Aerial Photographs of Finland/Northern Russia

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Aerial Photographs of Finland/Northern Russia

Post by sean_the_great48 » 06 Aug 2018 19:06

I'm having trouble finding aerial photography from the WWII era online. I specifically am looking for aerial images of: Viipuri, Taipale, Summa, Suomussalmi, Petsamo, Helsinki, etc. I found some of Leningrad via http://www.wwii-photos-maps.com/ , they seem to be the only quality archive I can find. I'll show some of the photos below. If anyone knows of any quality aerial archives that house such photos online, that would be great.
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Re: Aerial Photographs of Finland/Northern Russia

Post by Michael Kenny » 06 Aug 2018 19:53

NCAP have some cover of 'Northern Russia' https://ncap.org.uk/search?view=map#pla ... layers=BTT

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Re: Aerial Photographs of Finland/Northern Russia

Post by sean_the_great48 » 06 Aug 2018 22:50

Yeah, it has only a few, and only in the Leningrad area, none in Finland.

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Re: Aerial Photographs of Finland/Northern Russia

Post by Mangrove » 07 Aug 2018 13:33

sean_the_great48 wrote:
06 Aug 2018 19:06
I'm having trouble finding aerial photography from the WWII era online. I specifically am looking for aerial images of: Viipuri, Taipale, Summa, Suomussalmi, Petsamo, Helsinki, etc.
All of the film negatives of aerial photographs taken of pre-war or future Soviet Union territory were handed over to the Soviet Union after the Continuation War. Only a few paper contact prints exist at various Finnish archives. To the best of my knowledge, there were no Finnish aerial photograph flights over Petsamo or Suomussalmi between 1940 and 1944.

I have started to digitise some of these contact prints and I will post them to my web site at www.traditional.fi as I'm finished. Currently I have only one set of photographs ready, Finnish Air Force Aerial Photographs of Downtown Leningrad, 9 February 1943

See also aerial photographs of Helsinki taken in 1934, 1943, 1950, 1964, 1976, 1988 and 2014

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Re: Aerial Photographs of Finland/Northern Russia

Post by sean_the_great48 » 08 Aug 2018 17:40

Great, I'm curious if there are any of Suomussalmi from the 30s, same as with Taipale and Summa etc.

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Re: Aerial Photographs of Finland/Northern Russia

Post by Mangrove » 08 Aug 2018 17:57

sean_the_great48 wrote:
08 Aug 2018 17:40
Great, I'm curious if there are any of Suomussalmi from the 30s, same as with Taipale and Summa etc.
Here are some aerial photograph flights flown before and during the Winter War:

- 17 October 1939. Koukkuniemi.

- 1 February 1940. Kuolemajärvi, Muolaanjärvi, Summa.
- 14 February 1940. Kämärä and Kaukjärvi.
- 17 February 1940. Kämärä and Summa.
- 25 February 1940. Kaislahti and Kämärä.
- 26 February 1940. Kämärä and Kaukjärvi.
- 27 February 1940. Kollaa.
- 1 March 1940. Saunasaari and Suulajärvi.

There are some late 1930s and late 1940s paper maps laid over an aerial photograph (ilmakuvakartta) of what is now Finland that are kept in the National Archives of Finland. These are catalogued by the grid number that corresponds to the modern map grid system. The rest are probably held by the National Land Survey of Finland (Maanmittauslaitos).

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Re: Aerial Photographs of Finland/Northern Russia

Post by Seppo Koivisto » 08 Aug 2018 19:11

The web page of Timo Meriluoto has some WWII era photomaps and aerial photos:
http://timomeriluoto.kapsi.fi/Sivut/Paa ... artat.html
http://timomeriluoto.kapsi.fi/Sivut/Paa ... kuvia.html

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Re: Aerial Photographs of Finland/Northern Russia

Post by sean_the_great48 » 08 Aug 2018 22:42

Mangrove wrote:
08 Aug 2018 17:57
sean_the_great48 wrote:
08 Aug 2018 17:40
Great, I'm curious if there are any of Suomussalmi from the 30s, same as with Taipale and Summa etc.
Here are some aerial photograph flights flown before and during the Winter War:

- 17 October 1939. Koukkuniemi.

- 1 February 1940. Kuolemajärvi, Muolaanjärvi, Summa.
- 14 February 1940. Kämärä and Kaukjärvi.
- 17 February 1940. Kämärä and Summa.
- 25 February 1940. Kaislahti and Kämärä.
- 26 February 1940. Kämärä and Kaukjärvi.
- 27 February 1940. Kollaa.
- 1 March 1940. Saunasaari and Suulajärvi.

There are some late 1930s and late 1940s paper maps laid over an aerial photograph (ilmakuvakartta) of what is now Finland that are kept in the National Archives of Finland. These are catalogued by the grid number that corresponds to the modern map grid system. The rest are probably held by the National Land Survey of Finland (Maanmittauslaitos).
Do you have any links for these photos?

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Re: Aerial Photographs of Finland/Northern Russia

Post by sean_the_great48 » 08 Aug 2018 22:43

Seppo Koivisto wrote:
08 Aug 2018 19:11
The web page of Timo Meriluoto has some WWII era photomaps and aerial photos:
http://timomeriluoto.kapsi.fi/Sivut/Paa ... artat.html
http://timomeriluoto.kapsi.fi/Sivut/Paa ... kuvia.html
Great, this will be useful.

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