By Kari Stenman

Coming into carrier with the USA military as a carrier-borne fighter, the Brewster F2A, later named Buffalo via the British and easily the Brewster by way of the Finns, observed rather little provider with its personal country. certainly, it used to be to work out motion on only one party in US colours: the engagement off halfway via USMC F2As observed a couple of eastern provider airplane shot down, together with via destiny ace Col Charles M Kunz. The F2A was once additionally ordered for the RAF in 1939, and even though it quickly turned obvious that the sort used to be no longer compatible to be used opposed to the effective Luftwaffe over Western Europe, the Buffalo used to be noticeable as an appropriate variety to be used within the a long way East. It was once despatched en-masse to equip new squadrons of the RAF, RAAF and RNZAF shaped for the defence of Malaya and Singapore. regardless of the numerous inadequacies uncovered after the Japenese invasion, the Commonwealth devices fought gallantly opposed to the percentages and with bad logistical backup and finally made many claims. certainly no fewer than 9 pilots both turned aces at the variety or elevated their ratings to accomplish acedom, and another fifteen aces flew them in motion. in addition, the major Buffalo ace went directly to develop into the main winning Commonwealth pilot opposed to the japanese of the full warfare. It used to be in Finland, even though, the place the Brewster came upon timeless status and proved itself a true thorn within the aspect of the Soviets. working in primitive stipulations and opposed to stronger numbers, Finnish Brewster 239 pilots racked up a major ranking opposed to the purple Air strength. total, a few 37 Finnish pilots turned aces whilst flying the Brewster 239. The tubby Brewster was once greatly the fighter of selection for the major Finnish pilots till the appearance of enormous numbers of Messerschmitt Bf 109s in 1943.

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Sgt Paavo Tolonen did not return from this mission, and his disappearance was not observed by anyone. 'In addition to the eight I-16s that we had initially attacked, there were four more below them. ' BASE MOVE LeR 3 transferred the 1st, 3rd and 4th Flights of LeLv 24 to the captured airfield at Suulajarvi, on the Karelian Isthmus, on 15 November. The base had been refurbished by the Russians between the wars, and it was captured by Finnish troops virtually intact. On 21 November five aircraft from the 2nd Flight took off from Tiiksjarvi and flew to Immola.

A sergeant pilot in my flight fired on a dive-bomber that was trying to sit on my tail, and it rolled over and disappeared. ' Short of fuel, the Buffalo pilots then had to land almost immediately, although Vanderfield headed directly back to Ipoh, where he was credited with two Ki-48s and one Ki-51 destroyed. These were the first victories attributed to a future RAF Buffalo ace, and Vanderfield had achieved this feat with his undercarriage stuck down! His wingmen, Sgts Read and Collyer, also claimed three Ki-51s between them.

A little over a month later, on 22 October, Capt Eino Luukkanen and his wingman from 1/LeLv 24 intercepted an 11-4 of 1st GMTAP 3/LeLv 24 flight leader Capt Jorma Karhunen, test pilot Capt Pekka Kokko and Karhunen's pet dog Peggy B r o w n ' pose in front of BW-366 at Rompotti w h e n the latter ace paid a visit t o his old unit on 29 September 1942. Karhunen shot d o w n eight aircraft in just three combats in mid-August 1942 and w a s a w a r d e d t h e M a n n e r h e i m Cross on 8 S e p t e m b e r 1942.

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