This Soviet ground attack aircraft is the most widely produced military aircraft of all time . Over 36,100 have been produced.
Soviet doctrine in WW2 did not stress strategic bombing , the huge distances involved on the eastern front made it impractical.
The Red Air force was considered to be an extension of the army . Their aircraft were used for short range , low level tactical missions.
Bomber Command R.C.A.F. F/LT Sean Dunn
The Sturmovik was superbly designed for this role .It was heavily armored , and carried 1300 pounds (590 KG) of bombs , two 37 mm cannon ,one 12.7 mm and two 7.62mm machine guns .
Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik