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Björn Bjuggren

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Nickname(s)  Bjuggas
Years of service  1924–1964
Other name  Bjuggas
Allegiance  Sweden
Buried at  Lidingö cemetery
Rank  Lieutenant General
Service/branch  Swedish Air Force
Birth name  Björn Gustaf Eriksson Bjuggren
Born  29 January 1904 Karlsborg, Sweden (1904-01-29)
Other work  Head of National Swedish War Materials Inspectorate
Died  4 April 1968, Stockholm, Sweden
Commands held  Royal Swedish Air Force War College

Björn Gustaf Eriksson Bjuggren, “Bjuggas”, (29 January 1904 – 4 April 1968) was a Swedish aviator, military and lieutenant general.

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Biography

Bjuggren was born in Karlsborg, Sweden and was the son of Colonel Erik Bjuggren (1874-1963) and Ketty Ellsén. He was appointed officer of the fortifications in 1924 and became a lieutenant in 1928, initially at the fortifications and then in the Swedish Air Force in 1934. After flight school, he attended the Artillery and Engineering College, the Royal Institute of Technology and War College, where he was appointed captain of the Air Force in 1937. In 1934, he conducted experiments to increase the bomber aircraft precision with the introduction of dive bombing tactics with Hawker Harts. During 1939-1940, he acted as Chief of Staff to the Flying Regiment 19, Finnish Air Force. In 1940-1941 he was head of the commission that carried out purchases of Caproni Ca.313 and Reggiane Re.2000 in Italy.

He became a major in 1941, and was head of the flotilla F 4 Frösön between the years of 1942 to 1947, then as a lieutenant colonel in 1943 and finally as a colonel in 1946. During his time at F 4 Frösön, he was also head of the Northern Air Base Area (Flybo N) in 1943 and 1944. He became head of the Royal Swedish Air Force War College (FKHS) in 1947, and then commander of the First Air Group, and Major General in 1952, and stayed at the post until 1964, when he became lieutenant general in the reserve. On 1 January 1965 he was appointed head of the National Swedish War Materials Inspectorate and remained at his post until his death on 4 April 1968.

Bjuggren was sometimes referred to as “the father of modern Swedish attack aviation”. He was elected to be a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences in 1945.

Personal life

He was married for the first time with Ingert Malmberg (1908-1967), daughter of music writer Helge Malmberg and actor Anna Rosenbaum, from 1928-1932, and for the second time with dance artist Jeanna Falk (1901-1980) in 1933. Bjuggren died in 1968 in Stockholm and was buried at Lidingö cemetery.

References

Björn Bjuggren Wikipedia


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