Ju 88 P Mk 103 BoLa

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I would like to suggest here the unique P version of which 1 was produced. (Sometimes also noted as G-6, however that aparently had a 6 sided Rudder.)

The P series are modified Ju 88 C-6 (which is allready in game) to carry: P-1 a Pak 40/Bk 75, P-2 2x Bk 37 (mostly unchanged A-4), P-3 2x Bk 37 more armor and Jumo 211 P engines (starting power 1500 hp at 2700 rpm) P-4 Ausf. A carring a hand loaded 5 cm Bk 5 with 42 rounds (Only 1 build) and P-4 Ausf. B (32 build and used with great effect at the eastern front) as drum fed 5 cm Bk 5 with 36 rounds.

History: With the ever more threatening russian tank army moving against the german attacks the call for more CAS was needed. While beeing more cost effective and having more potential per flight than bombs, cannons on planes are not easy to implement (big ones) so strong carrier planes were equiped with cannons from 37mm to 88mm of the Types Ju 87, 88, Me 410, and Hs 129.

The Ju 88 P series was more or less effective, planned to fight tanks and Bombers, the results werent that good, because the guns with the HUGE baskets made them slow and a nice target for enemy fighters and ground units.

Never the less the P series was used as Ground striker with overall good effect.

The P-3 series was sent to one squadron of the Nachtschlachtgruppe 1, 2, 4, 8 and 9 for night attacks on the eastern front, northern Norway and Italy

Why i would like to see it (or them) in game:

Germany is famous for those planes and they are liked by many players (the planes in game allready) and overall there are multiple planes like these in the different trees such as US, RU, JP, IT and Germany.

However this P is quite unique, only 1 was build for tests, as it was armed with 2x Mk 103 in semi fixed Gondular to attack ground and sea targets, it can change its elevation (and traverse?).
It would only have the 2x Mk 103s as offencive armarment, however both with a huge ammo load of 200 rpg, which would be enove to effectively shoot at a Fly or a huge bomber, without having to spare ammo, with great firepower.

Pictures:(Click to show)

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The Gun:
30 mm Mk 103 450 Rpm, Ap-I, Apcbc-He-I-T, HeI(M) and Apcr ammo
for more info about the ammo and Mk 103 and other guns feel free to look at my created info post about German WW2 Aircraft armament and ammo of 7,92mm to 88mm

The Plane Ju 88 P based on the C-6

  • Crew: 3 (pilot, radio operator/rear gunner, navigator/ventral gunner)
  • Length: 14.4 m (47 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 20 m (65 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 4.8 m (15 ft 9 in)
  • Wing area: 54.5 m2 (587 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 9,860 kg (21,737 lb)
  • Gross weight: 12,105 kg (26,686 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 14,000 kg (30,865 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2x Jumo 211 P engines 1500 hp take off power
  • Propellers: 3-bladed VDM variable-pitch propeller

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 470 km/h (290 mph, 250 kn) at 5,300 m (17,390 ft) and 12,500 kg (27,557 lb)
  • Cruise speed: 370 km/h (230 mph, 200 kn) at 5,300 m (17,390 ft) economical cruising speed
  • Range: 1,790 km (1,110 mi, 970 nmi) with 2,896 l (765 US gal; 637 imp gal)
  • Ferry range: 2,730 km (1,700 mi, 1,470 nmi) with 4,028 l (1,064 US gal; 886 imp gal)
  • Service ceiling: 8,200 m (26,900 ft)
  • Time to altitude: 5,400 m (17,700 ft) in 23 minutes
  • Wing loading: 220 kg/m2 (45 lb/sq ft)
  • Power/mass: 0.100 hp/lb (0.164 kW/kg)

Armament

  • Guns:
    • 2x Mk 103 Semi Fixed 200 rpg (400 rounds in general)
    • 2 × 7.92 mm MG 81J machine guns on flexible mount in the rear of the cockpit canopy, firing aft with 1,000 rounds each.

Source:
Aircraft of the Luftwaffe 1935-1945, Jean-Denis G.G. Lepage
The Warplanes of the Third Reich, William Green (1972)
Junker Ju 88P, Rickard, J.
Warthunder Wiki

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The MK103 is always fun. +1

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