U.S. Army Air Forces
Besby Frank Holmes in front of a P-38 fighter plane in 1943. Holmes, a World War II ace who took his fighter plane fruitlessly to the air when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor but was finally able to pursue vengeance as part of the 1943 mission that brought the death of Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto, the architect of the attack, died July 23, 2006, in Greenbrae, Calif. He was 88. The cause was a stroke, said his daughter Diana Movey.