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Flag, blue scandinavian cross over a white background.

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Roundel, three concentric stripes, white blue white, thin black border.

Roundel used on the aircraft of the Suomen Ilmavoimat (Finnish Air Force) and Maavoimat (Army Aviation) from the 1st of April 1945. The blue svastika has been abandonned after the end of war with USSR, on the 6th of December 1944.

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Blue svastika over a white circular background.

This roundel is inspired by the personnal insignia of a swedish avliator, Count Eric von Rosen, who had painted a blue svastika on his own Morane Parasol. On the 6th of March 1918, during the finnish civil war, he made a gift a his aircraft to Finland. The emblem sported by this first aircraft was then chosen as national insignia by the finnish air force, and was used until 1944. A symbol with a ambiguous signification, this svastika, usef as soon as 1918 has nothing in common with nazism, even with the fight of Finland against the USSR together with the Germans. It is also similar to the roundel used by Latvia at the same period. For the sides of history, Eric von Rosen was brother-in-law of Hermann Goering.


Blue svastika over a grey circular background.

The white background is changed from the 12th of January 1944 for a light grey-blue.

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