Hawk 75A-6 / H75A-6
August 1939: The Norwegian Army Service ordered twelve Hawk 75A-6s and obtained
a license to build twenty-four more. A second order for twelve Hawk 75A-6s was
placed soon after. They realized that Norwegian production could not meet the 1 July
1940 deadline for 24 aircraft that they had set.
February 1940: Deliveries of H75A-6s began to Norway.
9 April 1940: Twelve H75A-6s had been delivered when Germany invaded Norway. Four
had been assembled with landing gear (wheels) that was unfit for the end of winter
weather and their guns had not been calibrated. These were destroyed on the ground
by German bombers. The eight that were still in crates were confiscated by the Germans
and later sold to Finland.
October 1940: Germany agrees to sell captured Hawk 75s to Finland. Captured H75As were
transported to Wuppertal where they were overhauled by the Espenlaub Flugzeugbau
(Espenlaub aircraft construction). They were fitted with German instrumentation, a Revi
C12/C reflector sight and FuG 7a radio.
Spring 1941: Germany began supplying Finland with fourteen H75A-3s plus seven H75A-4s
which they had found at the SNCAC assembly plant at Bourges and eight H75A-6s which
they had found in a warehouse still in their shipping crates at Oslo Harbour.
Note: The Hawk 75As were well liked and called Sussu (sweetheart) in Finish service.
25 June 1941: Finland resumed hostilities with the Soviet Union.
Early 1943: Germany sold twelve H75A-2s and H75A-3s to Finland.
5 January 1943: Germany sold the last three Hawk 75s to Finland.
Note: Finish Hawk 75As were credited with 190 1/3 kills. 24 out of 44 Hawks had been lost:
8 in aerial combat, 6 by anti-aircraft guns, 1 by enemy bombing and 9 from accidents.
The Hawks remained in Finish service until 1948.
Edited by CORSNING, 24 December 2016 - 03:34 PM.