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

Flying Tigers
revised and updated

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ANNALS OF THE BREWSTER BUFFALO

USS Long Island with Buffalo on deck
If you have $995 burning a hole in your pocket, here's the perfect desk ornament for you! The Long Island was the US Navy's first escort carrier of the Second World War. She started out in life as the cargo liner Mormacmail, laid down in 1939, launched in 1940, then acquired by the Navy and commissioned in 1941 under her new name. She took about Scouting Squadron VS-201 with eight Brewster F2A-2 fighters, not to fight but to test the concept of using a small auxiliary to safeguard a convoy. (She was too slow to keep up with the fleet.) She had a brief moment of glory delivering aircraft to Guadalcanal in 1942, though by that time the Buffaloes had been retired. Thereafter Long Island performed unglamorous duties, training carrier pilots, delivering planes, and returning servicemen to the US when the war ended. Postwar, she returned to civilian life, ending up in Europe as a hostel for student and migrants. To order the carrier, complete with a Brewster on deck, or to view other carriers of the time, see the SD Model Makers website. Blue skies! — Dan Ford

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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!

Cowboy: interpreter, warlord, one more casualty

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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

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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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