By Kari Stenman
Getting into carrier with the USA army as a carrier-borne fighter, the Brewster F2A, later named Buffalo via the British and easily the Brewster through the Finns, observed quite little provider with its personal kingdom. certainly, it used to be to work out motion on only one celebration in US shades: the engagement off halfway via USMC F2As observed a few jap service airplane shot down, together with by way of 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 was once no longer appropriate to be used opposed to the robust Luftwaffe over Western Europe, the Buffalo was once visible as an appropriate kind to be used within the a ways East. It used to be despatched en-masse to equip new squadrons of the RAF, RAAF and RNZAF shaped for the defence of Malaya and Singapore.
Despite the numerous inadequacies uncovered after the Japenese invasion, the Commonwealth devices fought gallantly opposed to the chances and with negative logistical backup and finally made many claims. certainly no fewer than 9 pilots both turned aces at the sort or elevated their rankings to accomplish acedom, and another fifteen aces flew them in motion. additionally, the top Buffalo ace went directly to turn into the main profitable Commonwealth pilot opposed to the japanese of the full war.
It was once in Finland, although, the place the Brewster chanced on timeless repute 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 pink Air strength. total, a few 37 Finnish pilots turned aces whilst flying the Brewster 239. The tubby Brewster used to be greatly the fighter of selection for the best Finnish pilots until eventually the appearance of huge numbers of Messerschmitt Bf 109s in 1943.
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I then went after eight I-16s that were below me, hitting one of them in the central fuselage area with a long burst of fire. The aeroplane rolled onto its back at an altitude of 50 metres and ploughed through trees as it crashed into the forest about half-a-kilometre southeast of Shepelevskiy lighthouse. I fired at three more I-16s but to little avail. ‘The I-16s we encountered preferred to fight us on the deck, where the Russian fighter proved to be far more manoeuvrable than the Brewster. ‘An incendiary bullet hit the wingtip of my machine, which caused the wing to smoke heavily for about 30 seconds until the fire had burnt itself out.
Finally, fighters from Krasnaya Gorka and Kronstadt also flew up to Seivästö to keep the Brewsters engaged well away from the bombers. OVER THE GULF OF FINLAND Its winter camouflage heavily weathered, BW-386 of 2/LeLv 24 awaits a well-earned overhaul at Immola in March 1943. 5-victory ace MSgt Sakari Ikonen (who claimed three victories with it), the fighter was passed on to 1Lt Urho Sarjamo when the former became an instructor. Sarjamo claimed six victories with BW-386 between 18 April and 12 December 1943.
The Finns subsequently reported downing three Yakovlevs and five Lavochkins. Two-and-a-half hours later, 1Lt Hans Wind and his seven-strong formation of Brewsters attacked 15 Soviet aircraft returning to Seiskari. The Finns claimed an Il-2 and six Lavochkins destroyed. In his short combat report, 1Lt Hans Wind stated; ‘I was leading the flight when we met eight Lavochkins and six Il-2s. First, I shot at an Il-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.