Bombing of Field Hospital 4

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Date: 29 Jan 1940 to 29 Jan 1940
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Field Hospital # 4

was formed 11-18 Oct 1939 in Helsinki, Finland. [1] The hospital was then transported to Johannes [2], Finland where it was housed in several buildings, one of them the vicarage.

The vicarage in Johannes in the 1930's

29 Jan 1940

The russians bombed the hospital and the vicarage was totally destroyed leaving 24 people dead. The war diary claims that 6-7 bombs hit the vicarage. [3]

The Vicarage in Johannes after the bombing

In the book Kunnia - isänmaa : Suomen ja Neuvostoliiton sota 1939-40 by W E Tuompo is a claim on page 390 [4] that this event led the Finns to abandon the use of the red cross insignia at field hospitals, as it pointed out easy targets for the Russian pilots.

The Victims

Links to the profiles of the victims below. [5]

Medics and other staff


Lotta Svärd

Wikipedia: Lotta Svärd


Some of these soldiers may have been wounded or sick and admitted to the hospital. Others may have been part of the staff or protective unit.

Wounded soldiers


  1. Finnish National Archives. Introduction to the archives of Field Hospital 4
  2. Map of Johannes, now Советский in the Leningrad area of Russia
  3. Sotapäiväkirjat (kokoelma) > Sotapäiväkirjat-kokoelma > Talvisodan sotapäiväkirjat > 4. Kenttäsairaala 1939-1940 (SPK 3775)
  4. W. E. Tuompo (toim.) ym. : Kunnia - isänmaa : Suomen ja Neuvostoliiton sota 1939-40
  5. Finnish national Archives list of victims of this bombing

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