Ju 188 A-2
10 x 50 kg SC50JA bombSetup 3
10 x 50 kg SC50JA bombSetup 5
2 x 500 kg SC500K bomb
10 x 50 kg SC50JA bombSetup 6
2 x 1000 kg SC1000L2 bomb
10 x 50 kg SC50JA bombSetup 8
1 x 1000 kg SC1000L2 bombSetup 9
1 x 1800 kg SC1800B bombSetup 10
The Ju 188 A-2 is a rank IV German bomber with a battle rating of 5.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.97 "Viking Fury".
Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 6,000 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)|
|< 370||< 360||< 450||> 290|
Survivability and armour
Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.
Describe the offensive armament of the aircraft, if any. Describe how effective the cannons and machine guns are in a battle, and also what belts or drums are better to use. If there is no offensive weaponry, delete this subsection.
Describe the aircraft's suspended armament: additional cannons under the wings, bombs, rockets and torpedoes. This section is especially important for bombers and attackers. If there is no suspended weaponry remove this subsection.
Defensive armament with turret machine guns or cannons, crewed by gunners. Examine the number of gunners and what belts or drums are better to use. If defensive weaponry is not available, remove this subsection.
Usage in battles
While utilising a stock version of the aircraft, choosing the option to use the 50SC x 10 payload performs best for when rushing ground troops, of course, when possible, drop them more on one target. As son as you have better payload options, you also have the opportunity to go for bases.
At the beginning of the match, you should always go into a shallow dive to maximise your speed, and by that the chance to get to your target before anybody else, and to cover the underside of the plane by simply flying close to the ground. Your 20 mm cannon on top of the the canopy is deadly, and as soon as you have the universal belt unlocked, you can shoot down multiple enemy fighters before going down yourself. However, try to avoid headons because of your glass cockpit and mind that your 20mm can't fire directly behind the plane because the rudder blocks it.
If you have all loadouts unlocked, the one with the 2x1000kg, 2x250kg and 10x50kg is the best for destroying bases. The 2x250kg drop at the same time from your wingtips and with one 1000kg bomb, they are enough to destroy one base. The other 11 bombs are enough for a second base. This is also the loadout with the most payload so you should use it for AFs as well. Concerning ground targets, you can use the loadout you prefer, just make sure you have 3 bomb drops before you get to the 50kg bombs in the bomb bay.
Manual Engine Control
|Not controllable|| Controllable
Auto control available
Auto control available
Not auto controlled
|Separate|| Not controllable
Pros and cons
- Very fast
- Enough payload for 2 bases
- Fairly maneuverable for a bomber
- 20 mm cannon with 360° horizontal guidance
- "Minengeschosse" for the 20 mm
- Gunners get knocked out easily
- Glass front
- Only one Pilot
- Only 2 Mgs to cover the plane from below
- Huge rudder blocking the 6 of the aircraft for 2 gunners
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|Junkers Aircraft and Motor Works (Junkers Flugzeug- und Motorenwerke Aktiengesellschaft)|
|Fighters||Ju 88 C-6 · Ju 388 J|
|Attackers||Ju 87 G-1 · Ju 87 G-2|
|Bombers||Ju 87 B-2 · Ju 87 D-3 · Ju 87 D-5 · Ju 87 R-2 · Ju 88 A-1 · Ju 88 A-4 · Ju 188 A-2 · Ju 288 C|
|Export||▄Ju 87 D-3 · ▄Ju 87 R-2|
|Blohm & Voss||BV 238|
|Dornier||Do 17 E-1 · Do 17 Z-2 · Do 217 E-2 · Do 217 E-4 · Do 217 K-1 · Do 217 M-1|
|Focke-Wulf||Fw 189 A-1 · Fw 200 C-1|
|Henschel||Hs 123 A-1|
|Heinkel||He 111 H-3 · He 111 H-6 · He 111 H-16 · He 177 A-5|
|Junkers||Ju 87 B-2 · Ju 87 R-2 · Ju 87 D-3 · Ju 87 D-5 · Ju 88 A-1 · Ju 88 A-4 · Ju 188 A-2 · Ju 288 C|
|Savoia-Marchetti||▀S.M.79 serie 1 · ▀S.M.79 B · ▀S.M.79 serie 4 · ▀S.M.79 serie 8|
|▀S.M.79 AS · ▀S.M.79 bis/N · ▀S.M.79 bis/T.M|
|Trophies||▀Wellington Mk Ic|