Brewster F2A Buffalo Aces of World War 2 (Aircraft of the by Kari Stenman

By Kari Stenman

Getting into carrier with the united states army as a carrier-borne fighter, the Brewster F2A, later named Buffalo by means of the British and easily the Brewster by means of the Finns, observed really little carrier with its personal country. certainly, it was once to work out motion on only one social gathering in US shades: the engagement off halfway via USMC F2As observed a few jap provider plane shot down, together with by way of destiny ace Col Charles M Kunz. The F2A used to be additionally ordered for the RAF in 1939, and even though it quickly grew to become obvious that the sort used to be no longer appropriate to be used opposed to the powerful Luftwaffe over Western Europe, the Buffalo used to be visible as an appropriate kind to be used within the some distance 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 chances and with bad logistical backup and finally made many claims. certainly no fewer than 9 pilots both grew to become aces at the style or elevated their rankings to accomplish acedom, and a different 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 warfare. It used to be in Finland, besides the fact that, 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 more suitable numbers, Finnish Brewster 239 pilots racked up a huge ranking 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 until eventually the appearance of huge numbers of Messerschmitt Bf 109s in 1943.

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I then targeted a Spitfire that was flying at an altitude of 150 metres. The fighter, which was heading north, began trailing white smoke from its engine after my very first burst of fire. This attack took place 12 kilometres south of Seiskari. ' Four days later another large-scale aerial clash took place over the Gulf of Finland. 1 Lt Aulis Lumme of 2/LeLv 24 had led six Brewsters aloft at 1/LeLv 24 aces W O Viktor Pyotsia and 1 Lt Kai Metsola share a joke at Suulajarvi after their successful c o m b a t w i t h t h e Soviet Baltic Fleet air forces on 18 April 1943.

The remaining four I-16s chased me away to the northeast, where I spotted a solitary Pe-2 bomber flying just above the waves. Having shaken off the Soviet fighters, I was free to attack the lone twin-engined bomber, which I shot down in flames into the sea. 'The 60+ I-16s were split up into several separate formations, staggered in altitude. The Soviet pilots seemed more than prepared for a fight on this occasion. ' Karhunen had now taken his Continuation War tally to 20, in addition to the five and three shared victories he had claimed during the Winter War.

As I was finishing the LaGG off, a second Soviet fighter latched onto my tail, but I quickly turned the tables after a few tight turns. Opening fire, the LaGG also started to smoke. The pilot tried to dive away, opening up a gap of some 300 metres, but once he levelled out I slowly began to gain on him. I fired a series of bursts as the LaGG approached an enemy-held island. I was then forced to break off my attack, leaving the fighter heavily smoking — I could only see the LaGG's wingtips when directly astern of it.

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