Potez 633

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Potez 633
General characteristics
2 peopleCrew
4.5 tTake-off weight
0.22 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
9 500 mCeiling
2 х Gnome Rhone 14M-6Engine
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 x 50 kg G.A. MMN. 50Setup 1
2 x 100 kg No.1Setup 2
2 x 200 kg No.1Setup 3
4 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
2 100 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 400 / 1 762/760 / 956/320 / 402Repair
600 Sl icon.pngCrew training
2 100 Sl icon.pngExperts
40 Ge icon.pngAces
100 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
130 % Sl icon.png90 % Sl icon.png40 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage Potez633.jpg

The Potez 633 is a rank I French frontline 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 Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 421 403 9 500 21.2 22.3 4.4 4.2 350
Upgraded 462 440 18.9 20.0 10.9 7.3


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
710 295 360 360 240 ~8 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 360 < 360 < 330 > 320

Survivability and armour

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


Offensive armament

Main article: MAC 1934 (7.5 mm)

The Potez 633 is armed with:

  • 1 x 7.5 mm MAC 1934 machine gun, nose-mounted (500 rpg)

Suspended armament

The Potez 633 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 8 x 50 kg G.A. MMN. 50 bombs (400 kg total)
  • 2 x 100 kg No.1 bombs (200 kg total)
  • 2 x 200 kg No.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
Controllable Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs 100 GPs
III Wings repair Engine Turret 7 mm
IV Engine injection Cover New 7 mm MGs (turret) 200 GPs

Pros and cons


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


  • Meagre 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


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.


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Potez (SNCAN)
Fighters  Potez 630 · Potez 631
Bombers  Potez 633

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 · ▄PB4Y-2