Finland - Air Force Brewster B-239 Buffalo BW-372
Image ID: 310518
Operator: Finland - Air Force - BW-372
Aircraft: Brewster - B-239 Buffalo
Airport: Finland - Tikkakoski
Category: Main database
Photo taken on 2013-8-4 by Per Voetmann [Contact]
Camera setting: Canon EOS 600D, 1/10s, f/8.0 at 17mm ISO 400
(11.8.2013, 21:33 CET)
The plane, which was flown on its last flight in 1942 by Lt. Lauri Pekuri (1915-1999), was shot down over Soviet territory. The pilot managed to escape back to Finnish lines, where he converted to fly Messerschmitt 109s. The plane was lifted from a lake in Russian Karelia in 1998, but then vanished without trace, only to resurface in Pensacola (USA) in 2004. It is now on loan to The Aviation Museum of Central Finland in Tikkakoski AFB (Finland). The museum has restored it into a very fine condition. BW-372 is the only surviving Brewster B-239 anywhere in the world. The Brewster was a successful plane in Finnish hands. It proved to be a highly effective weapon in the Continuation War of 1941-1944, with a kill-rate of 26:1. Their opponents at the conflict were mainly Soviet Hurricane fighters.
1 Marius Bekker
(11 August 2013 - 21:51 CET)
A rare find with a remarkable story attached to it.