Flying Squadron 26 Aces

An Ace is worldwide known definition for a fighter pilot who has 5 of more air victories. After the Wars there was a total of 94 Aces in the Finnish Air Force. In the Fighter Flying Squadron 26 (HLeLv 26/LLv26) served many pilots who get air victories during the Wars. Ten of them became an Ace during their service in the Fighter Flying Squadron 26 and six during their later service in the other fighter squadrons. Below is a summary of the Squadrons Own Aces - pilots who get their honourable 'Ace' -nomination in the LLv26 squadron.

One remarkable fact is that in the Finnish Air Forces every air victory was confirmed by other pilot and/or by ground forces. In some cases the ground forces confirmed the victory by finding and checking out the aircraft wreckage. At the sea areas that was quite impossible if navy or coastal units or a wingman couldn´t see the incident. Many true air victories made by lone or separated pilots was informed only as "a propably airkills" and not counted for ones killboard.

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Ace nbr Rank Name Missions Victories in LLv26 Total victories Ratio
5 SgtMaj Tuominen, Oiva ca 400 31 44 0.110
6 Capt Puhakka, Olli 401 17 42 0.105
36 SgtMaj Aaltonen, Lasse ca 300 5 2/3 12 2/3 0.042
38 SgtMaj Paronen, Onni 316 7 1/2 12 1/2 0.040
43 Capt Nieminen, Urho 112 9 11 0.098
53 Capt Berg, Paavo ca 100 5 9 1/2 0.095
61 SgtMaj Porvari, Valio 251 7 1/2 7 1/2 0.030
63 Lt Trontti, Nils ca 150 7 7 0.047
78 SgtMaj Lautamäki, Lauri ca 250 5 1/2 5 1/2 0.022
84 SSgt Tilli, Pentti ca 60 5 1/6 5 1/6 0.086

 


SgtMaj Tuominen, Oiva Emil Kalervo

Units:
1.1.1938 LeLv 26
8.2.1943 LeLv 34
6.3.1944 HLeLv 30
6.7.1944 HLeLv 34
6.8.1944 HLeLv 30
9.2.1943 LeLv 34
retired 6.1.1945

Date Aircraft Scored Type
25.12.39 FR-117 1/2 DB-3
19.1.40 FR-86 1 SB-2
2.2.40 GL-258 2 I-16
13.2.40 GL-255 3 1/2 SB-2
13.2.40 GL-255 1 R-5
4.7.41 FA-3 4 SB-2bis
14.7.41 FA-26 2 SB-2bis
30.7.41 FA-26 2 SB-2bis
1.8.41 FA-26 1 I-16
3.8.41 FA-26 1 1/2 MBR-2
5.8.41 FA-26 1 I-15bis
3.9.41 FA-26 1 1/2 I-16
23.5.42 FA-6 1 Hurricane
5.7.42 FA-6 1 MBR-2
24.8.42 FA-32 2 I-16
26.8.42 FA-18 2 I-16
21.9.42 FA-26 1 I-15bis
21.9.42 FA-26 1 I-153
22.10.42 FA-26 1 I-16
22.10.42 FA-26 1 I-153
23.4.43 MT-212 1 Pe-2
2.5.43 MT-205 1 Boston
2.6.43 MT-212 1 Pe-2
19.7.43 MT-220 1 LaGG-3
24.7.43 MT-220 2 LaGG-3
17.8.43 MT-201 1 Il-2
22.8.43 MT-216 1 Il-2
8.7.44 MT-445 1 Pe-2
9.7.44 MT-468 1 La-5
15.7.44 MT-405 1 Jak-9
15.7.44 MT-405 1 La-5
18.7.44 MT-405 1 Jak-9
Promotions:
31.12.1939 Staff Sergeant
25.4.1940 Master Sergeant
23.7.1941 Flight Master (SgtMaj)
Decorations:
The Mannerheim´s Cross 2nd class (17.8.1942)
The Cross of Freedom 3th class
The Cross of Freedom 4th class
Victories:
44 confirmed kills in about 400 missions, Bombers: 19 Fighters: 21 1/2 Others: 3 1/2

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Capt Puhakka, Risto Olli Petter

Units:
9.10.1939 LeLv 26
7.11.1941 LeLv 30
25.2.1942 LeLv 28
28.5.1942 LeLv 24
3.6.1942 LeLv 26
9.2.1943 LeLv 34
retired 25.7.1946

Date Aircraft Scored Type
5.1.40 FR-117 1 DB-3
17.1.40 FR-117 1 SB-2
19.1.40 FR-117 1 SB-2
29.1.40 FR-76 1 DB-3
26.2.40 FA-4 1 I-16
11.3.40 FA-21 1 DB-3
13.7.41 FA-1 1 SB-2bis
13.7.41 FA-1 2 I-16
5.8.41 FA-1 1 I-15bis
13.8.41 FA-1 2 I-153
9.7.42 FA-25 1 I-15bis
12.8.42 FA-25 1 I-16
15.8.42 FA-25 1 Pe-2
17.8.42 FA-25 1 Hurricane
24.8.42 FA-25 1 I-16
19.4.43 MT-204 1 La-5
3.5.43 MT-204 1 Boston
20.5.43 MT-229 1 I-16
20.5.43 MT-229 1 Jak-1
20.8.43 MT-216 1 Il-2
20.8.43 MT-216 3 La-5
29.8.43 MT-204 1 Jak-1
27.10.43 MT-216 1 Il-2
19.11.43 MT-419 1 Jak-1
17.5.44 MT-419 3 Pe-2
14.6.44 MT-419 1 La-5
14.6.44 MT-417 1 La-5
17.6.44 MT-419 1 U-2
17.6.44 MT-419 1 Pe-2
17.6.44 MT-419 1 Il-2
18.6.44 MT-409 1 Airacobra
19.6.44 MT-415 1 Il-2
26.6.44 MT-427 1 La-5
28.6.44 MT-433 1 Airacobra
29.6.44 MT-433 1 Pe-2
3.7.44 MT-468 1 Jak-9
Promotions:
6.10.1936 2nd Lieutenant
15.2.1940 Lieutenant
29.12.1942 Captain

Decorations:
The Mannerheim´s Cross 2nd class (21.12.1944)
The Cross of Freedom 4th class
The Cross of Freedom 4th class with oak leaves
The Cross of Freedom 3rd class
The Cross of Freedom 3rd class with oak leaves
The Cross of Freedom 2nd class
Victories:
42 confirmed kills in 401 missions, Bombers: 17 Fighters: 24 Others: 1

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SgtMaj Aaltonen, Lasse Erik

Units:
1.1.1939 LeLv 26
16.4.1943 LeLv 34
retired 10.7.1956
Date Aircraft Scored Type
19.12.39 FR-114 1 SB-2
23.12.39 FR-105 1/6 SB-2
17.1.40 FR-105 1 SB-2
29.2.40 FA-4 1 DB-3
2.3.40 FA-4 1 I-153
25.6.41 FA-33 1 1/2 SB-2bis
8.5.44 MT-423 1 Jak-9
28.6.44 MT-458 2 Jak-9
29.6.44 MT-458 1 Jak-9
30.6.44 MT-458 1 Jak-9
3.7.44 MT-458 1 Jak-9
5.7.44 MT-458 1 LaGG-3
Promotions:
20.5.1939 Sergeant
23.3.1940 Staff Sergeant
1.3.1941 Master Sergeant
26.10.1944 Flight Master (SgtMaj)
Decorations:
The Medal of Freedom 2nd class
The Medal of Freedom 1st class
The Cross of Freedom 4th class
The Cross of Freedom 4th class with oak leaves
Victories:
12 2/3 confirmed kills in about 300 missions, Bombers: 4 2/3 Fighters: 8

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SgtMaj Paronen, Onni Kullervo

Units:
1.9.1939 LeLv 26
31.8.1940 LeLv 32
3.11.1940 LeLv 26
23.3.1943 LeLv 34
retired 16.7.1955
Date Aircraft Scored Type
5.1.40 FR-105 1 SB-2
5.1.40 FR-105 1 DB-3
29.2.40 FA-5 1 DB-3
25.6.41 FA-6 1 SB-2bis
3.9.41 FA-6 1/2 I-16
3.9.41 FA-6 1 I-153
12.8.42 FA-33 1 I-16
30.8.42 FA-33 1 I-16
21.5.43 MT-229 1 I-153
19.5.44 MT-414 1 Jak-9
26.6.44 MT-448 1 Jak-9
26.6.44 MT-448 1 Il-2
15.7.44 MT-448 1 Jak-9
Promotions:
6.12.1939 Sergeant
23.3.1940 Staff Sergeant
13.7.1941 Master Sergeant
26.10.1944 Flight Master (SgtMaj)
Decorations:
The Medal of Freedom 2nd class
The Medal of Freedom 1st class
The Cross of Freedom 4th class
The Cross of Freedom 3rd class
Victories:
12 1/2 confirmed kills in 316 missions, Bombers: 5 Fighters: 7 1/2

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Capt Nieminen, Urho Abraham

Units:
18.1.1940 LeLv 26
22.11.1941 Test Flight
22.10.1942 States Aircraft Factory
retired 2.12.1944
Date Aircraft Scored Type
19.12.39 FR-111 1 SB-2
23.12.39 FR-96 1 I-16
17.1.40 FR-98 2 SB-2
19.1.40 FR-78 1 SB-2
25.6.41 FA-11 3 SB-2bis
3.8.41 FA-11 1 I-153
15.8.41 BW-359 1 SB-2bis
21.8.41 BW-359 1 I-15bis
Promotions:
16.5.1938 Lieutenant
4.8.1941 Captain
Decorations:
The Cross of Freedom 4th class
The Cross of Freedom 4th class with oak leaves
The Cross of Freedom 3rd class
The Cross of Freedom 3rd class with oak leaves
Victories:
11 confirmed kills in 112 missions, Bombers: 8 Fighters: 3

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Capt Berg, Paavo David

Units:
31.3.1938 LeLv 26
27.3.1940 LeLv 32
KIA 1.11.1941
Date Aircraft Scored Type
2.2.40 GL-263 1 I-153
18.2.40 GL-269 2 SB-2
19.2.40 GL-269 1 I-153
20.2.40 GL-276 1 SB-2
17.7.41 CU-553 1 I-153
3.9.41 CU-551 1 I-153
19.9.41 CU-563 2 MiG-1
1.11.41 CU-570 1/2 I-16
Promotions:
16.5.1935 Lieutenant
30.4.1940 Captain
Decorations:
The Cross of Freedom 4th class
The Cross of Freedom 3rd class
The Cross of Freedom 3rd class with oak leaves
Victories:
9 1/2 confirmed kills in about 100 missions, Bombers: 3 Fighters: 6 1/2

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SgtMaj Porvari, Valio Valfrid

Units:
1.2.1938 LeLv 26
retired 16.5.1947
Date Aircraft Scored Type
25.12.39 BU-68 1 I-16
15.2.40 GL-264 1 DB-3
16.2.40 GL-264 1 I-16
25.6.41 FA-20 3 1/2 SB-2bis
23.8.41 BW-359 1 I-153
Promotions:
29.6.1937 Sergeant
8.1.1940 Staff Sergeant
1.3.1941 Master Sergeant
23.7.1941 Flight Master (SgtMaj)
Decorations:
The Medal of Freedom 1st class
The Cross of Freedom 4rd class
Victories:
7 1/2 confirmed kills in 251 missions, Bombers: 4 1/2 Fighters: 3

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Lt Trontti, Nils Rudolf

Units:
19.3.1942 LeLv 26
25.6.44 LeLv 34
retired 18.11.1944
Date Aircraft Scored Type
8.7.42 FA-33 1 Spitfire (Yak-9?)
12.8.42 FA-13 1 I-16
17.8.42 FA-13 1 Hurricane
26.8.42 FA-29 1 Spitfire (Yak-9?)
22.10.42 FA-15 1 DB-3
2.5.43 FA-18 1 I-153
17.6.44 BW-367 1 DB-3F
Promotions:
15.8.1941 2nd Lieutenant
19.10.1943 Lieutenant
Decorations:
The Cross of Freedom 4th class
The Cross of Freedom 4rd class with oak leaves
Victories:
7 confirmed in about 150 missions, Bombers: 2 Fighters: 5

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SgtMaj Lautamäki, Lauri Johannes

Units:
31.5.1938 LeLv 26
8.5.43 Test Flight
retired 24.8.1949
Date Aircraft Scored Type
13.2.40 GL-253 1/2 SB-2
26.2.40 GL-253 1 I-16
13.8.41 FA-26 1 I-153
15.8.41 FA-26 1 I-153
24.8.41 FA-18 1 I-16
26.8.41 FA-13 1 Spitfire (Jak9?)
Promotions:
31.3.1939 Flight Master (SgtMaj)
Decorations:
The Medal of Freedom 1st class
The Cross of Freedom 4th class
Victories:
5 1/2 confirmed in about 250 missions, Bombers: 1/2 Fighters: 5

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SSgt Tilli, Pentti Teodor

Units:
1.1.1938 LeLv 26
KIA 20.1.40
Date Aircraft Scored Type
19.12.39 FR-103 1 DB-3
23.12.39 FR-103 2 I-16
23.12.39 FR-103 1/6 SB-2
16.1.40 FR-103 1 SB-2
20.1.40 FR-107 1 SB-2
Promotions:
6.3.1937 Sergeant
31.12.1939 Staff Sergeant
Decorations:
The Cross of Freedom 4th class
Victories:
5 1/6 confirmed in about 60 missions, Bombers: 3 1/6 Fighters: 2

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