All involved in the strike aircraft were to take off from the airfield Shaynovka. Their order of battle was planned as in textbooks on tactics. Stormtroopers were the target in tight battle order, and the left and right of them in excess of 600-1000 meters in the - escort fighters. Two more "Lugg" instructed to stay close to the leader plane Pe-2. Hitting the Aerodrome Shatalovo was scheduled for September 18, at 06.30 Moscow time. However, due to delays in filling the flight did not have time to prepare. Meanwhile in the sky soon appeared nemetskiesamolety aimed, as it turned out, was the airfield itself Shaynovka. Twelve Bf-110 struck him on the sudden attack with bomb-hit, knocking out two of IL-2 and one Pe-2 and LaGG-3. This is somewhat weakened the strike group, however, refuse to attack Russian did not intend.