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James Fisher Frakes




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  • Chalgrove

    Military site : airfield
    Chalgrove was built as a USAAF transport or observation unit base in 1943-44. Several reconnaissance units operated from the airfield, including the Ninth Air Force's 10th Photographic Group and 423rd Night Fighter Squadron (later 155th Reconnaissance...

  • Rennes

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Columbia, Tennessee 27 January 1920
Graduated United States Military Academy, West Point, NY January 1943

Bachelor of Science

Died Alabama 27 July 2013

James Fisher Frakes (Tut), United States Air Force Colonel (Ret.), died on Saturday, July 27, 2013, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Frances Beeland Frakes; three children, LaRue Frakes Fields (Jeff), Stephen Alexander Frakes, and Sara Beeland Anderson (Mark Greenberg); eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Missie Alexander Frakes, in 1957.
Tut was born Jan.27, 1920 in Columbia, Tenn., where he lived with his parents, two brothers, and two sisters. He graduated in Jan. 1943 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, was commissioned in the Army Air Corps, and went immediately to the European Theater. There he flew P38s for the 34th Reconnaissance Squadron until May 1945 when the Germans surrendered. He served in the Air Force until 1970. He was stationed in England, the Panama Canal Zone, Washington, D.C., West Point, the Air Force Academy, Hawaii, Montgomery, and Atlanta. While stationed in Washington, D.C., he earned a Masters of Business Administration at the George Washington University. Highlights of his distinguished career include serving as the Assistant Athletic Director at the Air Force Academy, as Base Commander of Wheeler Air Force Base in Hawaii, as a member of the faculty of the Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, and as head of the Air Force ROTC program at Georgia Tech. His greatest contribution to his country was flying 52 combat missions in World War II, including flying over Normandy on D-Day.

Buried Greenville, Alabama 30 July 2013

Magnolia Cemetery
Greenville, Butler County, Alabama, USA


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