He told me that the "Bostons" torpedoed Niobe. I think it was only after the Soviet archives began to open we found out about the skip-bombing.
Soviet command considered use of torpedos, but declined this way because of little depth in the harbour.?
Few things: You wrote (as I too have earlier understood) that the A-20G's carried one 1000kg FAB (phosphorous?) bomb each, but what does it "say" at the plan?
I'm sorry, it's my mistake - of course 2 FAB-1000 on each plane in this operation. Usually bomb loading was only 1 FAB-1000. FAB (fugasnaya aviatsionnaya bomba) - it's standard simple bomb.
What were the escorts of the Il-2's ? LaGG-3's ?
Firstly, I corrected data at first page about units which attacked Niobe (sorry, but Soviet air units have very disorderly and chaotic numeration, existed large number of units, which had the same names, but system of renaming is absolutely anti-logical - it's impossible to remember all). For me it's very interesting moment too. I have different data, but majority of sources writes about La-5. Usually units from one division (51st MTAP, 12th Guards BAP KBF and 21st IAP KBF were in structure of 8th MTAD) completed missions, but this mission was too wide and 1st Guards IAD KBF and 11th ShAD also took part in operation. Units of 1st Guards IAD KBF, for example 11th IAP KBF had mixed equipment - LaGG-3 and La-5. I think it's possible, what during operation squadrons were mixed. Then LaGG-3 probably were in escort of Il-2, but La-5 were first planes which appeared over Kotka for cleaning the air.
Also, do you know what is the other ship at the plan between Niobe and Kotka island?
But this is real over-claim! Pilots of second pair of A-20 claimed what they also have sunk big transport ship. But on photos of Kotka harbour during the attack and after the attack I didn't see any transport ship.