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Plelv44_Mangrov
04-05-2007, 10:15 AM
N62?29', E33?43'. A field of sand with no significant value today. However this field was one of the key airfields within area of several square kilometers (and miles) during the Continuation War between Finland and Soviet Union.

The Brewster B-239s from Lentolaivue 24 (Flying Squadron 24) operated from this very field during the Finn's own Phony War in late 1941 - early 1944. The front line was situated between three isthmus: Karelian, Olonets and Maaselkä. The line was about 800 kilometers (500 miles) long and Hirvas was right middle when measuring from north to south.

During their time at Hirvas the B-239s shot down over 300 planes losing only circa 10 planes (still searching for the correct number, I have it somewhere...)

Photos by Google and Finnish Military Archives. More will follow soon, I hope http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/134/untitledfp7.jpg

Front line during late 1941 - early 1944.

http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/4353/untitleddv7.jpg

Hirvas today. One can still see the faint runways after 60 years!

http://img245.imageshack.us/img245/7538/untitledlt9.jpg

Hirvas at it's peek in 1942. The shape of the airfield made possible to land at any given wind speed and direction.

http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/4733/untitledjx7.jpg

Three Brewster from LLv 24. Strange to see only three B-239s since Finns used the same tactic as Luftwaffe, Schwarm. I would think it would have been lot easier to have all the planes from flight at the same location.

Plelv44_Mangrov
04-05-2007, 10:15 AM
N62?29', E33?43'. A field of sand with no significant value today. However this field was one of the key airfields within area of several square kilometers (and miles) during the Continuation War between Finland and Soviet Union.

The Brewster B-239s from Lentolaivue 24 (Flying Squadron 24) operated from this very field during the Finn's own Phony War in late 1941 - early 1944. The front line was situated between three isthmus: Karelian, Olonets and Maaselkä. The line was about 800 kilometers (500 miles) long and Hirvas was right middle when measuring from north to south.

During their time at Hirvas the B-239s shot down over 300 planes losing only circa 10 planes (still searching for the correct number, I have it somewhere...)

Photos by Google and Finnish Military Archives. More will follow soon, I hope http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/134/untitledfp7.jpg

Front line during late 1941 - early 1944.

http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/4353/untitleddv7.jpg

Hirvas today. One can still see the faint runways after 60 years!

http://img245.imageshack.us/img245/7538/untitledlt9.jpg

Hirvas at it's peek in 1942. The shape of the airfield made possible to land at any given wind speed and direction.

http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/4733/untitledjx7.jpg

Three Brewster from LLv 24. Strange to see only three B-239s since Finns used the same tactic as Luftwaffe, Schwarm. I would think it would have been lot easier to have all the planes from flight at the same location.

Haigotron
04-05-2007, 01:10 PM
Cool pics! thanks for posting! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

woofiedog
04-05-2007, 01:17 PM
Mint find... this would be Very handy with mission building. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Porsimo
04-06-2007, 03:26 AM
Great pictures! Thanks for sharing them.
These would've been handy while making the BSRE -campaign.

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Strange to see only three B-239s since Finns used the same tactic as Luftwaffe, Schwarm. I would think it would have been lot easier to have all the planes from flight at the same location. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Although the basic tactics was that schwarms were formed of pairs, it looks like that odd numbers (3, 5, 9, 11) weren't that uncommon - at least according to Illu's book "Punalentäjien kiusana". I've seen this mentioned elsewhere too.

HotelBushranger
04-06-2007, 03:48 AM
I wouldn't call 300 planes a phony war http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Esel1964
04-06-2007, 04:04 AM
Excellent find/hunting!

Many thanks for sharing great pics.

Plelv44_Mangrov
04-06-2007, 11:33 AM
Bump!