Recipients of Lentomerkki

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Recipients of Lentomerkki

Post by sisudk » 22 Oct 2020 09:47

Hello

Is there a list of recipients of the Lentomerkki both Finnish and Honoris Causa?

Best regards

Johnny

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Re: Recipients of Lentomerkki

Post by Seppo Koivisto » 23 Oct 2020 07:37

There is a list called Luettelo sotilaslentäjistä, joille on vuosina 1918-1944 annettu Suomen lentomerkki (List of military pilots who were awarded the Finnish flying badge in 1918-1944). It was made by Kullervo Virtanen and K. J. Temmes, the latest edition was made around 1990.

An older version, where some names could be missing, is available from the Smithsonian Online Virtual Archives (SOVA), pages 5-11 of the viewer, which contains also other NASM documents regarding Finland: http://edan.si.edu/slideshow/viewer/?ea ... 34_ref2112
https://sova.si.edu/details/NASM.2006.0034#ref2112

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Re: Recipients of Lentomerkki

Post by sisudk » 24 Oct 2020 12:18

Hello Seppo

Thank you very much for your reply :)

I am especially interested in the Danish recipients of which I am able to ID the following:

K1 - Clauson-Kaas, K51 - Frijs, K52- Rasmussen, K53 - Ulrich, K54 - Kalmberg, K55 - Fensbo, K58 - Kristensen, K59 - Christensen & K112 - Thorup

K56 is listed as a Dane - But with a wrong name: Svartz, Bengt Karl Adolf https://digitaltmuseum.se/021018475707/ ... adjungerad who was an adjutant at the Swedish F19.

It has probably be mistaken with: Jessen, Adolf Georg Karl ... who served as a pilot with LLv. 10 flying Fokker C.X. He signed contract a Parola on February 10th, and served until end of war.

Also I think a Danish volunteer pilot is missing: Wittrup, Henry Martin - who served as a pilot flying Brewsters with LLv. 22. He signed contract on February 16th at Parola, and served until the end of the war.

... Can this be confirmed in the newer list from 1990 or elsewhere?

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Johnny

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Re: Recipients of Lentomerkki

Post by sisudk » 02 Nov 2020 09:54

Hello all

Does anybody have acces to the latest Luettelo sotilaslentäjistä, joille on vuosina 1918-1944 annettu Suomen lentomerkki, made by Kullervo Virtanen and K. J. Temmes, around 1990.

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Johnny

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Re: Recipients of Lentomerkki

Post by Juha Tompuri » 02 Nov 2020 21:49

sisudk wrote:
02 Nov 2020 09:54
Hello all

Does anybody have acces to the latest Luettelo sotilaslentäjistä, joille on vuosina 1918-1944 annettu Suomen lentomerkki, made by Kullervo Virtanen and K. J. Temmes, around 1990.
Journal Numismaatikko 3/2000
(Leino, Petteri: Suomen lentomerkit honoris causa
1918-1945) might include the info too.

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Re: Recipients of Lentomerkki

Post by Seppo Koivisto » 03 Nov 2020 00:22

Juha Tompuri wrote:
02 Nov 2020 21:49
Journal Numismaatikko 3/2000
(Leino, Petteri: Suomen lentomerkit honoris causa
1918-1945) might include the info too.
I have Feeniks magazine issue 4/2000, where the article by Petteri Leino is reprinted. It has no complete list of recipients, but mentions that nine Danish pilots were awarded the Finish flying badge honoris causa.

As far as I know, foreign volunteer pilots usually received the badge after their first front line mission. If Wittrup was only in training before the Winter War ended, it is likely that he didn't receive it. An article in Suomen Ilmailuhistoriallinen Lehti 1/1996 lists 12 Danish volunteer fighter pilots and one pilot and one gunner with the bombers. Rasmus G. Rasmussen was in action as gunner of DC-2 and Blenheims, but e.g. Swedish gunners received the badge only in the 80's after the F19 history book was published. (Unfortunately I have now not access to my copy of the magazine.) https://www.flightforum.fi/topic/5229-k ... ment=87613

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Re: Recipients of Lentomerkki

Post by CF Geust » 03 Nov 2020 17:37

Hello Johnny,
In the 1991 update of the Lentomerkki-list there are only the same nine Danes already mentioned by you in your post of 24 October 2020.
Wittrup did apparently not perform any combat missions, why he was not awarded the Lentomerkki,
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Carl

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Re: Recipients of Lentomerkki

Post by sisudk » 03 Nov 2020 19:42

Hello Carl

Nice to hear from you :) ... has the confusion with K56 Jessen been corrected in the new list?

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Re: Recipients of Lentomerkki

Post by CF Geust » 04 Nov 2020 06:35

No, Svartz is still listed as a Dane!

Carl

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