Ju 88 A-4

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Ju 88 A-4
General characteristics
4 peopleCrew
13.8 tTake-off weight
0.19 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
9 800 mCeiling
2 х Junkers Jumo 211JEngine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
675 km/hStructural
310 km/hGear
Offensive armament
7.92 mm MG 81 machine gunWeapon 1
750 roundsAmmunition
1 100 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
2 x 7.92 mm MG 81 machine gunTurret
1 800 roundsAmmunition
1 597 shots/minFire rate
7.92 mm MG 81 machine gun2 х Turret
1 000 roundsAmmunition
1 597 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
10 x 50 kg SC50JA bombSetup 1
28 x 50 kg SC50JA bombSetup 2
4 x 250 kg SC250JA bombSetup 3
4 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb
10 x 50 kg SC50JA bomb
Setup 4
4 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb
28 x 50 kg SC50JA bomb
Setup 5
2 x 500 kg SC500K bombSetup 6
2 x 500 kg SC500K bomb
10 x 50 kg SC50JA bomb
Setup 7
2 x 500 kg SC500K bomb
28 x 50 kg SC50JA bomb
Setup 8
1 x 500 kg SC500K bomb
1 x 1000 kg SC1000L2 bomb
Setup 9
9 200 Rp icon.pngResearch
22 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2 440 / 3 071/2 420 / 3 046/910 / 1 145Repair
6 300 Sl icon.pngCrew training
22 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
180 Ge icon.pngAces
118 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
150 % Sl icon.png140 % Sl icon.png40 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the German medium bomber Ju 88 A-4. For other uses, see Ju 88 (Family).


The Ju 88 A-4 in the garage

The Ju 88 A-4 is a rank I German medium bomber with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/SB) and 2.3 (RB). This bomber has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.

The Ju 88A-4 is very diverse with the ability to dive bomb and regularly bomb with large payloads. Its defensive armament is a little disappointing, but the two backwards-facing heavy machine guns can deal with light planes very quickly. However, the front is only covered by a light machine gun. Overall, the Ju 88A is a decent attack aircraft and fantastic fast medium bomber.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 5,600 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
430 415 9 800 31.8 32.7 2.9 4.1 530
Max Speed
(km/h at 5,600 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
480 455 9 800 28.3 30.0 12.5 6.8 530


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
675 310 480 ~4 ~4
Optimal velocities
< 350 < 360 < 400 > 230
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
5,400 m 2,360 hp 2,761 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 58 mm and 60 mm Bulletproof glass around the dorsal turret
  • 12 mm Steel plate behind the pilot
  • 12 mm Steel plates around the ventral turret
  • 20 mm Steel plate behind the cockpit


Offensive armament

Main article: MG 81 (7.92 mm)

The Ju 88 A-4 is armed with:

  • 1 x 7.92 mm MG 81 machine gun, nose-mounted (750 rpg)

Suspended armament

  • 10 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs
  • 28 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs
  • 4 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs
  • 10 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs + 4 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs
  • 28 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs + 4 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs
  • 2 x 500 kg SC500K bombs
  • 10 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs + 2 x 500 kg SC500K bombs
  • 28 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs + 2 x 500 kg SC500K bombs
  • 1 x 1000 kg SC1000L2 bomb + 1 x 500 kg SC500K bomb

Defensive armament

Main article: MG 81 (7.92 mm)
  • 1 x 7.92 mm MG 81 machine gun, 2 x dorsal turret (1,000 rpg = 2,000 total)
  • 2 x 7.92 mm MG 81 machine gun, ventral turret (900 rpg = 1,800 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 controllable Controllable Combined Not controllable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Turret 7 mm ITX 50/IX
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs (turret) ETC 250/IV
III Wings Repair Engine Offensive 7 mm ETC 500/II
IV Engine Injection Cover New 7 mm MGs ETC 1000/I

Pros and cons


  • Highest variety of payload from any bombers in the German tech tree
  • Decent speed
  • Ability to dive bomb, is equipped with air brakes
  • Better and more reliable defensive armaments than that of the He 111 H-3
  • Extremely manoeuvrable at low speeds (RB & SB)
  • Airframe can withstand high speed during a dive
  • Fairly resistant to small (.30) bullets
  • One of the few bombers that can reliably destroy enemy airfields at lower rank battles (AB)
  • Possesses the largest payload (2,400 kg) of any rank I bomber
  • The 50 kg bombs are very efficient in taking out individual ground targets
  • Carrying the maximum payload doesn't have that much penalty in overall performance
  • Very useful in precision bombing
  • Can simply outrun lower-ranked foes
  • Can perform exceptionally well even in some early rank II battles


  • Unfavorable matchmaking in arcade battles
  • Defensive armament consists of only 7.92 mm machine guns and are only reliable against lower ranked foes
  • .50 calibre and cannon fire will quickly tear it apart
  • Take off from short runways is difficult
  • Less durable than the He 111 H-3
  • Water cooled engines and large radiator means that any shots to the engine in RB or SB will usually result in engine failure
  • Cannot reliably fly with one engine
  • Big target, can easily be ripped to shreds by SPAAs when flying low
  • Level bombing from a high altitude can be a challenge
  • Severely handicapped by being at Rank I because of its low SL multiplier of 0.5, which inhibits it from being a good money maker.


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In-game description

"The Ju 88 high-speed horizontal and dive bomber was one of the most versatile aircraft of WWII, and the Ju 88A-4 was the most well-known and highly mass produced of all the variants. Unlike its predecessors, the plane had a new 1,400 PS engine, letting the bomber move around at high speed. After experiencing difficulties in the Battle of Britain, the aircraft received additional metal sheeting in the cockpit walls and floor, as well as an armored pilot's seat, shielding the pilot's back and sides. New MG 81 belt-fed machine guns replaced the older MG 15s that had previously been fitted. The increased aircraft mass also necessitated stronger landing gear with a bigger wheel diameter.

The Ju 88A-4 was used against the Soviet Union in their maiden flights, and remained in the ranks until the end of the war. During WWII, nearly 15,000 Ju 88 bombers were built in different variations."


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See also

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