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General characteristics
6 peopleCrew
15.9 tTake-off weight
6.47 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
5 800 mCeiling
2 х Wright R-2600-29Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
591 km/hStructural
294 km/hGear
Offensive armament
12 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 1
4 800 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunTurret
1 200 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun2 х Turret
250 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunTurret
800 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
12 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombSetup 1
8 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombSetup 2
4 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 3
36 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
140 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png5 680 / 7 298/4 590 / 5 898/1 450 / 1 863Repair
39 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
140 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
590 Ge icon.pngAces
148 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
330 % Sl icon.png310 % Sl icon.png100 % Sl icon.png
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft PBJ-1J. For other uses, see B-25 (Disambiguation)


GarageImage PBJ-1J.jpg

The PBJ-1J is a Rank III USA attacker with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB/RB/SB).

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 5,800 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
433 420 5 800 37.9 38.9 4.1 5.3 850
Max Speed
(km/h at 5,800 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ? 457 5 800  ??.? 36.0  ??.? 7.7 850


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
591 294 340 ~4 ~2
Optimal velocities
< 300 < 270 < 350 > 240
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
524 m 3,000 hp 3,339 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
3,700 m 2,700 hp 3,005 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 8 mm Steel - Lower nose armour plate
  • 8 mm Steel - Pilot and Co-pilot's seats
  • 9.5 mm Steel - Fore cockpit armour plate
  • 9.5 mm Steel - Side armour cockpit plates
  • 9.5 mm Steel - Cockpit rear plate
  • 9.5 mm Steel - Dorsal gunner aft plate
  • 6.35 mm Steel - Side gunners armour plate x 2
  • 9.5 mm Steel - Tail gunner protective armour plate
  • 12 mm Bulletproof glass - Dorsal gunner turret
  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Tail gunner canopy


Offensive armament

Main article: Browning M2 (12.7 mm)

The PBJ-1J is armed with:

  • 8 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, nose-mounted (400 rpg = 3,200 total)
  • 4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, cheek-mounted (400 rpg = 1,600 total)

Suspended armament

The PBJ-1J can be outfitted with the following ordinance:

  • Without load
  • 12 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs (600 lb total)
  • 8 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 4 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)

Defensive armament

Main article: Browning M2 (12.7 mm)

The PBJ-1J is defended by:

  • 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, dorsal turret (400 rpg = 800 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, ventral turret (600 rpg = 1,200 total)
  • 1 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, 2 x beam turret (250 rpg)

Usage in battles

The PBJ-1J is the U.S. Navy version of the B-25J-1 Mitchell, however these aircraft were assigned to U.S. Marine Corps marine bomber squadrons (VMB) as land-based bombers or ground attackers. This aircraft is virtually identical to it's cousin, the PBJ-1H Mitchell, which is also just ground attack variant of the U.S. Army Air Corps/U.S. Air Force B-25 Mitchell bomber. The only notable difference between the 1H and 1J model aircraft is that the 1J removes the 75 mm cannon and replaces it with an additional 4 x 12.7mm Browning machine guns in the nose. Otherwise the same strategy and tactic for the 1H applies to the 1J. Fly almost at tree top levels in order to demotivate high altitude fighters from diving on you, and attack enemy ground targets. Ensure to use ground targets belts in order to maximize the effectiveness against light and medium tanks. Keep in mind that medium tanks will require precise aiming at the rear armor or roof from optimal angles in order to be effective. Reserve bombs for targets the 1J's machine guns under any circumstance cannot deal with (like heavy tanks and pillboxes, this is especially critical in Realistic and simulator battles as it is necessary to land on an airfield in order to retrieve new bombs).

While the PBJ can be effective at engaging other bombers, only engage enemy fighters if a good opportunity appears where an enemy is already engaged with another plane or is in low energy state (like stalling, taking off or landing). In these situations, the twelve 12.7mm machine guns will make short work of virtually all single-engined fighter aircraft even at long range with ground target belts. That said, under no circumstances should the plane be used to actively pursue enemy fighters since any remotely competent pilot will be able to outmaneuver you once they become aware of your presence. Ideally, a PBJ-1J should operate in close proximity to friendly fighters who can support it if it is engaged.

Manual Engine Control

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


The recommended modules to go in weaponry are the SBC-25 and MBC-25. Which allows for mounting of 250 lb and 500 lb bombs respectively.

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Protective Vest Offensive 12 mm SBC-25
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs MBC-25
III Wings Repair Engine Turret 12 mm
IV Engine Injection Cover New 12 mm MGs (Turret)

Pros and cons


  • AP ammo is able to destroy medium and light tanks, as well as light pillboxes.
  • Excellent defensive firepower, utilizing most of the B-25 Mitchell's gun positions.
  • Durable air frame which can withstand numerous hits before going down.
  • Tricycle landing gear makes takeoff and landing easier.
  • Large ammo capacity.
  • A staggering 12 12.7mm browning machine guns all fuselage mounted, providing excellent firepower at any range against soft targets.


  • Bombload is limited compared to B-25 Mitchell.
  • Useless at any kind of dogfighting.
  • Poor energy retention.
  • Poor turn rate.
  • Poor climb rate.
  • Slow top speed and acceleration both in level flight and in dives.
  • Twin tails create blindspot for gunners, a trait carried by the B-25 Mitchell.
  • The added 4 12.7mm machine guns hardly make up for the lack of a 75 mm cannon like on the 1H variant.
  • Stock model M2 which lacks advanced ammo belt options, making it inadequate at virtually everything.


The name breakdown: PBJ-1J = Patrol Bomber J (J is the designation for the builder North American), -1 (1st variant), J model.


An excellent addition to the article will be video guides, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.

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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USA attackers
Douglas  A-20G-25 · A-26B-10 · A-26B-50 · A2D-1 · AD-2 · AD-4
North American  A-36 · PBJ-1H · PBJ-1J
Other  AM-1 · XA-38
Hydroplanes  OS2U-1 · OS2U-3