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Puro in the cockpit of his Bf 109 during mid-1944
18 November 1918|
|Died||20 June 1999 (aged 80)|
|Service/||Finnish Air Force|
|Years of service||1940–1944|
|Unit||LeLv 6, LeLv 24|
|Awards||Freedom Cross, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Class|
|Other work||Data processing director at a savings bank|
Puro served in Fighter Squadrons (LLv's): 6 and 24 during the Second World War. He became an ace in 1943. Puro was actively flying at the front almost during the whole war.
During his 207 combat missions, Olavi Puro scored 36 confirmed victories in I-153s, Brewster Buffaloes and Bf 109 Gs. Puro was relieved from service at the end of the war in 1944 and took up a job as a data processing director at a bank.
Puro claimed the following numbers of victories in each type of aircraft he flew:
|Messerschmitt Bf 109G||28.5|
- Keskinen 1978, p. 24-27.
- Stenman & Keskinen 1998, pp. 80–81.
- Keskinen, Kalevi; Stenman, Kari and Niska, Klaus. Hävittäjä-ässät (Finnish Fighter Aces) (in Finnish). Espoo, Finland: Tietoteas, 1978. ISBN 951-9035-37-0.
- Stenman, Kari; Keskinen, Kalevi (1998). Finnish Aces of World War 2. Aircraft of the Aces 23. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-85532-783-X.