Carl-Fredrik Algernon

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Carl-Fredrik Algernon
Birth nameCarl-Fredrik Robert Algernon
Born(1925-10-09)9 October 1925
Stockholm, Sweden
Died15 January 1987(1987-01-15) (aged 61)
Stockholm, Sweden
Service/branchSwedish Navy
Years of service1947–1974
RankRear admiral
Commands held1st Destroyer Flotilla
Vice chief of Eastern Military Area
Other workHead of National Swedish War Materials Inspectorate

Carl-Fredrik Robert Algernon (9 October 1925 – 15 January 1987) was a Swedish Navy rear admiral. Algernon was head of the National Swedish War Materials Inspectorate from 1981 to 1987.


Algernon was born in Stockholm, Sweden, the son of head of department Carl Algernon and his wife Dagmar (née Alderin).[1] He became acting sub-lieutenant in 1947 and was promoted to sub-lieutenant in 1949. Algernon did flight interaction education from 1955 to 1956 and completed the staff course at the Royal Swedish Naval Staff College from 1956 to 1957. Algernon was promoted to lieutenant in 1959, was a member of the 1961 Defense Commission and was staff adjutant in the Coastal Fleet from 1962 to 1964 and was a lecturer at the Swedish National Defence College from 1964 to 1967.[1] He became a member of the Royal Swedish Society of Naval Sciences in 1965.[1]

He was promoted to commander of the 2nd rank in 1965 and to commander of the 1st rank in 1966 and was a member of the Navy Officer Investigation from 1969 to 1971 when he was promoted to captain. Algernon was commanding officer of the 1st Destroyer Flotilla (Första jagarflottiljen, 1. jaflj) from 1971 to 1972 when he was promoted to captain of the 1st rank. He was vice chief at the staff of Eastern Military Area (Milo Ö) from 1972 to 1974 and section chief at the Defence Staff from 1974 to 1978 when he was promoted to rear admiral. Algernon served afloat on various types of ships in the Swedish Navy during 1947-55, 1958-64, 1968-69 and 1971-72.[1] He was head of the international unit at the Ministry of Defence from 1978 to 1981[1] when he was appointed head of the National Swedish War Materials Inspectorate, a governmental agency tasked with supervising and revise exports of war materiel to foreign countries.

Bofors scandal and death[edit]

At the outbreak of the Bofors scandal in the late 1980s he became one of the leading investigators into the scandal despite the fact that he was a personal friend of the CEO of Bofors, Martin Ardbo, for many years.

Algernon died when he was hit by a train at the Stockholm metro station T-Centralen on 15 January 1987.[2] Earlier on the day he had a meeting with the CEO of Nobel Industrier (the new owners of Bofors), Anders Carlberg, about the allegations of smuggling against the company. During the conversation, Carlberg had told Algernon about an internal investigation which had confirmed that smuggling had existed. Due to Algernon's position as a leading investigator of the Bofors scandal, it was speculated that he might have been assassinated (i.e. pushed down on the railway). The subsequent investigation into his death, which ended on 11 March 1987, concluded that he had committed suicide.

Personal life[edit]

In 1947 he married Margareta Erlandson (born 1925), the daughter of construction engineer Harald Erlandson and Signe (née Hallgren).[1]

Dates of rank[edit]

  • 1947 – Acting Sub-Lieutenant (Fänrik)
  • 1949 – Sub-Lieutenant (Löjtnant)
  • 1959 – Lieutenant (Kapten)
  • 1965 – Commander of the 2nd rank (Kommendörkapten 2:a graden)
  • 1966 – Commander of the 1st rank (Kommendörkapten 1:a graden)
  • 1971 – Captain (Kommendör)
  • 1972 – Captain of the 1st rank (Kommendör 1:a graden)
  • 1978 – Rear admiral

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Vem är det: svensk biografisk handbok. 1985 [Who is it: Swedish biographical handbook. 1985] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Norstedt. 1984. p. 39. ISBN 91-1-843222-0.
  2. ^ Abrahamsson, Benny (2016-09-03). "Statsråd talar om Bofors under turbulent 1980-tal". Nya Wermlands-Tidningen (in Swedish). Retrieved 22 November 2017.
Government offices
Preceded by
Sven Olof Olin
Military Equipment Inspector
Succeeded by
Sven Hirdman