PV-2D Harpoon

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General Info

PV-2D Harpoon in the Garage.

The PV-2D Harpoon is a gift Rank II American medium bomber with a battle rating of 3.3. It was introduced in Update 1.67 "Assault", during the 2017 World War Two: Chronicle event, unlocked after obtaining 6 Chronicle Awards.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style
The PV-2D Harpoon is a bomber and should be played as such. Though its payload is not big enough to attack bases and airfield, it allows for enough power against tactical targets such as ground and naval units. The eight nose-mounted 12.7 mm machine guns also allow for great damage effect on light-skinned enemy vehicles, even enemy planes if able to align the rounds onto the target. Though the gunners provide ample top and bottom protection, the tail of the vehicle is a blind spot to the two turret gunners and thus a tailing pursuant would be a priority threat.


Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Very effective offensive armament consisting 8 x 12.7 mm Brownings that are nose mounted
  • Great defense power.
  • Very strong air frame.
  • Effective defensive armament with good coverage on the rear section of the plane.
  • The dorsal turret can swivel 360 degrees and even fire at targets the planes nose.
  • Can provide initial cover for other bombers until fighters reach their altitude.
  • Great fast top speed compared to other medium bombers
  • good climb rate
  • Excellent payload capacity, which include rocket combinations.
  • Good bomb, rocket and torpedo options available.

Cons:

  • The belly and rear tail of the aircraft is a massive blind spot in the aircraft's defense
  • Mediocre energy retention
  • Offensive armament will only be useful in attacking enemy bombers, ground targets, or engaging fighters head-on - plane is unmaneuverable for any major dog fighting.
  • Steel construction makes this plane particularly heavy, and a small payload limits this plane's ability to be used as a tactical or strategic bomber.
  • The Elevator can be shot off by an enemy plane easily. This can cause it to become uncontrollable in certain situations. However, it can still be controlled by operating flaps, or adjusting engine power.
  • Mediocre maneuverability, due to the heavy weight.

Specifications

Armaments

Main Armament

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M2/early Browning USA

Pros

  • More powerful than the .30cals.
  • High rate of fire, though lower than the .30cals.
  • Accurate.

Cons

  • Weaker than cannons
  • Like the .30cals, default belts usually contain ball ammunition.



Defensive turrets

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M2 Browning Turret

Pros

Cons


Payload

Engine & Mobility

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Engine

Name: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-31 18-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1320 hp (Stock), 1789 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1687 hp (Stock), 2156 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 980 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-31 18-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1303 hp (Stock), 1520 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1670 hp (Stock), 1887 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 980 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-31 18-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1303 hp (Stock), 1520 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1670 hp (Stock), 1887 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 980 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 448 km/h
    • at height: 4,267 m
  • Max altitude: 9,500 m
  • Turn Time: 29.9 s
  • Rate of Climb: 7.2 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 549 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 513 km/h
    • at height: 4,267 m
  • Max altitude: 9,500 m
  • Turn Time: 26.3 s
  • Rate of Climb: 19 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 549 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 435 km/h
    • at height: 4,267 m
  • Max altitude: 9,500 m
  • Turn Time: 30.6 s
  • Rate of Climb: 8.8 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 549 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 478 km/h
    • at height: 4,267 m
  • Max altitude: 9,500 m
  • Turn Time: 28.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 12.0 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 549 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 435 km/h
    • at height: 4,267 m
  • Max altitude: 9,500 m
  • Turn Time: 30.6 s
  • Rate of Climb: 8.8 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 549 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 478 km/h
    • at height: 4,267 m
  • Max altitude: 9,500 m
  • Turn Time: 28.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 12.0 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 549 m

Performance

PV-2D Harpoon/Horsepower graph

Modules and improvements

__MODIFICATIONS__

History of creation and combat usage

Ventura

After the success of the Lockheed Hudson, Lockheed sought to introduce another bomber named the Ventura based off their Model 18 Lodestar transport aircraft. Though similar to the Hudson, the Ventura was a lot bigger. The Royal Air Force adopted the plane under the Ventura name, and the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) adopted it as the B-34 Lexington. Though the Ventura was faster and could hold twice as much bombs than the Hudson, the Royal Air Force did not like the plane very much and were replaced by Mosquitos, the surplus Venturas sent towards Coastal Command. America's usage of the B-34 Lexington was complicated with a feud in air power between the USAAF and the US Navy (USN). The USAAF had a monopolization on manufacturing and command of land-based bombers, leading to naval activities such as anti-submarine duties with bombers be shouldered by the USAAF rather than the USN, forcing the usage of float planes like the Catalina in the Navy's role. It wasn't until a compromise with the B-29 Superfortress in a naval manufacturing factory that the Army finally gave the Navy the aircraft and jurisdiction to act in their roles.

Naval Adoption

The Lockheed Ventura bomber, an aircraft the USN had an eye for, was converted for their usage. The adapted Venturas were adopted under the designation PV-1 Ventura for the navy, with special equipment for patrol bombing, increased fuel storage along with a decrease in forward defensive armaments, and an addition of a search radar. The first PV-1s arrived in December 1942, then entered naval service in February 1943.

The PV-1 was an adequate bomber, but provided some weaknesses needed addressing, most notably in that the increased fuel weight made it difficult to take-off without problems. The Ventura design was modified with an increased wing area in order to improve take-off and load-carrying capability. This allowed the aircraft to carry not only up to 4,000 lb of bombs, but even rockets under the wings. The redesigned aircraft was accepted by the USN as the PV-2 Harpoon. More than 500 Harpoons were built in the course of the war, with several variants. The original PV-2 had five forward armaments whereas the PV-2D updated it with eight forward guns. The PV-2C and PV-2T models were models built for training.

Combat Usage

The PV-1 were operated by three squadrons in the Pacific Theater and flew bombing strikes against Japan. The PV-1 usually accompanied B-24 bombers due to having a more sophisticated radar system. A few were also given to the Marine Corps fighter squadron VMF(N)-531 at the Solomon Islands.

The PV-2's design had a shaky start, issues with the wings wrinkling came off as dangerously problematic. Another redesign was needed, delaying the introduction into the Navy until early 1945, with the ones already delivered converted for training purposes as the PV-2C. When the Harpoons were finally shipped, it went as the PV-2D model, and these aircraft designs proved reliable and popular withe the crews that used them.

After the war, the Venturas and its variants were eventually declared obsolete. A number were scrapped, some were given away to foreign nations during and after the war. A number of the aircraft still survive today in both airworthy and display-only conditions.

Ingame description

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Screenshots and fan art

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Additional information (links)

[Devblog] WW2 Chronicles vehicles: The PV-2 Harpoon

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