Flying Squadron 26 Bases

Index

Immola
Joroinen
Joutseno
Kemi
Kilpasilta
Kuluntalahti
Käkisalmi
Lappeenranta
Littoinen
Lunkula
Malmi
Mensuvaara
Onttola
Rajakontu
Rantasalmi
Raulampi
Rissala
Rovaniemi
Ruokolahti
Sakkola
Suur-Merijoki
Utti
Vaala
Värtsilä

 

Base descriptions and operations

Suur-Merijoki

Location northwest from the city of Vyborg. The LLv26 was founded at Suur-Merijoki and it was the first airbase of the squadron.

The LLv26 operated from Suur-Merijoki with Gloster Gamecock (GA) trainers and Bristol Bulldog (BU) fighters.

Operations started on the 23rd of October 1934 with two GA planes which were lent from the LLv24. The first flight with BU planes was on the 20th of February 1935.

Operation time before the wars 1.1.1934 - 8.2.1938.

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Utti

Location east from the city of Kouvola.

The LLv26 operated from Utti before and during the Winter War with Fokker DXXI (FR) and Bristol Bulldog (BU) fighters.

During the Winter War the HQ and some aircraft maintenance parts of the LLv26 were positioned at Utti.

Operation time before and during the Winter War 8.2.1938 - 30.5.1940.

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Raulampi (Heinjoki)

Also known as Heinjoki airbase. Location at the Karelian Ishtmus east from the city of Vyborg, between the city and the Vuoksi river.

The LLv26 operated from the base with Bristol Bulldogs (BU) during the Winter War 21.10. - 6.12.1939 and later during the Continuation War 9.5. - 16.6.1944 with with Brewsters (BW).

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Mensuvaara

Location near the town Uukuniemi very near the eastern borderline southeast from the city of Savonlinna.

During the Winter War the LLv26 operated from the base with Bristol Bulldogs (BU) 6.12. - 19.12.1939 and later with Gloster Gladiators (GL) 5.2. - 7.2.1940 and 14.2. - 21.2.1940.

During the Continuation War the LLv26 operated from the base 6.7. - 26.7.1944 with with Brewsters (BW).

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Käkisalmi

(Priozersk) Location at the Karelian Ishtmus on the northwest shore of Lake Ladoga.

During the Winter War the LLv26 operated from the base with Bristol Bulldogs (BU) 19.12. - 29.12.1939.

During the Continuation War the LLv26 operated from the base 27.4. - 29.5.1942 with Fiats (FA) and later 16.6. - 25.7.1944 with Brewsters (BW).

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Littoinen

An ice based airfield on a small lake called Littoinen east from the city of Turku.

During the Winter War The LLv26 operated from the base 31.12.1939 - 3.2.1940 with Bristol Bulldogs (BU) by Detachment Heinilä.

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Immola

Location northeast the city of Imatra, on the shore of lake Immalanjärvi.

During the Continuation War the LLv26 operated from the base 16.9.1941 - 26.7.1944.

The base was mostly used as a maintenance base for squadrons aircraft until the LLv26 was moved to Värtsilä (the base became an operation baseof the German Detachment Kuhlmey).

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Värtsilä

Location on borderline southeast from the city of Joensuu and north from tke Lake Ladoga .

During the Winter War The LLv26 operated from base with Gloster Gladiators (GL) 7.2 - 14.2.1940.

During the Continuation War the LLv26 operated from the base 13.7 - 21.7.1941 with Fiats (FA) and later 26.7 - 8.9.1944 with Brewsters (BW) and captured I-153 (IT) fighters.

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Kuluntalahti

Location on southeast from the city of Kajaani.

During the Winter War The LLv26 operated from base with Gloster Gladiators (GL) 9.2 - 14.2.1940.

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Lappeenranta

 

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Joutseno

An temporary airbase on the ice of Lake Saimaa near town of Joutseno, east from city of Lappeenranta.

The LLv26 operated from the base by Gloster Gladiators (GL) during the Winter War 15.2. - 21.2.1940.

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Ruokolahti

 

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Joroinen

Base is located near the city of Varkaus and it was the main base of the LLv26 during inter-war peacetime and in the beginning of the Continuation War.

Operations between 30.5.1940 - 5.7.1941. Squadrons Fiat maintenance and repairs to the September 1941.

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Onttola

Base is located near the city of Joensuu.

The LLv26 operated from the base during the Continuation War 5.7 - 2.8.1941 with Fiats (FA) and later 8.9.1944 - 2.10.1944 with Brewsters (BW) and some liaison aircrafts just after the end of the Continuation War.

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Rantasalmi

Location southeast from the city of Varkaus. Base was built 1940 for land based planes during the inter-war peace.

The LLv26 operated from the base in the beginning of the Continuation War 28.6 - 6.7.1941 with Fiats (FA).

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Lunkula

Location at the eastern coast of the Lake Ladoga near town of Vitele.

The LLv26 operated from the base during the Continuation War 29.7 - 16.9.1941 with Fiats (FA).

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Rajakontu

Location at the eastern coast of the Lake Ladoga near town of Vitele.

The LLv26 operated from the base during the Continuation War 15.8 - 15.9.1941 with Fiats (FA).

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Sakkola

Location at the Karelian Ishtmus, west from town of Taipale on the northern shore of Vuoksi (Suvanto) river.

During the Continuation War the LLv26 operated from the base 15.8 - 15.9.1941 with Fiats (FA).

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Malmi

Location east from the city of Helsinki.

The LLv26 operated from the base during the Continuation War 17.12.1941 - 18.3.1943 with Fiats (FA) and Hurricanes (HC).

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Kilpasilta

Location at the Karelian Ishtmus, south from river Vuoksi (Suvanto) and north-nortwest from the city of Leningrad (St Peterburg).

During the Continuation War the LLv26 operated from the base 15.8 - 15.9.1941 with Fiats (FA).

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Vaala

Location on the coast of lake Oulunjärvi southeast from the city of Oulu.

The LLv26 operated from the base during the Laplands War 2.10.1944 - 18.10.1944 with Brewsters (BW) against German troops at the Lapland region.

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Kemi

Location

The LLv26 operated from the base during the Laplands War 18.10.1944 - 4.12.1944 with Brewsters (BW) and LLv14 subordinated Myrsky (MY) fighters.

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Rovaniemi

Location north from the city of Rovaniemi.

The LLv26 operated from the base temporarily during the Laplands War with Brewsters (BW).

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Rissala

Location northeast from the city of Kuopio.

The last base for the LLv26 before renaming to LLv21. Remaining Brewsters (BW) from the Laplands War returned to Rissala when hostilities ended.

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