The Laplands War 1944-1945

On the 4th of September 1944 Finland and Soviet Union signed an armistice which included a term that the German forces should withdraw by the 15th of September. The Germans had over 20000 men in Norwegian and Finnish Lapland and about 300 aircrafts in different bases in Finland and Norway. Because the Germans didn´t withdraw their forces from the Lapland by the decreed day the Finnish armed forces started their attack on the 28.9.1944.

The Finnish Army General HQ established a Special HQ Sarko (commander was Colonel O.Sarko) on the 4th of September for the air war operations at Lapland. Air war operations against the Germans started on the 1st of October. Flight Regiment 2 and 4 was subordinated to Col O.Sarko. Fighter Flying Squadron 26 belonged that time to Flight Regiment 2 and was therefore the only fighter unit to participate the Laplands War.

At that time the Squadron leader was Maj E.Metsola and the leader of the only Brewster flight was Lt E.Teromaa. One Fokker CX reconnaissance flight and later one Myrsky fighter flight from Flight Regiment 1 (LeR 1) were subordinated to the LLv26.

1.10.1944

A day before the Squadron got order to move to Vaala airbase from Onttola (Joensuu) at start operations against German forces in Lapland. During the day the Squadron packed their trucks and prepared oneself for transport. Squadron commander (Maj Metsola) and one flight leader (Lt E.Teromaa) left Onttola and moved to Vaala by car.

2.10.1944

At 1010 - 1155 AM ten Brewsters led by Lt C-E.Bruun were transferred from Onttola to Vaala airbase on route Onttola-Nurmes-Vuokatti-Kajaani-Vaala. After landing to the base the flight had a recon mission right away from Detachment Sarko´s HQ, but the flight was unable to fly because there were no supplies and technical staff in the base. The first mission was to scout the area 100 km north from the city of Tornio. The commander of the squadron went to the HQ at Oulu. At 0700 PM arrived the ground crews and planes were ready for missions early next morning. Seven Finnish modified Moranes (MSv, Detachment Turkki) will be moved to Paltamo and PLeLv48 (Blenheims) to Vaala airbase.

3.10.1944

Foggy weather, visibility only 300 - 800 m. A 3-ship flight led by Lt Bruun had mission to fly close air patrol for arriving troop ships Oulu-Tornio area 0115 - 0345 PM when they met a lone JU-88 bomber approaching a Finnish merchant ship. Brewsters attacked when they noticed the bomber was going to attack the ship s/s Regulus (firstly they thought it was a Finnish Ju-88). German bomber missed it target and tried to escape to Kemi when Lt L.Linden (BW-363) managed to shot its engine on fire and apparently just that particular aircrafts wreckage was found later (1954) crashlanded east from the city of Kemi.

At the same time an another 6-ship flight led by Lt E.Teromaa had a recon mission at Tornio-Kemi-Rovaniemi direction when they met 12 German JU-87 bombers which were approaching the Finnish fleet from northeast. Brewsters get closer the bombers and after a while the gunners opened fire. The bombers suspended their mission and during a short air combat two JU-87s were shot down by Lt E.Teromaa (BW-361) and SSgt O.Hietala (BW-367) and three Stukas were damaged. Lt Teromaa was wounded to his leg, because of the tailgunners fire.

Later Lt Bruun´s flight saw a lone Brewster (Lt O.Helenius with BW-357) from Lt Teromaa´s flight coming from Rovaniemi direction. Explosions of heavy AAA followed him closely even if his plane was weawing strongly - obviously the Germans had a radar controlled AA weapons at the area.

At 0435 - 0625 PM an air cover flight with a 9-ship flight led by Lt C-E.Bruun to Kuivaniemi-Siuro area. No contacts to the Germans. During the day 11 ships arrived to Röyttä (a harbour area south from Tornio) and brought about 7600 Finnish soldiers and artillery to fight agains the Germans which had about 3500 men and lots of artillery and tanks on the same area.

4.10.1944

Very low clouds - no flights. At noon 14 Ju-87s bombed Röyttä and sank two ships (s/s Bore IX and s/s Maininki) to shallow water causing losses about 60 men and lots of horses. At least s/s Bore IX was hauled and repaired later (1946). The Squadron was blamed as cowards because the Germans were flying despite of the weather.

5.10.1944

Full clouds (10/10), ceiling about 300 - 400 m, visibility from 1 to 3 km at rain otherwise from 5 to 10 km. At 0915 - 1215 AM an air cover flight to Röyttä with a 5-ship flight led by Lt C-E.Bruun. Low level flying over Röyttä - all nations AAA firing after Brewsters. Swedish heavy AAA very accurate. Two sunk ships very near docks, many fires at the harbour (German artillery was able to shoot at Röyttä from Laivaniemi). At 0440 PM a pair of Brewsters led by Lt E.Teromaa had an air cover flight to Tornio in very rainy weather.

Oulu airbase was planned for next placement for the Brewsters, but it had to be checked first.

6.10.1944

In the morning clear weather, later clouds 8/10, ceiling about 500 m. At 0915 AM a 3-ship flight led by Lt Miettinen had ground attack mission agains enemy columns at area Kemi-Paakkola-Karunki. At 1045 AM nine Ju-87s were bombing Finnish troops east from Tornio. 11 Blenheims were bombing the Germans without escorts and were attacked by one Fw-190 and two Me-109s which were escorting the Stukas. At 1135 AM an air cover flight with a 4-ship flight led by Lt Teromaa to Tornio-Karunki area.

Two finnish gunboats (Uusimaa and Hämeenmaa) arrived to Röyttä for cover the merchant ships. Five Blenheims from PLeLV48 arrived to Vaala airbase. Lt Teromaa (BW-357) visited the Oulu airbase and found it still too soft for Brewsters.

7.10.1944

Few clouds (1/10), ceiling 8 - 9000 m at Säräisniemi (Vaala). At Tornio area there were almost full clouds (7/10) and snowing, ceiling about 200 m, visibility from 5 to 10 km. At 0715 AM three Brewsters for air cover flight to Tornio. All AA guns fired them. Two planes were forced to fly to the Swedish airspace due the bad weather. Lt Riekki (BW-355) flew a recon flight on route Kemi-Tervola-Tornio-Karunki. At 0245 - 0505 a 5-ship flight led by Lt Teromaa had a recon mission to Kemi-Tervola-Tornio-Karunki area. During the takeoff one Brewster was damaged (BW-367, 2ndLt M.Tihveräinen) when hitted stumps of trees and Lt Teromaa´s planes (BW-373) landing gear hitted a bomb(!) which was dropped from a Blenheim to the runway. Lt Teromaa managed to land with the damaged landing gear. Remaining Brewsters accomplished their mission and attacked German vehicles during their mission. The Blenheims were forced to return to the base because of very bad weather and they dropped their bombs to the lake Oulunjärvi.

8.10.1944

Full clouds (10/10), ceiling 400 - 800 m, visibility from 10 to 20 km. Maj Metsola bring one Brewster from Onttola. At 1045 - 1300 AM an air cover flight on route Vaala-Kemi-Tervola with 6-ship flight led by Lt Teromaa. Two explosions were seen on the crossing of Tornio-Rovaniemi railway, enemy vehicles were strafed. At 0410 - 0610 PM escort flight for Blenheims with five Brewsters.

9.10.1944

Full clouds, ceiling only 200 m. No flights. LLv26 handed over its war bounty I-153 planes to the LeLv28.

10.10.1944

Half cloudy (5/10), ceiling 1500 m, visibility good. Soviet supervising authority required ground attacks against the Germans despite of any losses.

At 0830 - 1040 AM a recon flight to Ylimaa-Rovaniemi area with four Brewsters led by Lt Bruun. Brewsters strafed German vehicles and radar controlled AAA shot at them into the clouds over Rovaniemi. After landing Soviet colonel Melnikov and an interpreter interrogated the pilots separately about the actions made.

At 0240 - 0425 PM an escort flight for mixed formation of bombers with total of six Brewsters led by Lt Teromaa. Bomber formation consisted of 3 Dorniers, 3 DB-3s, 6 Ju-88s and 12 Blenheims which were bombing enemy troops at Ylimaa-Saukkojärvi area. One Ju-88 (JK-256) was shot down by a German Me-109, only one crewmember survived badly wounded.

A Fokker CX recon flight arrived to Vaala. Soviet supervising authorities left the base at 0300 PM.

11.10.1944

Fastly changing weather between clear and heavy fog. At 0610 -0700 AM a recon flight with six Brewsters led by 2ndLt Pitkäpaasi was aborted when the flight met a thin fog near Kuivaniemi. Two Brewsters (BW-355 and -367) moved to Onttola after the noon.

At 0145 - 0350 PM an escort flight with six Brewsters led by Lt Teromaa for 2 Dorniers and 3 DB-3s (one aborted mission due engine failure and returned to Luonetjärvi) which were bombing German troops at Ranua. One Dornier landed to Paltamo airbase. Two German Me-109s were seen about 60km from Rovaniemi.

Six Moranes (MS) from TLeLv14 (Recon Flight Squadron 14) were moved from Vaala to Paltamo airbase with Detachment Turkki´s five modiefied Moranes (MSv).

12.10.1944

Full clouds (10/10), ceiling 300 - 500 m, visibility from 10 to 20 km. No flights. The commander arrived from Oulu (Detachment Sarko HQ).

13.10.1944

Cloudy (8/10), ceiling 200 - 400 m, visibility about 5 km. New order to make ground attacks against the Germans regardless of losses!

At 1115 - 1330 AM a recon flight with three Brewsters led by Lt Teromaa on route Vaala-Rovaniemi-Sinettä-Ylitornio-Tornio-Vaala. Rovaniemi on fire, lots of AA fire with all guns. Enemy vehicles strafed. Next recon sortie was aborted due the bad weather. A Heinkel flew a support flight for the Finnish commandoes from Vaala.

14.10.1944

Full clouds (10/10), ceiling 0 - 10 m, visibility about 300 - 500 m, fog and rain. No flights. The Squadron was preparing their movement to Kemi airbase.

15.10.1944

Full clouds (10/10), ceiling 200 - 400 m, visibility about 15 km.

Four Brewsters led by Lt E.Teromaa took off at 0650 AM for recon flight on route Vaala-Rovaniemi-Nampa-Kemijärvi-Vaala. Destruction and fires everywhere. Kemijärvi airbase was destroyed and heavy AAA fire which damaged one Brewster (BW-361). When the flight returned to base, one Brewster (BW-386) got engine stall and it crashed just in front of full loaded Blenheim. The Brewster lit on fire, but ground crew managed kill the fire fast with sand. The pilot, 2ndLt L.Linden, got some burn injuries and broken bones.

16.10.1944

Full clouds (10/10), ceiling 100 - 300 m, visibility from 5 to 10 km and was getting worse. No flights. At midnight the Squadron was ordered to move Kemi airbase during the next day. The Finnish Army took over Rovaniemi which was totally destroyed.

17.10.1944

Full clouds (10/10), ceiling below 50 m, visibility from 1 to 1,5 km. At 0730 AM Lt Bruun took off for a recon flight despite the bad weather and got lost just after takeoff. He managed to find Oulujärvi for positioning and made a totally blind landing to the fog and found himself luckily on the runway.

At 0830 - 1130 AM five Brewsters took off for a recon flight to Rovaniemi-Kemijärvi-Ounasjoki area. On Brewster (BW-367 Lr O.Helenius) rolled over during takeoff and two of the Brewsters aborted their mission after 15 - 60 min flight because of the bad weather.

At 0230 - 0615 PM two Brewsters piloted by Lt E.Teromaa and Lt O.Helenius started for recon flight to Rovaniemi-Nampa-Pelkosenniemi-Kemijoki area. They had to fly very low level (less than 100m). Near Sodankylä Lt Helenius lost contact to his leader when they were evading heavy AAA fire and returned to the base. It was expected that Lt Teromaa was shot down. When it get darker Lt Bruun lit the lamps on the runway and soon Lt Teromaa landed after 3 hours 45 minutes flight and he still got some fuel left (!).

The train which was loaded with squadrons equipment arrived to Oulu and all the gears were loaded to s/s Regulus (same ship that was rescued by Brewsters for enemy attack two weeks ago) for shipment to Kemi.

18.10.1944

Full clouds (10/10), ceiling 200 - 400 m, visibility from 10 to 15 km, afternoon was raining. Brewsters were transferred to Kemi airbase. At 0810 seven Brewsters led by Lt Teromaa took off for ferry flight from Vaala to Kemi. One Brewster (BW-370, 2ndLt A.Juurinen) damaged its prop and were left to Vaala.

At 1130 - 1330 AM a 3-ship flight led by Lt C-E.Bruun had a recon flight on route Kemi-Kolari-Pello-Meltaus-Kaukonen-Kolari-Kemi. They flew very low and a lone "Vierling", 4x20mm AA gun shot at them at Meltaus without results. Lt Bruun lost contact to the third Brewster (BW-361, SSgt O.Hietala) which returned to the base via Rovaniemi. A pair of Brewsters find a bridge over Ounasjoki near Tolonen about 10 km from Meltaus. On the bridge there were many German vehicles (likely the troops that set Rovaniemi on fire) crossing the river and a heavy AAA battery opened fierce fire along the road above which the Brewsters were approaching at low level. The AAA grenades exploded on the trees and on the road tossing rocks to the air but the Brewsters survived. After evasive manouvres they got lost for a moment. Near Lohiniva road-crossing they met a group of Germans that were ready to lit a local farm on fire. Lt Bruun ordered his wingman, 2ndLt Nyberg, to destroy their vehicle and after that they chased the Germans around the building a while and left them walking after their main troops. About 10 km west from previous incident, on the road near Pasmajärvi, they met six German vehicles waiting for the group which were burning local buildings. Lt Bruun ordered an attack without mercy and they destroyed the vehicles and left the all Germans to walk to Sieppijärvi, which located about 30 km distance. Along the road to Sieppijärvi they met several heavy trucks which they strafed. A lone MG managed to hit the wingtip of Lt Bruun´s plane. Lt Bruun and his wingman landed to Kemi. Lt Bruun warned the next recon flight, which were ordered to the same recon route, that the Germans will be now ready for their arrival.

At 0150 - 0410 PM the next 3-ship recon flight led by Lt Teromaa took off their mission. The found German troops at the same bridge that Lt Bruun´s patrol noticed. Lt A.Miettinen (BW-379) and SSgt K.Saukkonen (BW-357) attacked enemy convoy on the bridge. At first Lt Miettinen got hits and tried to bail out, but too low altitude and he crashed at Hiittakangas about 5 km north from Meltaus. The Germans were placed his body towards the Brewsters wreck, stealed his insignias and disgraced his body. SSgt Saukkonen was also shot down, he managed to get to the eastern side of the Ounasjoki and crashed near the place where one Blenheim (BL-156) was shot down earlier on the morning. His body was found at the end of the month.

S/s Regulus arrived to Kemi. The were discussion for positioning a Finnish surveillance radar "Raija" at Kemi. Ground attacks were prohibited when flying recon mission for now on.

19.10.1944

Full clouds (10/10), ceiling 200 - 300 m, visibility from 10 to 15 km. Unloading squadrons equipment from the ship and transporting them to the Kemi airbase. Friendly troops are north from the town of Pello.

At 0900 - 1205 AM two recon flights. A 3-ship flight led by Lt R.Sartjärvi to Sirkka-Muonio and a single mission to Enontekiö by 2ndLt Pitkäpaasi.

The HQ of Detachment Sako informed that the runway of the Rovaniemi airbase is easily repaired. All the buildings are destroyed and there are lots of debris on the area. Aircraft placements and taxiways are in shape.

At 1015 - 1245 AM was a combined recon mission with a Fokker (FK-104, Capt P.Kahla and Sgt J.Liinamaa) and 3-ship flight of Brewsters led by Lt Teromaa to Kemi-Sieppijärvi-Pasmajärvi-Koivuniemi area.

20.10.1944

Full clouds (10/10), ceiling 500 m, visibility about 10 km. Lt E:Teromaa had a recon flight to Enontekiö at 0855 - 1200 AM. Five Brewsters were flyable, one was still waiting for a new prop (BW-370) at Vaala.

21.10.1944

The commander of the Air Force (Gen Lundqvist) denied to move Finnish Me-109 fighters to Kemi airbase. Maj Luukkanen and SgtMaj Tuomikoski visited Kemi with Me-109s (MT) anyway. TLeLv12 (Recon Flight Squadron 12) was ordered to subordinate six Myrsky (MY) fighters to LLv26.

A pair of Brewsters had a recon flight to Muonio-Enontekiö area at 0815 - 1115 AM. A Fokker (FK-104), crew Capt P.Kahla and Sgt J.Liinamaa, had two recon missions to Enontekiö at 0830 AM and 0255 PM.

A intercept flight for a pair of Brewsters (2ndLt Tihveräinen and Sgt A.Siro) at 0220-0240 PM. False alarms.

22.10.1944

At 0800 - 1050 AM a recon flight with a pair of Brewsters (2ndLt Juurinen and Capt K.Mustonen) to Muonio-Enontekiö and later an another (Lt O.Riekki and SSgt E.Siponmaa) to Muonio-Karesuvanto-Palojoensuu-Kittilä.

23.10.1944

At 0600 AM a Fokker CX (FK-104, crew Capt P.Kahla and Sgt J.Liinamaa) took off for recon flight to Kittilä direction. Their plane was lost. The wreck of the plane and remainings of the crewmembers were found at late autumn 1945 near Aakenustunturi (a fjeld near Kittilä). They were shot down by German AAA or crashed due the bad weather. They were the last losses of the Finnish Air Force during the wars.

At 0235 - 0435 PM a pair of Brewsters (Lt Bruun and Sgt Siro) had a recon flight. Lt Bruun aborted mission when got an engine failure east from Kolari and returned to the base.

24.10.1944

At 0930 - 1215 AM a recon flight with a pair of Brewsters (Lt R.Sartjärvi and 2ndLt Tihveräinen) on route Kittilä-Enontekiö-Karesuvanto-Muonio. Lt Sartjärvi (BW-355) attacked a German convoy and was hit to right fuel tank which started to leak, but he continued the flight. On the road Muonio-Sirkka, near Jerisjärvi, they met a convoy of about 60 vehicles which have lots of AAA guns. 2ndLt Tihveräinen noticed when a 40mm shell hit his leaders plane and it lit up fire at once. Lt Sartjärvi burned his face badly before he managed to bail out. His parachute opened fully just before his feet hit the ground, he got luck that the ground was soft at that place. His plane crashed about 100 m north of the road. The Germans chased him, but he managed to hide long enough (actually he was sitting in the lake of Jerisjärvi 5 hours!). After a few days he managed to reach friendlies at Tiurajärvi. His wingman returned safely to the base. This was the last aircraft loss of the LLv26 during wartime.

Seven Myrsky fighters from TLeLv12 arrived to Kemi (MY-16, -20, -22, -23, -25, -26 and -41). MY-41 got prop failure when landing tail up. BW-363 arrived from maintenance at Onttola.

25.10.1944

No flights. Low ceiling and rain. Flyable aircrafts: 4 Brewsters, 6 Myrskys, a Fokker CX and a Tuuli liaison aircraft. A borderline between Finnish and Soviet aircrafts was announced (Kukkesjavr-Virtaniemi-Kaamanen-Kaaresjoki). The border was not allowed to cross in any situation. At Alakylä the Finnish Army troops met three Finnish crewmembers whose aircraft was shot down during bombing mission to Sirkka. At the same day the Army took over the city of Kittilä which was badly burned.

26.10.1944

The airbase of Sodankylä was under repairing. At 0030-0130 PM was a recon flight with two Myrskys (MY-26 Lt Tylli and MY-16 2ndLt Myllylä) on route Ylimuonio-Palojensuu-Kittilä-Sirkka. There were two false alarm intercept missions for Brewster piloted Lt Riekki and Myrsky piloted 2ndLt Schulze about 0200 PM.

27.10.1944

Lt R.Sartjärvi reported as wounded to the HQ and was forwarded to taking medical care to Sweden. A pair of Myrsky fighters was assigned for recon mission which was aborted due the bad weather.

28.10.1944

Rovaniemi airbase was ready to operations, runway 60x1400m. Lt C-E.Bruun was assigned as a commander of the base. Ground crews arrived from Paltamo. On the next day the Army had hard fights with Germans north from Olostunturi-Kangasjärvi.

30.10.1944

At 0150-0415 a recon flight to Muonio with a pair of Brewsters piloted by Lt Teromaa and 2ndLt M.Kukkonen.

The Finnish ground forces took over the city of Muonio at 0400 PM. The HQ of the LLv26 was on their way to Rissala airbase.

31.10.1944

Due the agreement between the Soviet Union and Finland the Finnish Army had to be demobilized within 2 months. The remaining troops consisted of men which were born 1924-25 and men who had not serviced two years. the Detachment Sarko was also ordered to release its reservists from service.

1.11.1944

The flying part of the Squadron was based at Kemi airbase. Aircraft maintenace part was operating at Onttola (Joensuu) and a small detachment led by Lt Bruun was in Rovaniemi airbase. 5 Brewsters were usable, but one was still waiting for a new prop. 7 Myrsky fighters were at Kemi, but three got damaged prop. 2 Fokker CXs, the another with damaged engine. Total strength of 9 aircrafts. Subordinated units: a Fokker CX recon flight from TLeLv14 and a Myrsky fighter flight from TLeLv16.

The Soviets were took over the city of Ivalo. The borderline between flying units was changed to Talkkunavaara-Ivalo-Kurojoki.

2.11.1944

At 0015-0240 PM a recon flight with two Myrskys to Kemi-Ylitornio-Palojoensuu which was aborted because of bad weather. A unknown single engine aircraft was seen. The airbase of Rovaniemi was ready and waiting for aircrafts.

4.11.1944

The frontline was 4 km northwest from Sonkajärvi. Two days later LLv26 got 8 new men assigned from LeR 1 (Flight Regiment 1) including 3 new pilots.

9.11.1944

Colonel Harju-Jeanty was assigned as a commander of the Laplands Flight Detachment (Detachment Sarko). On the next day the Air Force commander arrived to Kemi airbase.

11.11.1944

At 0150-0240 a recon flight was aborted due the bad weather and Lt Riekki returned to the base.

12.11.1944

General Lunqvist left the base. At 0050-0250 PM a recon flight of a pair of Brewsters was aborted because of bad weather. At the same time a new pilot, SSgt Vahvelainen, got familiriazing flight with a Brewster.

13.11.1944

At 0045-0350 PM a recon flight with a pair of Brewsters piloted by Lt Teromaa and 2ndLt Kukkonen on route Kemi-Palojoensuu-Karesuvanto-Palojoensuu-Enontekiö-Peltovuoma-Kemi. Good weather and no AAA fire this time.

On the same day MY-25, piloted by 2ndLt Schulze was damaged on a takeoff accident. The Myrsky fighters committed three single recon missions during the day.

14.11.1944

Several training flights to new Myrsky and Brewster pilots. Reinforcements for Brewster ground crews was required from the HQ on the next day.

16.11.1944

Order to rearrange all the flying units to peacetime organization.

Three recon missions at noon to 0300 PM to Palojoki-Enontekiö area, two for single Brewsters and one for a pair of Myrsky fighters.

17.11.1944

Several different types of flights with fighters during the day.

18.11.1944

The frontline was at Vuotsajärvi-Sotkajärvi. At 1130 AM a recon flight with three Brewsters on route Kemi-Muotkajärvi-Enontekiö led by Lt Teromaa. A Brewster (BW-370) piloted by Lt R.Nykänen got a AAA hit to engine oil line and made forced landing at Korkiatiera.

At 1130 a recon flight for a pair of Brewsters to Enontekiö-Suontajärvi and an another an hour later to Paljakka-Sammalvuopa-Muotkajärvi-Palojoensuu with a pair of Myrsky fighters of which the another aborted because of an external tank feed failure.

21.11.1944

A recon flight of a Brewster-pair led by Capt Bremer to Muonio-Enontekiö-Palojoensuu-Vuottajärvi. Two days later LtC Gabrielsson was assigned to substitute Col Harju-Jeanty during his sick leave. On the next day PLeLv42 from Pudasjärvi and PLeLv48 from Vaala moved also to Kemi airbase. A group of mechanics went to salvage BW-370 from Korkiatiera. At afternoon a recon flight to Enontekiö area with a pair of Myrskys.

23.11.1944

3 Brewsters, 3 Myrskys and one Fokker flyable. SgtMaj Pöysti had a recon flight with BW-387 to Enontekiö-Palojoensuu area in the morning. Lt Teromaa take BW-361 to Tampere. Lt Tylli had a recon flight with MY-26 to Ylimuonio-enontekiö-Palojoensuu-Palovaara in a very clear weather with visibility over 50 km.

The Air Force commander gave permission to fly over Norwegian territory to Alta-Skibotten level.

25.11.1944

Lt Bruun left Rovaniemi and moved to Kemi. Lt Kallio was assigned as a commander of the Rovaniemi airbase. Lt R.Sartjärvi arrived from Sweden and flew with Lt Bruun to Rissala airbase by Fokker CX (FK-111) two days later and they were released from service. On the next day the remining modified Moranes (MSv) were also moved to Rissala.

28.11.1944

At noon a pair of Myrskys aborted their recon flight because of bad weather. At the same time an another pair of Myrskys had ground attack mission which was also aborted. On the next day was proposed that the Rovaniemi airbase should be abandoned.

1.12.1944

Air surveillance was disbanded because of the troops (including weather stations manning) were to be released from service. Flyable aircrafts: 4 Brewsters and 3 Myrsky fighters.

3.12.1944

At 1045-1400 Lt Teromaa had a recon flight to Karesuvanto-Kilpisjärvi area, this was the last operative sortie of the LLv26 according the war diaries.

Detachment Sarko was dismantled and the Flight Regiment 4 was ordered to take responsibility for air operations at Lapland area. Fighter Flying Squadron 26 and its 5 flyable Brewsters was subordinated to the regiment and with the Myrsky flight they formed Detachment Metsola which was renamed two weeks later (18th Jan) as the Detachment 12.

7.12.1944

Detachment Metsola was ordered to move to the ice-based airbase lake Kangasjärvi near Muonio, but the ice was too thin for aircrafts. maj Metsola was assigned as a commander of the new LLv21 which was based to Rissala airbase and formed from the dismantled LLv26.

10.12.1944

The Kemi airbase was unable for operations.

29.12.1944

It was announced that US aircrafts were flying over Lapland (?). On the next day 8 Finnish bombers attacked German buildings near the road to Kilpisjärvi. On the last day of the year Colonen Ropponen asked the detachment to fly supply flights for Norwegians that were starving at Karasjoki.

17.1.1945

Detachment 12 was dismantled and the last remaining five Brewsters were flown to Tampere and the War of Fighter Flying Squadron 26 was finally over.

27.1.1945

The last troops of German forces left the Finnish territory. The Finnish Army took over Kilpisjärvi and the last three months the frontline stayed motionless.

Summary

The Laplands War ended on the 27th of April 1945. During the war the Brewsters got two confirmed air victories and one probably. Own losses were 6 aircrafts of which four were shot down by the German AAA. Two LLv26 pilots were lost in combat. One subordinated Fokker CX recon aircraft was shot down during a recon flight near Kittilä and both of the crew members were killed.