Sweden: Mikael Forslund Produktion AB, 2009. First Edition. Quarto; VG/no-DJ paperback; Pictorial blue spine with black text; Pictorial wraps are glossy and clean, edges clean, endpapers unmarked, tight copy; Textblock clean with numerous photos diagrams and artwork. pp 192. ISBN: 9789197767712 From back cover: "F 19 was the Swedish Volunteer unit, which operated during the first three months of 1940 in the northern parts of Finland. Violent air combat and night bomb missions were performed in extreme cold conditions, sometimes down to -45° C (-49° F). Some air to air victories were scored and Soviet aircraft were destroyed on ground. But F 19 suffered also loses. Despite everything, F 19 made a great contribution and repelled 35 bombing attacks against Finnish ground targets. Soviet Union had 30th November 1939, started what became known as the Finnish Winter War. Northern parts of Finland were devoid of any aerial defenses. An appeal among the personnel at the Swedish Air Force units resulted in some 260 volunteers among air crew and ground personnel. The F 19 unit was equipped with twelve Gloster Gladiator, designated J 8A in Swedish Air Force and four light bombers Hawker Hart designated B 4A, all of which were on loan from the Swedish Air Force. In addition to this the unit also received a German built Junkers F-13 transport aircraft. Later, F 19 would receive one additional Hawker Hart, one Waco ZQL-6, a civilian U.S. built aircraft and a Raab RK-26 Katzenstein, a light liaison aircraft. The Soviet aircraft encountered by the Swedes in the air were of the types Polikarpov I-15bis, a biplane lighter, the monoplane fighter Polikarpov I-16, the twin engine bombers Iljushin SB and Iljushin DB-3 as well as the huge 4-engine bomber Tupolev TB-3. These aircrafts were available in great numbers that widely exceeded the number of Swedish aircrafts available. The book includes the extraordinary story of the gunner Matti Sundsten's hardship after his Hawker Hart was shot down over the battle front, when he endured five days on skis in -40° C (-40° F). The Hawker Hart pilot Arne Jung, recounts his story as tortured POW in Soviet captivity. Ian Iacobi's claim for a I-15bis (cover of the book), which was the first aerial victory made by a Swede, is told. Wireless operator Roland Sahlberg's experiences from the back seat of a Hawker Hart during five night bombing missions are presented. Read also about when Einar Tehler shot down two Iljushin SB at the same time, while nursing his battle damaged Gloster Gladiator back to friendly lines. Gideon Karlsson's claim of a Tupolev TB-3, during one of the last days of war, is also interesting reading." [Oversized book. Additional postage necessary for expedited/international orders. Economy International shipping unavailable due to weight restrictions. For international/expedited customers, please inquire for rates]. NASS Military. (Inventory #: 14-430-1263840)
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