WW2 Bomber Bombload Capacity

Although it was the German Luftwaffe the first air force to make use of bombers to attack and destroy enemy industrial facilities and military depots, it was the Allies, led by the United States, that perfected the long range, strategic bombing and carpet bombing, with the introduction and use of heavy bombers, such as the Avro Lancaster and the B-29 Superfortress, with high bombload capacity, which allowed them to knock down and level the enemy infrastructure. During the first two and a half years of the war, the Axis nations had employed only medium bombers, with shorter range and lower bombload, especially during the Polish Campaign and Operation Barbarossa. The range and the amount of bombs a bomber could carry would turn out to be very important and decisive aircraft features in turning the tide of war for the Allies, especially in the Pacific. On the other hand, the Germans did not manufactured enough long range, heavy bomber to destroy the Soviet factories located far behind the enemy lines on the Eastern Front and to provide fire support to their ground troops. This shortage of long range heavy bombers gave the Soviet military industry enough time to recover and produce plenty of weapons for the Red Army.

WW2 Bombload Capacity by Planes

– B-32 Dominator: 20,220 lb (9,100 kg) of bombs

– B-29 Superfortress: 20,000 lb (9,000 kg)

– Avro Lancaster: 14,000 lb (6,350 kg)

– Short Stirling: 14,000 lb (6,350 kg)

– Heinkel He 177: 13,200 lb (6,000 kg)

– Handley Page Halifax: 13,000 lb (5,897 kg)

– Farman F220 (France): 9,240 lb (5,190 kg)

– Petlyakov Pe-8 (Soviet Union): 11,000 lb (5,000 kg)

– B-17 Flying Fortress: 8,000 lb (3,900 kg)

– B-24 Liberator: 8,000 lb (3,900 kg)

– Piaggio P108 (Italy): 7,700 lb (3,500 kg)

– Junkers Ju 188: 6,600 lb (3,150 kg)

– Focke-Wulf Fw 200: 4,360 lb (2,150 kg)

– B-26 Marauder: 4,000 lb (1,900 kg)

– de Havilland Mosquito: 4,000 lb (1,900 kg)

– B-25 Mitchell: 3,000 lb (1,400 kg)

Below: Consolidated B-32 “Dominator”, the bomber with the highest bombload capacity of WWII

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