Publishing has been re-releasing a number of long out of print books in its
Finnish Air Force History series. The most recent release is Number 5. This one
is about the Hawk 75 and the one, lone P-40 M during the Winter War,
Continuation War and post-war period.
bought a total of 44 Hawk 75s from Germany. Except for the last 15, all were
war booty, which were refurbished by the Germans and shipped in crates to
Finland, where they were reassembled. The last 15 were war booty aircraft, but
were flown to Finland and were refurbished there. These 44 Hawk 75s were a
mixture of the A-1, -2, -3 and -4 from France and the A-6 from Norway. The A-1,
-2 and -3 all had the broad chord cowl with the bulbous cowl gun covers. The
A-1 had one gun per wing, the others had two. The A-4 and –6 had the narrow
chord cowl without the bulbous gun covers. The A-4 had two guns per wing, the
A-6 had one gun per wing.
Even though the
text is in Finnish, this book’s primary value is in the 170 excellent quality
photographs of all five types of Hawks 75s used. The photos are captioned in
both Finnish and well written English. Clearly, the pictures are the heart soul
of this book. There is one excellent picture of the wing bomb rack, which alone
gives me an excellent understanding of how it worked.
There is also a
short section on the one captured P-40M. There are pictures of this aircraft in
both its VVS and Finnish markings. This aircraft has always been portrayed as
being in a solid green upper surface. But one clear photograph gives the
impression that the upper surface may have been more mottled. Either that, or
the light through the trees strongly affected the photograph.
A brief section
in English gives the number of each type of Hawk 75 bought by the Finns and the
serials assigned to them. It also sets out the service history of each of the
aircraft and the victories of the pilots who flew the Hawk 75. Luutn. K. Tervo,
of HleLv 32, was the highest scoring Hawk 75 pilot with 15 3/4 victories.
Finally there are nine profiles: five of the Hawk 75 in all green, three in
green and black and one profile of the P-40M.
definitely like this book if you (1) like the Hawk 75, (2) you like the Finnish
A F and (3) you read Finnish. Actually, you will like this book even if you
don’t read Finnish, just as long as you fall within either (1) or (2). Falling
in both (1) and (2), I, with acknowledged prejudice, highly recommend this
A selection of pictures and color profiles in this book may be seen on the Kari
Stenman Publishing web site at
for the sample.
All Keri Stenman
Publishing books are available
direct from the publishers,
who now accept credit cards (Visa, Mastercard).
Review Copyright © 2004 by
Steven "Moedeldad" Eisenman
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Last updated 27 October, 2004
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