PB4Y-2 (China)

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␗PB4Y-2 Privateer
General characteristics
8 peopleCrew
29.0 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
4 х Pratt & Whitney R-1830-94Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
599 km/hStructural
263 km/hGear
Defensive armament
2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun3 х Turret
800 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun2 х Turret
760 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunTurret
1 200 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
20 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombSetup 1
8 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 2
4 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 3
8 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 4
4 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bombSetup 5
54 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
180 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png60 070 / 76 048/9 500 / 12 027/3 900 / 4 937Repair
52 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
180 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
940 Ge icon.pngAces
× (166) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
× 4.3 Sl icon.png× 4.1 Sl icon.png× 1.4 Sl icon.png
This page is about the aircraft PB4Y-2 (China). For other uses, see B-24/PB4Y (Family).


GarageImage PB4Y-2 (China).jpg

The ␗PB4Y-2 Privateer is a rank III Chinese bomber with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB/SB) and 5.3 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".

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 7,620 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
 ???  ???  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 950
Max Speed
(km/h at 7,620 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
 ???  ???  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 950


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
394 ~3 ~1
Optimal velocities
< 200 < 180 < 180 > 300
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,346 m 1,100 hp 1,331 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,389 m 1,000 hp 1,133 hp

Survivability and armour

File:PB4Y Armour .png
Bluish Green - 6.35 mm SteelGreen - 9.5 mm Steel Yellowish Green - 12.7 mm steel Yellow - 38 mm Bulletproof glass Red - 55 mm Bulletproof glass

The PB4Y has a lot of armour and also has self-sealing fuel tanks. The self-sealing tanks are located where the wings and fuselage meet.


Suspended armament

Defensive armament

6 turrets each with 2 M2 Brownings (Total ammo 5120)

  • Nose turret
    • 600 ammo
    • 750 rounds per minute
    • Horizontal Guidance: ±80°
    • Vertical Guidance: -55°, +70°
  • Dorsal turrets
    • 380 ammo
    • 750 rounds per minute
    • Horizontal guidance: ±180°
    • Vertical Guidance: 0°, +67°
  • Side turrets
    • 400 ammo
    • 750 rounds per minute
    • Horizontal Guidance: -95°, +55°
    • Vertical Guidance: -55°,+80°
  • Rear turret
    • 400 ammo
    • 750 rounds per minute
    • Horizontal Guidance: ±70°
    • Vertical Guidance: -41°, +70°

Usage in battles

There are 2 ways you can go about playing the ␗PB4Y-2 Privateer, side climbing or diving.


Side climbing is the safest way of going about. Start by spawning with your Heavy Bomber air spawn, and climb away from the battle. This will give your fighters enough to time to climb up and duel with the enemies. After you see most of the enemies at low alt, you are safe to go in and bomb a point and return-to-base.


  • Your chance of surviving to the bombing point is high
  • Enemies looking for bombers will most likely not find you
  • Gaining altitude


  • Takes up more time
  • Game can end before reaching the bombing point
  • Team may not survive,leaving you the last one alive


Diving is probably the most risky way of trying to bomb but it is the quickest if you do it right.. Start by spawning in then dive at about 10 degrees. This will make sure you will not overspeed before reaching the bombing point. This also has its pros and cons.


  • Quickest way to a bombing point
  • You can get rid of your major gunnery blind spot, beneath your plane
  • Engines are meant for low alt
  • Helps your team by bringing down enemy fighters


  • Axis fighters may swarm you
  • AAA can hit you
  • Extremely risky

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons

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  • Great defensive armament
  • Good payload
  • Almost full coverage from the turrets


  • Very slow
  • Big target
  • Tail is prone to being shot off


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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

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China bombers
  Martin 139WC · A-29
American  ␗B-25J-30 Mitchell · ␗PB4Y-2 Privateer
German  ␗Hs 123 A-1
Soviet  ␗SB 2M-103U · ␗DB-3A · ␗Tu-2S-44 · ␗Tu-4
Japanese  ␗P1Y1 mod. 11 "Ginga"