I really should change my personal text... Or not.
- Jan 4, 2012
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Given the relative "success" of the daylight bombing campaign against German industry, I think that is a pretty dubious assessment. Couple that with the fact the four-engine strategic bombers gobbled up disproportionate industrial resources to produce compared to the smaller twins, and I'm not at all sure they made the wrong decision.The Germans drew the wrong conclusions that would cost them the next war: the decision not to manufacture four engine strategic bombers prevented them from destroying the Russian factories located behind the Urals in 1942.
Even accepting your premise at face-value, the Soviet Union had nothing but room further east. There is nothing to prevent them from simply moving production farther east out of the range of disruption as they did with the first move.
One area they might have enjoyed more four engine aircraft was something like the "Scourge of the Atlantic" which did not use high-powered and in-demand engines and performed valuable service in maritime patrol and attack.