Loss of air gunners were quite high. According to the recollections of veterans, if there was a meeting with German fighters, and was conducted aerial combat, then certainly one or two shooters from the group brought wounded or killed. Installing the AM-38F engine forced it possible to improve the properties of attack aircraft take-off, but the maneuverability and handling qualities were still unsatisfactory. Piloting the aircraft required the attention of pilots, especially on bends and turns of combat that IL-2 performed with vibrations along the longitudinal axis. When shifting from the stormtrooper bend in turn observed large load on the handlebars. Particular difficulties arise when maneuvering within the group. The increased inertia double IL-2 required to increase the distance between planes in combat formations.