Pe-2 - Soviet Union
The Pe-2 was one of the most important Soviet aircraft of
the Great Patriotic War. It was designed by an imprisoned
team to be a advanced high-altitude fighter, but there was no need
for such an aircraft, so it was converted into a very good and
fast light bomber.
German armies invaded Russia in the later
summer of 1940. After initial delays caused by the attack,
the plane went into full production. Six months later, the
Pe-2 was being turned over to combat units to fight the German
Luftwaffe. The first models had problems with the ammunition
feed system to the ventral gun, which often jammed.
Luftwaffe pilots quickly discovered the weakness and shot down
many of the Soviet planets. The problem was quickly
fixed. Another problem was the light bomb load. The
three bays could hold only six. Four more were added
externally. The Pe-2 saw combat throughout the war and
remained in service many years thereafter. No less than
11,427 were built.
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