Åge Lundström

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Åge Lundström
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Born (1890-06-08)8 June 1890
Stockholm, Sweden
Died 26 September 1975(1975-09-26) (aged 85)
Landskrona, Sweden
Allegiance Sweden
Service/branch Swedish Air Force
Years of service 1910–1947
Rank Major General
Commands held 4th Flying Corps
Training Air Wing
Second Air Squadron
Other work Adjutant of the Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten
Chief of staff of Folke Bernadotte's delegation

John Åge Lundström (8 June 1890 – 26 September 1975) was a Swedish Air Force general and horse rider who competed in the 1920 and 1924 Summer Olympics.[1]

Military career[edit]

Lundström was born in Stockholm, Sweden and was the son of the artist Ernst Lundström and countess Mathilda Rudenschöld.[2] Lundström became an officer in 1910 and was appointed lieutenant at Livregementets dragoner in 1916. He became an air force pilot in 1925 and was appointed captain of the General Staff in 1924 and captain of the Swedish Air Force in 1926. Lundström was a teacher in air warfare at the War College 1926–29 and at the Royal Military Academy 1928–31. He was appointed major in 1932, lieutenant colonel 1936, colonel 1937, and major general 1945. Lundström was military discharge in 1947.[3]

He was the adjutant of the Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten from 1929. Lundström was acting commander of the 4th Flying Corps in 1931–32 and commander of the Royal Air Force Flight Academy 1932–43 and commander of the Second Air Squadron 1943–46.[3] Lundström was the chief of staff and assistant to Count Folke Bernadotte during his mediator works in Palestine in 1948,[2] and was an eyewitness to Bernadotte's assassination.[4]

Sports career[edit]

Åge Lundström
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Medal record
Olympic Games
Equestrian
Gold medal – first place 1920 Antwerp Team eventing
Gold medal – first place 1924 Paris Team jumping
Silver medal – second place 1920 Antwerp Individual eventing

Lundström was a Swedish champion in foil fencing in 1914, and a district champion in foil and épée fencing in 1933 and in foil fencing in 1938.[2] He was adjutant and teacher at the riding school at Strömsholm Palace in 1919–1921.[2]

At the 1920 Summer Olympics he and his horse Yrsa were part of the Swedish equestrian team, which won the gold medal in the team eventing competition. They also won the silver medal in the individual eventing. He competed in the individual jumping event with another horse, Eros I, and finished 14th.[5]

At the 1924 Summer Olympics Lundström and his horse Anvers won the gold medal with the Swedish jumping team. In the individual jumping event they finished 10th.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Lundström was the holder of the goods Hildesborg outside Landskrona.[2] In 1932 he married Margit von Geijer (born 1907), daughter of rittmeister Wilhelm von Geijer and countess Irma von Hallwyl. He was the father of Signe (born 1934), Irma (born 1936) and Åge (born 1943).[3]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Lundströms awards:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Åge Lundström". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Harnesk, Paul, ed. (1948). Vem är vem?. D. 4, Skånedelen [Who is Who?. D. 4, Scania part] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Vem är vem bokförlag. pp. 356–357. 
  3. ^ a b c Davidsson, Åke, ed. (1966). Vem är vem?. 4, Skåne, Halland, Blekinge [Who is Who?. 4, Scania, Halland, Blekinge] (in Swedish) (2nd ed.). Stockholm: Vem är vem. p. 529. 
  4. ^ "General Lundstrom Gives Eyewitness Account of Bernadotte's Death". United Nations Department of Public Information. 18 September 1948. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Åge Lundström" (in Swedish). Swedish Olympic Committee. 2008. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 

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