Holmes, Besby Frank, Lt Col

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1021A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1965-1968, MacDill Air Force Base
Service Years
1941 - 1968
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
San Francisco, California
Last Address
San Rafael, California

Date of Passing
Jul 23, 2006
 
Location of Interment
Golden Gate National Cemetery - San Bruno, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Air Force Retired


 Unofficial Badges 

Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal




 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
American Fighter Aces Association
  2015, American Fighter Aces Association


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was credited with 5.5 aerial victories in the Southwest Pacific area
in WWII. 
He was part of the long-range mission that shot down aircraft
carrying and escorting Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto Apr 18, 1943.

His Navy Cross citation:

Awarded for actions during World War II
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain (Air Corps), [then First Lieutenant] Besby Frank Holmes (ASN: 0-428823), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism while serving as Pilot of a P-38 fighter airplane in the 339th Fighter Squadron, 37th Fighter Group, THIRTEENTH Air Force, U.S. Army Air Forces, attached to a Marine Fighter Command in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands on 18 April 1943. Participating in a dangerously long interception flight, First Lieutenant Holmes contacted a hostile formation consisting of two Japanese bombers and six escorting fighters in a complete surprise approach. Skillfully out-maneuvering the enemy, he pressed home his tactical advantage and struck fiercely, destroying one of the violently attacking enemy fighters. Shortly thereafter, upon sighting a lone enemy bomber approaching Kahili, First Lieutenant Holmes immediately took the offensive and sent the hostile plane flaming into the sea. His brilliant airmanship and determined fighting spirit throughout a daring and vital mission were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Armed Services.

General Orders: Commander Southern Pacific Fleet: Serial 001038 (June 17, 1943)

Action Date: 18-Apr-43

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 339th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 37th Fighter Group

Division: 13th Air Force (Detached)

   
Other Comments:
Sources:
http://www.sptimes.com/2006/10/17/news_pf/ 
Tampabay/Famous_WW_II_pilot_wi.shtml
http://articles.southbendtribune.com/2006-07-29/  http://www.leatherneck.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-32559.html
http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,107660,00.html?ESRC=airforce-a.nl
http://www.airpowermuseum.org/exhibits/acahof/assets/pdf/2003/holmes.pdf
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=20525
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=15057151
http://www.cieldegloire.com/fg_347.php
 
   
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 1942-1943, P-39 Airacobra
From Year
1942
To Year
1943
   
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Aircraft/Missile Information
Specifications
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Model Bell P-39M Airacobra
Length 30.15 ft | 9.19 m
Width 33.99 ft | 10.36 m
Height 11.84 ft | 3.61 m
Engine(s) 1 x Allison V-1710-83 water-cooled engine generating 1,200hp.
Empty Weight 5,611 lbs | 2,545 kg
MTOW 8,400 lbs | 3,810 kg
Max Speed 386 mph | 621 km/h | 335 kts
Max Range 650 miles | 1,046 km
Ceiling 35,991 ft | 10,970 m | 6.8 miles
Climb Rate 3,333 ft/min (1,015.9 m/min)
Hardpoints 2
Armament 1 x 37mm cannon mounted in the nose
2 x 12.7mm machine guns
4 x 7.62mm machine guns

Up to 500lbs of external ordnance as needed.
Accommodations 1




   
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Last Updated: Mar 13, 2012
   
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  138 Also There at This Aircraft:
  • Case, Robert
  • Kaiser, Harry, Cpl, (1942-1945)
  • Leinweber, Gerald, Maj, (1941-1953)
  • McGee, Charles Edward, Brig Gen, (1942-1973)
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