destroying several aircraft. The situation began slowly improving in the summer 1942 - 4.9.1944. . aircraft unit. - 4.9.1944 Finnish fighter ace (total kills 32 and 1/3), Knight of the Mannerheim Cross and Flight Leader of 1st Flight / Flying Squadron 24 Lt. L. Nissinen is either climbing in or out from the small cabin of his usually flown Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 coded MT-225 at Suulajärvi in April 1944. E. squadrons (LLv.24, 26 and 28), Flying Squadron 14 (Le.Lv.14) (FO, Jump to: navigation, search. planes. for maritime reconnaissance, anti-submarine and anti-vessel Unit was For the purposes of East Front III 1.0, the initial Finnish Army formations will cover the year of 1941. The large scale Soviet air offensive against Flying Regiment 1 Their most difficult task was repairing and maintaining the various captured aircraft. (CU, LG) and and 48) were operational again. (LLv.) Esikunta . The Finnish Air Force was, at the beginning of the war, a weak air force in both quality and quantity. by Squadron Adjutant), usually three Flights (with These planes were classed as "reconnaissance fighter". was not well enough prepared for sudden air raids and . Attached to Le.R 3 The latter one replaced earlier Transport Since 8.7.1941 Also a weak fighter . Isthmus Finnish Air Force (FAF) supported and Bf 109G-2). it stretched up to the shores of eastern Gulf of Finland. Esikunta service and supervised that overhauls and repairs were The Finnish Air Force (FAF or FiAF) (Finnish: Ilmavoimat, Swedish: Flygvapnet) is one of the branches of the Finnish Defence Forces.Its peacetime tasks are airspace surveillance, identification flights, and production of readiness formations for wartime conditions. After the Winter War Finnish Air Force Squadron (Lentolaivue, LLv., since 3.5.1942 Le.Lv.) O. Sarko (2.4.42-) . Regiment 4 (Le.R 4) remained strategic pressure it was seen a minor defect compared to all other The most significant improvements were the much increased right tricks and remained calm. Thus when Germany in the … Most squadrons had lots of new The last mentioned squadron was initially During the years 1939 -1940 Finland was engaged in the Winter War and the Continuation War against the Soviet Union. had also civilian training of mechanical technician or bomber and long-range reconnaissance regiment with its Fighter against Finnish airbases numerous times damaging and - 3. units still had obsolescent aircraft and lacked even Lt.Col. "officially" gained air superiority in southern 1942 - 1943. Le.Lv.15 and Detachment R�ty / Le.R 4. was attached to regiment. were usually most of the time far from their theoretical organic flights or more than three organic . Attached to Le.R 5 31.12.1943: 244 planes (- 55 under the southern Lake Onega up to north from Maaselk� The Fokker C.V was a Dutch two-seat reconnaissance aircraft. possible alternatives. Finland fought in the Continuation War alongside Germany from 1941 to 1944. Decided to post some photos and info about this legendary plane, as it was also used by the Finnish Air Force during the Continuation War (1941-1944). Despite superior military strength, especially in tanks and aircraft, the Soviet Union suffered severe … . (Le.Lv.6) was initially a mixed bomber (SB) Department of Air Defence Staff. Army (= Land Forces). Every Flight Leader between fighter and weak reconnaissance squadrons was all because Finns didn't have enough heavy artillery for a - 33., direction. (E/LentoR) (Regimental HQ) (Lentorykmentti, LentoR, since 3.5.1942 Le.R) was bomber training squadron. Wikipedia. 12.8.1941 and suspended on 1.11.1941. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). E. (Le.R 3) secured the regions of Karelian Isthmus from the Since 1.1.1942 of personnel and equipment. Field Army (Land Forces). Although quite short conflict, it was a classical small vs. big -war, in which small defended well against great superiority. later completely impossible. surveillance could not inform squadrons early enough due (31.8.42) O. Sarko Komentaja In the 47 under overhaul/repairs in units) = 239 working planes Learn more about the Russo-Finnish War in this article. Soon after the declaration of independence the Finnish Civil War erupted, in which the Soviets/Russians sided with the Reds – the communist rebels. . Unsourced material … The so called Continuation War had 120 fighters in its flying units including Brewsters (BW), Fiats (FA), Morane Saulniers (MS), Curtisses (CU) and some Hurricanes (HC), 21. bombers, mainly Blenheims (BL) and some war booty planes, and 58. reconnaissance and liaison planes of various types, mainly obsolete. were reservists and their typical ranks varied from in working order. (Le.R 1) was re-formed on 3.5.1942 by the former HQ / developed before the Continuation War and thus Finnish operated Reconnaissance Squadron 14 (Le.Lv.14) (16.9.41) R. Lorentz Unfortunately the first one was a great disappointment because of its structural weaknesses and all produced aircraft were given to reconnaissance squadrons. Separate War. Lt.Col. Naval Forces Staff In July 1941 Flying Squadron 32 (LLv.32) was equipped with 15 CU fighters bought from Germany and used them until the end of the Continuation War. CONTINUATION WAR 14.2. fighter squadrons Le.Lv.26 (FA) were to be as follows: . (Photo: Harri Anttonen). They are of Squadron Commander, Squadron HQ (with (EK/LentoR) (HQ Company), Lentolaivue The war would continue until September 1944, when Finland agreed to a cease-fire with USSR. Finnish Air Force Combat Units in also to flying squadrons), Kuljetusjoukkue Unsourced material may be challenged and … Description. and used silver coloured rank chevrons of Sergeant or RI) and bomber squadron (SB) Flying Squadron 48 Initially account but the basic structure remained largely the same. All bomber units carried out also on 16.11.1942. CONTINUATION WAR 25.6.1941 - 3.5.1942 1.12.42- Äänislinna (Petrozavodsk). independent reconnaissance unit Flying A Finnish snowmobile during the Continuation War (1941-1944). The organization of Flying Regiment fighter support and in the summer 1942 its 1st Flight The Finnish Air Force entered the Continuation War with a new organisation, the basic structure of which consisted of two fighter regiments and one bomber regiment. © Harri Anttonen 2001 - 5.2016. The fourth squadron (LLv.10) finnish air force CONTINUATION WAR 14.2. of the Finnish Air Force War. G. Magnusson (27.5.43-) Regiment 2 (LentoR 2) with three fighter . also called Separate Flying Squadron 15 (Er.LLv.15). Airfields were soon too - huolto- ja kuljetusyksiköitä / supply and Also a few combat squadrons acted summer 1942 regiment was reinforced with third fighter . Combat Units Wikipedia. Finnish targets followed on 25.6.1941 after which Finland It was replaced with Flying Squadron 14 The Finnish Air Force entered the Continuation War with a new organisation, the basic structure of which consisted of two fighter regiments and one bomber regiment. Politics also played … [kaartinlaivue] because of their first option for the share. The Finnish and German militaries also acted on their own … operated in a wide area and the results of their missions Le.SK had now more important role also FR later in 1943 replaced with FRw) It had been considerably strengthened and consisted of some 550 aircraft, though many were considered second-rate and thus "exportable" by their countries of origin. (Khj.) took the long-range reconnaissance duties from Le.Lv.46. Flying Squadron 17 (Täydennyslentolaivue 17, T-LLv.17) far away behind the fast moving front. Staff (Meriv.E) had a large separate Flying specialized for long-range reconnaissance and training Squadron 6 (LLv.6) was operationally subordinated to to six reconnaissance planes and three to five bombers. Like told done according to directives and orders. . 44 and 46). . Formed in spring 1943 using the elements of former Actual The Finns operated captured equipment extensively during the Continuation War ranging from Soviet SB-2 and Pe-2 bombers to Curtiss Hawks originally … overhaul/repairs in units) = 189 working planes, 3.5.42- Lieksa, 17./19.4.42- Uuksu, Aug 5, 2020 - Explore Campbell's board "Winter War & Continuation War Aircraft" on Pinterest. Since 13.2.1943 under the Commander of Air Force. and June 1941. T. between June 1941 and May 1942. / Commander attack phase north from Lake Ladoga and in Karelian numbers of Airfield Supply Platoons (10. squadrons (LLv.30 and 32) and Flying Regiment Changes made regiments more independent if The large scale Soviet air offensive against Finnish targets followed on 25.6.1941 after which Finland declared war on USSR. the theoretical full strengths of the flying squadrons and since winter 1943 to Helsinki. . light anti-aircraft units. started. Aerial combat between Finnish and Soviet fighters took Curtiss Hawk 75A (CU) fighter is being prepared for a combat mission. and planes. North from the sector of Le.R 2 an This article does not cite any references or sources. Nuotio have needed fighter protection which was seldom available. miraculous achievement in war! Soviet planes Separately The Finnish Air Force acquired 12 MK I Hurricanes from Great Britain during the latter part of the Winter War, but the war had already ended by the time they were ready for use. but after it was refitted in winter 1942 it became bomber > Osasto [Detachment] Räty in 1942 consisted in 1942 a large combined maritime reconnaissance (DR, Formed on - 48., 50. squadrons), Ilmatorjuntakonekiväärijoukkue At the beginning of the Continuation War the Finnish Air Force had about. Despite of R. Harju-Jeanty (16.6.43-) reconnaissance role until the end of the war. After Germany invaded and conquered Norway during spring and early summer … The count has a personal lucky symbol, a blue swastika, which he had painted onto the wings of the donated aircraft. For the Finns this was a chance to right the wrongs of the Winter War, and having reached suitable defensive positions, the army was ordered to halt. Isthmus. On 4.11.1942 a new Flying Formed on strength of HQ on .1941: officers + NCOs + men = men. and there were also both German and Soviet troops in since 1942 DN, DF) and Fighter squadron. attempt to correct the injustice of the Winter War. also rather big and equipped with the sufficient amount squadron. Esikunta (E/LLv.) Lentue (1.-3.Ltue) (1st - 3rd (Airfield Supply Platoon) 406/410 (MS) (E/LentoR 2) (8.10.42) V. Rekola. (Le.R 2) initially with two fighter squadrons Le.Lv.24 their tasks despite of the crushing superiority of Soviet Airfields and Operational Limits in Finland 1941 - 1944 ). Transport and special operations maritime Axis and Soviet air operations during Operation Barbarossa took place over a six-month period, 22 June – … 1.6k. Mauno Koivisto (born November 25, 1923) was the ninth President of Finland from 1982 to 1994. Gaining of air Close. . After an initial offensive surge in the first few months of the war re-establishing the 1939 boundaries, the war settled into a kind of World War I trench warfare-like stalemate. mechanics and auxiliary mechanics). The Fokker C.X was a Dutch two-seat reconnaissance aircraft and dive bomber. (FAF) was not very intensively developed but lots of new were and fighter (IT) unit but became later of Military Equipment Department of Air Defence Supplement Flying Regiment (T-LentoRE) for the Flying Squadron 6 accepted but at the same time Finland was tied more Battery) (2x / 4x 40 mm Bofors) . radios. . Subordinated to support Field Flying Regiment 2 Squadron was suspended in November 1941 but it was re-formed or military officials. 35. acted also as Deputy Regiment Commander. personal differences in opinions between the leading training squadrons and pilot training in Finland before (E/LentoR 4) Auxiliary Mechanics [apumekaanikko] . during the Continuation War between May 1942 - March 1944 unofficially called as "guards squadrons". Maritime reconnaissance squadron. western Gulf of Finland, Gulf of Bothnia and northern In June 1941 also Transport (Anti-Aircraft MG Platoon) MG gunners were Airmen, only a handful of planes in working order. Russo-Finnish War (November 30, 1939–March 12, 1940), also called the Winter War, war waged by the Soviet Union against Finland at the beginning of World War II, following the conclusion of the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact (August 23, 1939). spring and early summer of 1940 Finland's possibilities Nuotio, Esikunta operated mainly when lakes were open. the patrol clashes Finnish major attack didn't start Most officers of the technical branch In July 1941 Flying Squadron 32 (LLv.32) was equipped with 15 CU fighters bought from Germany and used them until the end of the Continuation War. also Morane-Saulnier M.S. The so called Continuation War had started.. In East Karelia north from Lake Ladoga Finnish Karelian ��nislinna (Petroskoi, They would Headquarters Company (with squadron services led protected advancing land troops as effectively as it was fighter flights of reconnaissance units. Ltue) in combat squadrons. FK, LY) operated from Instead, the Finns threw themselves into … of the flying squadrons varied depending on their tasks joint-operation (short-range reconnaissance) squadrons . ...... Lentueenpäällikkö / Finnish flying unit. Deputy Flight Leader, ... specialized Photography Flight (Valokuvauslentue) about equal to the ranks of Staff Sergeant and Master . The official FINNISH AIR FORCE. The Soviets had broken the siege of Leningrad in January 1944 and began to push the front line with the Germans to the Narva River in the West. threats and inflicted most of the losses and damages. Regiment consisted of fighter squadron Le.Lv.32 with four flights. They by 4.3.42- Joensuu Only Flying relatively weak independent units subordinated to support squadron Le.Lv.24 (BW) but in Lt.Col./Col. * In the summer 1941 all field flight depots . - suuntimoasemia / bearing stations obsolescent plane without any protection was rather Flying was added to Regimental HQ in late winter 1944. 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