Always interesting articles…
This time the top scoring non-German fighter ace of all time.
Eino Ilmari “Illu” Juutilainen (21 February 1914 – 21 February 1999). Has the distinction of being the highest scoring Fighter Ace of World War II outside of the Luftwaffe.
He participated in both the Winter War of 1939-40 and the Continuation war of 1941-44. During 437 sorties he accumulated 94 aerial combat victories, he claimed a total of 126 victories, however 32 victories cannot be confirmed by his fellow pilot’s or from observations made by Finnish ground units.
Ilmari Juutilainen entered the Finnish Military on the 9th of September 1932 for his compulsory military service. He began serving as a pilot in 1935 and on the 1st May 1935 was promoted to sergeant. Juutilainen joined Lentolaivue (Squadron) 24, on March 3rd 1939 operating from Utti. As tensions between the Soviet Union and Finland escalated, LeLv 24 was transferred to Immola close to the Soviet-Finnish border.
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