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General characteristics
5 peopleCrew
15.0 tTake-off weight
1.40 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
9 500 mCeiling
2 х Pratt & Whitney R-2800-31Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
633 km/hStructural
235 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 1
500 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
2 x 7.62 mm Browning machine gunWeapon 2
750 roundsAmmunition
1 001 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunTurret
800 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
2 x 7.62 mm Browning machine gunTurret
2 000 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
7 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombSetup 1
3 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
4 x 250 lb AN-M57 bomb
Setup 2
1 x Mk.13-1 Case torpedo (1927 lbs)Setup 3
9 200 Rp icon.pngResearch
22 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2 200 / 2 846/2 850 / 3 687/1 010 / 1 306Repair
6 300 Sl icon.pngCrew training
22 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
180 Ge icon.pngAces
118 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
140 % Sl icon.png180 % Sl icon.png80 % Sl icon.png
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft B-34. For the navalized gift version, see PV-2D


GarageImage B-34.jpg

The B-34 is a Rank II USA bombers with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.65 "Way of the Samurai".

The B-34 is a typical American bomber in the sense that it's decent payload is outdone by its defensive armament. While it's maximum payload and the ability to carry a torpedo is nice, it's not necessarily as good as it's ability to take and give out damage to other aircraft. Start with base/pillbox bombing, and should an enemy fighter come to engage, give him hell with your turrets. do slight maneuvers constantly to throw off his shots while trying to put as many shells into his engine/pilot as possible. with any luck he will fall out of the sky in no time.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 4,572 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
508 497 9 500 28.6 29.3 8.5 8.5 480
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,572 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
573 539 9 500 25.4 27.0 19.8 12.0 480


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
633 235 340 ~?? ~?
Optimal velocities
< 260 < 290 < 320 > 337
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,615 m 1,600 hp 1,984 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,023 m 1,450 hp 1,798 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 12 mm steel - in front of pilot
  • 12 mm steel - behind pilot
  • 12 mm steel - bulkhead behind cockpit
  • 12 mm steel - tail bulkhead
  • 20 mm steel - front of dorsal turret


Offensive armament

The B-34 is armed with:

  • 2 × 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, cheek-mounted (250 rpg = 500 total)
  • 2 × 7.62 mm Browning machine gun, nose-mounted (250 rpg = 500 total)

Suspended armament

The B-34 is able to be equipped with:

  • 7 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs
  • 3 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 4 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs
  • 1 x 2216 lbs Mk. 13/44 torpedo

Defensive armament

The B-34 is defended with:

  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, dorsal turret (400 rpg = 800 total)
  • 2 × 7.62 mm Browning machine gun, tail turret (1,000 rpg = 2,000 total)

Usage in the battles

Manual Engine Control

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


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Turret 7 mm Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs (turret) ITC mk.III New 7 mm MGs
III Wings Repair Engine Turret 12 mm Offensive 12 mm
IV Engine Injection Cover New 12 mm MGs (turret) SBC-17 New 12 mm MGs

Pros and cons


  • Reasonably effective armament consisting of 2 x 7.62 Brownings and 2 x 12.7mm Brownings that are nose mounted
  • Durable air frame for it's BR
  • Reasonably effective defensive armament with good coverage on the rear section of the plane.
  • The dorsal turret can swivel 360 degrees and even fire at targets the nose of the plane
  • Can provide initial cover for other bombers until fighters reach their altitude.
  • Blazing fast top speed compared to other medium bombers at it's BR
  • Reasonably large payload capacity.


  • The belly of the aircraft is a massive blind spot in the aircraft's defense
  • Poor climb rate and energy retention
  • For the most part, the offensive armament will only be useful in attacking enemy bombers, ground targets, or engaging fighters head-on, as the plane is too unmaneuverable for any real dog fighting of any kind.
  • Steel construction makes this plane particularly heavy, and a small payload limits this plane's ability to be used as a tactical or strategic bomber.
  • The Elevator can be shot off by an enemy plane easily. This can cause it to become uncontrollable in certain situations. However, it can still be controlled by operating flaps or adjusting engine power.
  • Poor maneuverability


In the beginning of the war, the British was looking for a medium-ranged anti-submarine warfare and patrol aircraft to support the existing Avro Anson. The Lockheed company sent a drawing of thier model 144 civillian airliner. The British Purchasing Commission saw the design and asked Lockheed to make modifications to the model 14, also known as the Lockheed Super Electra. Modifications include two fixed forward-firing Browning 7.7mm machine guns in the nose. There was also the installation of Boulton Paul dorsal gun turrets with two Browning machine guns. Some models had beam guns installed, other had different engines or propellers. They called it the Hudson, eventually it needed a replacement. So Lockheed made it bigger and heavier and introduced it as the B-34 Lexington. It went under the US Army as the B-34, and the Navy as PV-2 Harpoon.(V because Vega aircraft division of Lockheed made the Harpoon.) In British service it was simply called the Lockheed Ventura.


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USA bombers
Dive  SB2U-2 · SB2U-3 · SBD-3 · SB2C-1c · SB2C-4
Torpedo  TBD-1 · PBY-5 Catalina · PBY-5a Catalina · TBF-1C · BTD-1
Medium  B-10B · B-18A · B-34 · PV-2D · B-25J-1 · B-25J-20 · A-26C-45 · A-26C-45DT
Heavy  B-17E · B-17E/L · B-17G-60-VE · PB4Y-2 · B-24D-25-CO · B-29A-BN
Hydroplanes  OS2U-1 · OS2U-3 · PBM-3 "Mariner"