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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Brewster Buffalo at Rangoon
Here's a snapshot that first appeared in Charlie Bond's memoir, A Flying Tiger's Diary. It's been identified on the message board as W8233 of RAF 67 Squadron, made up mostly of New Zealand sergeant-pilots. Note that the after part of the greenhouse seems to have been painted white, probably to keep the temperature from going as high as it otherwise would have. W8233 was one of very few Buffs to survive service in Burma; it was flown out to Indian, where it was destroyed in a landing accident in 1942 or 1943.

Humu cleaned up for museum display
And here's another, from the same source, showing the Finnish Air Force home-built "Humu" fighter, all cleaned up for museum display some years after the War. The Humu was a Brewster clone, with wooden wings and a captured Russian copy of the Wright Cyclone engine. The first actually had a Brewster 239 body; it was destroyed in a flying accident. The second Humu was built entirely from scratch; its engine was slightly forward of the original, and the wings had no machineguns or fuel tanks. The third Humu survived the war in good condition, just as you see it here. 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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