Discussion in 'Other Militaria' started by Otto, Jan 8, 2022.
Thanks. Rich A. in Pa.
Knight of the Mannerheim Cross, Lieutenant Winqvist next to his plane, which he flew already in the Winter War. Joensuu, 16.8.1942. SA-kuva 104012 Rolf Robert Winqvist (1919-1944), Civil Guard member from 1936, started his service in Finnish Air Force in 1938 and went to war fresh from Reserve Officer School. He became bomber navigator for Flying Regiment 4 and flew altogether 111 missions, mostly in Bristol Blenheims. He flew 27 of the missions during the Winter War (1939-40), including the only bombing mission of the Finnish DC-2 "Hanssin-Jukka". He didn't plan active career in the Air Force and started studies in a university during the Interim Peace, which ended to another war in 1941. Winqvist was awarded the Mannerheim Cross 2nd class on 26.4.1942, after he had been to 31 bombing missions and 44 reconnaissance- and photographing missions. In 22 of these bombings Winqvist scored direct hits to the targets. According to his own calculations his hit percentage was 70,9% which he called "decent". He carried out the given missions to the end even in heavy anti-aircraft fire or while under attack by enemy fighters, with his plane riddled by bullet holes. In November 1941 he crashlanded to forest in full bomb load and despite of a bad injury, managed to save his pilot from the burning aircraft before it blew up. He flew a last dozen missions in Junkers Ju 88 A-4 after the squadron started using them in spring 1943. Lieutenant Rolf Winqvist was killed in action on 23.6.1944 at Salmi. He had been assigned as Maintance Chief but volunteered for a dive bombing mission on the eastern shore of Lake Ladoga. Before his death, in addition to the Mannerheim Cross, he was awarded Cross of Liberty 3rd & 4th class, Cross of Liberty 4th class with Oak Leaves, and Iron Cross 2nd class. Promotions: Vänrikki (Second Lieutenant) - 16.9.1939 Luutnantti (First Lieutenant) - 30.3.1942
Finnish bombers crews taking a number of new planes to Finland ca 43, I suppose.
Got this stuff. 100 rounds 7.62x39 Czech $20,Kabar knife $1,Copy sling $9, Muzzle wear gauge $10, $5 shotgun shells,
$58 for all the rest. Rich A. in Pa.
Mölders photos and pics of him in his plane....
Great! Rich A. in Pa.
Just a buddy of mine wants to get rid of things...
Hitler in Finland summer 1942. Mannerheim 75 years.
Bought some 400 photos Waffen-SS in Finland.
Finnish pilot photos
Mannerhein envelopes and visiting cards...
Mannerhein spoke Russian, Swedish, German and Finnish. He was in the Tzar army and also in his private guards...Who says anymore the Finnish commander did not understand the Russians...He was so close to the Tzar....
Wow! Rich A. in Pa.
Thanx. Yes, not bad at all. Not available every day..
Got this stuff. US shirt,patches,Korea made 40 round AK mag,cast iron miniature helmets,NSKK pin and stickpins.Rich A. in Pa.
Nice addition guys! My latest is this tombak LW Flak badge with a lot of its original black finish. I love the quality of these earlier badges.
Nice. Rich A. in Pa.
The pin is broke on mine. Rich A. in Pa.
Love all the stuff, patches are great! I have a few put on a cabinet in my garage.
Thanks. I was happy the guy brought them. Rich A. in Pa.
Hein was involved in the Battle of Cherkassy in the area of Olschana. The division was surprised by a Soviet attack; he gathered two hastily repaired Sturmgeschütze and 25 Grenadiers and launched a counterattack which resulted in the destruction of three T-34 tanks, fifteen anti-tank guns and taking 200 prisoners. The unit held out against further Soviet attacks and maintained the German line until reinforcements arrived. For these actions he was awarded the Knight's Cross in May 1944.
Hein to the left
Great stuff. Rich A. in Pa.
I think all the members should go through the early militaria sections what people have bought and set for the other members to see and "admire". Precious and worth gold. It's not only German like you think in the first place. Much Moore.
I just purchased (2) Small Wall tents last evening. One is dated 1950 while the one I’m most excited about is dated 1942. They both came without poles and need minor repairs. I’m only posting photos of the 1942 tent.