Finn Lützow-Holm

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Finn Lützow-Holm
Finn Lützow-Holm.jpg
Lützow-Holm in the 1930s
Born 1890
Nesseby, Norway
Died 1950
Allegiance Norway
Years of service 1912-1950
Commands held Royal Norwegian Navy Air Service
Other work Polar exploration

Finn Trond Lützow-Holm (28 May 1890 – 4 June 1950) was a Norwegian military officer, aviation pioneer and polar explorer.

He was born in Nesseby as a son of priest and politician Ole Arntzen Lützow-Holm (1853–1936) and Anne Marie Riddervold Jensen (1855–1934).[1] His mother was a daughter of Peter Andreas Jensen and granddaughter of Hans Riddervold.[2] In May 1918 he married headmaster's daughter Birgit Lund (1893–1983).[1] Their daughter, named Birgit as well, married Alv Johnsen.[3]

Finn Lützow-Holm took part in the air surveyance of the Bouvet Island and of the Queen Maud Land in 1929 and 1931, together with Hjalmar Riiser-Larsen. He was commander of the Royal Norwegian Navy Air Service from 1938.[1]

Lützow-Holm (no. 2 from the left) in Scotland in 1943

Decorations and awards[edit]

Knight 1st Class of the Order of St. Olav - 1929
Defence Medal 1940–1945
Haakon VII 70th Anniversary Medal
Norwegian Aero Club's Gold Medal,
Gunnerus Medal in silver,
French Legion of Honour
Italian Al Valor Aeronautica


  1. ^ a b c Larsstuvold, Ulf. "Finn Lützow-Holm". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Riddervold – slekt". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Steenstrup, Bjørn, ed. (1973). "Johnsen, Alv Marius". Hvem er hvem? (in Norwegian). Oslo: Aschehoug. pp. 287–288. Retrieved 13 July 2011.