Ilmari Juutilainen

1914 - 1999

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Eino Ilmari "Illu" Juutilainen (21 February 1914 – 21 February 1999) was a fighter pilot of the Ilmavoimat (Finnish Air Force), and the top scoring non-German fighter pilot of all time. The top flying ace of the Finnish Air Force, he led all Finnish pilots in score against Soviet aircraft in World War II (1939–40 and 1941–44), with 94 confirmed aerial combat victories (he himself claimed further kills for a total of 126 victories, but these were unconfirmed) in 437 sorties. He achieved 34 of his victories while flying the Brewster Buffalo fighter.One of the four double recipients of the Mannerheim Cross 2nd Class, Juutilainen was born in Lieksa, and died in Tuusula. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ilmari Juutilainen has received more than 261,116 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). Ilmari Juutilainen is the 661st most popular military personnel (down from 612th in 2019), the 60th most popular biography from Finland (down from 56th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Finnish Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Ilmari Juutilainen ranks 661 out of 1,466Before him are Charlie Wilson, Hyacinth Graf Strachwitz, Yoshijirō Umezu, Hermann-Bernhard Ramcke, Jawhar, and Walter Weiß. After him are Ivan Chernyakhovsky, Stanisław Sosabowski, Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, Won Gyun, Georg Lindemann, and Peucestas.

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Among people born in 1914, Ilmari Juutilainen ranks 81Before him are Dürrüşehvar Sultan, Achille Compagnoni, Demetrios I of Constantinople, Eugene Nida, Lilli Palmer, and Bill Finger. After him are Jean-Pierre Vernant, Go Seigen, Pietro Germi, Kurt Franz, Saul Steinberg, and Woody Strode. Among people deceased in 1999, Ilmari Juutilainen ranks 64Before him are Daniel Nathans, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Gyula Zsengellér, Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Barış Manço, and Edward Dmytryk. After him are Victor Mature, Sebastian Haffner, Saul Steinberg, David Ogilvy, Paul Bowles, and Michael Morris, 3rd Baron Killanin.

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Among people born in Finland, Ilmari Juutilainen ranks 60 out of 509Before him are Bernhard Crusell (1775), Wäinö Aaltonen (1894), Aino Aalto (1894), Lasse Virén (1949), Tarja Turunen (1977), and Ville Ritola (1896). After him are Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928), Ernst Linder (1868), Eino Leino (1878), Liisi Oterma (1915), Antti Aarne (1867), and Gustaf Mauritz Armfelt (1757).


Among military personnels born in Finland, Ilmari Juutilainen ranks 2Before him are Simo Häyhä (1905). After him are Ernst Linder (1868), Erik Heinrichs (1890), Ali Aaltonen (1884), and Paavo Talvela (1897).