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|Publisher and Catalogue
||Aircraft Number 192 - Ilyushin
|Media and Contents:
||Soft cover, landscape format, 49
pages plus covers (incl. 2 pages and front and back in full color).
USD$8.97 from Squadron.com
||A broad overview of the DB-3 / Il-4
giving a good introduction to this bomber.
Reviewed by Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
Ilyushin Il-4 in action
is available online from Squadron.com
Once again we
are confronted by a Russian bomber with various designations (First time
was in my
review of the SB Bomber monograph). In this case the Ilyushin Il-4
was first designated as the TsKB-30, which was the initials of the
Central Design Bureau (Tsentral’naya Konstruktorskoe Byuro) for which
Sergei V. Ilyushin was head of the No. 3 Brigade.
The bomber then acquired the designation of DB, which stood for Long-Range
Bomber (Dal’nyi Bombardirovshchik). I’m not sure what the designation –3 was
for. The “2” in SB 2 indicated 2 engines. But, the Il-4 had two engines also.
Finally, Il-4, this was the designation granted on 26 March 1942 to honor Sergei
Ilyushin. Presumably Sergei was “in” with Comrad Stalin at this point. The
“-4” in this case indicated it was a bomber, as Stalin decided that fighters
should have odd numbers and bombers even numbers.
This “in action” is arranged in classic “in action” style, beginning with a
brief introduction to the aircraft’s initial development and concluding with the
final variant, the larger Il-6 with its 85 foot wing span and powered by
12-cylinder diesel engines
Within each section there is a good technical overview and a description of the
changes made to each variant. There is also a brief description of the
camouflage applied to that variant.
course, what would any discussion of Soviet WW-2 bombers be without a discussion
of their service in the Finnish Air Force. In this case, a number of Il-4
variants (DB-3 and Il-4) entered service with the Finns either through capture
or purchase from Germany.
There is an all too brief overview of the DB-3/Il-4 in combat. It first saw
action in China against the Japanese. It was the VVS bomber that bombed Berlin.
But, like most VVS aircraft, its role was primarily tactical, rather than
with all “in action” books, the pictures become primary. There are especially
good pictures of the cockpit and other interior areas. There is also the color
centerfold collection of aircraft, and two more color drawings on the back
Over the past several years, the archives of the Soviet Air Force have yielded
information and unseen photographs. I presume that monographs such as this “in
action” are the beneficiaries. Hopefully, we can expect more to appear on VVS
aircraft. As for this “in action” on the Il-4, I recommend it to any one who
has an interest in the VVS during the Great Patriotic War.
Squadron for the review sample.
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