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By Dmitriy Khazanov, Aleksander Medved, Andrey Yurgenson

ISBN-10: 1780960654

ISBN-13: 9781780960654

Petlyakov's Pe-2 used to be the main a variety of Soviet twin-engined bomber of worldwide battle 2, the airplane getting used as a dive-bomber, floor assault platform and committed reconnaissance variety. the 1st examples entered carrier in August 1940, and by the point creation got here to finish in past due 1945, no fewer than 10,547 examples were outfitted. those outfitted greater than eighty bomber air regiments, and of the latter, have been accorded Guards Air Corps prestige, as have been six air regiments. among the previous used to be the second Guards Bomber Air Corps, which was once commanded by way of the mythical normal Polbin, who used to be two times made a Hero of the Soviet Union. Pe-2 bomber and reconnaissance types (the latter in carrier with 4 Guards reconnaissance air regiments of the Air strength and one regiment of Naval Aviation) have been broadly used from the frozen Arctic north to the balmy Crimea entrance. a few Pe-2 additionally observed short wrestle opposed to Japan within the ultimate weeks of global warfare 2.

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He then flew 115 combat sorties in Pe-2s during the Great Patriotic War, leading bomber groups on the most important missions. Valentik was duly nominated for a second award of Hero of the Soviet Union, although this was not ratified. com Pilot Snr Lt N D Panasov (right), radio-operator/gunner Snr Sgt Savchuk (left) and navigator Snr Lt Makhonko (rear centre) served as a crew with 140th SBAP from operations in defence of Leningrad to the final assault on eastern Germany. The inscription ‘LeningradKenigsberg’ on the fuselage of the bomber indicates the crew’s combat history The crew of Hero of the Soviet Union A P Malin (centre) in front of their bomber.

The weapon exploded on landing, killing 15 people and injuring five more. Although the daylight raids had, in the main, been successful, a twilight operation against Bryansk on 8 June produced mixed results. Using a plan developed as a result of previous raids, groups of aircraft 2nd SBAP was one of the oldest regiments in the Red Army Air Force, having been established in April 1938 at Soltsy airfield in the Leningrad Military District under Col Boris Pisarskiy. By the beginning of the war the regiment was commanded by Andrey Voloshin as part of 204th BAD.

The aircraft entered a dive from an altitude of 1200 metres (4000 ft) and levelled out at 350 metres (1150 ft). While the first aircraft carried out its attack, a second was on approach to the target and a third and fourth were preparing to start their bombing runs. The fifth aircraft out of the five closed the circle. According to reports from crews, 180 vehicles, nine tanks, up to 40 carts and an artillery battery were destroyed, and many troops were killed. The raid was repeated the following day.

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