Ilyushin Il-4: The red secondary star.

Ilyushin Il-4: The red secondary star.

In the very tactical Soviet AF of the Great Patriotic War (WW2) bombers like this Ilyushin were at a very second level. The Il-4 was a medium bomber derived for the “very late 1930s” DB-3, so by the time it entered service it proved to be a honest, if somewhat lacklustre performer. It had nevertheless its moments of dash and glory like when they took part in the very publicized raids against Berlin.

A magnificent photo, something unusual in WW2 USSR.

3 thoughts on “Ilyushin Il-4: The red secondary star.

  1. Pingback: The forgotten Soviet bomber: The Ilyushin Il-4 | vvs air war

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