By Kari Stenman
Getting into provider with the USA army 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 fairly little provider with its personal kingdom. certainly, it used to be to work out motion on only one get together in US colours: the engagement off halfway by way of USMC F2As observed a few jap service 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 grew to become obvious that the kind used to be now not appropriate to be used opposed to the effective Luftwaffe over Western Europe, the Buffalo was once visible as an appropriate kind 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 eventually made many claims. certainly no fewer than 9 pilots both turned aces at the style or elevated their ratings to accomplish acedom, and one other fifteen aces flew them in motion. furthermore, the best Buffalo ace went directly to turn into the main profitable Commonwealth pilot opposed to the japanese of the total warfare. It used to be in Finland, although, the place the Brewster came across timeless status and proved itself a true thorn within the part of the Soviets. working in primitive stipulations and opposed to stronger numbers, Finnish Brewster 239 pilots racked up an immense rating opposed to the crimson Air strength. total, a few 37 Finnish pilots turned aces while flying the Brewster 239. The tubby Brewster used to be a great deal the fighter of selection for the top Finnish pilots till the appearance of huge numbers of Messerschmitt Bf 109s in 1943.
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It then dived into the sea. I made a head-on firing pass at a second fighter minutes later, before going after a third machine that I spotted flying just above the sea. 'As I pulled up after attacking the latter fighter, five more I-16s came after me from above. I fired at one from head-on, hit it directly in the engine. The fighter flick-rolled onto its back and crashed into the sea. The remaining four I-16s chased me away to the northeast, where I spotted a solitary Pe-2 bomber flying just above the waves.
N o t e the 2nd Flight's osprey e m b l e m on the fighter's fin (E Laiho) Torronen leading the attack. When the Soviet aircraft abandoned their mission and turned for home, the Finns chased them across the Gulf of Finland to Oranienbaum. One of the bombers and six LaGG-3s were downed during the pursuit, which was eventually ended by a fierce flak barrage around Oranienbaum. 2Lt Eero Riihikallio described the melee in his combat report; 'I saw a MiG-3 attacking one of our Brewsters. When the latter outmanoeuvred the MiG-3, the Soviet fighter pulled up directly in front of me.
No longer engaging slower Hurricanes, I-16s or 1-153 biplanes, the La-5 and Yak-1/7 were considerably faster than the Brewster, but this did not phase the pilots of LeLv 24. On 30 May LeLv 24's veteran CO Lt Col Magnusson was promoted to command LeR 3, and his place was taken by Capt Karhunen. lLt Wind was in turn made leader of the 3rd Flight. Six days later, on the afternoon of 5 June, all three flights (numbering 16 aircraft) intercepted two Russian formations comprised of four Pe-2s, seven to eight Il-2s and 10-15 fighters.
Brewster F2A Buffalo Aces of World War 2 (Aircraft of the Aces) by Kari Stenman