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Old 14th June 2005, 23:09
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Re: Soviet Boston lost over Strait of Kerch on 29.12.43?

Hello, Juha!

Mayak is a village in the very eastern point of Crimea. The landing ground was between Mayak and Zhukovka. From the report an impression is appears, that Li-2 was written-off. One of two badly wounded was the pilot. No words about fighter escort. Maybe "8 fighters" had other task (for example - air cover of bridgehead, a common task of that time and that place). Transport aircrafts usually made a low-level solo flights to bridgehead according to the strict rules mostly without escort. And German attacks were very rare - probably because attack of the low-level target over the water was the difficult task (and German Ju-52 transport in the Black Sea area used the same tactic in many cases)

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