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General characteristics
9 peopleCrew
32.50 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
9500 mCeiling
4 х Mitsubishi Kasei 22Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
560 km/hStructural
450 km/hGear
Defensive armament
20 mm Type 99 Model 1 cannon5 х Turret
270 roundsAmmunition
517 shots/minFire rate
7.7 mm Type 92 machine gun5 х Turret
582 roundsAmmunition
600 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 x Type 91 Model 2 torpedo (835 kg)Setup 1
16 x 60 kg Navy Type 97 Number 6 ground bombSetup 2
8 x 250 kg Navy Type 98 Number 25 bombSetup 3
2 x 800 kg Navy Type 99 Number 80 AP bombSetup 4
2 x 800 kg Navy Type Number 80 Model 1 bombSetup 5
7900 Rp icon.pngResearch
10000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2000 / 2530/2700 / 3415/900 / 1138Repair
3000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
10000 Sl icon.pngExperts
130 Ge icon.pngAces
112 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
120 % Sl icon.png160 % Sl icon.png50 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the aircraft H8K2. For the premium H8K plane, see H8K3.


GarageImage H8K2.jpg

The H8K2 is a Rank I Japanese flying boat/heavy bomber with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB/RB) and 3.7 (SB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.57 "Battle March".

General info

Flight performance

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 6,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 454 445 9500 33.9 34.8 3.5 3.5 750
Upgraded 500 476 32.1 33.0 10.5 6.5


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
560 450  ??? ~6.2 ~2.8
Optimal velocities
< ??? < ??? < ??? > ???
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
 ?,??? m  ??? hp  ?,??? hp

Survivability and armour

  • 20mm steel plates protecting rear gunner
  • 5mm steel behind pilots
  • 5mm steel protecting dorsal gunner
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks (6 in the mid-fuselage, 1 in each wingroot, 3 in each wing)


Suspended armament

Main article: Type 91 Mod.2
  • 2 x Type 91 Mod.2 torpedoes
  • 16 x 60 kg Navy Type 97 Number 6 bombs
  • 8 x 250 kg Navy Type 98 Number 25 bombs
  • 2 x 800 kg Navy Type 99 Number 80 AP bombs
  • 2 x 800 kg Navy Type Number 80 Model 1 bombs

Defensive armament

  • 1 x 20 mm Type 99 Model 1 navy cannon, tail turret (270 rpg)
  • 1 x 20 mm Type 99 Model 1 navy cannon, nose turret (270 rpg)
  • 1 x 20 mm Type 99 Model 1 navy cannon, 2 x beam turrets (270 rpg)
  • 2 x 7.7 mm Type 92 navy machine gun, cockpit turrets (582 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.7 mm Type 92 navy machine gun, dorsal turret (582 rpg)

Usage in battles

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Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not controllable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Turret 7 mm 12 in (mod30)
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs (turret)
III Wings repair Engine Turret 20 mm
IV Engine injection Cover New 20 mm cannons (turret) 14 in (mod35)

Pros and cons


  • Excellent speed for the rank
  • Good armament spread and damage (when they hit), including limited coverage under the plane
  • Favourable matchmaking; always on Axis team
  • Incredible climb rate
  • (RB) Long Range Bomber spawn, putting it at usually around 4,500m on spawn
  • Well armoured even for a non-Japanese bomber, with armoured pilot, gunners and self-sealing tanks
  • Excellent RP and SL mods for rank 1, especially as bombs are incredibly cheap


  • Awful bomb load; 780kg TNT equivalent with largest load, with both wing bombs dropping together
  • Guns are unreliable; cannons are the weak 20 mm Type 99 mod.1's, machine guns are single 7.7 mms, long reload on the cannons
  • Landing is risky due to lack of land-suitable gear; the H8K must land on its hull
  • High research cost of 40,000RP (more than the B7A and Ki-49 at Rank 3!)
  • Huge target


Widely recognized as the best maritime combat aircraft of WWII, the H8K2 was the main production model of the H8K series of bombers, making up 112 of the 167 total H8Ks of all variants. In 1938, just as its predecessor, the H6K, was entering service, the Imperial Navy ordered the development of a larger aircraft with longer range suited for solo bombing and patrol missions. The resulting H8K flying boats, entering service in February 1942, performed well until the end of the war, and were respected by allied pilots for their fearsome defensive armament. After the war, an H8K2 (one of only four which survived the war) was captured by American forces, and was eventually returned to Japan in 1979, where it remains on display to this day.


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See also

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Kawanishi Aircraft Company
Fighters  N1K1-Ja · N1K2-J · N1K2-Ja
Hydroplanes  N1K1
Bombers  H6K4 · H8K2 · H8K3

Japan bombers
Carrier-based dive bomber 
D3A  D3A1
D4Y  D4Y1 · D4Y2 · D4Y3 Ko
Carrier-based attack bomber 
B5N  B5N2
B6N  B6N1 Model 11 · B6N2 Model 12 · B6N2a Model 12Ko
B7A  B7A2
Land-based Bomber 
P1Y  P1Y1 mod. 11
Land-based Attack bomber 
G4M  G4M1
G5N  G5N1
G8N  G8N1
Flying boat 
H6K  H6K4
H8K  H8K2 · H8K3
Shipboard Observation seaplane 
F1M  F1M2
Light  Ki-32
Medium  Ki-21-Ia · Ki-21-I hei
  Ki-49-I · Ki-49-IIa · Ki-49-IIb · Ki-49-IIb/L
  Ki-67-I Ko · Ki-67-I otsu
Other countries  ▅B-17E