By Kari Stenman

Getting into carrier with the U.S. military as a carrier-borne fighter, the Brewster F2A, later named Buffalo by means of the British and easily the Brewster by way of the Finns, observed quite little carrier with its personal country. certainly, it was once to determine motion on only one get together in US colours: the engagement off halfway by means of USMC F2As observed a couple of jap service airplane shot down, together with through destiny ace Col Charles M Kunz. The F2A was once additionally ordered for the RAF in 1939, and even though it quickly grew to become obvious that the kind was once now not compatible to be used opposed to the strong Luftwaffe over Western Europe, the Buffalo was once visible as an appropriate sort to be used within the a ways 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 grew to become aces at the variety or elevated their ratings to accomplish acedom, and one other 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 complete conflict. It used to be in Finland, even if, the place the Brewster stumbled on timeless popularity and proved itself a true thorn within the part of the Soviets. working in primitive stipulations and opposed to more suitable numbers, Finnish Brewster 239 pilots racked up a massive ranking opposed to the crimson Air strength. total, a few 37 Finnish pilots turned aces while flying the Brewster 239. The tubby Brewster was once a great deal the fighter of selection for the major Finnish pilots until eventually the appearance of huge numbers of Messerschmitt Bf 109s in 1943.

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However, as I commenced climbing I saw that the aeroplane I had fired at had ditched into the sea. Observing four Pe-2 north of Tolbukhin, I attacked the bomber furthest to the right in the formation from above and behind, and kept firing until I was within 30 metres of my target. ' Following more than seven weeks of frenetic activity, when the Soviets had thrown formation after formation at the Finnish fighter force, the rest ofJune and all ofJuly was mercifully quiet for LeLv 24. Additional Soviet fighter units had been moved into the newly built air base at Seiskari, and they protected bombers and ground attack aircraft returning from missions to the German front.

In his short combat report, ILt Hans Wind stated; 'I was leading the flight when we met eight Lavochkins and six Il-2s. First, I shot at an 11-2, which tried to reach Seiskari airfield after I had inflicted heavy damage on it. The Shturmovik crashed and burned at the south end of the runway, however. ' Martti Salovaara claimed a kill on each mission to become the last Brewster pilot to reach ace status. The skies over the eastern Gulf of Finland then became relatively quiet, with only the occasional clash between small formations of fighters until 2 April 1944, when the last Brewster kill claimed by the redesignated Hdvittdjdlentolaivue 24 was recorded - a LaGG-3 credited to ace 2Lt Heimo Lampi in BW-382.

The Japanese fighters easily outfought the Buffaloes, although future ace Sgt Alf Clare of No 453 Sqn was credited with his first victory. Ipoh too was soon deemed untenable, at which point the Australians withdrew in some haste and disarray to Kuala Lumpur, from where they were again in action.

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