|This page is about the Italian fighter CR.32 quater. For other versions, see CR.32 (Family).|
The CR.32 quater was the next development of the CR.32 family, in particular compared to the CR.32 ter, this variant was lightened to increase manoeuvrability at low altitudes. It was the last variant of the CR.32 to be built when production of them ended in 1939, and they began to be replaced by the more powerful CR.42 from 1940 onwards. When World War II broke out, the CR.32 quater were mostly in the hands of the 1st, 2nd and 6th Stormo, Caccia Terrestre, and a small part of the Gruppi Autonomi, and eventually the 410th and 411th Squadriglia Autonoma Caccia located in East Africa.
Added with the introduction of the Italian air tech tree in Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica", this aircraft is the second reserve of the Italian air tech tree. It is an enhancement of the CR.32 that allows it to be more manoeuvrable, while the armament is the same as the previous one having two very powerful 12.7 mm machine guns; in particular, using the "Air targets" belts that contain many incendiary projectiles can set enemies on fire very easily.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 3,100 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 200||< 300||< 300||> 190|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|2,600 m||591 hp||787 hp|
Survivability and armour
- No armour plates or bulletproof glass
- Self-sealing fuel tank located between engine and pilot
Modifications and economy
When grinding the CR.32 quater focus on getting the performance modifications. The "Offensive 12.7 mm" should be researched immediately, and air target ammo equipped afterwards to focus on improving the plane's performance.
The CR.32 quater is armed with:
- 2 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, nose-mounted (350 rpg = 700 total)
Usage in battles
The CR.32 Quater does not have a real playstyle that differs much from other biplanes. Compared to the Soviet and German biplanes, it is slightly less manoeuvrable because it has a little more structural resistance, this also means that it is able to absorb many more shots during fights. Its increased resistance allows it to absorb many hits from 12.7 mm MGs without causing too much damage to the aircraft. In these cases, each player is free to use the aircraft as he likes, being a biplane it is difficult to differentiate it from the others, but use it in pairs or in groups when possible because its slowness is a disadvantage in solo fights.
The C.R.32 Quater fights are usually at low to medium altitude, the recommended fight altitude is around 1,000 to 3,000 m. Flying above ground level gives you the advantage of diving on your enemies, and you can also dive to avoid incoming fighters. For a reserve plane, it is one of the best. It does lack armour for the pilot, meaning new players should focus on increasing the pilot's vitality. Its 2 x 12.7 mm (.50 cal) guns are one of the most powerful armaments in reserve planes. It has plenty of ammo, 350 rpg, which is enough to kill at least 2 planes. Its armament is also enough to kill a pilot in a single hit, which is similar to the P-26 Peashooter. It does, however, trade some manoeuvrability for superb diving capability. It can not turn fight Ki-10s, I-15s and is comparable to a Fury Mk II. It can fight pretty much anything it faces, but sometimes needs the help of a teammate.
Manual Engine Control
|Controllable|| Not controllable
Not auto controlled
| Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
|Combined|| Not controllable
Pros and cons
- 12.7 mm MGs are great for knocking out pilots and penetrating enemy armour plates
- Nose-mounted MGs mean little convergence work is needed
- Excellent dive speed
- Surprisingly good turning against bigger fighters
- Fixed gear make it easy to land
- Great all-round vision provided by the open cockpit especially towards the rear, giving the pilot enough situational awareness in Simulator
- In Simulator it almost never spins, allowing some really tight manoeuvres to be performed without danger
- Turns worse than some biplanes (e.g. I-15) it faces
- Has a relatively small ammo pool, firing in short bursts is very recommended
- Very poor roll rate
- No protection for the pilot
- Uses a telescopic gunsight which is extremely hard to use in Simulator
- Upper wing greatly obstructs the upward-forward view, a disadvantage in a Simulator dogfight
- Fixed gear increase drag
The FIAT CR.32 quater fighter biplane was developed by the Celestino Rosatelli, an Italian aeronautic enginner, who designed various planes, such as the CR.32, CR.32 quater, CR.32 bis, CR.42, CR.42 CN, B.R.20DR, B.R.20M M1, and many more.
After the production of the CR.32 Ter, engineers added a few improvements: modified the windscreen, shifted backwards and increased the size of the OMI telescope sight, but most importantly the new variant had a slight increase in performance at low altitudes, and became the CR.32 quater.
At the end of 1937, the CR.32 quater had replaced the CR.32 ter in the Regia Aeronautica. The CR.32 quater was used by Italy, Hungary, Venezuela and Paraguay and sub-variants were created:
- CR.32 quater CN
- CR.32 quater AS (variant capable of carrying bombs and fight in desert conditions, the drop load, consist bombs or stick bombs up to 100 Kg)
By 10 June 1940 the CR.32 was equipped for the following Gruppi Caccia (Fighters Groups): 24°Gruppo (52°Stormo) at Sarzana, 2°Gruppo at Grottaglie, 157°Gruppo (1°Stormo) at Trapani, 9°Gruppo at Monserrato, 160° at Tirana, 13°Gruppo (Partly) at Castelbenito (Libya), 8°Gruppo at Tobruk, 10°Gruppo at Benina and 163° Squadron at Rhodes.
The CR.32 quater having been involved in military operations were those stationed in Libya, forty-odd machines being used mostly in ground attack missions together with the 50°Stormo's Breda 65s.
The other front where the machine was used to the last example was Eastern Africa, fighting highly superior machines, such as Blenheims and Hurricanes. The CR.32 quater closely followed the alternate phases of the campaign, from Italian advance into Egypt to the loss of Cyrenaica, they were widely used fairly successfully with various bomb types until January 1941. After the conquest of Crete in May 1941, CR.32s were relegated to fighting training duties.
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|Fiat Aviation (Fiat Aviazione)|
|Fighters||CR.32 · CR.32 bis · CR.32 quater|
|CR.42 · Marcolin's C.R.42 CN · ▀Marcolin's C.R.42 CN|
|G.50 serie 2 · G.50 AS serie 7|
|G.55 sottoserie 0 · G.55 serie 1 · G.55S|
|Jet fighters||G.91 pre-serie · G.91 R/1 · G.91 Y · G.91 YS|
|▄F-104G* · F-104S* · F-104S.ASA* · ▄F-104S TAF*|
|Strike aircraft||F.C.20 Bis|
|Bombers||B.R.20DR · B.R.20M M1|
|Export/Captured||J11 · ▀CR.42|
|▀G.50 serie 2 · ▀G.50 AS serie 7|
|◄G.91 R/3 · ◄G.91 R/4 · G.91 R/4|
|See also||North American Aviation · Lockheed Martin|
|Fiat||CR.32 · CR.32 bis · CR.32 quater · CR.42 · Marcolin's C.R.42 CN|
|G.50 serie 2 · G.50 AS serie 7|
|G.55 sottoserie 0 · G.55 serie 1 · G.55S · G.56|
|Reggiane||Re.2000 G.A. · Re.2000 serie 1|
|Re.2001 serie 1 · Re.2001 gruppo 22 · Re.2001 CB · Re.2001 CN|
|Re.2005 serie 0|
|Macchi||C. 200 serie 3 · C. 200 serie 7|
|C. 202 · C. 202D · C. 202EC|
|C. 205 serie 1 · C. 205 serie 3 · C. 205N2|
|Germany||◐Bf 109 F-4 · ◐Bf 109 G-2 · ▄Bf 109 G-14/AS|
|Romania||He 112 B-1/U2 · IAR-81C|
|Britain||▄Spitfire Mk Vb/trop|