The Petlyakov PE-2, Stain’s Successful Red Air Force Light Bomber

This is the most comprehensive English language review of the Petlyakov PE-2. Primarily a dive bomber, this successful design was also used in other roles including service as heavy fighter Highly Recommended

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NAME:    The Petlyakov PE-2, Stain's Successful Red Air Force Light Bomber
FILE: R3222
AUTHOR: Peter C Smith
PUBLISHER: Air World, Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
PRICE: £30.00                                                               
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT:   WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, Eastern Front, 
brutality, terror, Blitz Krieg, Red Air Force, light bomber, dive bomber, heavy fighter, 
twin engine fighter

ISBN: 1-52675-930-6

PAGES: 436
IMAGE: B3222.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: This is the most comprehensive English language review of the 
Petlyakov PE-2.  Primarily a dive bomber, this successful design was also used in 
other roles including service as heavy fighter  Highly Recommended


The PE-2 was specifically designed as a dive bomber and most of its service was in that role. Some have described the PE-2 as a Russian Mosquito and it did serve in other roles but not the true multi-role application of the de Haviland Mosquito. With some 11,000 built, it was available at a time when other designs might have been better suited to some of the roles it was applied to and Petlyakov was frequently coming up with design adaptations.

Outside its primary role, the PE-2 was not equipped for level bombing but its high speed provided it with a level of immunity from Luftwaffe fighters. It was deployed as a fighter and this was more because of its speed and the perceived lack of an Me 110 equivalent in the Red Air Force battle lines.

The author has provided a formidable and detailed account of the PE-2, with a great many images through the body of the book in support of the text. He has done justice to the female pilots of the Red Air Force who were equipped with the PE-2 and the book includes a list of units equipped with the aircraft and a selection of pilot biographies.