FINNISH AIR FORCE LOSSES

WINTER WAR 1939 - 1940

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Abbreviations Used in the Table

Crew member
O = observer
P = pilot
T = test pilot
G = MG gunner / radio operator
I = pilot instructor
M = mechanic

Rank
OT = Reserve Officer Trainee
Airm. = Airman (Private)
(R) = reservist

Units and assignments
VL = State Aircraft Factory
IPE = Air Defence Staff
LLv. = Flying Squadron
T-LentoR = Supplement Flying Regiment
F 19 = volunteer Swedish Flying Regiment 19

Fate
+ = 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

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FAF Aircraft and Personnel Losses during the Winter War 30.11.1939 - 13.3.1940
(Combat losses in bright blue - accidents and other non-combat losses in dark blue)
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Date
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Aircraft Pilots Unit Notes
1.12.1939 FK-93 O 2Lt. I. Ritavuori (IIA)
P Sgt U. Nissilä (KIA)
LLv.14 Shot down near Ahijärvi village in Kivennapa
(Karelian Isthmus).
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
bad weather.
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 Ägläjärvi
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 landed.
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 at
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 at
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 Salla.
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
succesful.
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 with
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. Forced
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 weather
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
(LLv.26)
Shot down by fighters at Loihijärvi North from
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 aerial
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 England
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 bad
weather during transit flight from Tampere (VL) to
Luonetjärvi.
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 Ruokolahti
in fog during transit flight from Ruokolahti to
Lappeenranta.
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).
7.2.1940 BU-61 ? (-) Os.
Heinilä
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 after
damaging in aerial combat.
11.2.1940 BL-115 No injuries. LLv.44 Damaged in failed landing. Plane was repaired
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 enemy
fighters at Värtsilä.
14.2.1940 BL-123 + ? LLv.46 Crashed and destroyed when engine stopped
in take-off.
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 fighters
near Viborg.
20.2.1940 GL-280 Lt. P. Berg (WIA) LLv.26 Shot down by MG fire from SB-2 bombers at Utti.
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 was
succesful.
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
in take-off.
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
(KoeL)
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 landed
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 stopped.
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 Leader
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 Parola.
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 Torajärvi
West from Korpilahti (Karelian Isthmus).
11.3.1940 S-5 / ? T Lt.(Eng.) Å. Hildinger (+) F 19 Plane crashed during a test flight and destroyed
at Kemi.
11.3.1940 FA-22 S.Sgt D. Manzocchi (WIA, +) LLv.26 Italian volunteer pilot forced landed on the frozen
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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