1/48 Eduard, Bf 109G-2, MT-225, flown by luutnantti (Lieutenant) Lauri Nissinen, 1/HLeLv 24, Suulajärvi, Finland, April 1944.
Lauri Vilhelm “Lapra” Nissinen was born at Joensuu on July 31th, 1918. He received flying training in 1938 and was assigned on January 1st, 1939 to LLv 24 equipped with Dutch Fokker D.XXI. On March 26th, 1943 he was promoted to luutnantti and transferred three months later to lead 1/LeLv 24 armed with Messerschmitts Bf 109G. Nissinen was killed on June 17th, 1944, when the wreck of Urho Sarjamo’s Bf 109G-2 MT-227 fell straight on Nissinen’s MT-229 at Perkjärvi. During both wars he flew appr. 300 missions and shot down 30,5 enemy aircraft. The MT-225, flown by luutnantti Nissinen had a non-standard camouflage on the top and side parts of the fuselage and on the wings using the RLM 74 colour; other standard marking of Finnish 109s in a form of yellow complements and national insignia remained in a standard form.