Ju 88 A-4

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This page is about the German bomber Ju 88 A-4. For other versions, see Ju 88 (Family).
Ju 88 A-4
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Ju 88 A-4
AB RB SB
2.7 2.3 2.7
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Description

The Ju 88 A-4 is a rank I German bomber with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/SB) and 2.3 (RB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

The Ju 88A-4 is very diverse with the ability to dive bomb and regularly bomb with large payloads. Its defensive armament is a little disappointing, but the two backwards-facing heavy machine guns can deal with light planes very quickly. However, the front is only covered by a light machine gun. Overall, the Ju 88 A-4 is a decent attack aircraft and fantastic fast medium bomber.

General info

Flight performance

Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Max speed
at 5 600 m455 km/h
Turn time30 s
Max altitude9 800 m
Engine2 х Junkers Jumo 211J
TypeInline
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight14 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 5,600 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 432 416 9800 31.4 32.7 4.2 4.2 530
Upgraded 479 455 28.7 30.0 10.2 6.8

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
675 310 457 428 280 ~8 ~8
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 350 < 360 < 370 > 330

Survivability and armour

Crew4 people
Speed of destruction
Structural675 km/h
Gear310 km/h
  • 58 mm and 60 mm Bulletproof glass around the dorsal turret
  • 12 mm Steel plate behind the pilot
  • 12 mm Steel plates around the ventral turret
  • 20 mm Steel plate behind the cockpit

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB880 → 1 109 Sl icon.png
RB2 040 → 2 572 Sl icon.png
SB2 040 → 2 572 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications6 920 Rp icon.png
9 440 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost530 Ge icon.png
Crew training3 000 Sl icon.png
Experts10 000 Sl icon.png
Aces130 Ge icon.png
Research Aces160 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
30 / 100 / 110 % Sl icon.png
112 / 112 / 112 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
350 Rp icon.png
Cost:
480 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mods radiator.png
Radiator
Research:
350 Rp icon.png
Cost:
480 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
390 Rp icon.png
Cost:
530 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
430 Rp icon.png
Cost:
590 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
Mods new engine.png
Engine
Research:
430 Rp icon.png
Cost:
590 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
Research:
560 Rp icon.png
Cost:
760 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
390 Rp icon.png
Cost:
530 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
560 Rp icon.png
Cost:
760 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
mg_turret_belt_pack
Research:
350 Rp icon.png
Cost:
480 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
ITC 50/IX
Research:
350 Rp icon.png
Cost:
480 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods turret gun.png
mg81_turret_new_gun
Research:
390 Rp icon.png
Cost:
530 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
ETC 250/IV
Research:
390 Rp icon.png
Cost:
530 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods ammo.png
mg_belt_pack
Research:
430 Rp icon.png
Cost:
590 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
ETC 500/II
Research:
430 Rp icon.png
Cost:
590 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png
mg81_new_gun
Research:
560 Rp icon.png
Cost:
760 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
ETC 1000/I
Research:
560 Rp icon.png
Cost:
760 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Offensive armament

Weapon 17.92 mm MG 81 machine gun
Ammunition750 rounds
Fire rate1 100 shots/min
Main article: MG 81 (7.92 mm)

The Ju 88 A-4 is armed with:

  • 1 x 7.92 mm MG 81 machine gun, nose-mounted (750 rpg)

Suspended armament

Number of setups9
List of setups
Setup 110 x 50 kg SC50JA bomb
Setup 228 x 50 kg SC50JA bomb
Setup 34 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb
Setup 44 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb
10 x 50 kg SC50JA bomb
Setup 54 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb
28 x 50 kg SC50JA bomb
Setup 62 x 500 kg SC500K bomb
Setup 72 x 500 kg SC500K bomb
10 x 50 kg SC50JA bomb
Setup 82 x 500 kg SC500K bomb
28 x 50 kg SC50JA bomb
Setup 91 x 500 kg SC500K bomb
1 x 1000 kg SC1000L2 bomb

The Ju 88 A-4 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 10 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (500 kg total)
  • 28 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (1,400 kg total)
  • 4 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 4 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs + 10 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (1,500 kg total)
  • 4 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs + 28 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (2,400 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg SC500K bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg SC500K bombs + 10 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (1,500 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg SC500K bombs + 28 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (2,400 kg total)
  • 1 x 1,000 kg SC1000L2 bomb + 1 x 500 kg SC500K bomb (1,500 kg total)

Defensive armament

Turret2 x 7.92 mm MG 81 machine gun
Ammunition1800 rounds
Fire rate1597 shots/min
2 х Turret7.92 mm MG 81 machine gun
Ammunition1000 rounds
Fire rate1597 shots/min
Main article: MG 81 (7.92 mm)

The Ju 88 A-4 is defended by:

  • 1 x 7.92 mm MG 81 machine gun, 2 x dorsal turret (1,000 rpg = 2,000 total)
  • 2 x 7.92 mm MG 81 machine gun, ventral turret (900 rpg = 1,800 total)

Usage in battles

With great payloads and great speed, the Ju 88 A-4 can be a fun aircraft to play, whether you are playing in Ground Battles or Air Battles.

If you are playing in Air Realistic, you can go base bombing or attack other targets, like light pillboxes, howitzers and AAA. To attack bases, the best payload would be the SC50JA x 28 and SC500K x 2. This payload is quite useful, as it can take out 3 bases and even lightly damage the airfield. For attacking ground targets, you can either load the SC 50JA x 28 or SC250JA x 4.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Auto control available
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Highest variety of payload from any bombers in the German tech tree
  • Fast bomber, can outrun lower-ranked foes
  • Better and more reliable defensive armaments than the He 111 H-3
  • Extremely manoeuvrable at low speeds (RB & SB)
  • Airframe can withstand high speed during a dive and is equipped with air brakes
  • Fairly resistant to small calibre bullets (.30 cal)
  • One of the few bombers that can reliably destroy enemy airfields at lower rank battles (AB)
  • Possesses a large payload (2,400 kg) that doesn't have that much penalty in overall performance
  • The 50 kg bombs are very efficient at taking out individual ground targets
  • Very useful in precision bombing
  • Can perform exceptionally well even in some early rank II battles
  • Defensive armament has a high rate of fire combined with AP-T ammunition that can easily start fires

Cons:

  • Unfavourable matchmaking in arcade battles
  • .50 calibre and cannon fire will quickly tear it apart
  • Take-off from short runways is difficult
  • Water-cooled engines and large radiator mean that any shots to the engine in RB or SB will usually result in engine failure
  • Cannot reliably fly with one engine
  • Big plane, ideal target for SPAAs when flying low

History

In-game description

The Ju 88 high-speed horizontal and dive bomber was one of the most versatile aircraft of WWII, and the Ju 88A-4 was the most well-known and highly mass produced of all the variants. Unlike its predecessors, the plane had a new 1,400 PS engine, letting the bomber move around at high speed. After experiencing difficulties in the Battle of Britain, the aircraft received additional metal sheeting in the cockpit walls and floor, as well as an armoured pilot's seat, shielding the pilot's back and sides. New MG 81 belt-fed machine guns replaced the older MG 15s that had previously been fitted. The increased aircraft mass also necessitated stronger landing gear with a bigger wheel diameter.

The Ju 88A-4 was used against the Soviet Union in their maiden flights, and remained in the ranks until the end of the war. During WWII, nearly 15,000 Ju 88 bombers were built in different variations.

Media

Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


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

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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
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