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 another neat photo, 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.

Sea Classics Sea Classics is a new magazine from the Challenge suite of war titles. Its August issue begins a major two-part article (hyped a bit, I'm afraid) about the roly-poly Brewster Buffalo in peace and war. "To many it seemed the company might as well have been owned by Heinrich Himmler or Heidiki Tojo, for one could maintain that the Brewster Aeronautical Corporation did more for the Axis powers with its gross mismanagement, unreliable products, failed delivery schedules, labor riots, strikes, and shocking sex acts on the factory floor than many less overt enemy actions." Well, my goodness! Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

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