Potez 633

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Potez 633
potez_633.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
1.7/1.7/1.3BR
2 peopleCrew
3.1 tEmpty weight
4.5 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
9 500 mCeiling
sec15.8/15.8/15.0Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
2 х Gnome Rhone 14M-6Engine
RadialType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
710 km/hStructural
295 km/hGear
Offensive armament
7.5 mm MAC 1934 machine gunWeapon 1
500 roundsAmmunition
1 350 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
7.5 mm MAC 1934 machine gunTurret
1 000 roundsAmmunition
1 350 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
8 х 50 kg G.A.M.Mn 50Setup 1
2 х 100 kg No.1Setup 2
2 х 200 kg No.1Setup 3
Economy
5 900 Rp icon.pngResearch
6 300 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 040 / 1 309/1 000 / 1 259/470 / 591Repair
1 800 Sl icon.pngCrew training
6 300 Sl icon.pngExperts
80 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.06 Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

GarageImage Potez633.jpg


The Potez 633 is a rank I French front-line bomber with a battle rating of 1.3 (AB) and 1.7 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France".

General info

Flight Performance

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
 ?  ?  ?,000  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ???
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
 ?  ?  ?,000  ??.?  ??.?  ?.?  ?.?  ?

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X X X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
 ???  ???  ??? ~?? ~?
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< ??? < ??? < ??? > ???
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
 ?,??? m  ??? hp  ?,??? hp

Survivability and armour

  • No armour plating
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located in front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: MAC 1934 (7.5 mm)

The Potez 633 is armed with:

  • 1 x 7.5 mm MAC 1934 machine guns (500 rpg = 500 total)

The single machine gun is mounted in the nose of the aircraft.

Suspended armament

The Potez 633 can be outfitted with the following ordinance:

  • 8 x 50 kg G.A.M.Mn 50 bombs (400 kg total)
  • 2 x 100 kg №.1 bombs (200 kg total)
  • 2 x 200 kg №.1 bombs (400 kg total)

Defensive armament

Main article: MAC 1934 (7.5 mm)

The Potez 633 is defended by:

  • 1 x 7.5 mm MAC 1934 machine gun, dorsal turret (1,000 rpg)

Usage in battles

The 633's light bomb load (when compared to the Farman monsters that preceded it) makes this aircraft much more dependent on skill when dropping ordnance. When facing light vehicles, the 8x50kg load is particularly useful, allowing you to tag along with the larger bombers and clean up after their pass. Use the 7.5mm MG in the nose to clean up any stray SPAA trucks in your path... a short burst will usually be rewarded with a kill. Use the bombs on anything else that moves.

The 633 is also not as agile as other twin-engine aircraft its size, avoid turn fighting no matter how tempting. Just make a quick snapshot at passing fighters as they cross your path and keep moving to your next target. Keep an eye on your six, the rear gunner with the 7.5 mm MAC machinegun may deter lighter aircraft like Reserve fighters, but any rank II fighter which winds up on your tail usually means a one-way ticket to the ground in a heap unless a teammate is nearby who can help.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Automatic pitch
Controllable Not controllable Combined Controllable Not controllable

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I
II
III
IV

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Has offensive armament unlike most other bombers
  • Relatively tough due to very slim airframe, deflects bullets easily from behind

Cons:

  • Meager defensive and offensive armament
  • Poor bomb load
  • Both of the above two points makes it difficult to do much damage with this aircraft.
  • Poor manoeuvrability
  • Dorsal gunner has a limited range of motion

History

The Potez 633 was one of the numerous derivatives of the Potez 63. It was a light bomber, and it had a two-man crew: a pilot and a rear gunner. A contract for the production of 115 aircraft was awarded to SNCAN by the French Air Force. In 1938 though, it was decided that the light bombers had to have a crew of three, and the contract was cancelled. Nevertheless, the Potez 633 was offered for export with some success: Greece bought twenty-four aircraft, China bought four, Romania ordered forty and the Swiss air force bought one.

The Munich crisis showed that the French army lacked modern equipment and export war material deliveries were embargoed by the French government in June 1939. The Potez 633 built for export and not yet delivered to their customers were transferred to the French air force. These aircraft were used by ground attack units for pilot training until better aircraft could replace them.

In May 1940, at the moment of the German attack some ground attack units were still equipped with the Potez 633. These aircraft attacked the German columns, suffering heavy losses due to both enemy fighters patrolling the area and anti-aircraft fire from below.

Only thirteen Potez 633s were delivered to the Greek air force before the embargo. They accomplished reconnaissance missions over Albania during the Italian invasion, a few aircraft being downed by Italian fighters. Ultimately, all the remaining Potez were destroyed during the German invasion of Greece.

A total of twenty Potez 633s were delivered to Romania before the June 1939 embargo. These aircraft were reinforced by nine others handed over by Vichy France in 1941. They started their combat operations the day of the Romanian declaration of war to the USSR, in June 1941. The Potez 633s supported the Romanian ground forces, notably during the siege of Odessa and the battle of Stalingrad. In December 1942, the remaining aircraft returned to Romania, and they finished their careers as trainer aircraft for pilots training to be night fighters.

Media

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See also

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France bombers
Farman  F.222.2 · N.C.223.3
Potez  Potez 633
Liore et Olivier  LeO 451 early · LeO 451 late
Bloch  M.B.174A-3 · M.B.162 · M.B.175T
American  V-156-F · Martin 167-A3 · ▄A-35B · ▄SB2C-5 Helldiver · ▄PB4Y-2 Privateer
Attackers  ▄AD-4 Skyraider