Sunderland Mk V

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This page is about the British bomber Sunderland Mk V. For the other version, see Sunderland Mk IIIa.
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Sunderland Mk V
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Description

The Sunderland Mk V is a rank II British bomber with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/SB) and 2.0 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.65 "Way of the Samurai".

General info

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Flight performance

Max speed
at 4 267 m401 km/h
Turn time35 s
Max altitude6 096 m
Take-off weight0 t

The Sunderland Mk V is rather finicky in the air. Handling is not all that bad, turn time is about 20-25 seconds spaded with flaps. However, the wings can only take 3-4Gs before they snap off. Due to the low rip speed, this means you can potentially rip your wings when flying a spaded aircraft at top speed.

If there is no water available to land in, it will be necessary to belly land on the airfields. If so, take care to not let the pontoons touch the ground. However, after descending all the way for the landing, it will be necessary to continue the fight at a low altitude due to the Sunderland's atrocious climb rate forbidding any chance of reaching back to optimal bombing altitude in a timely manner.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,267 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 384 377 6096 35.8 36.6 5.8 5.8 740
Upgraded 420 401 34.2 35.0 10.2 7.8

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
0 0 395 232 204 ~3 ~2
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 350 < 350 < 250 > 312
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,860 m 1,100 hp 1,199 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
3,810 m 1,000 hp 1,090 hp

Survivability and armour

Crew7 people
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear0 km/h

There is no armour protection on this aircraft.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB590 → 754 Sl icon.png
RB1 700 → 2 174 Sl icon.png
SB1 690 → 2 161 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications6 920 Rp icon.png
9 450 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
40 / 90 / 120 % Sl icon.png
112 / 112 / 112 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
Research:
350 Rp icon.png
Cost:
480 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
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Radiator
Research:
350 Rp icon.png
Cost:
480 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
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Compressor
Research:
520 Rp icon.png
Cost:
710 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
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Wings repair
Research:
430 Rp icon.png
Cost:
590 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
430 Rp icon.png
Cost:
590 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
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Engine injection
Research:
560 Rp icon.png
Cost:
760 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
Research:
520 Rp icon.png
Cost:
710 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
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Cover
Research:
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Cost:
760 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
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bmg303_belt_pack
Research:
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Cost:
480 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
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HMBC mk.2
Research:
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Cost:
480 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
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bmg303_new_gun
Research:
520 Rp icon.png
Cost:
710 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
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bmg303_turret_belt_pack
Research:
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Cost:
590 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
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bmg50_turret_belt_pack
Research:
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Cost:
590 Sl icon.png
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bmg303_turret_new_gun
Research:
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Cost:
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bmg50_turret_new_gun
Research:
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Cost:
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Armaments

Sunderland flying away from its bombed target.

Offensive armament

Main article: Browning (7.7 mm)

The Sunderland Mk V is armed with:

  • 4 x 7.7 mm Browning machine guns, nose-mounted (500 rpg = 2,000 total)

Suspended armament

The Sunderland Mk V can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 8 x 250 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 4 x 500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs (2,000 lb total)

Defensive armament

The Sunderland Mk V is defended by:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, 2 x beam turrets (500 rpg)
  • 2 x 7.7 mm Browning machine guns, nose turret (1,000 rpg = 2,000 total)
  • 2 x 7.7 mm Browning machine guns, dorsal turret (500 rpg = 1,000 total)
  • 4 x 7.7 mm Browning machine guns, tail turret (1,000 rpg = 4,000 total)
  • 1 x 7.7 mm Vickers K machine gun, 2 x beam turrets (600 rpg)

Usage in battles

After unloading your ordnance, it's best to return to base (or wait for reload in arcade battles) and get another load. In RB/SB, taking note from the "Flight Performance" section, land appropriately and continue the fight at a lower altitude to get back quickly for another bomb drop.

At this low altitude, and with some degree of luck, the Sunderland can be used as a "gunship" fighter. It's possible to gunship manoeuvre into a furball and shoot down a plane or two. Against other bombers, attempting the "gunship" method is possible, however you must be careful of defensive weapons on the enemy bomber. The best bet is to fly just below the enemy fighter or side by side, as there are no bombers at this battle rating which have this kind of armament and the Sunderland's survivability against rifle calibre is exceptional. The forward MGs can be used, but it isn't as effective as the other turrets. The side of the aircraft is where all the main firepower is located. Knowing this, keeping your enemy in the top and rear hemisphere is advisable for maximum guns on target while being shielded from most defensive weapons.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable
Sunderland Mk V dropping its 500 lb bombs

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • It has many turrets, equal or more effective than even the higher rank Wellingtons, Stirlings and Lancasters
  • Has 4 x offensive 7.7 mm machine guns
  • Its fuselage can soak up a lot of damage, especially from low calibre machine guns
  • Can land both on land (belly slide) and in the water (not on an aircraft carrier)
  • Great turret coverage, especially from the front, side, top and back of the plane
  • Has .50 calibre on the side which packs a punch and can obliterate enemy fighters if they hit
  • Turns rather well for a four-engined bomber

Cons:

  • Small bomb load
  • Handles like a flying train (A.K.A. not very well)
  • Due to the lack of a bomb bay, bombs are slid out from the hatches on the side of the aircraft which can make them hard to aim
  • The .50 calibre only cover the side of the aircraft, making them difficult to use effectively
  • No ventral turret coverage, a smart fighter will attack you from below
  • No armour. The crew are vulnerable. A few good hits on the cockpit and you're going down
  • Wooden fuselage means that you will catch fire easily
  • Slow, even biplanes can catch you
  • Does not dive well. Escaping from an enemy aircraft is difficult

History

Cockpit of the Sunderland Mark V

The Short S.25 Sunderland is a British designed & built flying boat, designed primarily to fulfil the role of a patrol bomber, the Sunderland was used primarily by the RAF, but also saw use with the French Navy, RAAF & SAAF just to name a few. The Mark V version of the Sunderland was initially developed due to concerns that the aircraft was underpowered, due to this the Bristol Pegasus engines used on previous models were replaced by Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp (S3C4-G) engines, these new engines offered a considerable power increase while also not causing any reductions in range or flight time, a particular benefit of the new power plant was that the Mark V could remain airborne after 2 of its 4 engines failed, this greatly improved the aircraft's survivability in comparison to earlier versions. A total of 155 Mark V airframes were produced with an additional 33 earlier Mark III's converted to Mark V standard with the updated engines.

The Mark V also featured a new centimetric ASV Mark VI C radar, this is an updated version of the air to surface radar that was also featured on later production Mark III airframes and is especially noticeable by the antenna on the underside of the wings just outboard of the floats. This radars was primarily used in the aircraft's coastal command role for detecting enemy ships.

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


Short Brothers plc
Bombers  Stirling B Mk I · Stirling B Mk III · Sunderland Mk IIIa · Sunderland Mk V

Britain bombers
Torpedo  Swordfish Mk I · Swordfish Mk II · ▄Avenger Mk II
Dive  V-156-B1
Hydroplanes  ▄Catalina Mk IIIa · Sunderland Mk IIIa · Sunderland Mk V
Light  Blenheim Mk IV · Beaufort Mk VIII · ▄Hudson Mk V · Brigand B 1
Based on A20  ▄Havoc Mk I · ▄Boston Mk I · ▄DB-7
Hampden  Hampden Mk I · Hampden TB Mk I
Wellington  Wellington Mk Ic · Wellington Mk Ic/L · Wellington Mk III · Wellington Mk X
Halifax  Halifax B Mk IIIa
Stirling  Stirling B Mk I · Stirling B Mk III
Lancaster  Lancaster B Mk I · Lancaster B Mk III
Lincoln  Lincoln B Mk II