PB4Y-2 Privateer

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General info

A PB4Y-2 Privateer in the garage.

The PB4Y-2 Privateer is a Rank III American heavy bomber with a battle rating of 5.7. It was introduced in Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica".

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

Historically a maritime patrol/reconnaissance aircraft derived from the B-24 Liberator, the Privateer in War Thunder is unfortunately not able to be used in this role. Instead, it performs the function of a heavy bomber, optimized for dumping large amounts of high explosive on enemy bases.

Vehicle characteristics

The Privateer carries the most potent payload (4 x 2,000 lb bombs) of any American bomber until the B-29 Superfortress. These will do more damage to a base than the equivalent weight in 1,000 lb bombs that the B-17 Flying Fortress or B-24 Liberator can carry.

It also features a large amount of .50 cal heavy machine guns as defensive armament. However, these guns have incomplete coverage (most notably from below), and even when all of them can be brought to bear, it may not be sufficient to protect the bomber against determined and/or skilled fighter opposition. It is also very important to note that only the tail turret can engage enemies attacking directly behind the Privateer, as the tailfin blocks the dorsal turrets.

The Privateer's maneuverability is unsurprisingly rather bad, since it is a heavy four-engined bomber. Unfortunately, it is also very slow, at nearly 100 km/h slower than the B-17E Flying Fortress. Its maximum speed in a dive is 580 km/h, and it has absolutely no chance of evading any of the fighters it might face using its speed or diving away. As a maritime patrol aircraft, the engines are optimized for low-level performance, thus its performance will suffer noticeably above 6,000 m.

Tactics

There are two ways to play the Privateer. One of them is as a conventional heavy bomber, attempting to gain as much altitude as possible while utilizing cloud cover to evade enemy fighters. Unfortunately, the Privateer does not have very good high altitude performance, and it will struggle to climb to high altitude. This approach will also expose the aircraft to attacks from below, against which the Privateer has very little protection.

The other approach is to fly at very low altitude. This has two advantages: it makes it impossible for enemies to attack from below, and the engines are optimized for this altitude. It will also tempt enemy fighters to dive on an "easy" target, which will in turn make them easy targets for your own fighters. Flying at low altitude will make the aircraft very vulnerable to anti-aircraft guns, however.

In general, when engaged by fighters, one should attempt to force them to attack from oblique angles from above. This will allow the largest amount of machine guns to engage the attacker. Only the rear turret can engage aircraft directly behind the Privateer; thus, one should turn the Privateer or use the rudder to allow other gunners to engage tail-chasing fighters. Under no circumstances should the belly be exposed to enemy fire; it is usually quickly fatal.

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Always go from the bottom, but only engage if you have 20mm guns only. Do not go from other angles because there will be at least 4 guns aimed at you. If need be, ram from the bottom.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Best payload of any American bomber before the B-29.
  • Side turrets can fire down giving 360° coverage in all directions
  • Waist turrets can swivel nearly 180° vertically and horizontally.
  • Nose and tail turrets have excellent fields of fire.
  • Large amount of .50 cal machine guns, the same as the B-29.
  • No fuel tanks in the fuselage and fuel tanks are self-sealing.
  • All payload options are internal, barely affecting performance.

Cons:

  • Extremely slow, even for a heavy bomber, especially at its BR.
  • Near-useless stock payload.
  • Very poor climb rate.
  • Easily damaged, large tailfin that blocks the dorsal turrets from firing directly to the rear.
  • Poor engine performance at high altitude.

Specifications

Armaments

Defensive armaments

  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, nose turret (600 rpg = 1,200 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, 2 x dorsal turret (380 rpg = 1,520 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, 2 x beam turret (400 rpg = 1,600 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, tail turret (400 rpg = 800 total)

Payloads

  • 20 x 100 lbs AN-M30A1 bombs
  • 8 x 500 lbs AN-M64A1 bombs
  • 4 x 1,000 lbs AN-M65A1 bombs
  • 8 x 1,000 lbs AN-M65A1 bombs
  • 4 x 2,000 lbs AN-M66A2 bombs

Armour

  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass in front of nose gunner.
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate in front of nose gunner.
  • 9.5 mm Steel plate underneath nose gunner.
  • 9.5 mm Steel plates behind pilots.
  • Three 9.5 mm Steel plates inside fuselage.
  • 9.5 mm Steel plates behind and under radial engines.
  • 12.7 mm Steel plates behind dorsal gunners.
  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass in front of beam gunners.
  • 9.5 and 6.35 mm Steel plates in front of beam gunners.
  • 55 mm Bulletproof glass in front of tail gunner.
  • 9.5 mm Steel plate in front of tail gunner.

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Pratt & Whitney R-1830-94 14-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 969 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1202 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 671 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R-1830-94 14-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 969 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1202 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 671 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R-1830-94 14-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 969 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1202 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 671 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 382 km/h
    • at height: 7,620 m
  • Max altitude: 10,000 m
  • Turn Time: 39.9 s
  • Rate of Climb: 0.3 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 950 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 7,620 m
  • Max altitude: 10,000 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 950 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 370 km/h
    • at height: 7,620 m
  • Max altitude: 10,000 m
  • Turn Time: 41.1 s
  • Rate of Climb: 1.3 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 950 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 404 km/h
    • at height: 7,620 m
  • Max altitude: 10,000 m
  • Turn Time: 38 s
  • Rate of Climb: 3.5 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 950 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 370 km/h
    • at height: 7,620 m
  • Max altitude: 10,000 m
  • Turn Time: 41.1 s
  • Rate of Climb: 1.3 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 950 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 7,620 m
  • Max altitude: 10,000 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 950 m

Performance

PB4Y-2 Privateer/Horsepower graph

Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

The Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer is a variant of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator made for the US Navy. The Privateer was powered by four 1,200 HP Pratt & Whitney R-1830 engines. The aircraft also included a twin tail design and tricycle landing gear.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the SM79series from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

[Devblog] PB4Y-2 Privateer: Pirate of the Skies

References


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Icon-country-usa.png PB4Y-2 Privateer
Nation USA
Design Family Consolidated Aircraft
Type Heavy bomber
Fighting style Bombing

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Empty Weight ~???? kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~???? kg
Takeoff Weight ~???? kg
Wing Area ~?? m²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 4
Air Brakes no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine ???? hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~???.?? kph at ?000 m
Climb Rate ~??.?? m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~???.?? kph
Turn Time ~??.00 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~???.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~???? lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~???? lb
Takeoff Weight ~???? lb
Wing Area ~??? ft²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 4
Air Brakes no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine ???? hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~???.?? mph at ????? m
Climb Rate ??.?? ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~???.?? mph
Turn Time ??.00 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~??.?? lb/ft²
Main Weapons
? x ?? RPG
? x ?00 RPG
Payload Option 1
Nothing Loaded Clean Plane
Payload Option 2
? x ? ? Bomb
Payload Option 3
? x ? ? Bomb
Payload Option 4
? x ? ? rocket
Limits
Max Speed limit ??? kph
Gear lmit ??? kph
Max static +G's ~??
Max static -G's ~21
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <??? kph
Rudder <??0 kph
Elevators <??0 kph
Radiator >??0 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit ??? mph
Gear lmit ??? mph
Max static +G's ~??
Max static -G's ~??
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <??? mph
Rudder <??? mph
Elevators <??? mph
Radiator >??? mph
Manual Control
Mixer is 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 ??00 hp
WEP Enginepower ???? hp
Compressor settings 2
Optimal Altitude
4300 m
14108 ft
100% Enginepower ???? hp
WEP Enginepower ???? 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)