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Holmstrom, Carl Berman Adrien, LCDR.
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Home Town Arlington, WA
Last Address Arlington, WA
Casualty Date Aug 05, 1944
Cause Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Conflict World War II
Location of Interment Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates Court 3 (cenotaph)
Last Known Activity
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
DIST FLY CROSS
Awarded for actions during World War II
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.
The information contained in this profile was compiled from various internet sources.
Other Memories 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