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XXI of MSgt Sakri Ikonen, who was wounded in the process. Big claims were now history for the Fokker pilots, with daily scores rarely exceeding three bombers at the most. Losses also started to accumulate. On 11 February the Red Army launched a new attack on the Karelian Isthmus in the Summa sector, which three days later would lead to a breakthrough in the main defensive line. Seventy-one sorties were flown by LLv 24 on 13 February in an attempt to protect Finnish Army troops struggling to hold the line, but the unit failed to gain any results in combat.

XXIs on their tails, and there was shooting. All over the place we saw German tracer bullets flashing through the sky. One Hun was already leaving a long white trail of petrol behind him. I think Doppenberg was flying alongside me, and just in front of us was a Messerschmitt in a slow turn. We opened fire simultaneously. Again, a white streak of petrol trailed behind the Hun aeroplane as it dashed away eastward. ‘Barely was this done with when I saw an Me 109 [sic] coming straight towards me from the left.

XXIs of the Field Army 1st JaVA sit on the ramp in front of camouflaged buildings at Ypenburg, the airport of The Hague. Aircraft No 247 was Sgt Jaap Eden’s mount. ZG I. Then swarms of Ju 52/3ms appeared, dropping parachutists and landing airborne troops on Ypenburg and the other Hague airfields, Ockenburg and Valkenburg. XXIs of the Field Army 1st JaVA to scramble, followed by the Douglas 8A attack aircraft of the Field Army 3rd JaVA which, flown as fighters, were shot out of the sky in a matter of minutes.

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