Holmstrom, Carl Berman Adrien, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 131X, VB-13
Service Years
1935 - 1944
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Arlington, WA
Last Address
Arlington, WA

Casualty Date
Aug 05, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
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Court 3 (cenotaph)

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As a the Executive Officer of VB-13, stationed on board USS Franklin (CV-13), LCDR Holmstrom's SB2C-3 Helldiver was shot down by anti-aircraft fire during the Battle of Chichi Jima on August 6,1944. His remains were not recovered and he was later declared dead.

Service number: 081095

Exuctive Officer of VB-13 from 11/1943 until his death.

Distinguished Flying Cross
Awarded for actions during World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 337 (April 1945)
Citation: Lieutenant Commander Carl B. A. Holmstrom (NSN: 0-81095), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as pilot of a carrier-based Scout Bomber in the Bonin Islands on 5 August 1944.

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  1943-1944, 131X, VB-13

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Bombing Squadron Thirteen(VB-13) was commissioned on 1 November 1943 at NAS, Wildwood, N.J. Commanding Officer LCDR, USN, Richard L. Kibbee and XO LCDR, USN, Carl "Swede" Holmstrom were Regular Navy, graduates of the Naval Academy- the remaining compliment of 48 pilots were reserves. The senior pilot with combat experience was LT. John H. "Jack" Finroe, USNR, flight officer, who had previously flown off the Enterprise in the South Pacific as a pilot in VS-10 during 1942 combat operations as had more briefly, LT(jg) K.R. Miller. Six LT(jg)s, "Dutch" Bomberger, Milt Bonar, Kilmer Bortz, Joe Eisentuth, Dick Harding, & E. John Weil had just returned from a tour of duty on Guadalcanal, flying SBDs, Douglas Dauntlesses in VB-11 & VS-11. Ensign L.S. Feldner, who had previous experience flying South Pacific WW-II missions off the CHENANGO rounded out the available total of conflict tested aviators! The squadron was equipped with the new SB2C, Curtis Helldivers

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14 Members Also There at Same Time

Bonar, Milton John, LT, (1941-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Finrow, John Henry, LT, (1941-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Weber, Rupert John, LT, (1939-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Barnett, Marshall David, LTJG, (1942-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Broach, Leo Densel, LT OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
McPhie, Donald Alma, LTJG, (1942-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Norek, Thomas George, LTJG, (1943-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Borja, Henry Edward, PO1, (1941-1944) ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Brooks, Walter J., PO1, (1938-1944) ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Chandler, Robert David, PO2, (1942-1944) ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Hatt, James Lawrence, PO3 ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Loenthal, Albert David, PO3 ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Pickens, Leonard, PO3 ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Steele, Harry Joseph, PO3, (1942-1944) ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class

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