All about the Brewster F2A Buffalo fighter of World War II, which fared so poorly against the Japanese in the Pacific but was a star in the hands of Finnish pilots flying against the Russian air force in the 'Continuation War', 1941-1944

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Percy Bartlet and his Brewster Buffalo
Here's a two-fer, for fans of the Brewster Buffalo and the Flying Tigers, showing Percy Bartelt as a Navy aviator before he joined the American Volunteer Group in 1941. He's posing with a F2A-1 of Fighting Three aboard USS Saratoga, in the winter of 1939-1940 or the following spring. The carrier got nine F2A-1s, and VF-3 became the first Navy fighter squadron equipped with an operational monoplane fighter. It never got the full complement, however, because when the Soviet Union invaded Finland in November 1939--Russia has always had a penchant for invading its neighbors--the United States agreed to sell the Brewsters to Finland. (Some of them even had VF-3's Felix the Cat symbol painted on them at the Brewster factory.) Anyhow, the Grumman company had modified its biplane F4F to compete with Brewster, and the resulting F4F-3 Wildcat was easily the better plane. By the time Saratoga went into combat, the Brewsters had been sloughed off to the Marine Corps, and VF-3 was equipped with Wildcats. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

Sorry Saga of the Brewster Buffalo

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In Finnish service

Photos of Brewsters in Finnish Air Force service
First combat in a Brewster fighter (Heimo Lampi)
Finland's home-built "Humu" copy of the Buffalo
Robert Winston and the Finnish Brewsters (Jarmo Lindberg)
Air-to-air victories attributed to Finnish Brewster pilots
Finnish aces (Brewsterwise & otherwise)
Finland copied Browning mgs for its fighters
The Brewster 239 in Finnish service (Jukka Raustia)
Notes from Double Fighter Knight
Lentolaivue 24: the Brewster vs. the Red Air Force
BW-372, back home in Finland!

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In British Commonwealth service

Charmed Life: an encounter over Kuala Lumpur
Differences between the F2A-2 and the British B-339s
A British Buffalo undergoing flight test in Pennsylvania
Pilot's Notes: The Buffalo I Aeroplane (downloadable manual)
British pilots critique the Buffalo | What Eric Brown thought
805 Squadron in the defense of Crete
The Buffalo pilots of Southeast Asia
'The performance of some aircraft was pathetic'
The 'secret report': how the Buffaloes fared in Malaya
The war in Malaya: Sergeant Buntain's diary
Sam Case's scrapbook: Singapore | Rangoon I | Rangoon II
Geoff Fisken: New Zealand Buffalo ace
Colin Pinckney: British Buffalo ace
Vic Bargh flies a Buffalo over Rangoon
"What Odds They Faced in Burma's Sky!" (wartime feature)
Notable Commonwealth Buffalo pilots (Santiago Flores)
Bingham-Wallis defends the Buffalo
Buffaloes Over Singapore (Brian Cull et al)

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In U.S. service

'Head on at Midway' - the U.S. Marines go to war
Meet Holly Hills, Buffalo pilot (among other types)
'A real dinger' - Gordon Firebaugh remembers
Pappy Boyington and the Buffalo
Problems with the F2A-3 self-sealing fuel tanks
Records of the F2A-1 in U.S. Navy service
The F2A-2 Buffalos--Bureau numbers & deposition

100 Hawks for China

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In Dutch (and Japanese) service

A history of the Brewsters in Dutch service (Gerard Casius)
A Dutch Buffalo joins the U.S. Army
Notable Dutch Buffalo pilots (Santiago Flores)
Dutch prisoners of war: the Japanese Buffs

Brewster ghosts

The Buffalo relic at Midway Atoll
BW-372, back home in Finland!
Some Buffalo bits in Holland
Looking for Harry Griffiths's Buffalo
Is this the wreckage of A51-006?
Brewster Buccaneer under restoration

Brewster Aeronautical and other resources

"The Sorry Saga of the Brewster Buffalo" (Daniel Ford)
A Brewster bibliography
Buffaloes among the Kangaroos (Ralph Brading)
Production record of the Brewster fighters (Jim Maas)
No. 1 - 508: what happened to the planes (Jos Heyman)
'Naval Air Supremacy & the Buffalo' (Malcolm LeCompte)
About that Wright Cyclone engine
'End nears for a plant that made flying junk'
Stock certificate from Brewster Aeronautical Corporation
Brewster worker's badge from Johnsville, Pa.
The Brewster name lives again! (William Dougherty)

For modelers

Modeler's drawings of the XF2A-1
Build a wartime recognition model (KAPA Kollector)

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