Bomber Rankings - World War II

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Payload / Range / Speed / Ceiling / Armament / Accuracy ratio:

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Year Total Payload Range Speed Ceiling Armament Accuracy
1 B-29A Superfortress 1944 79.3 27.3 16.8 17.6 7.6 0.0 10.0
2 B-32 Dominator 1944 79.1 27.3 19.6 17.8 8.3 0.0 6.0
3 Lancaster B.I (Special) 1943 71.4 30.0 13.9 15.6 5.8 0.0 6.0
4He 177A-5 Greif 1943 63.9 18.0 17.7 16.0 6.2 0.0 6.0
5 Lancaster B.I 1941 63.8 19.1 13.1 15.8 5.8 0.0 10.0
6 Lancaster B.III 1943 63.6 19.1 13.1 15.6 5.8 0.0 10.0
7 Halifax B.VI 1945 62.3 17.7 12.4 16.5 5.7 0.0 10.0
8 Stirling Mk. III 1941 60.0 19.1 15.5 15.3 4.0 0.0 6.0
9 Halifax B.III 1943 59.5 17.7 9.6 16.5 5.7 0.0 10.0
10 B-17E Flying Fortress 1941 59.3 10.9 17.0 16.6 8.7 0.0 6.0
11 B-24D Liberator 1942 58.8 10.9 18.1 16.2 7.6 0.0 6.0
12 B-24J Liberator 1943 58.6 10.9 19.1 15.9 6.7 0.0 6.0
13 B-17G Flying Fortress 1943 57.4 10.9 16.3 15.8 8.3 0.0 6.0
14 B-17F Flying Fortress 1942 56.8 10.9 14.9 16.1 8.9 0.0 6.0
15 Stirling Mk. I 1940 56.5 19.1 12.0 15.3 4.0 0.0 6.0
16 B-17C Flying Fortress 1940 55.7 6.5 17.6 16.8 8.8 0.0 6.0
17Pe-8 1940 55.6 12.0 15.1 15.6 6.9 0.0 6.0
18 Halifax B.II 1942 54.1 17.7 9.6 15.3 5.4 0.0 6.0
19 Halifax B. I 1940 53.9 17.7 9.6 15.2 5.4 0.0 6.0
20 A-26B Invader 1944 53.5 8.2 16.5 17.6 5.3 0.0 6.0
21G3M3 'Nell' 1936 51.4 2.4 20.0 15.0 8.0 0.0 6.0
22P1Y1 'Frances' 1944 50.8 3.0 17.2 17.2 7.3 0.0 6.0
23Yer-2 1941 50.6 9.0 13.2 16.4 6.0 0.0 6.0
24P.108B 1941 49.7 10.5 11.3 15.2 6.6 0.0 6.0
25Do 217E-2 1940 49.6 12.0 9.0 16.7 5.9 0.0 6.0
26Do 217M-1 1942 49.2 12.0 8.0 17.4 5.7 0.0 6.0
27Il-4 1939 49.1 8.1 12.2 15.2 7.6 0.0 6.0
28 P.37b Los 1938 48.4 7.8 14.4 15.5 4.7 0.0 6.0
29 Manchester Mk. IA 1940 48.3 14.1 8.4 15.2 4.6 0.0 6.0
30 B-26B Marauder 1942 48.1 5.5 14.7 16.4 5.5 0.0 6.0
31 P-47D Thunderbolt 1943 48.0 3.4 9.3 19.3 10.0 0.0 6.0
32Tu-2S 1942 47.7 9.0 8.0 17.2 7.4 0.0 6.0
33D4Y1 'Judy' 1942 47.2 1.7 12.5 17.3 7.7 0.0 8.0
34G4M2 Model 22 'Betty' 1942 46.8 3.0 15.4 15.4 7.0 0.0 6.0
35G4M3 Model 34 'Betty' 1944 46.6 3.0 13.9 15.9 7.7 0.0 6.0
36 B-25J Mitchell 1944 46.6 5.5 13.9 15.5 5.7 0.0 6.0
37TB-3 1932 46.6 12.0 10.0 12.5 6.0 0.0 6.0
38 B-26G Marauder 1944 46.5 5.5 14.7 15.6 4.7 0.0 6.0
39Ju 88S-1 1944 45.2 6.0 6.4 18.2 8.6 0.0 6.0
40Ki-67-I 'Peggy' 1944 45.0 2.4 12.2 17.0 7.4 0.0 6.0
41Ju 188E-1 1943 45.0 9.0 6.3 16.4 7.3 0.0 6.0
42D4Y3 'Judy' 1944 44.8 1.7 9.3 17.6 8.2 0.0 8.0
43 F.222.2 1937 44.4 12.6 6.4 13.2 6.2 0.0 6.0
44G3M2 'Nell' 1936 43.8 2.4 14.1 14.2 7.1 0.0 6.0
45Ar 234B-2 Blitz 1944 43.6 4.5 5.2 20.0 7.8 0.0 6.0
46 A-35B Vengeance 1942 43.5 2.7 11.9 15.6 5.3 0.0 8.0
47Ju 88A-4 1940 43.1 9.0 5.7 15.9 6.4 0.0 6.0
48 LeO 451 1939 42.7 4.2 9.3 16.1 7.0 0.0 6.0
49B7A2 'Grace' 1944 42.6 2.4 9.8 17.5 7.0 0.0 6.0
50 Firefly FR.4 1946 42.5 2.7 5.5 17.3 7.0 0.0 10.0
51 B-25B Mitchell 1941 42.2 4.1 10.3 16.2 5.6 0.0 6.0
52 Whitley Mk. V 1939 42.2 9.5 8.5 13.9 4.2 0.0 6.0
53Ki-49-IIa 'Helen' 1942 42.0 3.0 9.5 16.3 7.3 0.0 6.0
54 Wellington Mk. X 1942 42.0 6.1 9.7 14.9 5.2 0.0 6.0
55Ki-21-IIb 'Sally' 1941 41.7 3.0 8.7 16.2 7.8 0.0 6.0
56 Amiot 354 1940 41.6 3.6 8.0 16.1 7.8 0.0 6.0
57B6N2 'Jill' 1943 41.4 2.4 9.8 16.1 7.1 0.0 6.0
58 Mosquito FB.VI 1943 41.3 2.7 6.6 18.2 7.9 0.0 6.0
59 Typhoon Mk. Ib 1942 41.1 2.7 5.1 18.9 8.4 0.0 6.0
60 Mosquito B.IV 1942 40.7 2.7 5.7 18.2 8.1 0.0 6.0
61Z.1007bis Alcione 1939 40.5 6.0 7.1 15.6 5.9 0.0 6.0
62 A-20G Havoc 1942 40.4 5.5 5.6 17.2 6.1 0.0 6.0
63 Blenheim Mk. IVL 1938 40.1 1.4 10.1 15.2 7.5 0.0 6.0
64G4M1 Model 11 'Betty' 1941 39.8 2.4 16.2 15.2 0.0 0.0 6.0
65 SB2C-4 Helldiver 1944 39.7 2.7 6.0 16.0 6.9 0.0 8.0
66 B 18A 1944 39.7 4.5 7.1 15.9 6.2 0.0 6.0
67Ki-21-Ia 'Sally' 1938 39.7 3.0 8.7 15.3 6.7 0.0 6.0
68 Wellington Mk. III 1939 39.5 6.1 8.0 14.9 4.5 0.0 6.0
69Ki-15-I 'Babs' 1937 39.5 0.8 7.7 16.1 8.9 0.0 6.0
70Ki-48-IIb 'Lily' 1942 39.4 2.4 6.6 16.5 7.9 0.0 6.0
71 B-25D Mitchell 1942 39.3 4.1 7.7 15.7 5.7 0.0 6.0
72Pe-2 1940 39.3 3.0 5.7 17.7 6.9 0.0 6.0
73Ju 87D-1 1941 39.2 5.4 3.2 14.9 5.7 0.0 10.0
74 P-40N Warhawk 1943 39.2 2.0 6.5 17.3 7.4 0.0 6.0
75 Hurricane Mk. IIc 1941 39.1 1.4 4.9 17.1 9.8 0.0 6.0
76 A-20A Havoc 1941 39.0 5.5 3.5 17.4 6.7 0.0 6.0
77He 111P-4 1938 38.9 6.0 6.3 14.5 6.1 0.0 6.0
78Z.506B Airone 1936 38.7 3.6 8.8 14.0 6.2 0.0 6.0
79Ki-102b 'Randy' 1944 38.7 0.8 6.4 17.7 7.8 0.0 6.0
80He 111H-16 1939 38.7 6.0 6.6 14.8 5.2 0.0 6.0
81Fw 190F-3 1943 38.2 3.0 2.4 18.5 8.3 0.0 6.0
82 B-25H Mitchell 1944 38.2 4.1 7.0 15.5 5.7 0.0 6.0
83BR.20 Cicogna 1936 38.2 4.8 6.2 15.2 5.9 0.0 6.0
84Ca.135bis 1937 38.1 4.8 6.4 15.4 5.5 0.0 6.0
85 MB.174 1939 38.0 1.2 5.3 16.9 8.6 0.0 6.0
86 B 17C 1941 38.0 2.0 5.8 15.3 6.8 0.0 8.0
87Re.2002 Ariete II 1942 37.5 2.9 3.5 16.9 8.2 0.0 6.0
88 SBD-3 Dauntless 1941 37.5 1.4 6.9 14.7 6.5 0.0 8.0
89 Firefly F.I 1943 37.5 2.7 5.5 16.6 6.7 0.0 6.0
90 Beaufighter TF.X 1943 37.5 2.7 7.6 16.6 4.5 0.0 6.0
91 MB.210B5 1936 37.3 4.8 5.5 13.2 7.8 0.0 6.0
92SM.79-II Sparviero 1939 37.0 3.8 6.4 15.3 5.5 0.0 6.0
93D3A2 'Val' 1942 36.9 1.1 4.3 15.2 8.2 0.0 8.0
94SB-2bis 1939 36.9 1.8 7.4 15.6 6.1 0.0 6.0
95 SB2C-1C Helldiver 1943 36.6 1.4 5.7 15.6 5.9 0.0 8.0
96 TBM-3 Avenger 1944 36.6 2.7 5.2 15.5 7.2 0.0 6.0
97 Hampden Mk. I 1938 36.5 5.5 5.7 14.9 4.5 0.0 6.0
98D3A1 'Val' 1939 36.4 0.9 5.8 14.5 7.2 0.0 8.0
99 Whirlwind Mk. IA 1940 36.4 1.4 4.1 17.7 7.2 0.0 6.0
100 SBD-5 Dauntless 1942 36.2 2.2 5.7 14.6 5.8 0.0 8.0
101SM.79-I Sparviero 1936 36.2 3.8 6.1 15.2 5.1 0.0 6.0
102 Beaufort Mk. I 1939 36.1 2.7 8.3 15.2 3.9 0.0 6.0
103 Maryland Mk. II 1940 36.0 2.7 5.6 15.6 6.2 0.0 6.0
104 Wellesley Mk. I 1937 35.9 2.7 6.9 14.1 6.2 0.0 6.0
105 T.V 1938 35.7 3.0 5.0 15.0 6.7 0.0 6.0
106Ju 87G-1 1943 35.6 3.0 2.0 14.7 5.9 0.0 10.0
107 Baltimore Mk. III 1942 35.6 2.7 4.9 16.2 5.7 0.0 6.0
108B5N2 'Kate' 1939 35.5 2.4 6.4 14.3 6.5 0.0 6.0
109He 111B-2 1936 35.4 4.5 5.3 14.1 5.5 0.0 6.0
110Do 17Z-2 1939 35.4 3.0 4.8 15.2 6.4 0.0 6.0
111 SB2U-3 Vindicator 1940 35.3 1.4 5.8 14.5 5.6 0.0 8.0
112 IAR 81 1941 35.2 1.4 3.3 17.1 7.4 0.0 6.0
113 TBF-1 Avenger 1942 35.1 2.2 6.3 15.4 5.3 0.0 6.0
114 Hurricane Mk. IV 1943 34.8 1.4 2.6 16.9 8.0 0.0 6.0
115Ki-30 'Ann' 1938 34.5 1.2 5.5 15.1 6.7 0.0 6.0
116SM.81 Pipistrello 1935 34.5 3.0 6.4 13.6 5.5 0.0 6.0
117 Br 693 1939 34.5 1.2 4.3 16.3 6.6 0.0 6.0
118Ju 87B-1 1939 34.2 1.5 1.9 14.5 6.2 0.0 10.0
119Su-2 1940 34.2 1.8 3.8 15.7 6.9 0.0 6.0
120RS.14B 1941 34.0 1.2 8.0 14.9 3.9 0.0 6.0
121Do 17M-1 1938 33.7 3.0 4.4 14.9 5.5 0.0 6.0
122Ca.313 1940 33.7 2.4 5.3 14.7 5.3 0.0 6.0
123Il-10 1945 33.7 3.0 2.6 16.4 5.7 0.0 6.0
124 Wellington Mk. IC 1938 33.6 2.8 6.2 14.3 4.3 0.0 6.0
125Ca.310 Libeccio 1938 33.2 2.4 5.3 14.0 5.5 0.0 6.0
126 Battle Mk. I 1937 32.9 1.4 5.4 14.5 5.6 0.0 6.0
127 Barracuda Mk. II 1943 32.7 2.7 5.9 14.1 4.0 0.0 6.0
128 Fulmar Mk. II 1942 32.6 0.7 4.0 15.4 6.5 0.0 6.0
129 T.VIII-W/G 1938 32.3 1.8 6.7 12.4 5.3 0.0 6.0
130 Fulmar Mk. I 1940 32.1 0.7 4.3 14.9 6.2 0.0 6.0
131B5N1 'Kate' 1938 31.8 2.4 3.5 14.1 5.8 0.0 6.0
132Hs 129B-1/R2 1942 31.8 1.1 2.8 14.9 7.0 0.0 6.0
133 T.VIII-W/C 1939 31.7 1.8 5.5 13.9 4.5 0.0 6.0
134 Laté 298D 1939 31.7 2.1 7.1 12.5 4.0 0.0 6.0
135 Skua Mk. II 1938 31.6 0.7 4.1 14.0 4.8 0.0 8.0
136Ki-51 'Sonia' 1940 31.6 0.6 3.4 15.1 6.5 0.0 6.0
137Ju 86D 1936 31.2 3.0 4.8 12.7 4.6 0.0 6.0
138Ca.133 1935 30.7 3.0 4.3 12.3 5.1 0.0 6.0
139Hs 123A-1 1936 30.7 1.4 2.8 13.6 7.0 0.0 6.0
140 P.23b Karas 1937 30.6 2.1 4.0 12.7 5.7 0.0 6.0
141Il-2m3 1942 30.4 3.0 1.9 14.8 4.7 0.0 6.0
142 C.X (Pegasus) 1936 30.0 1.2 2.7 13.6 6.6 0.0 6.0
143Ki-36 'Ida' 1938 30.0 0.5 3.4 13.7 6.4 0.0 6.0
144 Albacore Mk. I 1940 29.7 2.7 4.2 11.8 4.9 0.0 6.0
145 C.X (Kestrel) 1935 29.5 1.2 2.7 13.2 6.5 0.0 6.0
146 Swordfish Mk. I 1936 28.9 2.0 5.3 11.0 4.6 0.0 6.0
147 TBD-1 Devastator 1937 27.7 1.4 2.2 13.4 4.7 0.0 6.0
148 Vildebeest Mk. IV 1937 26.8 1.4 3.2 11.6 4.5 0.0 6.0
149 Swordfish Mk. II 1943 26.4 2.0 2.8 11.0 4.6 0.0 6.0

Notes:

These rankings are designed to provide an interactive comparison of tanks throughout history. Of course, it is not meant to be an authoritative final word on what is the best tank in the world, a source of endless internet discussion which will never have a conclusive answer. Even on the battlefield, tank to tank combat depends on so many different factors (many of which, like crew training, are subjective) that one can only resort to broad generalizations particularly with tanks that have similar capabilities. The ranking categorizes tanks based on three attributes: firepower, armor protection and speed, which are generally considered the three classic qualities that a tank must have. Unfortunately, it is impossible to also include aspscts like the fire-control system which are also crucial components of a tank's lethality. The interactive nature of these rankings allows the user to choose what ratio he or she wishes to weigh these attributes. The default ratio is 4.5:4.5:1, thereby giving equal weight to firepower and protection, and giving mobility the remaining ten percent.

The calculation of the total is the sum of the following after being multipled by their respective weights, with a theoretical maximum of 100:

Firepower: For World War II vehicles, penetration measured in mm at 500 m range is used. For post-war vehicles, it is at 2 km range. Where penetration rates at 2 km are unavailable, it is estimated at 92.75% of the 1 km range.

Protection: This is an average of the maximum effective protection of the turret front or mantlet and the upper hull front (glacis plate). Maximum effective protection is calculated as the thickness in millimeters divided by the cosine of the slope (measured from the vertical).

Mobility: This is simiply the maximum road speed.

No turret penalty: When set, this option penalizes vehicles that do not have a rotating turret such as tank destroyers and assault guns with superstructures. The penalty is calculated via the formula of 1 - ((Penalty% - (Penalty% * Traverse/360)) / 100). The firepower total is then multiplied by this number, which will inevitably reduce it. In other words, a vehicle with a 180° traverse would lose 5% of its firepower under the default settings of a 10% no turret penalty.

Tank types: Main Battle Tank, Heavy Tank, Medium Tank, Light Tank, Tank Destroyer & Assault Gun