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General info

BV 238 in the Garage.

The BV 238 is a premium Rank II German bomber with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB), 3.3 (RB), and 4.0 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.63 "Desert Hunters". This aircraft can be purchased for 1,840 GE.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

This plane is the classic definition of the heavy bomber, it climbs slow, maneuvers poorly, but has ridiculous bomb load and great defensive armament. It carries enough bombs to take out a airfield in a single run, and can destroy 2-3 bases in a single run. That is if you can get there in one piece since you climb really really slowly. If attacked try and keep the enemy planes behind and slightly above you. Remember you are gonna be the target of every fighter in the game because of the threat you pose so try and get some fighter cover is possible. On realistic it is very hard to reload the plane as you have to belly land this whale to reload. If you are attacking a BV-238 remember that it's fuselage is completely empty other than the cockpit, so aim for the inner wings to damage the control surfaces, barring that go for the engines though you need to take quite a few out to hurt this beast.

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Watch out for all of its machine guns and autocannons. One way to kill this is with the P-61 with its four 20 mm cannons. Either cannon the wings off or use the turret to fly directly under the BV 238 and shred the plane apart.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • The largest bombload of any German bomber at 5,000kg (11,000lbs).
  • Internal bomb bays mean that it suffers next to no penalty carrying bombs.
  • Bombs are dropped individually.
  • Most defensive guns on a plane (18!) 16 x 13 mm and 2 x 20 mm.
  • Defensive guns are all Heavy Machine Guns or Cannons.
  • Defensive armament will deter most fighters from attacking you.
  • Very durable, going to take a huge amount of bullets to bring one down or a skilled pilot.
  • Multiple engines so can take losing a engine or two and limp back to base.
  • Can WEP for a decent amount of time before overheating.
  • Engines cool down relatively fast.
  • Good top speed for it's size and weight.
  • Tail control is hard to damage, due to the size of the plane.
  • Can create a good amount of RP and SL when played well.

Cons:

  • Biggest plane in game, enemies cannot miss it.
  • Is vulnerable to rival players using, the boom and zoom playstyle.
  • A high repair cost of 10,000 Silver Lions
  • No real armour despite structural durability.
  • Large caliber cannons will tear it apart.
  • Gun turrets can be overheated quickly.
  • One of the worst manoeuvrable planes in the game.
  • Poor climb rate.
  • No landing gear, does not have wheels, only floats.
  • Engines fail after over revving more than three seconds
  • Weak control surfaces.

Specifications

Armaments

Defensive armaments

  • 2 x 20 mm MG 151 cannon, dorsal turret (700 rpg = 1,400 total)
  • 4 x 13 mm MG 131 machine gun, nose turret (1,800 rpg = 7,200 total)
  • 4 x 13 mm MG 131 machine gun, tail turret (900 rpg = 3,600 total)
  • 4 x 13 mm MG 131 machine gun, 2 x wing turret (900 rpg = 7,200 total)

Payload

  • 20 x 250 kg SC 250 bombs

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Daimler-Benz DB-603A 12-cylinder radial x6
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 1453 hp (Stock), 1739 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1611 hp (Stock), 1897 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 910 kg
Name: Daimler-Benz DB-603A 12-cylinder radial x6
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 1438 hp (Stock), 1580 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1596 hp (Stock), 1738 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 910 kg
Name: Daimler-Benz DB-603A 12-cylinder radial x6
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 1438 hp (Stock), 1580 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1596 hp (Stock), 1738 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 910 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 401 km/h
    • at height: 6,600 m
  • Max altitude: 9,000 m
  • Turn Time: 31.7 s
  • Rate of Climb: 0.9 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 1,200 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 442 km/h
    • at height: 6,600 m
  • Max altitude: 9,000 m
  • Turn Time: 28.5 s
  • Rate of Climb: 5.9 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 1,200 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 390 km/h
    • at height: 6,600 m
  • Max altitude: 9,000 m
  • Turn Time: 33.1 s
  • Rate of Climb: 1.6 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 1,200 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 421 km/h
    • at height: 6,600 m
  • Max altitude: 9,000 m
  • Turn Time: 30.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 3.0 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 1,200 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 390 km/h
    • at height: 6,600 m
  • Max altitude: 9,000 m
  • Turn Time: 33.1 s
  • Rate of Climb: 1.6 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 1,200 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 421 km/h
    • at height: 6,600 m
  • Max altitude: 9,000 m
  • Turn Time: 30.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 3.0 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 1,200 m

Performance

BV 238/Horsepower graph

Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for BV-238 from live.warthunder

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-der.png BV 238
Nation Germany
Design Family Blohm & Voss
Type Bomber
Flying boat
Fighting style Bombing

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Empty Weight ~???? kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~???? kg
Takeoff Weight ~???? kg
Wing Area ~?? m²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 6
Air Brakes no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine ???? hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~???.?? kph at ?000 m
Climb Rate ~??.?? m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~???.?? kph
Turn Time ~??.00 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~???.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~???? lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~???? lb
Takeoff Weight ~???? lb
Wing Area ~??? ft²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 6
Air Brakes no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine ???? hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~???.?? mph at ????? m
Climb Rate ??.?? ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~???.?? mph
Turn Time ??.00 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~??.?? lb/ft²
Main Weapons
? x ?? RPG
? x ?00 RPG
Payload Option 1
Nothing Loaded Clean Plane
Payload Option 2
? x ? ? Bomb
Payload Option 3
? x ? ? Bomb
Payload Option 4
? x ? ? rocket
Limits
Max Speed limit ??? kph
Gear lmit ??? kph
Max static +G's ~??
Max static -G's ~21
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <??? kph
Rudder <??0 kph
Elevators <??0 kph
Radiator >??0 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit ??? mph
Gear lmit ??? mph
Max static +G's ~??
Max static -G's ~??
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <??? mph
Rudder <??? mph
Elevators <??? mph
Radiator >??? mph
Manual Control
Mixer is controllable
Pitch is controllable
no automatic pitch
Radiator (water) is controllable
Radiator (oil) is not controllable
Oil and water uses combined radiator control
Supercharger is controllable
Turbocharger is controllable
Compressor settings 1
Optimal Altitude
2000 m
6562 ft
100% Enginepower ??00 hp
WEP Enginepower ???? hp
Compressor settings 2
Optimal Altitude
4300 m
14108 ft
100% Enginepower ???? hp
WEP Enginepower ???? hp
* Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data from 1.57 initial release)