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by Harold A. Skaarup   
Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Finland

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Finland

The aim of this website is to locate, identify and document Warplanes from the Second World War preserved in Finland.  Many contributors have assisted in the hunt for these aircraft to provide and update the data on this website.  Photos are as credited.  Any errors found here are by the author, and any additions, corrections or amendments to this list of Warplane Survivors of the Second World War in Finland would be most welcome and may be e-mailed to the author at

Data current to 22 Sep 2018.

Finnish Airforce Museum (Suomen Ilmavoimamuseo)

This museum is located near Jyväskylä Airport in Tikkakoski, Jyväskylä, Finland.  The museum exhibits the aviation history of Finland, from the early 1900s until today.  The museum is owned by the Foundation of Aviation Museum of Central Finland (Keski-Suomen Ilmailumuseosäätiö).

 (USAAF, Library of Congress Photo)

Bell P-39L-1-BE Airacobra, USAAF (SerialNo. 42-4673?) at Nome, Alaska, in 1943-44.  The red Soviet stars under the wings identify this as a lend-lease aircraft ferried to the USSR via Alaska.

 (Bergfalke2 Photo)

Bell P-39Q Airacobra (Serial No.). "White 26".  This aircraft was originally a Soviet lend-lease fighter, shot down and captured by Finnish troops during the Second World War.  It was one of 3,291 delivered to the Soviet Union during the war.  The Finns captured three in fairly intact condition.  It has been restored in the original wartime camouflage and markings, using the wings of the 44-3255 that landed in Inkeroinen on June 17th 1944, the fuselage of the 44-2664 found in Aunus and the fin and the rudder from aircraft on the Norwegian fells.


 (Beercat Photos)

 (Ruuhinen Photo)

Brewster Buffalo B-239 (Serial No. BW-372).

 (Ruuhinen Photo)

 (Jukka Kolppanen Photos)

Bristol Blenheim Mk. IV (Serial No. BL-200).

 (MKFI Photo)

Douglas C-47 Skytrain (Serial No. DO-4), former civil Reg. No. OH-LCF.

 (Ruuhinen Photos)

Focke-Wulf Fw 44J Stieglitz (Wk. Nr.).

 (Glavkom NN Photo, Dec 1939)

 (Sot.virk. P.Jänis - SA-kuva  Photo)

 (Kapteeni E.J.Paavilainen - SA-kuva Photo, 1 Nov 1944)

 (Ruuhinen Photos)

 (MKFI Photos)

 (Jukka Kolppanen Photo)

Fokker D.XXI (Serial No. FFR-110).

 (MKFI Photos)

Hawker Hurricane (Serial No. HC-452)

 (Ruuhinen Photos)

 (MKFI Photos)

Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6Y (Wk. Nr. 167271), MT-507.

 (MKFI Photos)

VL Humu (Serial No. HM-671).  The Humu is a Finnish fighter designed by Valtion lentokonetehdas, based on the American Brewster F2A Bufflo.  The Humu was largely constructed out of wood, due to scarcity of metals, but the frame was made from steel and its design followed closely that of the Brewster.  Because of the small numbers of Brewsters in service (44) in the Finnish Air Force, the Finns wanted to see if they could design a fighter based on the Brewster design.  The aircraft designers Torsti Verkkola, Arvo Ylinen and Martti Vainio were called upon to lead the project. The Finnish Air Force ordered 90 Humus; however, production was stopped in 1944, when only one aircraft had been produced (Serial No. HM-671.  The first flight took place on 8 August 1944, HM-671 flying for a total of 19 hours and 50 minutes.  The aircraft was 250 kg (551 lb) heavier than calculated, its engine was underpowered, and the aircraft was simply not of the standard expected from a fighter aircraft of 1944.  It was noted, however, that the change from wing guns to fuselage mounted machine guns was worthwhile.  The sole survivor has been preserved in the Finnish Airforce Museum.

 (Valtion Lentokonetehtaan kokoelma / Suomen Ilmailumuseon kuva-arkisto Photo, 1 Sep 1945)

 (MKFI Photos)

 (Reino Myllymäki Photo)

VL Pyörremyrsky (Hawker Hurricane).  This aircraft was a Finnish fighter, designed by DI Torsti Verkkola at the State Aircraft Factory for service with the Finnish Air Force during the Second World War.  The war ended before the type's first flight and only a prototype was built.

 (Pile Photo)

VL Pyry (Blizzard).  This aircraft is a Finnish low-winged, two-seated fighter trainer aircraft, built by the State Aircraft Factory for the Finnish Air Force.  The Pyry was in use from 1939 to 1962.  The aircraft was a mixed construction of wood, steel, fabric, and duraluminium.