Lancaster B Mk III

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Lancaster B Mk III
lancaster_mk3.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
6.0/5.7/5.0BR
5 peopleCrew
17.9 tEmpty weight
30.8 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
7 620 mCeiling
sec51.7/51.7/48.0Turn Time
115 km/hStalling speed
4 х Rolls-Royce Merlin-28Engine
InlineType
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
608 km/hStructural
338 km/hGear
Defensive armament
2 х 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunTurret
5 000 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
2 х 7.7 mm Browning machine gun2 х Turret
2 000 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
14 х 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 1
8 х 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
6 х 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
Setup 2
14 х 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 3
2 х 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
1 х 1000 LB G.P. Mk.I bomb
6 х 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
Setup 4
3 х 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
6 х 1000 LB G.P. Mk.I bomb
Setup 5
14 х M.C. 1000 lb Mk.I bombSetup 6
6 х M.C. 1000 lb Mk.I bomb
2 х 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
1 х H.C. 4000 lb Mk.II bomb
Setup 7
2 х H.C. 4000 lb Mk.II bombSetup 8
Economy
78 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
310 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png37 000 / 47 323/15 220 / 19 466/10 000 / 12 790Repair
90 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
310 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 400 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.84 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the British heavy bomber Lancaster B Mk III. For other version, see Lancaster B Mk I.

Description

GarageImage Lancaster B Mk III.jpg


The Lancaster B Mk III is a Rank IV British heavy bomber with a battle rating of 5.0 (AB), 5.7 (RB), and 6.0 (SB). This bomber aircraft has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

General info

Flight Performance

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 3,048 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
445 435 7 620 49.6 50.3 6.8 6.8 750
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 3,048 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
 ?  ? 7 620  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 750

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
608 338  ??? ~2 ~1
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 250 < 250 < 250 > 270
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,000 m 5,535 hp 6,876 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 8 mm Steel plates behind the pilot headrests.
  • 6.35 mm Steel plate behind the engines.
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located at the front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
  • More fuel tanks located in wings near the fuselage

Armaments

Suspended armament

Main article: Suspended armaments

The Lancaster B Mk III can be outfitted with the following ordinance"

  • 14 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs
  • 6 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs + 8 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs
  • 14 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs
  • 6 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs + 2 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs + 1 x G.P. 1000 lb Mk.I bomb
  • 3 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs + 6 x G.P. 1000 lb Mk.I bombs
  • 14 x M.C. 1000 lb Mk.I bombs
  • 1 x H.C. 4000 lb Mk.II bomb + 6 x M.C. 1000 lb Mk.I bombs + 2 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs
  • 2 x H.C. 4000 lb Mk.II bombs

Defensive armament

The Lancaster B Mk III is defended by:

  • 2 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gun, nose turret (1,000 RPG = 2,000 total)
  • 2 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gun, dorsal turret (1,000 RPG = 2,000 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, tail turret (2,500 RPG = 5,000 total)

Usage in the battles

It is best to fly the Lancaster at a high altitude, at least 4000m, to be able to be unhindered by fighter aircraft. Beware, the aircraft has no defensive armament on the underside of the plane allowing an easy kill for experienced pilots. Due to this, and the large bomb load of the plane, it is best to target mini-bases and airfields, as moving tank columns are extremely difficult to hit, and even static targets like pillboxes can be tricky. Its defensive armament is lacking, so it is best to avoid enemy fighters altogether rather than attempting to fend them off. If you do find yourself under attack, weaving the plane left/right and up/down can help you dodge most of the fire, while allowing your turrets to still shoot back.

In real life, the Lancaster was mainly used as a Strategic Night Bomber, used in very large numbers to carpet bomb large industrial areas and cities in Germany, a role which is performed in admirably. Fighters struggled to intercept them in the dark and Anti Aircraft guns would find it difficult to target them effectively, especially if they were used in large numbers. However, this role does not really fit War Thunder. You rarely come across night missions, you will probably be playing individually as opposed to in a bomber formation and the map will be swarming with enemy fighters, who will all be licking their lips at the concept of an easy bomber kill. Tie this in with poor defensive armament and not particularly impressive performance and you have a recipe for disaster. Therefore, the Lancaster suffers in War Thunder on arcade and realistic air battles and will be an exceptionally easy target in ground realistic battles. If it has any advantages, it is that it the Lancaster can carry a powerful payload. With the 2 x 4,000 lb bomb load, the plane can be put into a shallow dive to quickly reach and destroy 2 mini-bases (1 bomb for each), before most enemy fighters have climbed to altitude.

Manual Engine Control

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

Modules

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

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Great bomb-load
  • Multiple engines

Cons:

  • Big target
  • Fairly Slow
  • Engine failures are common
  • Wings are big and thus commonly torn off by gunfire
  • 7.7 mm machine gun fire won't do much against German Fighters.
  • When using gunner view the different calibre turrets make it difficult to hit a target with both bullet streams.
  • Even when the turrets hit, it doesn't do any damage. most fighters will knock out your engines before you can kill their engines or pilots or at all

History

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In-game description

With RAF Bomber Command’s focus being centred on the strategic bombing campaign against German industry, the RAF desperately required a force of heavy bombers to increase the capability provided by their medium bomber fleet. A twin engine Avro Manchester bomber was converted to be powered by four engines and first flown in January 1941. This and subsequent prototypes were deemed to be so successful that the first production variant of the new bomber, now named the Lancaster, was flown in October 1941.

The immediate success of the Lancaster Mk I (redesignated the BI in 1942) caused it to be pushed ahead in terms of production priorities. In turn, this threatened the supply of Rolls Royce Merlin engines which powered it, so alternative engines needed to be sourced. The BII was powered by Bristol Hercules engines, but this caused a drop in performance and payload. The BIII was powered by Packard Merlin engines, a license built version manufactured in the United States. Internal differences between the BI and BIII were very few; the two models had near identical technical characteristics and armament and externally the BIII had only a larger bomb aimer’s bubble window, but the change in designation was necessary since the different engines had different servicing requirements.

The Lancaster was first used operationally in March 1942 by No. 44 Squadron. It soon became the backbone of RAF Bomber Command’s offensive against the heart of Germany, but was also used against targets all across occupied Europe. The majority of Lancaster operations took place at night, due to RAF Bomber Command’s policy of night bombing whilst the bombers of the United States Army Air Force tackled targets by day.

For defence, the Lancaster had eight 0.303 inch Colt-Browning Mk.II machine guns located in three turrets: two guns were located in the nose, two in the dorsal turret, and four in the tail turret. The maximum ordinance capacity of the Lancaster was the highest of any heavy bomber in World War II: 14,000 lb (6,356 kg). Besides standard bombs, the aircraft could carry an 8,000 lb (3,632 kg) “blockbuster” or two 4,000 lb (1,816 kg) high-explosive “cookie” bombs. Special modifications of the bomber could carry even larger bombs, such as the 22,000 lb ‘Grand Slam’ bomb. The Lancaster became legendary on the night of May 17th 1943 when bombers of No 617 Squadron breached the Mohne and Eder dams in Germany with Barnes Wallis’ genius ‘bouncing bomb’. Lancasters of Nos 9 and 617 Squadrons also sank the German battleship ‘Tirpitz’ with 12,000 lb ‘Tallboy’ bombs, also designed by Wallis.

A total of 3,039 BIII bombers were produced. The bomber was finally decommissioned in Great Britain in 1950, and is a serious contender to the claim of being the most capable bomber of the entire war.

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Dive  V-156-B1
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Light  Blenheim Mk IV · Beaufort Mk VIII · ▄Hudson Mk V · Brigand B 1
Based on A20  ▄Havoc Mk I · ▄Boston Mk I · ▄DB-7
Hampden  Hampden Mk I · Hampden TB Mk I
Wellington  Wellington Mk Ic · Wellington Mk Ic /Late · 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
Lincoln  Lincoln B Mk II
Canberra  Canberra B Mk 2 · Canberra B (I) Mk 6
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