Brewster F2A Buffalo
Buffalos fought on
June 4, 1942 during the Battle of Midway. Midway's Marine Fighting Squadron 221
(VMF-221) lost thirteen of twenty F2A-3s. Soon after, the Buffalo
was removed from combat units and assigned to advanced training
duty only. The obsolete F2A-2s and F2A-3s remained in the trainng
mission into 1943, and a few were still in service in 1944-45.
Buffalos also served with the RAAF and NEIAF in
the Pacific during WWII. Two RAF squadrons, 21st and 453rd served
in Singapore with
Buffalos. These were RAF aircraft flown by RAAF pilots, but also
suffered heavily against the Japanese in the air.
Crew One (Pilot)
Engine Wright R-1820-40
Span 35' 0"
Length 25' 7"
Height 12' 0"
Maximum Speed 323 mph
Range 1,015 miles
Armament (nose) 2x7.7mm (rear) 7.7mm rear
External 4 x 50 cal machine guns