Ju 388 J

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Ju 388 J
Ju 388 J
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The Ju 388 J is a premium rank IV German twin-engine fighter with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB) and 4.3 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.87 "Locked On" during the "Battlefield Engineer" event. It is the final development of the Ju 88 family of aircraft. It is currently rare vehicle and is obtainable through the Gaijin Marketplace.

General info

Flight Performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Max Speed
(km/h at ?,??? m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
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Max Speed
(km/h at ?,??? m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
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Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
480 ~10 ~6
Optimal velocities
< 370 < 360 < 400 > 280
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
11,704 m 1,380 hp 1,531 hp

Survivability and armour

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.


Offensive armament

The Ju 388 J is armed with:

  • 2 x 30 mm MK 108 cannons, chin-mounted (110 rpg = 220 total)
  • 2 x 20 mm MG 151/20 cannons, chin-mounted (200 rpg = 400 total)
  • 2 x 20 mm MG 151/20 cannons, Schräge Musik mounted mid-fuselage (rpg = total)

Defensive armament

Main article: MG 131 (13 mm)

The Ju 388 J is defended by:

  • 2 x 13 mm MG 131 machine guns, ventral turret (600 rpg = 1,200 total)

Usage in battles

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Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Auto control available
Not auto controlled
Separate Not controllable Auto controlled
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings repair Engine
IV Engine injection Cover

Pros and cons

Summarise and briefly evaluate the vehicle in terms of its characteristics and combat effectiveness. Mark its pros and cons in the bulleted list. Try not to use more than 6 points for each of the characteristics. Avoid using categorical definitions such as "bad", "good" and the like - use substitutions with softer forms such as "inadequate" and "effective".




After the German Ministry of Aviation (RLM) found out about the new American B-29 Superfortress in 1942, serious concerns were raised among high ranking officials, questioning the Luftwaffe’s ability to deal with such a new potential threat. At the time, the B-29 flew higher and faster than any fighter the Luftwaffe had at their disposal and the only weapon that could effectively counter it was the 12.8cm FlaK 40 heavy AA cannon. This led to the development of a range of new German high-altitude fighters, interceptors and dedicated bomber hunters.

The first prototype of the Ju 388 performed its maiden flight in December 1943, showing promising results. After the construction and testing of six further prototypes were completed in three modifications: the Ju 388J high-altitude interceptor, a Ju 388K medium bomber and the Ju 388L scout. The Ju 388 was ordered into production and was officially introduced into Luftwaffe service in summer 1944. However, initial production progressed at a slow pace due to the limited availability of the required engines for the aircraft. Furthermore, the continuously worsening war conditions in Germany had a severe impact on overall production, eventually preventing it entirely by the end of the war.

In the end, only around 100 Ju 388s were built with most aircraft seeing only limited action during their short service life during the final stages of WW2.

- From Devblog


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See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

Germany twin-engine fighters
Messerschmitt  Bf 110 C-6 · Bf 110 C-7 · Bf 110 F-2 · Bf 110 G-2 · Bf 110 G-4 · Bf 109 Z
  Me 410 A-1 · Me 410 A-1/U2 · Me 410 A-1/U4
  Me 410 B-1 · Me 410 B-1/U2 · Me 410 B-2/U4 · Me 410 B-6/R3
Heinkel  He 219 A-7
Dornier  Do 17 Z-7 · Do 217 J-1 · Do 217 J-2 · Do 217 N-1 · Do 217 N-2
  Do 335 A-0 · Do 335 A-1 · Do 335 B-2
Focke-Wulf  Ta 154 A-1
Junkers  Ju 88 C-6 · Ju 388 J

Germany premium aircraft
Fighters  He 51 B-2/H · He 112 B-1/U2 · He 112 B-2/U2 · Flegel's Bf 109 A · Bf 109 E-7/U2 · Bf 109 G-2 · Fw 190 C · Fw 190 D-13
  ▀Marcolin's C.R.42 CN · ▀Hawk H-75A-2 · ▀Yak-1B · ▀La-5FN · ▀P-47D-16 RE · ▀P-47D · ▀Tempest Mk V
Twin-engine fighters  Bf 109 Z · Bf 110 C-6 · Do 335 B-2 · He 219 A-7 · Ju 388 J · Ta 154 A-1
Jet fighters  Sea Hawk Mk.100 · ▀G.91 R/4
Attackers  Hs 129 B-2 (Romania) · ▀IL-2 (1942)
Bombers  Ar 196 A-3 · BV 238 · Fw 189 A-1 · Ju 288 C · ▀Wellington Mk Ic