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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 193031
Last updated: 5 June 2020
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Type:Gloster Gladiator
Owner/operator:Swedish volunteer unit F19, Suomen ilmavoimat
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:west of Märkäjärvi -   Finland
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Between 1205 and 1325 hrs four Gladiators of the Swedish volunteer unit F19 under command of fänrik (Pilot Officer) Ian Iacobi flew a fighter-sweep over Märkäjarvi-Salmijärvi. The mission was to protect ground-forces in the area against enemy aircraft. The Finnish front and supply troops had been under a hard and constant pressure by Soviet rotes and flights, which attacked every twenty minutes.

During the first hour of the sweep there were no enemy contacts. Around 1310 hrs a group of I-15bis’ of 145 IAP under the command of Lieutenant Konkin was sighted on a westerly course and a dogfight begun. The Soviet pilots’ reported one “enemy reconnaissance” biplane shot down at Mjattijärvi. The aircraft started to burn and crashed 3-4 km south of Mjattijärvi. The pilot was killed. Three Soviet aircraft were also hit. One of them returned with fourteen bullet-holes, another with one and the third with twenty-five bullet-holes. The Swedish pilot fänrik John Sjöqvist (born 14 March 1918) was killed when his Gladiator “B” crashed burning, west of Märkäjärvi, inside enemy lines.

After this dogfight three Soviet I-16s were sighted at high altitude and since the Swedish pilots now started to get low on ammunition and fuel they retreated back to base at minimal altitude.


Revision history:

23-Jan-2017 20:48 Laurent Rizzotti Added
02-Dec-2017 19:29 Anon. Updated [Country]

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