Air War Over Finland 1939 - 1945

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Air War Over Finland 1939 - 1945 title screen.

Documentary (2000)

Work done by :
Kalevi Keskinen (Historian)
Väino Rajamäki (Former Lapland Air Commander)
Eero Sinikannel (Editor ?)
Peter Martin (Speaker)

A documentary about the Air War over Finland from 1939 until 1945. A chance to have a look on some quite rare aircraft types.
(Please, note that Finns don't use roman numeral).

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Supermarine Spitfire

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Airspeed Oxford

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Avro Anson Mk.I

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Fokker D.XXI

Fokker D.21 as Finns write it but the manufacturer uses D.XXI as type naming.
The first seen is coded FR-79 (c/n 5441) and is powered by a Mercury engine. It was destroyed in an accident on June 1939 after 120 hours of flight.

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Bristol 142 Blenheim Mk.I

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Fokker C.10

The manufacturer's type name (Fokker C.X) was replaced in Finland by Fokker C.10

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Blackburn Ripon IIF

Wheels / floats were replaced by skis during the winter.

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Junkers K 43

K 43 are the military types of the W 34 family, itself very close to the W 33 family.

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VL E.30 Kotka

VL stands for Valtion Lentokonetehdas which means (Finnish) State Aircraft Factory. One prototype and five production aircraft built in the beginning of the thirties.

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Bristol 149 Blenheim Mk.IV

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Polikarpov I-16

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Tail of a Polikarpov I-16.

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Unidentified Aircraft

Accident ? Shotdown ? Probably a twin engine aircraft.

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Ilyushin DB-3

Ilyushin DB-3 shot down on 5th February 1940 at Keräsyrjä.

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Tupolev SB 2M-100A

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SB Bombers over Helsinki on 30th November 1939... with some pigeons flying away !

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Morane-Saulnier MS.406

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Gloster Gladiator

Finnish Gloster Gladiator GL-263.

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Swedish Gloster Gladiator, type J-8 as the volunteers named it.

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Tupolev SB M-103

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Fiat G.50

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Fiat G.50 FA-1 of 3/LeLv 26, 1941.

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Polikarpov I-153

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Junkers Ju 87 B Stuka

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Dornier Do 17 Z

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk I/II

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Hawker Hurricane I

One of the twelve received by Finland in 1940.

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Høver M.F.11

One of the 29 M.F. 11 built by Marinens Flyvebaatfabrikk (The [Norwegian] Navy's Flying Boat Factory), usually known as Høver M.F.11. Three of these three-seat, single-engined biplane flew to Finland at the fall of Norway on 8th June 1940. They were pressed into service by Finland when USSR created a state of war. They served until winter 1944.

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Brewster B-239

With a 5 on the rudder, it's probably BW-365 of LeLv 24.

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Fokker D.XXI

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FR-116 ?

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FR-109 ?

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Curtiss H-75 A Hawk

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Tupolev SB bis

Finnish Tupolev SB powered by M-103 engines. Six were refurbished by Finns and seventeen purchased from Germany.

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Polikarpov I-153

Perhaps VH-101 (later VT-11 then IT-11). This Polikarpov I-153 was sized by Finns.

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Heinkel He 111 H

Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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Another one is seen with the N9+DA code.

Morane-Saulnier MS.406

Morane-Saulnier MS.406 c/n 715 coded MS-608 will be shot down on 7th November 1941. Former L-744 in France until June 1940 when it was sized by German troops.

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Ilyushin DB-3

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Junkers Ju 88 A-4

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Fokker C.10

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Gloster Gladiator

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Blackburn Ripon IIF

This one on floats.

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Bristol 142 Blenheim

Shots used again in Tali-Ihantala 1944.

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Curtiss H-75 A Hawk

Curtiss CU-556 of LeLv 32.

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Brewster B-239

Brewster B-239 BW-378 of 4/LeLv 24.

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Brewster B-239 BW-384 of 2/LeLv 24.

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Focke-Wulf Fw 44 Stieglitz

On the foreground. Behind, a Brewster B-239 is landing.

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Fokker D.XXI

Fokker D.21 FR-91 was shot down on 7th October 1941.

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Douglas DC-2

Only one coded DC-1 was committed to operations.

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Douglas C-47 Skytrain

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Ilyushin DB-3

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Junkers K 43

Finns usually called their aircrafts of the W33 / W34 / K 43 family just by : Junkers.

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Fiat G.50

Two mechanics servicing the Fiat A.74 RC38 14-cylinder air-cooled radial engine of a Fiat G.50 on 13 March 1940.

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Fiat G-50 FA-29, winter 1942.

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Tupolev SB bis

Tupolev SB M-103 of the Ilmavoimat (Finnish Air Force).

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Polikarpov I-153

Two Polikarpov I-153 worn a "2" on their rudder but the yellow band at some distance of the blue Count von Rosen's swastika indicates the VH-12 (later IT-12). Shot taken before July 1942 because this aircraft sank following an angine fire on the 9th of July.

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de Havilland DH60 Moth

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VL E.30 Kotka

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Dornier Do 17 Z

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Morane-Saulnier MS.406

Morane-Saulnier MS.406 coded MS-325. It was lost on 7th August 1942.

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Please note the retractable radiator, here in extended position.

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Morane-Saulnier MS.410

Note the fixed radiator, the most visible difference with the 406.

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Petlyakov Pe-2

First a Petlyakov Pe-2 manned by the Finns.

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Then one used by the Luftwaffe.

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A flight of the VVS (Soviet Union).

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Dornier Do 22 Kl

Four export version for Latvia. Not delivered, but eventually transferred to Finland.

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Høver M.F.11

With a Dornier Do 22 Kl in the background.

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VL Myrsky

Finnish indigenous fighter. The prototype flew on 23 December 1941 and led to a serie of 47 Myrsky II. Their delivery to front units occurred a few weeks before of the cease fire and few operational missions were flown. In service until 1950.

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2

Shot used again in Tali-Ihantala 1944.
MT-227 of 2/HLeLv 24 on 8th May 1944.

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Focke-Wulfe Fw 190 F

Of the Luftwaffe.

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Lavochkin La-5FN

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Bell P-39 Airacobra

Used by the VVS.

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Junkers Ju 87 D Stuka

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Focke-Wulfe Fw 190 A-6

Same aircraft seen in Tali-Ihantala 1944.
Fw 190 A-6 "black 1" of 5/JG54 taking off at Immola, July 1944.

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Yakovlev Yak-9

A YAk-9 of a Guard Regiment, VVS.

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Sukhoi Su-2

Seen again on DVD07 of Wings of Russia (page 2).

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 E

Late in the documentary, this Bf 109 E was in fact in Finland on summer 1941.

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Junkers Ju 88 A-4

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6

MT-455 of 1/HLeLv 24, Lappeenranta on 26 June 1944.

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Bristol 142 Blenheim Mk I

BL-114.

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Lavochkin LaGG-3

One of the three Lavochkin captured in 1942 and pressed into combat by the Finns.

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Curtiss H-75 A Hawk

Curtiss Cu-580.

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Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik

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