The P-35 was chosen by the Royal Swedish AF to modernise its fighter component in the late 1930s. A hundred and twenty already obsolescent P-35A (EP1-106) were ordered in total, but only half of them entered service. By 1941 ominous signs were in the horizon and the United States found themselves in need of fighters, any fighter. They took the last sixty Swedish Severskys; they were that desperate. Forty-five were later consumed in the Philippine bonfire.
As this superb colour photo shows the J9 (its local designation) had a lengthened fuselage compared to the P-35. It was better armed too, with an additional pair of underwing .50 HMGs. Operated by the 8 Fighter Wing, these pair wear the “Italian” Sand and Spinach camo adopted during 1943. The same their Italian “cousins” had, which the Swedish also operated. The smart looking 1st Lieutenant Arne Frykholm rides a neat German DKW NZ-350 motorcycle.