Yeah, the PE-2 AI Gunners are super deadly, both top and bottom positions. The JU-88, HE-111 and ME-110 AI Gunners are nowhere close to being on the same lever as the PE-2. It’s a super fast twin and can take hits, unlike its German counterparts.
Best way to kill PE-2’s is having two or more aircraft working together. Zoom in, hit the PE-2 from the front, sides, top and underneath, etc. Being offset 45* (high or low) works well, especially if you have 2 or more aircraft making passes on it.
We (Flight of three 109E7’s) knocked out 3 of them in one sortie last night. Have to be disciplined with the tactics though. Can’t target fixate or their gunners will tat you up. Two or more fighters slowly chipping away on a Pe-2 works.. Forcing them to maneuver and get slow seems to work the best so far.
The Pe-2 is still a tough aircraft to shoot down, even with two or more aircraft working together. Engaging a Pe-2 solo in TAW is a gamble with a lot of risk involved.
Working as a team without worrying about who gets credit for the kill is the best way to destroy these bombers.
One of the best qualities of TAW is the emphasis on teamwork. It’s not about individual stats, it’s about the entire team working together to win a map.