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General info

The Lancaster B Mk III in the garage.

The Lancaster B Mk III is a Rank IV British bomber with a battle rating of 5.0 (AB), 5.7 (RB), and 6.0 (SB). It was 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

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

It is best to fly the Lancaster at a high altitude, at least 4000m, to be able to be unhindered by fighter aircraft. Beware, the aircraft has no defensive armament on the underside of the plane allowing an easy kill for experienced pilots. Due to this, and the large bomb load of the plane, it is best to target mini-bases and airfields, as moving tank columns are extremely difficult to hit, and even static targets like pillboxes can be tricky. Its defensive armament is lacking, so it is best to avoid enemy fighters altogether rather than attempting to fend them off. If you do find yourself under attack, weaving the plane left/right and up/down can help you dodge most of the fire, while allowing your turrets to still shoot back.

In real life, the Lancaster was mainly used as a Strategic Night Bomber, used in very large numbers to carpet bomb large industrial areas and cities in Germany, a role which is performed in admirably. Fighters struggled to intercept them in the dark and Anti Aircraft guns would find it difficult to target them effectively, especially if they were used in large numbers. However, this role does not really fit War Thunder. You rarely come across night missions, you will probably be playing individually as opposed to in a bomber formation and the map will be swarming with enemy fighters, who will all be licking their lips at the concept of an easy bomber kill. Tie this in with poor defensive armament and not particularly impressive performance and you have a recipe for disaster. Therefore, the Lancaster suffers in War Thunder on arcade and realistic air battles and will be an exceptionally easy target in ground realistic battles. If it has any advantages, it is that it the Lancaster can carry a powerful payload. With the 2 x 4,000 lb bomb load, the plane can be put into a shallow dive to quickly reach and destroy 2 mini-bases (1 bomb for each), before most enemy fighters have climbed to altitude.

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Great bomb-load
  • Multiple engines

Cons:

  • Big target
  • Fairly Slow
  • Engine failures are common
  • Wings are big and thus commonly torn off by gunfire
  • 7.7 mm machine gun fire won't do much against German Fighters.
  • When using gunner view the different calibre turrets make it difficult to hit a target with both bullet streams.
  • Even when the turrets hit, it doesnt do any damage. most fighters will knock out your engines before you can kill their engines or pilots or at all.

Specifications

Armaments

Defensive armaments

  • 1 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, tail turret (2,500 rpg = 5,000 total)

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M2 Browning Turret

Pros

Cons



  • 2 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gun, nose turret (1,000 rpg = 2,000 total)
  • 2 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gun, dorsal turret (1,000 rpg = 2,000 total)


Payloads

  • 14 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs
  • 6 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs + 8 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs
  • 14 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs
  • 6 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs + 2 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs + 1 x G.P. 1,000 lb Mk.I bomb
  • 3 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs + 6 x G.P. 1,000 lb Mk.I bombs
  • 14 x M.C. 1,000 lb Mk.I bombs
  • 1 x H.C. 4,000 lb Mk.II bomb + 6 x M.C. 1,000 lb Mk.I bombs + 2 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs
  • 2 x H.C. 4,000 lb Mk.II bombs


Armour

  • 8 mm Steel plates behind the pilot headrests.
  • 6.35 mm Steel plate behind the engines.

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Rolls-Royce Merlin-28 12-cylinder inline x4
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 662 kg
Name: Rolls-Royce Merlin-28 12-cylinder inline x4
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 662 kg
Name: Rolls-Royce Merlin-28 12-cylinder inline x4
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 662 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 3,048 m
  • Max altitude: 7,620 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 750 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 3,048 m
  • Max altitude: 7,620 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 750 m
Stock
  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 3,048 m
  • Max altitude: 7,620 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 750 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 3,048 m
  • Max altitude: 7,620 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 750 m
Stock
  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 3,048 m
  • Max altitude: 7,620 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 750 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 3,048 m
  • Max altitude: 7,620 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 750 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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Horsepower in 1000hp
Altitude in 1000m

Supercharger Stage #1: 100%

Supercharger Stage #1: WEP

Supercharger Stage #2: 100%

Supercharger Stage #2: WEP



Modules and improvements

Payload and survivability modules first.

History of creation and combat usage

Ingame description

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Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the Lancaster from live.warthunder

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-gbr.png Lancaster B Mk III
Nation Britain
Type Heavy bomber
Fighting style Bombing

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Empty Weight ~16535 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~23389 kg
Takeoff Weight ~32727 kg
Wing Area ~117 m²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 4
Air Breaks no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1125 hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~461.88 kph at 4572 m
Climb Rate ~3.05 m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~227.02 kph
Turn Time ~35.55 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~142.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~36452 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~51563 lb
Takeoff Weight ~72151 lb
Wing Area ~1255 ft²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 4
Air Breaks no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1125 hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~287.00 mph at 15000 m
Climb Rate 10.01 ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~141.07 mph
Turn Time 35.55 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~29.08 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
4 x Browning 1000 RPG
2 x M2 Browning 2500 RPG
Payload Option 1
14 x 💣 250 lbs Bomb
Payload Option 2
8 x 💣 250 lbs Bomb
6 x 💣 500 lbs Bomb
Payload Option 3
14 x 💣 500 lbs Bomb
Payload Option 4
1 x 💣 1000 lbs Bomb
2 x 💣 250 lbs Bomb
6 x 💣 500 lbs Bomb
Payload Option 5
6 x 💣 1000 lbs Bomb
3 x 💣 250 lbs Bomb
Payload Option 6
14 x 💣 1000 lbs Bomb
Payload Option 7
6 x 💣 1000 lbs Bomb
2 x 💣 250 lbs Bomb
1 x 💣 4000 lbs Bomb
Payload Option 8
2 x 💣 4000 lbs Bomb
Limits
Max Speed limit 579 kph
Gear lmit 320 kph
Max static +G's ~2
Max static -G's ~1
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <250 kph
Rudder <250 kph
Elevators <250 kph
Radiator >270 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 360 mph
Gear lmit 199 mph
Max static +G's ~2
Max static -G's ~1
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <155 mph
Rudder <155 mph
Elevators <155 mph
Radiator >168 mph
Manual Control
Mixer is not controllable
Pitch is controllable
no automatic pitch
Radiator (water) is controllable
Radiator (oil) is not controllable
Oil and water uses combined radiator control
Supercharger is controllable
Turbocharger is controllable
Compressor settings 1
Optimal Altitude
2000 m
6562 ft
100% Enginepower 5535 hp
WEP Enginepower 6876 hp
Compressor settings 2
Optimal Altitude
4000 m
13123 ft
100% Enginepower 4770 hp
WEP Enginepower 5925 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)