Olli Puhakka

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Olli Puhakka
Risto Olli Petter Puhakka.jpg
Born11 April 1916
Sortavala
Died28 January 1989 (1989-01-29) (aged 72)
AllegianceFinland Finland
Service/branchFinnish Air Force
Years of service1935–1946
RankLieutenant colonel
UnitLeLv 24, LeLv 26, LeLv 28, LeLv 30, LeLv 32
Other workCommercial airline pilot

Risto Olli Pekka Puhakka (11 April 1916 in Sortavala – 28 January 1989) was one of the top scoring aces in the Finnish Air Force with 42 confirmed victories.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Puhakka served in Fighter Squadrons (LLv's) 26, 30, 28, 24, 32 during the Winter War and the Second World War. He became an ace during the Winter War, downing 5½ Soviet aircraft. Puhakka was actively flying at the front almost during the whole war.

During his 401 combat missions, Olli Puhakka scored 42 confirmed victories in Fokker D.XXIs, Fiat G.50s and Bf 109 Gs. On 21 December 1944, he was awarded the Mannerheim Cross.

Puhakka resigned from the air force in 1946 and flew commercial airliners until his retirement in 1971.

Victories[edit]

Aircraft Victories
Fokker D.XXI 4
Fiat G.50 13
Messerschmitt Bf 109G 25
Total 42

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Keskinen 1978, p. 24-27.
  2. ^ "Risto Olli Puhakka". www.century-of-flight.net.

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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 and Keskinen, Kalevi. Finnish Aces of World War 2 (Aircraft of the Aces 23). Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing, 1998. ISBN 1-85532-783-X.

See also[edit]

 
Suomen Ilmavoimien tunnus.svg Finnish World War II aces with over 30 air victories Flag of Finland.svg

Ilmari Juutilainen | Hans Wind | Eino Luukkanen | Urho Lehtovaara | Oiva Tuominen | Olli Puhakka | Olavi Puro | Nils Katajainen | Lauri Nissinen | Kyösti Karhila | Jorma Karhunen