By the end of 1941 the basic bombing and reconnaissance plane in Suomen Ilmavoimien was Bristol Blenhaim MK I/IV. In order to enhance the offensive and long-range reconnaissance capability of Finnish ally, Goring decided in November 1941 to deliver 15 ex-Luftwaffe Dornier Do-17Z, which were phased out of from front line units. With the planes Germany gave them 300.000 kg of bombs.
The first aircraft was took by the Finns in January 1942, the first combat sorties were carry out in April of the same year. One plane (DN-64) was transferred to LeLv.48 and was used for far-distance reconnaissance and mapping...
Actually, LeLv.48 it was not typically recon unit, rather bombing-recon because it was composed of three full flights equipped mainly in Bristol Blenhaim MK I / IV, captured DB-3/3F and Pe-2. In addition, the composition of the unit included a reconnaissance flight, equipped with two Bristol Blenhaim MK IV, two Tupolev DB-3, one Petlakon Pe-2 and one Dornier Do-17Z ("my" DN-64). Due to the lack of technical and personal resources reconnaissance flight practically live own life and it happened that a single aircraft were temporarily assigned to other units inside of the 4th Aviation Regiment (LeLv.44 and LeLv.46).
The recon flight (Valokuvauslentue / Ahtiainen) served several formidable pilots who were able to to do task assigned to them despite the attacks of the Soviet fighters and anti-aircraft artillery. It is thanks to the Finns managed to include in the time to detect the spring of 1944 the Soviet preparations for the offensive, and thus give the defenders time to prepare your own position. Performed repeatedly flying far behind the front doing the rope identify the railway line from Muramańska (often encountered attacked trains) and the execution of accurate maps of Karelia (flights mapping). One of them was Viljo Frithiof Salminen - remote control, which is especially fond of the one in the squadron Dornier: DN-64.
Frithiof Viljo Salminen started his career in aviation in 1931. The fighting with the Soviets was involved from the very beginning - in the Winter War he have 49 flights (on airplanes Bristol Blenhaim MK I), then took an active part in the Continuation War (197 sorties), initially as a bomber pilot and next as reconnaissance. The valor and merit in the Winter War was presented to the Mannerheim Cross medals, but Marshall has changed merit and awarded him the Cross of Freedom (August 1941). Soon Salminen once again demonstrates his extraordinary courage and high craftsmanship air - from June to October, made a series of flights (total 105) during which, inter alia, in June: returned on Blenhaim with one engine inoperative and shoot fuel tank after a successful attack on a train on the Murmansk railway line. In July: outmaneuvered and escaped from two Soviet fighters and, despite their anti-reconnaissance actions effectively perform a task. In August: successfully attacked and sank the Soviet ships operating on Ladoga lake. In October: alone destroyed the train with transport of armored vehicles. In recognition of merit (as 33 soldier) he was awarded Mannerheim Cross in November 1941. In 1943 he made a series of reconnaissance flights over Kerelia, and in 1944 was one of the principal (including Kullervo "Kude" Virtanen - "master" of Petlakov Pe-215) Suomen Ilmavoimat scouts. How very dangerous was recon service the best is the fact that the Soviets have appointed 300 airplanes of 275 GvIAP only one task - to prevent any Finnish reconnaissance aircraft crossed the front line on the Karelian isthmus ...
DN-64 proved to be lucky for air crews - survived the war without serious damage, and .. it was the busiest Dornier in Suomen Ilmavoimat - photographed over 35,000 km2 of land.
Model painted with Agama acrylics and varnish. Wash, smudges and dirt's made using MIG's potions, exhaust streaks were a mix of Van Gogh oils - Rav Umber and Vandake Brown. Minor scratches it's a artists silver crayon.
Model presents the appearance of spring 1944