...The Soviets have bombers? But seriously, what happened to that huge-ass plane in Prokorohvka? Too laggy?
If we get the Pe-8, we need the 5000kg bomb. http://www.hut.fi/~andres/m44/m44_5t.htm This would explain why this normaly fast high flying plane is lumbering around low to the ground. On a serious note, could the BF42 engine produce an explosion large enough? I bet not.
[color=black]TB-3 It was used as a night bomber, in the afternoon it was simply huge target.[/color] [color=black]TB_3 were unique by the opportunities on delivery large-sized technics. if Ps-84(Li - 2) could accept aboard field or anti-tank gun that TB-3 on an external suspension bracket delivered various wheel and caterpillar technics or light tanks. Between racks of the chassis in the collected kind could go in both the automobile, and an antiaircraft gun.[/color]
[color=black]For [/color][color=black]June, 22, 1941[/color][color=black] in I build the Air Forces was present 516 TB-3. Still 25-th the sea aircraft had. For example, in the Air Forces of the Western front for [/color][color=black]September, 25, 1941[/color][color=black] was present 25 TB-3 - about 40 % of all bombers taking place ther[/color] [color=black]On December, 22 at the front remained only such 84 planes. In the winter of 1941-42. TB-3 have started to be replaced gradually Ps-84(Li - 2), and from the end of 1942 and American C-47.[/color][color=black](Li-2 - license version of Douglas DC-3)[/color] [color=black]From the end of 1943. TB-3 finally went for a role of military-transport aircraft.[/color]
I do think FH or someone should do the map where the Soviet paratroopers jumped from the wings in one of the few Soviet airborne operations of WW2.
"By conducting a large-scale airborne troop landing behind the German lines, the Soviets intended to envelop the German troops. The airborne landing was initiated on January 18 and January 19, when twenty-one PS-84s--license-built American DC-3s--of MAGON GVF carried out forty-eight sorties, thirty-four of them successful, and dropped 642 paratroopers from the 201st Airborne Brigade of 5th Airborne Corps behind German lines in the Ugra area south of Vyazma. The operation continued for five days, and a total of 1,642 troops were landed at the cost to MAGON GVF of six PS-84s, three of them in accidents."
"On January 27 the Soviets renewed the airdrop operation at Vyazma. Thirty-nine PS-84s from MAGON GVF and twenty-five four-engine TB-3s were concentrated to fly General-Mayor Aleksey Levashov�s 4th Airborne Corps behind the German lines. However, the operation, which commenced on January 27, was ill fated from the outset. The 648 paratroopers that were dropped on the first day landed more than ten miles from the intended drop zone and became scattered over a fifteen-mile-wide area. The same day, a Bf 110-reconnaissance plane discovered the departure airbase at Grabtsevo--and shot down a LaGG-3 over the airdrome before returning home with the valuable information. A few hours later, Major Wilhelm Spies�s I./ZG 26 and Major Waldemar Krüger�s II./KG 3 mounted all available aircraft against the airfield. Twelve TB-3s, one Pe-3, and the entire fuel store were destroyed, and the runway was severely damaged. The only German aircraft lost during this mission was the Bf 110 piloted by Major Spies. A veteran from the Spanish Civil War and credited with twenty aerial victories, Knight�s Cross holder Spies was one of the top Zerstörer aces."
"In spite of a fierce resistance, the Soviet 4th Airborne Corps managed to accomplish its task. By February 28, its troops had advanced thirteen miles to the south and southeast and reached the assigned line where they were supposed to join forces with the Soviet Fiftieth Army. But under the pressure of incessant Luftwaffe attacks the latter force failed to penetrate the German defense and reach connection with the airborne corps. The 4th Airborne Corps had to switch to the defense and would remain fighting in the German rear area for a prolonged period. The German situation in this sector was saved largely due to the Luftwaffe."