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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ANNALS OF THE BREWSTER BUFFALO

Captured Buffalo

This photo turned up on eBay and seems to be a German soldier's snapshot of a buddy climbing aboard a Fleet Air Arm Buffalo abandoned on Crete when it was captured by airborne troops in May 1941, history's first successful use of parachute infantry.

BW-372 cockpit

Way cool! Go to Jamiflyin dot com and click on the image of the Brewster Buffalo, third photo down. Let the software load, and you will soon be sitting in the cockpit of BW-372, rescued from a Russian lake in the 1990s and now on display at a museum in central Finland. The instruments are in remarkably good condition, considering the many and dubious hands the plane passed through, in Russia, Ireland, and the United States. For a diagram of a Buffalo cockpit, see the message board on Yuku. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

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In Dutch (and Japanese) service

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