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General characteristics
6 peopleCrew
10.6 tEmpty weight
15.9 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
5 800 mCeiling
sec33.4/33.4/31.0Turn Time
115 km/hStalling speed
2 х Wright R-2600-29Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
591 km/hStructural
294 km/hGear
Offensive armament
75 mm T13E1 cannonWeapon 1
21 roundsAmmunition
18 shots/minFire rate
8 х 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 2
3 200 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
2 х 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunTurret
1 200 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun2 х Turret
250 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
2 х 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunTurret
800 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
12 х 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombSetup 1
8 х 250 lb AN-M57 bombSetup 2
4 х 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 3
26 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
100 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2 800 / 3 900/2 470 / 3 440/1 260 / 1 755Repair
29 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
100 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
500 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.42 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the American 75 mm-armed attacker aircraft PBJ-1H. For the other variant, see PBJ-1J. For other vehicles of the family, see B-25 (Family).


GarageImage PBJ-1H.jpg

The PBJ-1H is a rank III American attacker with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB/RB) and 4.3 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.41.

The PBJ-1H is U.S. Navy variant of the B-25 which was operated by the U.S. Marine Corps as a ground attacker. This aircraft is a powerful ground strafing machine and due to the weapons package built in, it can be viewed as a gunship. With eight 12.7 mm machine guns and a 75 mm cannon, most light ground targets such as AAA positions and Artillery positions can be destroyed. The 75 mm T13E1 cannon is similar to the 75 mm M3 on the Sherman tank and shares its powerful support capability. With Armored Targets belt loaded, it can knock out light pillboxes with ease and greater accuracy than bombs in Realistic and Simulator modes. It is even effective against light and medium tanks, although the low fire rate makes it less than ideal for strafing several targets in a short target window. It is recommended to use the virtual cockpit view to aim the main gun. The 12.7 mm guns should be mainly utilized against "soft" targets such as Armored Cars, AAA and Artillery positions, and the 75 mm Gun against hardened targets such as light pillboxes and tanks. That said, the concentrated MG fire can also be used to destroy light pillboxes (with practice), though will require significant ammo usage to do so.

Despite armament differences, the airframe of the PBJ is still that of the B-25. While this means that it will have a relatively large number of defensive weapons, it also means that it is relatively sluggish compared to other close-support aircraft. It also presents a relatively large and slow moving, though semi-well-defended target. Beware all variants of the Bell P-39 Airacobra , P-63 Kingcobra, P-47 Thunderbolt, all variants of the Me 410s and the Yak-9T; these aircraft can destroy your aircraft without much difficulty, whereas you will have a difficult time expending numerous 12.7 mm rounds trying to knock them out of the sky or off your tail.

This aircraft has several weaknesses in which the pilot must be aware which could be exploited by attacking aircraft. First, the twin rudders in the tail section create gunner dead zones. The rudders will prevent the side gunners and to an extent the dorsal gunner from firing on an enemy attacking from the shadow of either of these two spots. The tail gunner should be able to neutralize this weakness as long as he has not been knocked out. The underside of the aircraft is especially vulnerable as there is no ventral turret and the tail gunner, side gunners only have a limited downward angle in which they can shoot, so it may be best to fly as low as possible in certain circumstances. Even with the great fire-power utilized on this aircraft, the pilot's best bet will be to operate under fighter cover when possible.

Other differences from the B-25 are the smaller bomb payload, attacker spawn location (lower altitude than bombers) and the lack of a bomb-sight view for precision bombing.

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 4,390 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
427 414 5,800 38.9 33.9 4.1 5.3 850
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,390 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
477 451 5,800 35.2 37.0 12.8 7.7 850


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
580 350 340 ~4 ~2
Optimal velocities
< 300 < 270 < 350 > 240
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
524 m 3,000 hp 3,339 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
3,700 m 2,700 hp 3,005 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 8 mm Steel - Lower nose armour plate
  • 8 mm Steel - Pilot and Co-pilot's seats
  • 9.5 mm Steel - Fore cockpit armour plate
  • 9.5 mm Steel - Side armour cockpit plates
  • 9.5 mm Steel - Cockpit rear plate
  • 9.5 mm Steel - Dorsal gunner aft plate
  • 6.35 mm Steel - Side gunners armour plate x 2
  • 9.5 mm Steel - Tail gunner protective armour plate
  • 12 mm Bulletproof glass - Dorsal gunner turret
  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Tail gunner canopy


Offensive armament

The PBJ-1H is armed with:

  • 1 x 75 mm T13E1 cannon (21 rounds)
  • 4 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, nose-mounted (400 rpg = 1,600 total)
  • 4 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, cheek-mounted (400 rpg = 1,600 total)

Suspended armament

The PBJ-1H can be outfitted with the following ordinance:

  • Without load
  • 12 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs (600 lb total)
  • 8 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 4 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)

Defensive armament

Main article: Browning M2 (12.7 mm)

The PBJ-1H is defended by:

  • 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, dorsal turret (400 rpg = 800 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, ventral turret (600 rpg = 1,200 total)
  • 1 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, 2 x beam turret (250 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 Protective Vest Offensive 12 mm SBC-25
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs MBC-25
III Wings Repair Engine Turret 12 mm Offensive 75 mm
IV Engine Injection Cover New 12 mm MGs (turret) New 75 mm Cannons

Pros and cons


  • Immense firepower in the form of eight 12.7 mm machine guns and a 75 mm cannon in the nose
  • Excellent defensive firepower, utilizing most of the B-25's gun positions
  • Durable airframe which can withstand numerous hits before going down
  • Tricycle landing gear makes takeoff and landing easier


  • 75 mm cannon fires so slow that it is usually impossible to destroy more than 2 tanks when passing over a convoy
  • Recoil from 75 mm cannon will literally yank the entire plane's nose off target
  • Default belt for 75mm cannon alternates between HE and APT shells, giving mixed results
  • Payload is limited compared to B-25 Mitchell and configured as a dive bomber rather than a level bomber
  • Performance is sluggish at best
  • Twin tails create a blind spot for gunners, a trait carried by the B-25


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See also

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