Sten Åke Haraldsson
Haraldsson was born on Munsö, Uppland, on 7 March 1919.
Before the war he lived in Järfälla and served as vicekorpral (Vice Corporal) and mechanic at F8.
During the Winter War he served as a volunteer in the Finnish infantry.
He volunteered for service Finland during the Continuation War and arrived to this country on 25 February 1942.
At first he served as a car-mechanic but was posted to LeLv 42 on 21 March 1942 as an aircraft-mechanic. During this period he also served in LeLv 46.
He was then transferred to LeLv 6.
Haraldsson was killed when Blackburn Ripon IIF RI-152 crashed 500 metres west of Nyhems lighthouse on 4 September 1942 during submarine reconnaissance over the Sea of Åland. The pilot of RI-152 was 29-year-old luutnantti Kalervo Malinen, who also was killed.
Haraldsson was together with Gustaf-Mauritz Armfelt the only foreigners that served in the Finnish Air Force during the Continuation War.
He is remembered together with Malinen on an memorial plate in a stone on the island of Nyhamn, south of Mariehamn.
Article by Eino Ritaranta in "Suomen Ilmailuhistoriallinen Lehti" no. 1/1996 kindly provided by Carl-Fredrik Geust
De stupade svenska frivilliga i Finlands försvarskamp 1939-1944 - Armémuseum
Suomen sodissa 1939-1945 menehtyneiden tiedosto
Additional information kindly provided by Carl-Fredrik Geust and Jouko Rautio.