Soviet R-5 aircraft

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Erich
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Soviet R-5 aircraft

Post by Erich » 02 May 2003 17:26

Gents :

Looking for some pics of this recon-bomber......

Also, would this a/c have still been used in the spring (March) of 1945 in it's intended role ? I ask as I have a claim by a Leutnant Konter of I./NJG 100, flying a Ju 88G-6 that claimed 4 R-5's on the night of March 27/28, 1945.....unless he mis-identified the a/c, which he may well have......

thank you for the help. :D

Erich

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Post by Juha Tompuri » 02 May 2003 21:06

Erich,

Here´s one:
http://www.kuhmo.fi/talvisota/kuvat/nay ... v-r5-1.jpg

Actually I like this more :wink: :
http://www.sodatkuvina.cjb.net/images/T ... ovR_5.html

Yes, I think the russians used the R-5´s at the "nervensäge" role to the end of the war.

Regards, Juha

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Post by varjag » 03 May 2003 12:51

Erich - I agree with Juha, it is quite possible that Lt. Konter was dealing with old R-5's as late as March 1945. Since he must have identified them as bi-planes (which the R-5 was) they perhaps more likely were U-2's. Both were Polikarpov designs, built by their thousands and both the perhaps most important aircraft, together with the R-1's of the very early Soviet aviation-industry programme. Amazing - for a night-score of FOUR (4) of them is that the stalling speed of his Ju 88 must have been close to the top-speed of both the R-5 and U-2. I regret I cannot send u a picture of one - I don't know how to do it - simple and fact. My wife does - but takes a dim view of old aircraft and piccies of them. Suggest you punch in <Polikarpov R-5> on Google or <Polikarpov R-Z> and you should strike paydirt, rgds, Varjag

PS - Juha - good to see you 'in action' again - and rgds to you too - DS

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Post by Juha Tompuri » 03 May 2003 21:13

Howdy Varjag, the Viking!

Yes, you´re right: http://www.apali.fi/books/rs4_uk/rs4_uk.html states no R-5 "family" (R-5, R-Z,SSS and R-10) losses to USSR 1945 (1944 nine planes) but 96 Po-2 (=U-2) losses 1945.

:) Regards, Juha

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Post by Erich » 05 May 2003 22:26

thank you gentlemen !

I concur that it was probably Po 2's. Even to within stalling speed and landing gear down it was still tough for the nf crews to positively id a/c at night. Did not matter whether on the Ost front or Western front against RAF heavies......

A fact that in 1945 I./NJG 100 claimed only 3 different Soviet a/c types.

~Erich

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