Finish Air Force Heinkel He 115's

Blackburn Ripon FAF RI132 LLv15 Hirviranta Finland 24th Aug 1941 01

Blackburn Ripon FAF RI137 LLv15 Finland 01

Dornier Do 22 FAF DR195 at Kevaalla 1944 01

Dornier Do 22 FAF DR195 at Santahamina 23rd Jul 1942 01

Dornier Do 22 FAF DR195 at Santahamina 23rd Jul 1942 02

Dornier Do 22 FAF DR195 at Santahamina 23rd Jul 1942 03

Dornier Do 22 FAF DR195 being rearmed Santahamina 23rd Jul 1942 01

Dornier Do 22 FAF DR195 being rearmed Santahamina 23rd Jul 1942 02

Dornier Do 22 FAF DR195 being rearmed Santahamina 23rd Jul 1942 03

Dornier Do 22 FAF DR195 being rearmed Santahamina 23rd Jul 1942 04

Dornier Do 22 FAF DR195 being rearmed Santahamina 23rd Jul 1942 05

Dornier Do 22 FAF DR197 at Santahamina 1942 0A

Dornier Do 22 FAF evacuation at Parola 29th Jul 1943 01

Dornier Do 22 FAF evacuation at Parola 29th Jul 1943 02

Dornier Do 22 FAF evacuation at Parola 29th Jul 1943 03

Dornier Do 22 FAF evacuation at Parola 29th Jul 1943 04

Dornier Do 22 FAF evacuation at Parola 29th Jul 1943 05

Heinkel He 115A0 FAF LLv15 HE115 foreground Finland FB 01

Heinkel He 115A0 FAF LLv15 HE115 Hirviranta Finland 24th Aug 1941 01

Heinkel He 115A0 FAF LLv15 HE115 on Lake Hoytiainen August 1941 01

Heinkel He 115A0 FAF LLv15 HE115 Tiiksjarvi Finland July 1942 01

Heinkel He 115A0 FAF LLv15 HE115 Tiiksjarvi Finland July 1942 02

Heinkel He 115A0 FAF LLv15 HE115 Tiiksjarvi Finland July 1942 0A

Heinkel He 115A0 FAF LLv15 HE116 Hirviranta Finland 24th Aug 1941 01

Heinkel He 115A0 Norwegian AF F50 defected to Finland and later flew under FAF 1941 01

Heinkel He 115A0 Norwegian AF F50 defected to Finland and later flew under FAF 1941 02

Heinkel He 59B1N Seenotstaffel 9 Stkz PY+NF WNr 1821 Lauttasaari 10th Jul 1941 01

Hover MF 11 FAF Lentolaivue 15 NK172 at Ahvenanmeri 15th Oct 1942 01

Hover MF 11 FAF Lentolaivue 15 NK173 at Hirviranta Finland 24th Aug 1941 01

Junkers K 43fa FAF as OH-MVI 01

Junkers K 43fa FAF JU127 and JU128 foreground at Tiiksjarvi 6th Sep 1941 01

Junkers K 43fa FAF JU127 evacuating wounded personnel at Tiiksjarvi 6th Sep 1941 01

Junkers K 43fa FAF JU127 evacuating wounded personnel at Tiiksjarvi 6th Sep 1941 02

Junkers K 43fa FAF JU127 moored 1941 01

Junkers K 43fa FAF JU127 over Kuhmon Kolvasjarven 6th Sep 1941 01

Junkers K 43fa FAF JU127 over Kuhmon Kolvasjarven 6th Sep 1941 02

Junkers K 43fa FAF JU128 courier and ambulance on Tiiksjarvi 30th Jul 1942 01

Junkers K 43fa FAF JU128 courier and ambulance on Tiiksjarvi 30th Jul 1942 02

Junkers K 43fa FAF JU128 LLv15 Finland 1941 49133

Junkers K 43fa FAF JU128 LLv15 Finland 1941 Sa-Kuva 49132

Junkers K 43fa FAF JU128 LLv15 Hirviranta Finland 24th Aug 1941 01

Junkers K 43fa FAF JU128 LLv15 Hirviranta Finland 24th Aug 1941 02

Junkers K 43fa FAF JU128 LLv15 Hirviranta Finland 24th Aug 1941 03

Junkers K 43fa FAF JU128 LLv15 Hirviranta Finland 24th Aug 1941 04

Junkers K 43fa FAF JU128 LLv15 Hirviranta Finland 24th Aug 1941 05

Junkers K 43fa FAF JU12x evacuation at Kiimasjarvi 21st Aug 1943 01

Junkers K 43fa FAF JU12x evacuation at Kiimasjarvi 21st Aug 1943 02

Junkers K 43fa FAF JU12x evacuation at Kiimasjarvi 21st Aug 1943 03

Junkers K 43fa FAF JU12x vacuation at Tiiksjarvi 21st Aug 1943 01

Soviet seaplane MBR 2M34 captured due to fuel river Svir Feb 1942 01

Soviet seaplane MBR 2M34 in Finnish markings VV182 moored 1943 01

The Heinkel He 115 A and C were German twin-engine three-seat maritime patrol aircraft. They could accommodate the crew and 12 to 14 long-range patrol troops.

One Heinkel was flown by a defector from Norway to Petsamo (Pechenga) in June 1940; this aircraft was used for carrying long-range patrols until it was written off in June 1943.

Germany lent the 4th Detached Battalion for the remainder of the Continuation War two He 115 C aircraft, one of which continued in the transport role until it was relinquished to the Soviet Union in November 1944. The Heinkels were extremely well suited for their task and had a significant role in transporting long-range patrols. The Air Force had three aircraft in 1940–44.

Heinkel He 115A of LeLv 15 He-115 on Lake Hoytiainen August 1941.

Blackburn T.5 Ripo

The Blackburn T.5 Ripon was a British carrier-based torpedo bomber and reconnaissance biplane which first flew in 1926. It was used by the Fleet Air Arm as a torpedo bomber from 1930 until 1935. Ripons were also sold to Finland, where they continued to be used in action in the Winter War and the Continuation War until 1944. The Blackburn Ripon was also ordered for use by the Finnish Air Force, with one example for Finland being built by Blackburn, before 25 were produced under licence at the Finnish Aircraft Factory. These were powered with a number of different radial engines; the pattern aircraft had a 530 hp (400 kW) Bristol Jupiter VII, the next seven had 480 hp (360 kW) Gnome Rhone Jupiter VI, followed by eight with 535 hp (399 kW) Armstrong Siddeley Panther engines and the final ten with 580 hp (430 kW) Bristol Pegasus engines. The Finnish Air Force used Ripons as reconnaissance aircraft against the Soviet Union in the Winter War and the Continuation War. After losing an aircraft to Soviet fighters in 1939, the Ripon was limited to night missions. The last missions were flown in 1944. One Ripon coded RI-140 was stored and has been reassembled and put on display in the Päijänne Tavastia Aviation Museum recently. It is the only preserved example.

Dornier Do 22 floatplane

Development of the three-seat Dornier Do 22 floatplane was the responsibility of Dornier's Altenrhein factory in Switzerland, where.two prototypes were built. Of all-metal construction with fabric covering throughout, except for the metal-skinned forward fuselage, the Do 22 was powered by a Hispano-Suiza 12Ybrs engine driving a three-bladed propeller. The Do 22 carried a crew of three, the rear cockpit providing accommodation for a gunner, and a radio operator whose position in the front half of the cockpit was protected by a glazed canopy. Four 7.92mm MG 15 machine-guns were fitted, one in the forward fuselage above the engine, one in a ventral position and two in the rear cockpit. Although not ordered by the Luftwaffe, approximately 30 were built at Friedrichshafen in Germany and the first production aircraft was flown on 15 July 1938. Do 22s were supplied to the Greek, Yugoslav and Latvian air forces as the Do 22Kg, Do 22Kj and Do 22Kl respectively. The four Latvian aircraft had not been delivered when the Soviet Union occupied Latvia in 1940 and were retained by Germany. In 1942 they were transferred to Finland, being used on floats or skis until the end of the war.

Junkers W 34 floatplane

Junkers W 34 was a German-built, single-engine, passenger and transport aircraft. Developed in the 1920s, it was taken into service in 1926. The passenger version could take a pilot and five passengers. The aircraft was developed from the Junkers W 33. Further development led to the Junkers Ju 46.

Web References:

  • sa-kuva.fi - http://sa-kuva.fi/neo?tem=webneoeng# great photo's
  • Nordic Aviation in World War 2: http://www.rafandluftwaffe.info/
  • Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/

Book References:

  • Photograph and information source: Sea Eagles - Anti-Shipping Units 1939-41 (Vol 1)
  • Photograph and information source: Sea Eagles - Anti-Shipping Units 1942-45 (Vol 2)
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