Lentolaivue 24 cover

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Finland's premier fighter squadron during World War 2, Lentolaivue 24 (Flying Squadron 24) first saw action during the bloody Winter War of 1939-40, when the Soviet Red Army launched a surprise attack on the small Scandinavian country the squadron enjoyed great success against numerically superior opposition. LLv 24 was once again in the thick of the action following the outbreak of the Continuation War in June 1941. Easily the air force's most successful fighter unit, LLv 24 claimed 877 kills, and its pilots won five direct and two indirect Mannerheim Crosses (Finland?s highest military award) out of a total of 19 presented to all Finnish soldiers. Most top aces also scored the bulk of their kills flying with this unit.

Product details

Published Nov 20 2012
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 128
ISBN 9781782007302
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 136 b/w; 16 col
Series Aviation Elite Units
Short code AEU 4
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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John Weal

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