Sunderland Mk V

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Sunderland Mk V
General characteristics
7 peopleCrew
27.2 tTake-off weight
0.66 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
6 096 mCeiling
4 х Pratt & Whitney S3C4-GEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
414 km/hStructural
450 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gunWeapon 1
2 000 roundsAmmunition
1 001 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun2 х Turret
500 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
7.7 mm Vickers K machine gun2 х Turret
600 roundsAmmunition
950 shots/minFire rate
4 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gunTurret
4 000 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
2 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gunTurret
1 000 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
2 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gunTurret
2 000 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
8 x 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 1
4 x 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 2
7 900 Rp icon.pngResearch
10 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2 300 / 2 937/1 950 / 2 490/680 / 868Repair
3 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
10 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
130 Ge icon.pngAces
112 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
190 % Sl icon.png170 % Sl icon.png80 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the British bomber Sunderland Mk V. For the other version, see Sunderland Mk IIIa.


GarageImage Sunderland Mk V.jpg

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

Sunderland Screenshot 4.jpg

Flight performance

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
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 384 377 6 096 35.8 36.6 5.8 5.8 740
Upgraded 420 401 34.2 35.0 10.2 7.8


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 + -
414 450 520 232 213 ~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

There is no armour protection on this aircraft.


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
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm HMBC mk.2
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs
III Wings repair Engine Turret 7 mm Turret 12 mm
IV Engine injection Cover New 7 mm MGs (turret) New 12 mm MGs (turret)
Sunderland Mk V dropping its 500 lb bombs

Pros and cons


  • 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


  • 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


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.


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See also

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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
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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
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