War Thunder – PB4Y-2 Privateer

The PB4Y-2 Privateer is a heavy naval patrol bomber, a major redesign of the B-24 Liberator. A new tail,  new engines, more powerful and re-arranged defensive armament! Who could seriously question its pirate manners?

The PB4Y-2 Privateer was a serious redesign of the B-24 Liberator heavy bomber to suit the needs of maritime aviation. The first prototype was ready by September of 1943. The aircraft’s length was extended and it gained a completely new tail design with a single tall fin that improved handling. The engines were also upgraded, becoming more powerful but also losing their turbochargers, which were not necessary for low-altitude maritime aircraft. The aircraft’s armament increased by two large-caliber M2 Browning machine guns (12 guns instead of the 10 on the B-24), turrets were re-arranged to strengthen defences from above.

The PB4Y-2 Privateer first saw action as part of Patrol Bomber Squadron 119 in March 1945. The squadron was based in the Philippines, from where they executed “offensive search” missions along the Chinese coast occupied by Japanese forces. In its combat career, this aircraft also participated in the Cold War, the Korean War, and the First Indochina War as part of the American and French Naval forces. After being withdrawn from service in the US fleet, the PB4Y-2 Privateer continued to be used by the US Coast Guard well into the 1960s. Several units remained in service until very recently (2002) and were deployed to combat forest fires.

In the game, this low-flying but heavy naval bomber will be of interest to every fan of maritime aviation. Six turrets with twin large-caliber Brownings, which securely cover the whole upper hemisphere, will easily calm the ardor of any enemy fighter on your tail. It’s best not to expose the lower hemisphere and keep it close to the water, as there are no turrets on the belly.

The variety of bomb set-ups is very useful for clearing both enemy bases and convoys. The arrival of this aircraft in War Thunder is somewhat unprecedented, as it will be the first naval heavy bomber specially designed for this purpose.

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The PB4Y-2 Privateer will make an excellent addition to rank 4 of the US aviation tech tree, so load your machine guns and add some Jolly Roger decals – the “Privateer” goes hunting!!


4 thoughts on “War Thunder – PB4Y-2 Privateer

    1. but it seems it will get airfield, or at least attacker, spawn instead of bomber or heavy/long-range bomber spawn, if it starts low it becomes extremely powerfull with 12 .50cal
      one thing I don’t understand is the lack of torps, so far both the leaked screenshots and first dev server videos show that this MARITIME PATROL BOMBER cannot carry torps unlike IRL


    2. Actually, they flew relatively close to the surface while on patrol and the threat of attack from the underside wasn’t that great, as you can well imagine, even with the surface ceiling about 19,000′. Also, the twin ERCO waist turrets could swing down to cross their fields of fire to offer any attackers a good brusing/shoot down. The Privateer was at the leading edge of technology at the time with the latest radar/como equipment. To increase como, they’d let out a mile long “antenna” from underneath the bow to increase the planes “bandwidth”. The Privateer’s tail was actually two feet taller than the B-29’s tail. Because of the long recon/patrol missions, the front bombay housed an 800+ gallon fuel tank and the second bombay carried the offensive ordinance, if they needed it. My father’s squadron, VPB-121, had the “honor” of losing the first Privateer in action (over Wake Island) and the last Privateer lost in the war in Aug ’45. From what I’ve heard, the pilots who had flown the Liberator and the Privateer most often preferred the Privateer. Best Regards, Ron, Exec Dir, Int’l PB4Y Assn.


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