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Brewster Model 239 flown by Ilmari Juutilainen, 3/LeLv 24, Suulajarvi, Dec 1942 "Orange 4"
General Background
The Brewster F2A Buffalo was USN's first mono-wing fighter. The status of the “Buffalo” is somewhat controversial in the history of aviation. It was designed by US but saw its real success only in Finland, a co-belligerent of Germany during WWII. It was designed as a carrier based fighter but only saw combat from land bases.

The most distinctive feature of the Buffalo was the retractable landing gear. With the right pilot the plane was quite capable in combat. Some historians believe that some units of the Commonwealth squadrons may have achieved a 2 to 1 kill ratio in the Far East.
The Aircraft
The most famous Finnish pilot of WWII was Eino Ilmari "Illu" Juutilainen of 3rd Flight "Knight Flight" LeLv 24 (Fighter Squadron 24). Juutilainen flew “Orange 4” (BW-364) Brewster B239 between June 1941 and February 1943 with 28 victories. By the end of WWII he had accumulated a total 94 victories and twice won the Mannerheim Cross, the highest award in the Finnish Air Force. LeLv 24 managed 460 victories flying the Brewsters. The last flight of the Model B-239 in Finland was in September of 1948.
Specifications :
Power plant: One Wright R-1820-40 Cyclone nine-cylinder single row air-cooled radial, rated at 1200 hp
Performance: Maximum speed - 285 mph at sea level
323 mph at 16,500 ft.
344 mph at 26,500 ft.
cruising speed 157mph
landing speed 73 mph
initial climb rate 2500 ft/min.
Service ceiling 34,000 ft.
Weight: 4576 lbs. Empty
5942 lbs. Gross
6890 lbs. Maximum take-off
Dimensions: Wingspan – 35 ft.
Length – 26 ft.
Height – 11 ft. 8 ins.
Wing area – 209 sq. ft
Armament Four Browning 0.50 in. machine guns, two in the upper engine cowling, one in each wing.
Under each wing bomb racks that could carry one 100-lb. bomb just outboard of the main landing gear.