This newest offering in the Finnish Air Force History
series from Keri Stenman Publishing covers the Soviet bombers used by the
Finnish Air Force during the Winter, Continuation and Lapland Wars. The bombers
were the Tupolev SB, Ilyushin DB-3M, the Ilyushin IL-4 and Petlyakov PE-2 /
Although this is part of the Finnish Air Force History
series, for those interested in Soviet aircraft, this volume makes a perfect
companion to the previously released
Russian Fighters in the FAF.
As was the case with the Russian fighters, Finland
acquired the bombers both through capture and through purchase from German war
booty depots. In fact, all the Ilyushin IL-4 bombers were obtained solely
through purchase from the Germans. The aircraft were used not only in the
level-bombing role, but also for training, reconnaissance and anti-submarine
Like the other volumes in the series, this one is well
organized and presents the information in parallel columns of Finnish and
English. The authors provide a brief background on the development and
procurement of each of the aircraft. The specifications of the aircraft in
Finnish service are then given. Finally, the use of each aircraft by various
units in the FAF is presented.
As one would expect from this series, there are numerous
high quality photographs. Nearly all of the photographs are of the aircraft in
the field, but there are a few interior and cockpit pictures.
With regard to the operational history of each
individual aircraft, this volume, unlike the Russian fighter volume, provides
the information in English at the end; a most welcome improvement.
The Finnish Air
Force History series continues to go from success to success, and this volume is
no exception. As I noted in the beginning, even if your interest is confined to
Soviet aircraft, one will find this a rewarding addition to one’s library.
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 © 2006 by
Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
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Last updated 25 May, 2006
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