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General info

The Ju 88 A-4 in the garage.

The Ju 88 A-4 is a Rank I German bomber with battle rating of 2.7 (AB/SB) and 2.0 (RB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

"Kette" of Ju 88A over Kuban.

The Ju 88A-4 is very diverse with the ability to dive bomb and regularly bomb with large payloads. It comes in handy in realistic battles when bombing tanks, as you have the bombing aim reticle from arcade battles while dive bombing. Its defensive armament is a little disappointing, but the two backwards-facing heavy machine guns can deal with light planes very quickly. However, the front is only covered by a light machine gun. Overall, the Ju 88A is a decent attack aircraft and fantastic fast medium bomber.

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Highest variety of payload from any bombers in the German tech tree
  • Decent speed for its BR
  • Ability to dive bomb, is equipped with air brakes
  • Better and more reliable defensive armaments than that of the He 111 H-3
  • Extremely maneuverable at low speeds (RB & SB)
  • Airframe can withstand high speed during a dive
  • Fairly resistant to small (.30) bullets
  • One of the few bombers that can reliably destroy enemy airfields at lower rank battles (AB)
  • Possesses the largest payload (2400 kg) of any rank I bomber
  • The 50 kg bombs are very efficient in taking out individual ground targets
  • Carrying the maximum payload doesn't have that much penalty in overall performance
  • Very useful in precision bombing
  • Can simply outrun lower BR foes
  • Can perform exceptionally well even in some early Rank II battles

Cons:

  • Defensive armament is only reliable against lower BR foes
  • High BR of 2.7 in AB
  • .50 caliber and cannon fire will quickly tear it apart
  • Take off from short runways is difficult
  • Less durable than the He 111 H-3
  • Water cooled engines and large radiator means that any shots to engine in RB or SB will usually result in engine failure
  • Cannot reliably fly with one engine
  • Big target, can easily be ripped to shreds by SPAAAs when flying low
  • Level bombing from a high altitude can be a challenge
  • Severely handicapped by being at Rank I because of its low SL multiplier of 0.5, which inhibits it from being a good money maker.

Specifications

Armaments

Offensive armament

  • 1 x 7.92 mm MG 81 machine gun (750 rpg)

Defensive armaments

  • 1 x 7.92 mm MG 81 machine gun, 2 x dorsal turret (1,000 rpg = 2,000 total)
  • 2 x 7.92 mm MG 81 machine gun, ventral turret (900 rpg = 1,800 total)

Payloads

  • 10 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs
  • 28 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs
  • 4 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs
  • 10 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs + 4 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs
  • 28 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs + 4 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs
  • 2 x 500 kg SC500K bombs
  • 10 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs + 2 x 500 kg SC500K bombs
  • 28 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs + 2 x 500 kg SC500K bombs
  • 1 x 1000 kg SC1000L2 bomb + 1 x 500 kg SC500K bomb

bombs

bombs

Bombs

Nation Mass (nominal) Name Caliber Drag   Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen     Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen  
Bomb properties High explosive Fragmentation
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Germany
1,000 kg SC 1000L2 450 33 360.4 30m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg SC 250Ja 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
50 kg SC 50Ja 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
500 kg SC 500K 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
10 kg SD 10C 152 0.8 0.3 5m 8mm 0 15m 5mm
10 kg SD 10a 152 0.8 0.5 5m 10mm 0 15m 5mm
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Japan
250 kg mod.25 mk 2 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
500 kg mod. 50 mk 2 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
800 kg mod. 80 mk 1 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg Type 92 mod. 25 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
500 kg Type 92 mod. 50 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
100 kg Type 94 mod. 10 267 9.3 0.9 6m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
50 kg Army Type 94 mod. 5 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
60 kg Type 97 mod. 6 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
250 kg Type 98 mod.25 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
800kg Type 99 mod. 25 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
800 kg Navy Type 99 No. 80 mod. 1 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
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USSR
100 kg FAB-100 267 9.3 0.9 6m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
1,000 kg FAB-1000 450 33 360.4 30m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg FAB-250M-43 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
50 kg FAB-50 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
500 kg FAB-500 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
1,500 kg FAB-1500M-46 450 33 2452.7 70m 450mm 94.4 150m 15mm
3,000 kg FAB-3000M-46 450 33 8493.2 100m 500mm 94.4 150m 15mm
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Britain
453 kg 1000 lb GP 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453 kg 1000 lb GP mk 1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453 kg 1000 lb MC mk 1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
113.4 kg 250 lb 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
113.4 kg 250 lb 43 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
113.4 kg 250 lb late 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb 43 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
1,815 kg mk 2 Cookie 450 100 4955.1 80m 400mm 87.6 200m 15mm
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USA
453.6 kg 1000lb AN-M65 cone 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453.6 kg 1000 lb AN-M65A1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
45.4 kg 100 lb AN-M30A1 152 4.3 1 8m 50mm 51.3 40m 10mm
907.2 kg 2000 lb AN-M66A2 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
113.4 kg 250 lb AN-M57 267 9.3 4.1 12m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb AN-M64A1 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
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France
kg 100 kg No. 1 m mm m mm
kg 200 kg No. 1 m mm m mm
kg 500 kg No. 2 m mm m mm

Armour

  • 58 mm and 60 mm Bulletproof glass around dorsal turret
  • 12 mm Steel plate behind pilot
  • 12 mm Steel plates around ventral turret
  • 20 mm Steel plate behind cockpit

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Junkers Jumo 211J 12-cylinder inline x2
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 1055 hp (Stock), 1368 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1285 hp (Stock), 1598 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 720 kg
Name: Junkers Jumo 211B-1 12-cylinder inline x2
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 1043 hp (Stock), 1190 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1273 hp (Stock), 1420 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 720 kg
Name: Junkers Jumo 211B-1 12-cylinder inline x2
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 1043 hp (Stock), 1190 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1273 hp (Stock), 1420 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 720 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 430 km/h
    • at height: 5,600 m
  • Max altitude: 9,800 m
  • Turn Time: 31.8 s
  • Rate of Climb: 2.9 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 530 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 480 km/h
    • at height: 5,600 m
  • Max altitude: 9,800 m
  • Turn Time: 28.3 s
  • Rate of Climb: 12.5 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 530 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 415 km/h
    • at height: 5,600 m
  • Max altitude: 9,800 m
  • Turn Time: 32.7 s
  • Rate of Climb: 4.1 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 530 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 455 km/h
    • at height: 5,600 m
  • Max altitude: 9,800 m
  • Turn Time: 30.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 6.8 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 530 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 415 km/h
    • at height: 5,600 m
  • Max altitude: 9,800 m
  • Turn Time: 32.7 s
  • Rate of Climb: 4.1 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 530 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 455 km/h
    • at height: 5,600 m
  • Max altitude: 9,800 m
  • Turn Time: 30.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 6.8 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 530 m

Performance

Warning this is still in the test phase and is probably incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data taken from 1.55)



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Altitude in 1000m

Supercharger Stage #1: 100%

Supercharger Stage #1: WEP



Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the Ju 88A series from live.warthunder

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-der.png Ju 88 A-4
Nation Germany
Type Medium Tactical Bomber
Dive Bomber
Fighting style Ground Attack
Bombing

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Characteristics
Empty Weight ~9228 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~10448 kg
Takeoff Weight ~13750 kg
Wing Area ~55 m²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 2
Air Brakes yes
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1190 hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~392.00 kph at 5600 m
Climb Rate ~6.82 m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~208.47 kph
Turn Time ~39.19 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~169.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~20344 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~23034 lb
Takeoff Weight ~30314 lb
Wing Area ~589 ft²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 2
Air Brakes yes
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1190 hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~243.58 mph at 18373 m
Climb Rate 22.37 ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~129.54 mph
Turn Time 39.19 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~34.61 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
2 x MG 131 1000 rpg
1 x MG 81 1000 rpg
Payload Option 1
10 x 💣 50 kg SC 50 Bomb
Payload Option 2
28 x 💣 50 kg SC 50 Bomb
Payload Option 3
4 x 💣 250 kg SC 250 Bomb
Payload Option 4
4 x 💣 250 kg SC 250 Bomb
10 x 💣 50 kg SC 50 Bomb
Payload Option 5
4 x 💣 250 kg SC 250 Bomb
28 x 💣 50 kg SC 50 Bomb
Payload Option 6
2 x 💣 500 kg SC 500 Bomb
Payload Option 7
12 x 💣 50 kg SC 50 Bomb
2 x 💣 500 kg SC 500 Bomb
Payload Option 8
30 x 💣 50 kg SC 50 Bomb
2 x 💣 500 kg SC 500 Bomb
Payload Option 9
1 x 💣 1000 kg SC 1000 Bomb
1 x 💣 500 kg SC 500 Bomb
Limits
Max Speed limit 675 kph
Gear lmit 310 kph
Combat Flaps 480 kph
Max static +G's ~4
Max static -G's ~4
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <350 kph
Rudder <360 kph
Elevators <400 kph
Radiator >230 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 419 mph
Gear lmit 193 mph
Combat Flaps 298 mph
Max static +G's ~4
Max static -G's ~4
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <217 mph
Rudder <224 mph
Elevators <249 mph
Radiator >143 mph
Manual Control
Mixer is not controllable
Pitch is controllable
has automatic pitch
Radiator (water) is controllable
Radiator (oil) is not controllable
Oil and water uses combined radiator control
Supercharger is not controllable
Turbocharger is not controllable
Compressor settings 1
Optimal Altitude
5400 m
17717 ft
100% Enginepower 2360 hp
WEP Enginepower 2761 hp
* Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data from 1.57 initial release)