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A Brewster Buffalo bibliography

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Kalevi Keskinen et al, Brewster B-239 ja Humu, Vol. 1 in the Tietoteos 'Suomen Ilmavoimien Historia series 1970, Apali Publishing 1995. Best available source about Finnish Buffaloes. Includes photo texts in English, a comprehensive English summary, and each plane's history. ISBN 951-9035-16-8 or 952-5026-02-07. [jm/my/jr]

Marja Lampi and Vladimir Prytkov, Kadonneen Brewsterin metasästys (Helsinki: ja Minerva Kustannus Oy, 2007). A Finnish account of the recovery of BW-372, now under restoration in Finland, with many black-white photographs and reproduced documents, some in English.

John Lundstrom, The First Team: Pacific Naval Air Combat from Pearl Harbor to Midway, Naval Institute Press 1984, revised 1990. Mentions Buffs in service with navy and marine squadrons, 1941-42. ISBN 0-87021-189-7. [df]

Eino Luukkanen, Fighter Over Finland: The Memoirs of a Fighter Pilot, London: Macdonald 1963. Good book about the Winter War and the Continuation War, with a first-person account of obtaining Brewster 239s from Sweden and flying them in combat against the Russian air force. Facsimile reprint in Time-Life flight series. [df]

Jim Maas, F2A Buffalo, Squadron-Signal #81, 1987. Jim literally wrote the book on the Brewster fighter. Good pictures, including color views. [df]

Munson, Fighters & Bombers of WW II, p.27, Color 3 View of Finnish B239; p.103, Short summary drawing [bc]

Walter Musciano, Warbirds of the Sea: A History of Aircraft Carriers and Carrier-based Aircraft, Schiffer 1994. Several references to the Brewster Buffalo. LC 93-87478, ISBN 0-88740-583-5) Musciano was a designer at Brewster under Dayton Brown. The book "describes in chronological order the development of aircraft carriers.... It has a lot of pictures and drawings. Drawings are 3-views, some aircraft are depicted in a side sectional drawing. Carriers are depicted with a side view and a deck plan. Walt has done all the drawings. Photoreproduction is excellent. The author has devoted a lot of space to combat descriptions." [js/jj]

Michael O'Leary, "United States Navy Fighters of World War II In Action" (Blandford Press 1980 and 1984. ISBN 0 7137 0956 1 and 0 7137 1473 5). The chapter on the Buffalo covers 11 pages and is entitled "Buffalo - The Unmitigated Disaster" so I don't think I need expand on the author's viewpoint! Some interesting photographs including one of a formation of Bermudas breaking to port. Also a rather inaccurate cutaway and there are some major factual errors and a significant glossing over of details (ie 243 Sqn RAF "had virtually all its aircraft destroyed on the ground, as they sat parked in neat rows, in late January when the Japanese bombed Kallang. However, it's not all bad there is a useful section on the allocation of F2A-2s to VF-2 and the "war diary" of that unit. [mh]

Waldemar Pajdosz, F2A Buffalo, Monografie Lotnicze #10, Agencja A.J. Press 1993. Polish. Good 1/72nd scale drawings of variants, color artwork and reproduction of factory F2A-2 inboard profile drawings. ISSN 0867-7867. [jm]

Gordon Prange, Miracle at Midway, McGraw-Hill 1982. Marine Buffaloes at Midway. See J. Bryan below. [df]

Jukka Raunio, Lentajan Nakokulma II (Pilot's Viewpoint Vol. II), Forssan Kirjapaino Oy 1993. Finnish; English summary by Pentti Manninen; be sure to ask for it. Coverage of the tchnical/flight aspects of the major imported fighters of the Finish Air Force 1935-45, including the Model 239; scale drawings by Manninen. (Very good about technical side of the Finnish WW II fighters. ISBN 951-96866-0-6. [jm/jr]

Christopher Shores & others, Finnish Air Force, Arco (Arco-Aircam #14) 1969. Many pictures, including color views. [df]

-----Air War for Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete, 1940-41 , Grub Sreet 1987. Scattered mention of 805 Squadron Buffs at Crete; photos. [df]

-----, Bloody Shambles 2 vols, Grub Street* 1992, 1993. Good accounts of RAF and Dutch Buffalo squadrons in Southeast Asia, with many excerpts from combat reports. Photos. ISBN 0-948817-50-X, 0-948817-67-4.

-----, Aces High, Grub Street* 1994. Brief sketches of British Commonwealth fighter squadrons and aces. Fighters are not indexed so you must know what you're looking for. ISBN 1-898697-00-0. [df]

Stenman, Kari. Lentolaivue 24. Osprey Elite Aviation Units series, 2001. Story of the fighter squadron that flew the Brewster against the Red Air Force [df]

Swanborough & Bowers, United States Navy Aircraft Since 1911, pp.b71-72, photo, short summary and 3-view drawing [bc]

Thetford, Aircraft of the Royal Air Force Since 1918, pp.108-109, photo, short summary and 3-view drawing [bc]

J Helsdon Thomas, Wings Over Burma, Merlin Books 1994. Squadron life by a fitter for RAF 67 Sq in Burma. [jmac]

Mikko Uola, Lentajan albumi series (?). [jr]

U. S. Navy Carrier Fighters of WW II, Aerodata / Squadron Signal Publications #6204; pp.1-20, Comprehensive article, photos, color profiles, 5-view drawings with cross sections and details [bc]

Robert Winston, Aces High, Holiday House 1941. Gee-whiz story by ex-navy pilot who went to Sweden and France as a check pilot for Brewster 239s and 339. Translated into Finnish as Lento Suomeen, published by Tietoteos. [df,jj]

*Grub Street books are distributed in the U.S. by Seven Hills and in Canada by Fortress Publications.

Magazine articles

Aeroplane magazine. "Buffalo Back From Extinction" (photos of BW-372 recovery), March 1999 [pm]

William B. Allmon, "Midway Island's Undaunted Defenders," in World War II, Vol 11 No 1, May 1996. A fair amount devoted to the Buffalo, and a nice photo of what looks to be an echelon-right formation peeling off into a dive. [js]

Aviation News, vol 8 no 2, 22 June 1979. 1/72nd scale plans.[ol]

*Avions #4-5, June-July 1993 has a two-part article on Dutch East Indies Army AF organization and markings, 1941-42. #4 also has an article on building and detailing the Matchbox 1/72 Buff.

Felix Basheimer, "Doomed by Destiny: Brewster Buffalo F2A," in Sea Classics, vol. 47, no. 8, August 2014; no. 9, September 2014.

Tech Sgt William Bennett, "Brewster B-239 Taivaan Helmi (Sky Pearl) in Finnish Air Force Service," with drawings by K. Rosenlof. Fine detail drawings from a modeler's newsleter, IPMS-USA Quarterly, Vol.7 No.4, Winter 1972. [bc, kr]

"Brewster's Benighted Buffalo," in Air Enthusiast Quarterly #1, 1974, pp. 66-83. Generally good coverage but with some aspects which later research has impeached. Cutaway drawing is inaccurate. [jm]

Sir Robert Brooke-Popham, "Operations in the Far East," in Supplement to the London Gazette, 20 Jan 1948. Includes formation and disposition of Buffalo squadrons in Malaya and Burma, 1941, with Pop-off's view of the fighter. [df]

William Brooks, 2nd Lt USMC, "After Action Report, 4 June 1942," in The Yellow Sheet, Spring 1946. A Buffalo pilot's combat report from Midway, which moved the editor to note that it "appears to give more credit to the Buffalo than most others." [kg/df]

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