FINNISH AIR FORCE HISTORY # 21 - LENTAVAT RITARIT - Flying Knights of the Mannerheim Cross of the Finnish Air Force in WW 2. Kalevi Keskinen, Kari Stenman Finnish Text with ENGLISH CAPTIONS AND ENGLISH SUMMARY. Finnish Air Force history # 21. 2003 , paper covers, 7x10, glossy page stock, 144 pages, hundreds of B&W photos, plus 12 pages of full color aircraft side view drawings, 4-5 per page. ----- This book Lentavat Ritarit, which translates into Flying Knights, follows the pattern established in the previous volumes dealing with the Aviation Regiments (LeR 1, LeR 2, LeR 3 and LeR 4). All nineteen airmen, who won the Mannerheim Cross, have a compact but detailed biography based on archive research.The Mannerheim Cross was the highest military award in Finland, which was not dependent of the rank or post of the nominee. This decoration was given to 191 soldiers (of a half million man army) and the airmen represented 10 per cent of the total. The book is compiled keeping those in mind who are interested in aviation history, warfare and modelling. Every fighter, bomber and recce pilot/observer/commander is dealt with a detailed biography, average thirteen photos, mostly taken of their aircraft at the front. Includes all 19 airmen; ten fighter pilots, four bomber pilots, two bomber observers, one fighter leader, one recce leader and one recce observer Nomination arguments for all, full air victory list for fighter pilots.
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