In short, it's very likely that the plate comes from one of the Finnish Brewsters, and it's unlikely that such a find would turn up at this late date in Finland itself. So the idea that it comes from BW-364 in Russia must be taken seriously. And I can understand why the scavengers would rather keep their names off the internet!
BW-364 was flown by, among others, Ilmari Juutilainen, who with 94 victory credits is history's top-scoring fighter ace outside of Germany. (Juutilainen bore a striking resemblance to the film star Gary Cooper; 28 of his victories were earned while piloting BW-364.) "The remains of this Brewster are in the forests somewhere in Russia," Heikki's email continues. "Two civilian Finns went there, located it, and smuggled the data plate back to Finland." Thank you, Heikki; thank you, Jim! Blue skies! -- Dan Ford
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