Question for you Plane Spotters

Q. What air force did this plane belong to?



Answer. Finnish Air Force. The swastika was in use from 1918 until the end of 1944.

The Stuka shown was a “red herring”. The Finnish Air Force had a variety of aircraft during WWII from different countries – Germany, Britain, Russia and Holland. German aircraft included the JU-88 A-4 and the ME109 but no Stukas. The blue swastika was considered a good luck symbol.

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8 Responses to Question for you Plane Spotters

  1. Casper says:

    Nazi Germany WW2. However I believe taht all German aircraft were identified with a cross on the fusilage and wings, the “crooked cross” or Swastika would have appeared on the tail fin, at an offset.
    Love light and peace

  2. Casper says:

    Incidentally, the aircraft would appear to be the Ju87 “Stuka” divebomber with fixed undercarraige, which was upgraded in 1943 to the Ju187 with retractable undercarraige. A bit hard to determine without seeing the tailfin though.
    L L & p

  3. Mike Catlow says:

    I would agree with Casper the plane could be a Stuka as the profile fits but I would say the plane pictured was part of the Finnish air force. This country used swastika’s as a feature on lots of their planes that was unconnected with the use of the Nazi symbol. Germany usually put the swastika on the tail.

  4. Derek B says:

    … while the aircraft is a WWII German JU52 dive bomber, the markings however are Finnish – not German.

  5. Derek B says:

    …. sorry, Junkers JU87 Dive Bomber (JU52 indeed!)

  6. Dodger says:

    Yep Junkers 87 Stuka dive bomber …the Luftwaffe would have been adorned with the Maltese cross on the fuselage and wings – so maybe this was Adolf’s personal corporate aircraft hehe !

  7. Casper says:

    OK- I am reliably informed by an ex army man (oh, the shame!) that the blue swastika was the ID mark of the Finnish Airforce during ww2. However, there is no evidence that the Finns ever had JU87’s, as the only Stukas operating there were from Nazi Germany-so my contention is that unless that photo is not a JU87 or varient, it didn’t belong to the Finns, and so is incorrectly presented. I (pedantically) rest my case!
    love light and peace

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