|FINNISH AIR FORCE LOSSES|
WINTER WAR 1939 - 1940
Abbreviations Used in the Table
O = observer
P = pilot
T = test pilot
G = MG gunner / radio operator
I = pilot instructor
M = mechanic
+ = killed (in incident)
- = injured (in incident)
m = missed (in incident)
IIA = injured in action
WIA = wounded in action
MIA = missed in action
KIA = killed in action
POW = prisoner of war
Aircraft and Personnel Losses during the Winter War 30.11.1939 -
(Combat losses in bright blue - accidents and other non-combat losses in dark blue)
|1.12.1939||FK-93||O 2Lt. I. Ritavuori (IIA)
P Sgt U. Nissilä (KIA)
|LLv.14||Shot down near Ahijärvi village in
|1.12.1939||BU-64||No injuries.||LLv.26||Shot down at lake Muolaanjärvi. Pilot bailed out.|
|1.12.1939||FR-77||Sgt M. Kukkonen (KIA)||LLv.24||Friendly anti-aircraft fire shot down near Viborg.|
|1.12.1939||BL-110||O 2Lt.(R) R. Uusitalo (+)
P M.Sgt B. Mellin (+)
G S.Sgt N. Tikkanen (+)
|LLv.46||Crashed at Rautalampi after missing in
|2.12.1939||FK-102||P Lt. T. Sario (+)
O 2Lt.(R) A. Joro (+)
|LLv.14||Missed in very bad weather. Dropped
"signals case" jammed the rudder and crew
bailed out but at too low level. Plane crashed
near Koitsanlahti (Simpele).
|4.12.1939||FK-101||P 2Lt. V. Liukkonen (+)
G Cpl(R) J. Paldanius (+)
|LLv.12||Crashed near Heinjoki in very bad weather.|
|6.12.1939||RI-143||O Lt. E. Laakso (POW)
P WO V. Törhönen (POW)
|LLv.16||Shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire at
North-East from lake Ladoga.
|11.12.1939||GA-49||Cpl(R) V. Snellman (+)||LLv.29||Crashed during a training flight at Parola.|
|12.12.1939||FR-111||? (-)||LLv.24||Damaged during aerial combat after which
forced landed to a forest near lake Lyykylänjärvi.
|14.12.1939||BL-111||No injuries.||LLv.44||Hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire and forced
Plane was repaired later.
|14.12.1939||BL-105||No injuries.||LLv.44||Hit in aerial combat and was damaged
in failed landing. Plane was repaired later.
|19.12.1939||RI-141||O 2Lt.(R) O. Hallakorpi (MIA)
P Sgt K. Norvola (MIA)
|LLv.16||Missed during combat mission. Crashed plane
was found in 1943 near Moisionvaara village at
Suojärvi North from lake Ladoga.
|19.12.1939||FK-95||P 2Lt.(R) K. Rintala (KIA)
G Cpl(R) S. Mäkelä (KIA)
|LLv.12||Shot down by fighters near Kaijala village
Johannes (Karelian Isthmus).
|23.12.1939||FK-96||P Lt. I. Salo (KIA)
G Sgt E. Saloranta (KIA)
|LLv.12||Shot down by fighters near Taamala village
Uusikirkko (Karelian Isthmus).
|23.12.1939||FK-?||P Lt. H. Kalaja (WIA)
O 2Lt. N. Lintunen (KIA)
|LLv.10||Attacked by fighters near Perkjärvi (Karelian
Isthmus). Seriously wounded pilot managed to
fly the damaged plane back to the base.
|23.12.1939||RI-155||O 2Lt. E. Huhanantti (KIA)
P Sgt K. Söderholm (KIA)
|LLv.36||Shot down by fighters near Pakri island
(coast of Estonia). Pilot Lt. Huhanantti bailed
out but was shot to death by Soviet fighters.
|24.12.1939||JU-126||O Lt. E. Alanen (KIA)
P M.Sgt. K. Hyytiäinen
G Cpl P. Kaurto (KIA)
M Airm. M. Majuri (KIA)
|LLv.16||Shot down by fighter at Kuolajärvi near
Pilot bailed out and was found next day
by finnish patrol.
|6.1.1940||BL-112||No injuries.||LLv.46||Shot down by fighters. Forced landing was
|6.1.1940||BL-114||No injuries.||LLv.46||Crashed and damaged when engine stopped
in take-off. Plane was repaired later.
|12.1.1940||B4A / Y||P Lt. P. Sterner (POW)
O Lt. A. Zachau (KIA)
|F 19||Damaged by anti-aircraft fire and collided
another Hawker Hart. Plane destroyed in
forced landing on enemy side near Märkäjärvi.
|12.1.1940||B4A / X||P 2Lt. A. Jung (POW)
G S.Sgt. B. Sundsten
|F 19||Collided with another Hawker Hart. Plane
crashed on enemy side near Märkäjärvi.
Pilots bailed out.
|12.1.1940||B4A / Z||No injuries.||F 19||Damaged by fighters near Märkäjärvi.
landed on Soviet side, but both the pilot and
gunner could come back to Finnish side.
|15.1.1940||FK-87||P Lt. L. Mustonen (MIA)
O 2Lt. R. Turtiainen (MIA)
|LLv.10||Missed North from lake Ladoga at Pitkäranta
area. Plane was never found.
|15.1.1940||BL-108||No injuries.||LLv.46||Damaged in aerial combat and in unsuccesful
landing. Plane was repaired.
-> See 28.1.1940.
|18.1.1940||BL-127||P WO R. Gottschalk (m)
G Sgt P. Kallakari (m)
|IPE||Missed over the North Sea in very bad
during transit flight from Perth (England) to
Stavanger (Norway). Plane was never found.
WO Gottschalk was a very experienced pilot who
had also civilian career as commercial pilot. He
was the oldest Finnish pilot killed during the
Winter War (40 years old).
|19.1.1940||BL-121||O 2Lt. T. Ranta (KIA)
P M.Sgt J. Toivonen (KIA)
G Sgt V. Toivio (KIA)
|LLv.44||Shot down by fighters at Uuksunsalonpää in
Salmi North-East from lake Ladoga.
|20.1.1940||FR-107||S.Sgt P. Tilli (KIA)||LLv.24
|Shot down by fighters at Loihijärvi North
lake Ladoga. Crashed plane was found in 1943.
|23.1.1940||S-52 / B||2Lt. J. Sjöqvist (KIA)||F 19||Swedish volunter pilot was shot down in
combat west from Märkäjärvi [New Salla].
|26.1.1940||FK-81||O Lt. R. Vaittinen (MIA)
P WO T. Heilä (MIA)
|LLv.10||Missed during combat mission North from
lake Ladoga. Plane was never found.
|26.1.1940||BL-125||No injuries.||IPE||Forced landed during transit flight from
to Finland at Västerås, Sweden when engine
stopped in take-off. Plane was repaired later and
flown to Finland.
|28.1.1940||BL-108||O 2Lt. H. Rahunen (+)
M Airm. A. Valtonen (+)
M Airm. A. Matikainen (+)
|LLv.46||Crashed near Siikakangas airfield in very
weather during transit flight from Tampere (VL) to
|29.1.1940||FK-111||O 2Lt. R. Nenonen (KIA)
P 2Lt. S. Roschier (KIA)
|LLv.10||Shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire on
South-Western coast of lake Ladoga at
Metsäpirtti (Karelian Isthmus).
|30.1.1940||FR-78||Lt. J. Vuorela (+)||LLv.24||Crashed to trees at Kietävälä village in
in fog during transit flight from Ruokolahti to
|1.2.1940||FR-115||2Lt.(R) T. Harmaja (KIA)||LLv.24||Dived away from aerial combat but due to
combat damages, injuries or overspeed plane
crashed the frozen sea near Viborg.
|2.2.1940||FR-81||Lt. F. Rasmussen (KIA)||LLv.24||Danish volunteer pilot was shot down near
Urkonsaari (lake Saimaa).
|Damaged in forced landing on ice deck
of lake Lehijärvi.
|7.2.1940||FA-8||Sgt A. Wallenius (-)||IPE||Destroyed in accident at Sweden.|
|8.2.1940||FA-7||2Lt.(R) V. Békássy (m)||IPE||Hungarian volunteer pilot was missed in very
bad weather during the transit flight from Sweden.
|10.2.1940||FR-102||? (WIA)||LLv.24||Destroyed in forced landing at Ruokolahti
damaging in aerial combat.
|11.2.1940||BL-115||No injuries.||LLv.44||Damaged in failed landing. Plane was
and was in flying order since 2.3.1940.
|12.2.1940||GL-251||2Lt.(R) P. Siirilä (+)||LLv.26||Crashed during ground firing training
at Kuluntalahti East from Kajaani.
|13.2.1940||GL-257||Lt. J. Ullrich (WIA)||LLv.26||Plane flown by Danish volunteer pilot was
damaged in aerial combat and forced landed
to a forest at Havuvaara.
|13.2.1940||GL-260||Lt. K. Kalmberg (KIA)||LLv.26||Danish volunteer pilot was shot down by
fighters at Värtsilä.
|14.2.1940||BL-123||+ ?||LLv.46||Crashed and destroyed when engine stopped
|14.2.1940||BL-107||No injuries.||LLv.44||Damaged in failed landing. Plane was repaired later.|
|14.2.1940||BL-122||No injuries.||LLv.46||Damaged when carburetor froze during landing.
Plane was repaired and was in flying order since
25.2.1940. -> 7.3.1940.
|18.2.1940||BL-113||O 2Lt.(R) E. Laamanen (KIA)
G S.Sgt T. Koivuneva (KIA)
P Sgt K. Westermark
|LLv.44||Shot down by fighter over lake Ladoga.
Pilot bailed out.
|19.2.1940||FR-80||Lt. E. Frijs (KIA)||LLv.24||Danish volunteer pilot was shot down by
|20.2.1940||GL-280||Lt. P. Berg (WIA)||LLv.26||Shot down by MG fire from SB-2 bombers at
Pilot bailed out but was injuried by burns.
|20.2.1940||S-55 / E||-||F 19||Plane burned down during snow storm.|
|25.2.1940||BL-117||No injuries.||LLv.44||Damaged in failed landing. Plane was repaired later.|
|25.2.1940||GL-254||Lt.(R) P. Tevä (KIA)||LLv.26||Shot down North from lake Muolaanjärvi
(Karelian Isthmus). Lt. Tevä was probably
killed in MG fire from R-5 planes.
|25.2.1940||GL-258||? (WIA)||LLv.26||Damaged in aerial combat and forced landed
to a forest at Ristseppälä (Karelian Isthmus).
|25.2.1940||GL-251||No injuries.||LLv.26||Forced landed on Soviet side after engine
failure. Pilot came walking back to Finnish side.
|26.2.1940||FR-85||-||LLv.24||Shot to fire by Soviet fighters. Plane burned.|
|26.2.1940||BL-119||No injuries.||LLv.44||Shot down by Soviet fighter. Forced landing
|27.2.1940||FA-12||Lt.(R) E. Malmivuo (KIA)||LLv.26||Shot down by fighters near Utti airbase.|
|29.2.1940||GL-269||Cpl(R) P. Kosola (KIA)||LLv.26||Shot to fire at Ruokolahti during take off
by Soviet fighters. Pilot bailed out at low level
but parachute didn't open on time.
|29.2.1940||GL-268||M.Sgt V. Lilja (WIA)||LLv.26||Shot to fire at Ruokolahti during take off
by Soviet fighters. Pilot bailed out but was
injured by serious burns.
|29.2.1940||GL-263||M.Sgt J. Tolkki (IIA)||LLv.26||Shot to fire at Ruokolahti during take off
by Soviet fighters. Plane crashed but pilot
survived with only minor injuries.
|29.2.1940||GL-262||Lt. E. Halme (KIA)||LLv.14||Shot down at Ruokolahti in aerial combat by
Soviet fighters. Lt. Halme was killed by a MG
fire to his head.
|29.2.1940||GL-259||Lt. C. Kristensen (KIA)||LLv.26||Danish volunteer pilot was shot down at
Ruokolahti by Soviet fighters.
|29.2.1940||GL-261||Lt. P. Christensen (KIA)||LLv.26||Shot to fire at Ruokolahti during take off
by Soviet fighters. Danish volunteer pilot
bailed out but was injured by burns.
|29.2.1940||FR-94||Lt. T. Huhanantti (KIA)||LLv.24||Rammed Soviet fighter after wounding
during aerial combat over Ruokolahti.
|29.2.1940||BL-126||+ ?||LLv.46||Crashed and destroyed when engine stopped
|29.2.1940||BL-104||No injuries.||LLv.44||Damaged in landing. Plane was repaired later.|
|2.3.1940||BUj-214||Cpl(R) J. Liikola (+)||T-LentoR 2||Crashed during a training flight at Parola.|
|2.3.1940||FR-84||WO U. Heiskala (KIA)||VL
|MG counter fire from enemy bombers hit to
pilot after which plane crashed. WO Heiskala
was one of the most experienced pilots of FAF.
|5.3.1940||FR-76||? (WIA)||LLv.24||After damaging in aerial combat forced
on no-mans-land at Säkkijärvi. Pilot was
wounded. Finnish troops destroyed the plane.
|7.3.1940||BL-144||O OT K. Nykänen (POW)
P Sgt T. Hyytiäinen (KIA)
G Sgt E. Turunen (KIA)
|LLv.42||Shot down by enemy fighters near Koivisto
(Bay of Viborg). Observer bailed out.
|7.3.1940||BL-122||P Lt. N. Hakala
O Lt.(R) P. Salokoski (KIA)
G Sgt A. Pakkala (KIA)
|LLv.46||Shot down by enemy fighters near Vilaniemi
(Bay of Viborg). Pilot bailed out.
|7.3.1940||BL-118||No injuries.||LLv.44||Damaged in take-off when both engines
Plane was repaired later.
|7.3.1940||BL-134||No injuries.||LLv.42||Damaged in landing. Plane was repaired later.|
|7.3.1940||BL-138||No injuries.||LLv.42||Damaged in failed take-off attempt when a
volunteer pilot retracted langing gears too early.
Plane was repaired later.
|8.3.1940||BL-124||No injuries.||LLv.46||Damaged in landing when a volunteer pilot
mistakenly retracted langing gears up.
Plane was repaired later.
|9.3.1940||MS-322||? (IIA)||LLv.28||Forced landed at Vilalahti (Bay of Viborg)
after hitting by Soviet anti-aircraft fire.
Plane was destroyed.
|10.3.1940||BL-133||P Capt. J. Piponius (KIA)
O Lt.(R) A. Sopenlehto (KIA)
G Sgt E. Tani (KIA)
|LLv.46||Shot down by fighters at Ylämaa. Flight
Capt. Piponius bailed out but was shot to death
by Soviet fighters.
|10.3.1940||GA-58||2Lt. P. Linnala (+)||T-LentoR 2||Plane was destroyed during training at
Plane probably stalled at low speed because of
tight formation with another plane.
|10.3.1940||GL-279||Lt. T. Ollikainen (KIA)||LLv.14||Crashed to trees during aerial combat at
West from Korpilahti (Karelian Isthmus).
|11.3.1940||S-5 / ?||T Lt.(Eng.) Å. Hildinger (+)||F 19||Plane crashed during a test flight and
|11.3.1940||FA-22||S.Sgt D. Manzocchi (WIA, +)||LLv.26||Italian volunteer pilot forced landed on the
lake Ikola after wounding in aerial combat. During
landing plane turned upside down due to flush.
Plane was repaired later.
|11.3.1940||BL-140||P Lt.(R). E. Ahmo
O OC E. Vuorenko (KIA)
G Cpl (R) Y. Hammaren
|LLv.42||Attacked by fighters North-East from Viborg.
Plane was slightly damaged and could return
back to the base.
|13.3.1940||BL-132||?||LLv.46||Damaged in failed landing. Plane was repaired later.|
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