I don't want the discussion to die out because it's a good one. The VVS didn't need a heavy bomber force because it had the USAAF and RAF doing all the dirty work for them in the skies over Europe. If it had been VVS against the RAF, the VVS would need to deploy heavy bombers against the RAF. The RAF had a better high altitude force. It's bombers would get through Soviet air space almost unhampered because the VVS didn't have any high altitude capable fighters, they didn't need them because the Luftwaffe was generally intercepting or attacking at low altitudes. The RAF did however have effective low altitude fighters, much more capable than VVS aircraft. The Spitfire Mk.IX and XIV were better in their respective times than what the VVS could field. The night campaigns would be all to the RAF because of the Mosquito being the best night-fighter of the war, the VVS had nothing to field against it. The Mosquito could effectively hit with precision during the day, just like it did during the day against the Luftwaffe. The RAF were only inaccurate in 1940-1941. Electronics began to play their part in 1942 and all the way until the end. The Soviet Union provides many large targets for the RAF, all within range of the RAF Heavy Bombers. The VVS could not strike back... The bombing campaign over Europe crippled the German war machine, the production numbers only rise because A.Speer put Germany on to full War Time production in 1942. Had he done so and the Allied bomber offensive never happened, the production numbers would have probably been doubled! In November 1944 (I think the month is right), the RAF dropped more tonnage of bombs on Europe than the US 8th AF. All the VVS had was a supremecy in numbers, something the RAF dealt with in the BoB against the Luftwaffe.