Bostrom, Frank Peter, Col

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Primary Unit
1947-1949, 313th Troop Carrier Group, Heavy
Service Years
1929 - 1960
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Contact Info
Home Town
Bangor, Maine
Last Address
York, Maine

Date of Passing
Jan 06, 1994
Location of Interment
Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery - Augusta, Maine
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Air Force Commander Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion Cold War Medal

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was the pilot of one of 12 B-17s which arrived over Oahu on a flight from the U.S. on Dec 7, 1941. With no ammunition on board, he could do little more than to try to escape, so he played tag with Japanese fighters before he was finally able to land safely on a golf course. On Mar 17, 1942, he piloted the B-17 that flew General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippine Islands.

Synopsis of his DSC citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain (Air Corps) Frank P. Bostrom, United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 40th Reconnaissance Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group (H), FAR EAST Air Force, while participating in bombing missions during the period 10 through 14 April 1942, in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Philippine islands. Captain Bostrom participated in a daring 4-day mission under the command of Brigadier General Ralph Royce, who led a flight of seven B-25Cs and three B-17s from Australia to a staging field at Del Monte on Mindanao in the Philippine Islands. Over the following two days the B-25's and B-17's attacked the many ships and the docks at Cebu, the air and harbor facilities at Davao, and Nichols Field on Luzon. The B-25 Mitchell's were involved in over twenty sorties. They sank one Japanese transport and possibly two others. They also shot down three Japanese aircraft. All but one of the aircraft returned to Australia without the loss of a single flyer, and they brought out a number of important military and diplomatic personnel who had gathered at Del Monte to await evacuation. The personal courage and zealous devotion to duty displayed by Captain Bostrom during this period have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in Australia, General Orders No. 39 (1942)

Action Date: April 10 - 14, 1942

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 40th Reconnaissance Squadron

Regiment: 19th Bombardment Group (H)

Division: Far East Air Force

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)88th Reconnaissance Squadron7th Bombardment Group, Heavy40th Reconnaissance Squadron
19th Bombardment Group, Heavy490th Bombardment Group, HeavyBombardment Units
  1929-1941, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1091, 88th Reconnaissance Squadron
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1091, 7th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1091, 88th Reconnaissance Squadron
  1942-1942, 40th Reconnaissance Squadron
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1091, 19th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1060, 490th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1947-1949, 313th Troop Carrier Group, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1948-1949 Berlin Airlift (East Gemany)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Maine
  1924-1928, University of Maine
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  B-25 Mitchell  B-24 Liberator  B-17 Flying Fortress  
C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  C-54 Skymaster  C-82 Packet  
  1941-1942, B-17 Flying Fortress
  1942-1942, B-25 Mitchell
  1943-1944, B-24 Liberator
  1944-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
  1947-1947, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
  1947-1949, C-54 Skymaster
  1947-1949, C-82 Packet
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