keskiviikko 28. joulukuuta 2016

TB-3 forced landing

One of the strange coincidence, which sometimes happens in war
One infantry mortar granat hit received, and forced landing made TB-3 bomber
Kuhmo area, 1940.03.14 
So, right on the final stretch of the Winter War, this case.
Next day becomes peace
Kuhmo rintama 14.03.1940
Jalkaväen heittimen kranaatista osuman saanut venäläinen TB-3 pommikone, joka on joutunut tekemään pakkolaskun, Seuraavana päivänä talvisota päättyi.

The TB-3 was used operationally during the Battle of Khalkhin Gol against Japan and in the Winter War with Finland. Although it was officially withdrawn from service in 1939, at the start of the Great Patriotic War on 22 June 1941, the Soviet Air Force had 516 operational TB-3s, with an additional 25 operated by the Soviet Navy.

Stationed far from the USSR's western border, the ТB-3s avoided catastrophic losses during the first German air strikes, after which TB-3s from 3rd TBAP (Heavy Bomber Regiment) began flying night bombing missions on 23 June. A shortage of combat-ready aircraft also required daytime use of TB-3s without fighter escort and in this role the bombers, operating at low-to-medium altitudes, suffered heavy losses to enemy fighters and ground fire. 

By August 1941, TB-3s made up 25% of the Soviet bomber force and, operated by elite air force crews, were flying up to three combat missions per night. The aircraft participated in all major battles through 1943, including the first Battle of Smolensk, the Battle of Moscow, the Battle of Stalingrad, the Siege of Leningrad, and the Battle of Kursk. On 1 July 1945, 18th Air Army still had ten TB-3s on the active roster.

The TB-3 served extensively as a cargo and paratroop transport, carrying up to 35 soldiers in the latter role. In the first five months of the war, the aircraft transported 2,797 tons of cargo and 2,300 personnel.
This system was tested sometime in 1922 and reviews by the paratroopers were less than stellar, .

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