All about the Brewster F2A Buffalo fighter of World War II, which fared so poorly against the Japanese in the Pacific but was a star in the hands of Finnish pilots flying against the Russian air force in the 'Continuation War', 1941-1944

Flying Tigers
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ANNALS OF THE BREWSTER BUFFALO

Gasoline-powered Buffalo model

Rob Carver found this article in the January 1939 issue of Popular Aviation magazine. Written by editor and modeler Paul Lindberg, it details the building of a wood-and-fabric F2A-1 powered with a 1/8th horsepower Hornet gasoline engine. Alas, the Hornet no longer seems to be on the market, but perhaps a dedicated modeler can find a substitute. Anyhow, I have uploaded Mr Lindberg's step-by-step instructions and an image of his plan for the model.

The magazine appeared just seven months before the Second World War before Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, which obliged Britain and France to go to war under the terms of their alliance with Poland. (In fact, neither of the Western Allies did much to help, and especially not after Russia took the opportunity to invade eastern Poland.) So I was fascinated to see that the very first article in Popular Aviation for January was "The German Air Farce" by A J G Whitehouse, identified as a former RAF officer. The first illustration shows an apparently unarmed Bf-109 with the caption, "This is the much-touted and greatly over-rated Messerschmitt fighter." I wonder how if Mr Whitehouse still scoffed at the Luftwaffe after it swept through Western Europe and launched the Battle of Britain in July 1940? Blue skies! — Dan Ford

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In Finnish service

Photos of Brewsters in Finnish Air Force service
First combat in a Brewster fighter (Heimo Lampi)
Finland's home-built "Humu" copy of the Buffalo
Robert Winston and the Finnish Brewsters (Jarmo Lindberg)
Finnish aces (Brewsterwise & otherwise)
Finland copied Browning mgs for its fighters
The Brewster 239 in Finnish service (Jukka Raustia)
Notes from Double Fighter Knight
Lentolaivue 24: the Brewster vs. the Red Air Force
BW-372, back home in Finland!

Cowboy: interpreter, warlord, one more casualty

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In British Commonwealth service

Charmed Life: an encounter over Kuala Lumpur
Differences between the F2A-2 and the British B-339s
A British Buffalo undergoing flight test in Pennsylvania
Pilot's Notes: The Buffalo I Aeroplane (downloadable manual)
British pilots critique the Buffalo | What Eric Brown thought
805 Squadron in the defense of Crete
The Buffalo pilots of Southeast Asia
'The performance of some aircraft was pathetic'
The 'secret report': how the Buffaloes fared in Malaya
The war in Malaya: Sergeant Buntain's diary
Sam Case's scrapbook: 67 Squadron in Singapore and Rangoon
Geoff Fisken: New Zealand Buffalo ace
Colin Pinckney: British Buffalo ace
Vic Bargh flies a Buffalo over Rangoon
"What Odds They Faced in Burma's Sky!" (wartime feature)
Notable Commonwealth Buffalo pilots (Santiago Flores)
Bingham-Wallis defends the Buffalo
Buffaloes Over Singapore (Brian Cull et al)

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In U.S. service

'Head on at Midway' - the U.S. Marines go to war
Meet Holly Hills, Buffalo pilot (among other types)
'A real dinger' - Gordon Firebaugh remembers
Pappy Boyington and the Buffalo
Problems with the F2A-3 self-sealing fuel tanks
Records of the F2A-1 in U.S. Navy service
The F2A-2 Buffalos--Bureau numbers & deposition

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In Dutch, Belgian, and Japanese service

A history of the Brewsters in Dutch service (Gerard Casius)
A Dutch Buffalo joins the U.S. Army
Notable Dutch Buffalo pilots (Santiago Flores)
Forty Brewsters Meant for Belgium
Dutch prisoners of war: the Japanese Buffs

Brewster ghosts

Diving for relics at Midway - A Buffalo discovered (2013)
The saga of BW-372 and its long road home to Finland
Some Buffalo bits in the Netherlands
Looking for Harry Griffiths's Buffalo
Is this the wreckage of A51-006?
Brewster Buccaneer under restoration

Brewster Aeronautical and other resources

"The Sorry Saga of the Brewster Buffalo" (Daniel Ford)
A Brewster bibliography
Buffaloes among the Kangaroos (Ralph Brading)
Production record of the Brewster fighters (Jim Maas)
No. 1 - 508: what happened to the planes (Jos Heyman)
'Naval Air Supremacy & the Buffalo' (Malcolm LeCompte)
About that Wright Cyclone engine
'End nears for a plant that made flying junk'
Stock certificate from Brewster Aeronautical Corporation
Brewster worker's badge from Johnsville, Pa.
The Brewster name lives again! (William Dougherty)

For modelers

Modeler's drawings of the XF2A-1
Build a wartime recognition model (KAPA Kollector)

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