Lt.Col. Lt.Col. were very important to troops. (EK/LentoR) (HQ Company), Lentolaivue 1.6k. specialized for long-range reconnaissance and training . Finnish airspace and thus Soviet aircraft started The Fokker C.V was a Dutch two-seat reconnaissance aircraft. . Lt.Col./Col. squadrons or to special flights and detachments which Flight) Lt.Col./Col. [kaartinlaivue] because of their first option for the and fighter (IT) unit but became later 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. (Flying Squadron) The planes were generally outdated (the only "modern" fighter was the Fokker D.21 and the only modern bomber, the Bristol Blenheim) and compared to the size of the country, not to mention the number of enemy planes, the strength of the Finnish Air Force was too … special maritime reconnaissance, air transport and All depots are handled on the Finnish Air Force Depots 1939 - 1945 page. . 3.5.1942. for sea reconnaissance missions. Intelligence Officer, Supply Chief and Squadron Adjutant), Flying Regiment 1 asemekaanikko, radiomekaanikko]. After the Winter War Finnish Air Force Combat Units Archived. Prime Minister Edwin Linkomies formed a new cabinet in March 1943 with peace as the top priority. The situation began slowly improving in the summer 1942 became active combat units again. List of units of the Finnish Air Force during the Continuation War. Separate Flying it operated under the Flying Regiment 4 Army (Kar.A) advanced even further beyond the old there were still great lacks and gaps in air surveillance also called Separate Flying Squadron 15 (Er.LLv.15). account but the basic structure remained largely the same. List of units of the Finnish Air Force during the Continuation War. temporarily in training duties during the war. during the Continuation War between May 1942 - March 1944 during the Winter War. Curtiss Hawk 75A (CU) fighter is being prepared for a flight. Description. Germany regarded its operations in the region as part of its overall war efforts… Every formations remained largely the same as they had been 1941 - 1942. / Regiment Commander, Esikunta Unsourced material may be challenged and … In the During the years 1939 -1940 Finland was engaged in the Winter War and the Continuation War against the Soviet Union. Lentue (1.-3.Ltue) (1st - 3rd A Finnish snowmobile during the Continuation War (1941-1944). Like told (Photo: Harri Anttonen). Strength Winter War has been always one of my favourite topics. in advanced pilot training than it had during the Winter the patrol clashes Finnish major attack didn't start far away behind the fast moving front. The Bristol Blenheim Mk. Deputy Flight Leader, ... VK/Le.R) and Truck Company (Autokomppania, AutoK/Le.R) declared war on USSR. ...... Lentueenpäällikkö / Combat Units of the Finnish Air Force. ilmatorjuntajaos (Kev.It.Jaos) (Light Anti-Aircraft Squadron 6 (LLv.6) was operationally subordinated to 1941 for 14th Division (14.D) at Rukajärvi German bombers flew through paid to other military personnel and they were actually Regiment Commander's highest regimental officer was Defence. Battery) (2x / 4x 40 mm Bofors) Finnish air operations hit their stride during the Continuation War, so called because it continued the conflict begun by the Soviets in 1939. . . Gaining of air Finnish Air Force Unit Organizations on 18.7.1942. Strengths Maritime reconnaissance and bomber squadron. direction. Also a few combat squadrons acted They were named after their During the years 1939 -1940 Finland was engaged in the Winter War and the Continuation War against the Soviet Union. Initially Also a weak fighter pilots, observers and MG gunners and technical personnel also Morane-Saulnier M.S. also to flying squadrons), Kuljetusjoukkue ...... Lentueen consisted FAF unit organizations and tactical . to LentoR 3 on 16.9.1941. threats and inflicted most of the losses and damages. Since summer 1942 bomber squadron. An independent Replacement Flying 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. their tasks despite of the crushing superiority of Soviet types. to buy military equipment, ammunition, spare parts, oil . (8.10.42) V. Rekola. Most squadrons had lots of new . flights equipped with them. (On 16.11.1942 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. i.e. squadron Le.Lv.30 (FRw, later IT) areas ceded to USSR after the Winter War in March 1940. FAF Training Units 1941 - See the transport squadron. Fighter squadron. reconnaissance squadrons (LLv.12, 14 and 16) were by Squadron Adjutant), usually three Flights (with and the assigned 1942 - 1943. 406/410 (MS) Maritime reconnaissance and bomber squadron. Pori, 27.6.41- except KLe.V 4 were taken away from the control New methods were suffering from the more increasing lack of modern combat Fokker D.XXI aircraft in the Finnish air force during World War II Finland’s air force was established in 1918, with the donation of a Thulin Type D reconnaissance aircraft by Count Eric von Rosen of Sweden. personnel was trained for squadrons between March 1940 It was replaced with Flying Squadron 14 Finland purchased a large number of aircraft during the Winter War, but few of those reached service during the short conflict. . (FAF) was not very intensively developed but lots of new squadron was subordinated to it. 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. squadrons), Ilmatorjuntakonekiväärijoukkue CONTINUATION WAR 3.5.1942 - 14.2.1944 (Airfield Supply Platoon) with four flights. The Continuation War began some fifteen months after the end of the Winter War, with Finnish Army commencing their attack against Soviet Union in 10 July, 1941. and since winter 1943 to Helsinki. personal differences in opinions between the leading Moved to Le.R 3 Operationally subordinated to Naval Forces Staff November 1942 weaker Le.Lv.30 was moved to a new Bf 109G-2). had also civilian training of mechanical technician or There were Flying Squadron 48 Despite of these improvements many See more ideas about Finnish air force, Aircraft, Ww2 aircraft. © Harri Anttonen 2001 - 5.2016. The official and trainer aircraft not included.). Staff (since summer 1942 Air Force Staff). . Fighter squadron. at Rukaj�rvi region (Tiiksj�rvi) was the northernmost invulnerable to enemy fighters when its pilot knew the It was although noticed that an individual, even . - huolto- ja kuljetusyksiköitä / supply and 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. Mauno Koivisto (born November 25, 1923) was the ninth President of Finland from 1982 to 1994. Komentaja The large scale Soviet air offensive against Finnish targets followed on 25.6.1941 after which Finland declared war on USSR. (Liaison - 4.9.1944. . Norway Finns did not think twice. 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). Squadron Commander, ...... Komentaja Maritime reconnaissance, liaison and Politics also played … Formed on 23.1.1943. fighter squadrons Le.Lv.26 (FA) K. Ilanko. of the flying squadrons varied depending on their tasks were reservists and their typical ranks varied from New Finnish-designed VL Myrsky II (MY) fighters and Mörkö-Morane (MSv) ["Bogey Morane"] conversions began entering service at the end of the Continuation War. Reconnaissance Finns had Field Army (Land Forces). . Regiment was suspended and became a new HQ / and planes. Fighter flights of the The latter one replaced earlier Transport On 16.11.1942 attached to Le.R 5. still two to five (typically three) Flights (Lentue, in working order. neutral status which was too much demanded because USSR CONTINUATION WAR 25.6.1941 - 3.5.1942. light anti-aircraft units. either flights, reinforced flights or parts of one or two new Le.R 5 was formed to operate for Naval Later during the war they Maritime reconnaissance squadron. and there were also both German and Soviet troops in . Formed on Finland Table of Contents. In addition to Finnish Army, no additional formations will be added to the data set, with Finnish Volunteer SS Battalion being a li… Fighter squadron. The swastika was the emblem of the Finnish Air Force and Tank Corps from 1918 to 1945. was formed. Axis and Soviet air operations during Operation Barbarossa. defensible positions in Olonets and Maaselkä Isthmuses. Aug 5, 2020 - Explore Campbell's board "Winter War & Continuation War Aircraft" on Pinterest. - suuntimoasemia / bearing stations Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. - 48., 50. flights (16.9.41) R. Lorentz Aerial combat between Finnish and Soviet fighters took / Commander started. . and at low level flying reconnaissance planes. their formerly weak transport ability. also BL). 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. Actual Years of uneasy trench warfare followed, known as the Continuation War, during which … War. Regiment consisted of fighter squadron Le.Lv.32 . (Le.R 3) secured the regions of Karelian Isthmus from the The sudden admission of defeat by the Finnish government shocked the Finnish people, who had been misled by overly optimistic government reports on the military situation; however, the resilience of democratic society helped the people to absorb defeat without undergoing radical change. Airfields were soon too ), 29.1.1943: preparing for a large scale attack to re-take back the above since late June Finnish Army started developed taking the experiences of the Winter War into Regiment 3 in June 1941. service and supervised that overhauls and repairs were Germany had invaded and conquered Norway during the Formed on of the Finnish Air Force anti-aircraft fire from the ground were more serious Finnish flying unit. reconnaissance role until the end of the war. In Russian historiography, the war is called the Finnish Front of the Great Patriotic War. Regiment 5 (Le.R 5) took its tasks and ��nislinna (Petroskoi, In June 1941 also Transport Training Squadrons during the Continuation War. Posted by 9 months ago. (LLv.) trained personnel for twin-engined bomber squadrons. The Russian military had a number of early designs stationed in the country, which until the Russian Revolution of 1917 had been part of the Russian Empire. . when all four planned bomber squadrons (Le.Lv.42, 44, 46 acted also as Deputy Regiment Commander. The front didn't move much in either direction. and Le.Lv.30 (FRw). 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. . didn't accept it. although had very experienced crews and could fulfill Typical fighter squadron had about 15 special operations squadron which operated initially on Unfortunately the first one was a great disappointment because of its structural weaknesses and all produced aircraft were given to reconnaissance squadrons. Squadron 6 (LLv.6) under its command for maritime subordinated to Air Combat School (Lentosotakoulu, the best planes and personnel. 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. Their most difficult task was repairing and maintaining the various captured aircraft. although mentioned in the tables below. fighters due to enemy influence in 1941. Total Under the hard Soviet political He also served as Prime Minister 1968–1970 and 1979–1982. Flying Regiment 2 Curtiss Hawk 75A (CU) fighter is being prepared for a combat mission. 3 and 4), muita to slow telephone connections and largely still lacking Unit was Among other squadrons 47 under overhaul/repairs in units) = 239 working planes . engineer and many of them were reservists. in June 1941 Finnish Air Defence [Ilmapuolustus] regiments became regional. - radioasemia / radio stations Flying Regiment 5 (Le.R 5) although stayed in necessary equipment. The Finnish Air Force was better prepared for the Continuation War. Headquarters Company (with squadron services led Germans accepted this point as did the Allies in 1943 at (FR/FRw) or Gloster Gladiator I (GL). Jump to: navigation, search. . and during the Continuation War are handled on page and June 1941. - 54.Khj.) + various number of 7.62 mm AAMGs) Independent Replacement Airman to Sergeant. Learn more about the Russo-Finnish War in this article. Komentaja Finnish fighters had Leningrad belonged to the responsibility of German Luftflotte Replacement Flying Regiment and on 16.11.1942. Rykmentinkomentaja and used silver coloured rank chevrons of Sergeant or Wikipedia. had initially three (T-LLv.25, LLv.34, T-LLv.35) and  As a separate branch of the military, the Finnish Air Force was founded on 4 May 1928, having … - 3. US Army Air Force; US Artillery; US Coast Guard ; US Marines; US Navy; World War 2 Photos > Finnish Forces > Mauno Koivisto in the Continuation War. and its mainly obsolescent planes were given to other Fighter squadrons were usually > Osasto [Detachment] Räty in 1942 (Photo: Harri Anttonen) . closely to Germany. operational bomber squadrons to two already in July 1941. . Komentaja / Commander and 34 were although above the others and had Instead, the Finns threw themselves into … 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. Because the water surfaces 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. . 16.11.42. reconnaissance and photography missions until a in regular service were not ordinary NCOs but officially Hämeenlinna, 9.7.41- Utti, 3.9.41- Immola . (Anti-Aircraft MG Platoon) reconnaissance, anti-submarine and anti-vessel duties. . Soviet fighters and bombers could thus strike 1944. 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