PB4Y-2 (China)

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␗PB4Y-2 Privateer
General characteristics
8 peopleCrew
29.0 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
10 000 mCeiling
4 х Pratt & Whitney R-1830-94Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
599 km/hStructural
263 km/hGear
Defensive armament
2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun3 х Turret
800 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun2 х Turret
760 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunTurret
1 200 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
20 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombSetup 1
8 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 2
4 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 3
8 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 4
4 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bombSetup 5
40 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
150 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png37 000 / 46 842/5 310 / 6 722/1 480 / 1 873Repair
43 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
150 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
700 Ge icon.pngAces
154 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
630 % Sl icon.png370 % Sl icon.png120 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the aircraft PB4Y-2 (China). For other uses, see B-24/PB4Y (Family).


GarageImage PB4Y-2 (China).jpg

The ␗PB4Y-2 Privateer is a rank III Chinese bomber with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB/SB) and 5.3 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Max Speed
(km/h at 7,620 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
 ???  ??? 10 000  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 950
Max Speed
(km/h at 7,620 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
 ???  ??? 10 000  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 950


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
394 ~3 ~1
Optimal velocities
< 200 < 180 < 180 > 300
Bluish Green - 6.35 mm Steel
Green - 9.5 mm Steel
Yellowish Green - 12.7 mm steel
Yellow - 38 mm Bulletproof glass
Red - 55 mm Bulletproof glass
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,346 m 1,100 hp 1,331 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,389 m 1,000 hp 1,133 hp

Survivability and armour

The PB4Y has a lot of armour and also has self-sealing fuel tanks. The self-sealing tanks are located where the wings and fuselage meet.


Suspended armament

The PB4Y-2 (China) can be outfitted with the following ordinances:

  • 20 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs (2000 lb total)
  • 8 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (4000 lb total)
  • 4 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (4000 lb total)
  • 8 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (8000 lb total)
  • 4 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bombs (8000 lb total)

Defensive armament

Main article: M2 Browning (12.7 mm)

The PB4Y-2 (China) is equipped with six turrets each with dual-mounted M2 Brownings (Total ammo 5120)

12.7 mm M2 Browning
Mount Total Ammo Fire rate Vertical guidance Horizontal guidance
Nose 600 750 -55°/+70° ±80°
Dorsal 380 -0°/+67° ±180°
Waist 400 -95°/+55° -55°/+80°
Tail 400 ±70° -41°/+70°

Usage in battles

There are two ways you can go about playing the ␗PB4Y-2 Privateer, side climbing or diving.

Side climbing

Side climbing is the safest way of going about. Start by spawning with your Heavy Bomber air spawn, and climb away from the battle. This will give your fighters enough to time to climb up and duel with the enemies. After you see most of the enemies at low alt, you are safe to go in and bomb a point and return-to-base. With side-climbing, the chance to reaching the bombing point is significantly higher as altitude is gained and it becomes less likely the enemy fighters will locate the PB4Y-2. However, side climbing will take up a lot of time and can end with the game ending before reaching the bombing point, or the team decimated.


Diving is probably the most risky way of trying to bomb but it is the quickest if you do it right. Start by spawning in then dive at about 10 degrees. This will make sure you will not overspeed before reaching the bombing point.

Diving will also remove the defensive blind spot on the belly when staying low, as it is less likely a fighter will intercept from below. If a fighter decides to come down and attack, they lose their altitude and so friendly fighters can pounce on them more easily.

However, the last point of fighters coming down may end up attracting the whole enemy team, and dealing with a swarm of enemy fighters is no one's desired outcome. At a low altitude, ground elements like anti-aircraft could also have a better chance of hitting the plane.

Overall, this usage is more risky than maintaining altitude and bombing, but it could be rewarding if pulled off successfully.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Auto control available
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Combined Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Protective vest SBC mk.I
II Compressor Airframe LBC-24
III Wings repair Engine Turret 12 mm FLBC mk.1
IV Engine injection Cover New 12 mm MGs (turret) LBC-17

Pros and cons


  • Great defensive armament
  • Good payload
  • Almost full coverage from the turrets


  • Very slow
  • Big target
  • Tail is prone to being shot off


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See also

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Consolidated Aircraft Corporation
Bombers  PBY-5 Catalina · PBY-5a Catalina
Export  ▄Catalina Mk IIIa · ▂PBY-5a Catalina · ␗PB4Y-2 · ▄PB4Y-2

China bombers
American  Martin 139WC*(␗B-10B) · ␗A-29 · ␗B-25J-30 · ␗PB4Y-2
German  ␗Hs 123 A-1
Soviet  ␗SB 2M-103U · ␗DB-3A · ␗Tu-2S-44 · ␗Tu-4
Japanese  ␗P1Y1 mod. 11
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