42-104941       P40

 

On 29 June 1944 a P-40N-5, # 104941, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 75th Fighter Squadron, departed the airfield at Chengsha on an offensive reconnaissance mission and was last seen by Lts Elker, Rust and Moehring at about 0935 Zulu making a pass on enemy troops. The pilot was 1stLt James C. Vurgaropulos, # 0-799283. It was likely shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire. 1stLt Vurgaropulos led a flight of 16 fighters along the Lacdoho River south, about 6 miles East of Tungyangshih, the flight followed a road southwest. They saw about 20 horses on the road. As 1stLt Vurgaropulos strafed, he crashed into a house and his fighter broke apart, skidding across rice fields and burning.  

 

VURGAROPULOS, JAMES C., First Lieutenant, # 0-799283, USAAF

 

James C. Vurgaropulos was born on 22 February 1919 in Massachusetts to Constantine Charles Vurgaropulos (1885-    ) and Magdalene (Bacos) Vurgaropulos ( (both born in Kalambaka, Greece). Siblings included Arthur Charles Vurgaropulos (1915-1988), Thallia Vurgaropulos (1916-    ), John Vurgaropulos (1920-    ) , Aristotle Charles TellyVurgaropulos (1922-2014) , Christopher Frederick Vurgaropulos (1925-2015), ,   Living with them in 1930 was a paternal uncle, Xenophone Vurgaropulos (1897-    ) and a maternal uncle, Arthur J. Bacos (1900-1988).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Boston, Massachusetts, on 14 March 1942. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools and earned his commission and fighter pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 29 June 1944 a P-40N-5, # 104941, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 75th Fighter Squadron, departed the airfield at Chengsha on an offensive reconnaissance mission and was last seen by Lts Elker, Rust and Moehring at about 0935 Zulu making a pass on enemy troops. The pilot was 1stLt James C. Vurgaropulos, # 0-799283. It was likely shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire. 1stLt Vurgaropulos led a flight of 16 fighters along the Lacdoho River south, about 6 miles East of Tungyangshih, the flight followed a road southwest. They saw about 20 horses on the road. As 1stLt Vurgaropulos strafed, he crashed into a house and his fighter broke apart, skidding across rice fields and burning. After recovery, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 14 March 1949 (Sec, F, Grave 1031).

 

His brother, Arthur C. Vurgaropulos, born 2 June 1915, served in the U.S. Army from 27 July 1943 to 4 August 1946. He died 30 June 1988.

 

His brother, John C. Vurgaropulos, born in 1920, served in the USAAF from 19 March 1942.

 

His brother, Christopher C.F. Vurgaropulos, born in 1925, served in the U.S. Army from 28 July 1943.