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The Petlyakov Pe-2 : Stalin's Successful Red Air Force Light Bomber

During the Second World War, the Soviet Union's Petlyakov Pe-2 Peshka dive-bomber was unique in that it was as fast as most fighter aircraft. This was in a period when it was considered by the RAF that it was impossible for monoplane aircraft to conduct vertical bombing with any degree of success.
During the war the Pe-2 was the principal dive- and light-bomber of Russia's air power across the vast Eastern Front and it continued in service until the early 1950s with the air forces of the Warsaw Pact countries and Yugoslavia.

Conceived by a team of top aircraft designers whom Stalin had incarcerated in a prison camp on trumped-up political charges, the Pe-2 had originally been designed as a high-altitude twin-engine fighter plane, but, due to the outstanding success of the German Stukas in the Blitzkrieg, its role was quickly changed to that of a fast dive-bomber.

The Pe-2 arrived in service around the time of the German attack on its hitherto ally. Although only a handful had reached front line units by the start of Operation Barbarossa in June 1941, the Pe-2 soon became the main dive-bomber in both the Soviet VVS and Naval service.
Mass production, by factories hastily moved back beyond the front, meant that numbers increased rapidly, and more than 11,000 of the type, including many variants, were built up to 1945.
The Peshka became the mainstay of the Soviet counter-offensive that ultimately resulted in the fall of Berlin. Pe-2s also led the way in the brief but annihilating Manchurian campaign against Japan in the closing days of the war in 1945.

Using official sources, including the official Pe-2 handbook, and numerous colour and black-and-white photographs made available to the author from both official and private sources and collections, this book is the definitive record of the Pe-2 - the dive-bomber supreme!

Author:Peter C. Smith
Specs:336 pages, 24.5 x 16 x 3.5 cm / 9.7 x 6.3 x 1.38 in, hardback
Illustrations:400 b&w photographs
Publisher:Pen & Sword Books Ltd (GB, 2020)
EAN:9781526759306
Book: The Petlyakov Pe-2 : Stalin's Successful Red Air Force Light Bomber

The Petlyakov Pe-2 : Stalin's Successful Red Air Force Light Bomber

Language: English

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PE-2 Guards Units of World War 2 (Osprey)

Petlyakov's Pe-2 was the most numerous Soviet twin-engined bomber of World War 2, the aircraft being used as a dive-bomber, ground attack platform and dedicated reconnaissance type.
The first examples entered service in August 1940, and by the time production came to end in late 1945, no fewer than 10,547 examples had been built. These equipped more than 80 bomber air regiments, and of the latter, two were accorded Guards Air Corps status, as were six air regiments. Amongst the former was the 2nd Guards Bomber Air Corps, which was commanded by the legendary General Polbin, who was twice made a Hero of the Soviet Union.
Pe-2 bomber and reconnaissance versions (the latter in service with four Guards reconnaissance air regiments of the Air Force and one regiment of Naval Aviation) were extensively used from the frozen Arctic north to the balmy Crimea front. A number of Pe-2 also saw brief combat against Japan in the final weeks of World War 2.

Contents: Pe-2 Development - Guards bomber air regiments - Guards bomber air divisions - Guards bomber air corps - Guards reconnaissance air regiments - Guards bomber air regiments of naval air forces - Appendices.

Author:Dmitriy Khazanov, Aleksander Medved
Specs:96 pages, 24.5 x 18.5 x 0.6 cm / 9.7 x 7.3 x 0.24 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2013)
Series:Combat Aircraft (96)
EAN:9781780960654
Book: PE-2 Guards Units of World War 2 (Osprey)

PE-2 Guards Units of World War 2

Language: English

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