By Dmitriy Khazanov, Aleksander Medved, Andrey Yurgenson
Petlyakov's Pe-2 used to be the main a number of Soviet twin-engined bomber of worldwide struggle 2, the airplane getting used as a dive-bomber, flooring assault platform and committed reconnaissance kind. the 1st examples entered provider in August 1940, and by the point construction 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 was once the 2d Guards Bomber Air Corps, which was once commanded by means of the mythical normal Polbin, who used to be two times made a Hero of the Soviet Union. Pe-2 bomber and reconnaissance models (the latter in provider 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 couple of Pe-2 additionally observed short strive against opposed to Japan within the ultimate weeks of worldwide battle 2.