Holmes, Besby Frank, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
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Primary Unit
1965-1968, MacDill Air Force Base
Service Years
1941 - 1968
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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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
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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)

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 1942-1945, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)
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 P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil) Details

Aircraft/Missile Information
Model Lockheed P-38J Lightning
Length 37.83 ft | 11.53 m
Width 52.00 ft | 15.85 m
Height 9.81 ft | 2.99 m
Engine(s) 2 x Allison V-1710-111 water-cooled inline piston engines generating 1,425hp.
Empty Weight 12,800 lbs | 5,806 kg
MTOW 21,601 lbs | 9,798 kg
Max Speed 414 mph | 666 km/h | 360 kts
Max Range 2,237 miles | 3,600 km
Ceiling 43,963 ft | 13,400 m | 8.3 miles
Climb Rate 2,500 ft/min (762 m/min)
Hardpoints 2
Armament 1 x 20mm Cannon
4 x 12.7mm machine guns

10 x 5in high-explosive rockets (optional)
2 x Drop Tanks (optional)
2 x 500lb bombs (optional)

Up to 4,000lbs (908kg) of underwing ordnance.
Accommodations 1

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