42; involved in landing accident at base on 1/8/43 with Dave Gladhart; on return from Stuttgart 38m 6/9/43 with Bill Pegram, Co-pilot: Bill Martin, Navigator: Bob Cosgrove, Bombardier...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Stamford, CT, USA 23 October 1916

Son of Peter and Diamanto Verinis.

Pilot training Texas 1941

Primary flight training in Texas on Boeing Stearmans.

Enlisted Hartford, CT 14 July 1941

Hartford, Connecticut

Pilot training Charlotte AAF, NC 1942

Basic flight training on P-40's and P-39's Charlotte AAF, NC.

Assigned Walla Walla, WA 31 May 1942 – September 1942

Joined 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF stateside.

Based Bassingbourn 1 October 1942 – 17 May 1943

Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 19 October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Jupiter, FL, USA 3 March 2003
Buried Beaverdale Memorial Park, New Haven, New Haven County, CT 6 March 2003

Beaverdale Memorial Park
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2020 13:50:07 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/606501178
https://www.fold3.com/record/4476054-james-a-verinis
https://www.fold3.com/record/83356384-james-a-verinis
https://www.fold3.com/record/619994849-james-verinis-1916
https://memphisbelle.com/jim-verinis-co-pilot/
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/12391865/james-angelo-verinis

Date Contributor Update
27 July 2020 11:31:08 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
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Biography completed by historian Helen Millgate. Information sourced from newsletters of the 91st Bomb Group related to the service of Angelo Verinis.

Date Contributor Update
09 June 2018 19:33:18 jmoore43 Changes to middlename, biography and events
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Added birth, death & burial data per Find-a-grave MEMORIAL ID 12391865.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2016 12:15:34 general ira snapsorter Changes to middlename, suffix, nickname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, person associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000;
- 8th AF News, September 1999

Date Contributor Update
08 December 2016 15:27:38 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, firstname, suffix, nickname, service number, role, biography, aircraft associations and media associations
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Duplicate

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2015 19:51:08 Whiskeypapa Changes to role
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personal knowledge

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2015 19:48:29 Whiskeypapa Changes to role, biography and events
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Personal knowledge

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2015 19:43:11 Whiskeypapa Changes to surname, middlename and firstname
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Personal knowledge

Date Contributor Update
07 January 2015 15:05:12 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
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Personal and biographical information taken from http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=90988190

Date Contributor Update
07 January 2015 15:02:18 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
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Personal and biographical information taken from http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=90988190

Date Contributor Update
07 January 2015 14:56:30 general ira snapsorter Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Personal and biographical information taken from http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=90988190

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