Soviet bombers were a varied lot during the Second World War, ranging from single-engined biplanes such as the 1920’s era Polikarpov U-2 to the excellent and modern twin-engined Tu-2 medium bomber. Although the use of four-engined strategic bombers was mostly limited to use of the huge Pe-8 bomber, the Soviets used many other aircraft for both strategic and tactical bombing. As the bombers of the Red Air Force were mainly tasked with supporting the Red Army, most of the bombers were used for tactical bombing, attacking tanks, troop convoys, trains, and airfields. This book will deal with both strategic bombers and tactical bombers, but will concentrate on the smaller tactical bombers, as this is where the Red Air Force’s emphasis lay. Such types as the Il-4, the Su-2, the aforementioned Tu-2, and the most important bomber of all, the Il-2 Shturmovik attack bomber, will be described in great detail, including not only details on the aircraft themselves, but how they were deployed in combat. The one truly strategic bomber, the Pe-8, will not be forgotten, and neither will the comparatively tiny U-2 biplane, which was so effective in its use as a night-time “nuisance” raider that the Germans copied the tactic wholesale. Accurate colour profiles in some number will accompany the text in this comprehensive work on Soviet bombers.
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Jason Nicholas Moore
Jason Nicholas Moore is an avid air historian and modeller, with a particular interest in Soviet aeroplanes, and has spent the last 40 years doing both historical research and constructing model aeroplanes. He has written a comprehensive history on the Il-2 Shturmovik, published by Fonthill. In addition he has written books on the Lavochkin fighters, the Tu-2 bomber, Soviet strategic bombers, and the Po-2, all published by Fonthill. He has spent much of the last 30 years researching Soviet aircraft in general, and has read extensively on the war on the Eastern Front.