Specifications – Junkers Ju 88 (A-4)

Crew: 4 Pilot – Bombardier/Front Gunner – Radio Operator/Rear Gunner – Navigator/Ventral Gunner

Length: 14.36 m (47 ft 2⅞ in)
Wingspan: 20.08 m (65 ft 10½ in)
Height: 5.07 m (16.63 ft)
Wing area: 54.7 m2 (587 ft2)

Loaded weight: 8,550 kg (18,832 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 14,000 kg (30,865 lb)

Powerplant: 2 × Junkers Jumo 211J liquid-cooled inverted V-12
1,044 kW (1,420 PS, 1,401 hp) each


Maximum speed: 510 km/h[61] (317 mph) at 5,300 m (17,389 ft)
without external bomb racks or 433 km/h (269 mph) at 4,500 m
(14,765 ft) at 14,000 kg (30,865 lb)
Range: 2,430 km[61] (1,429 mi) maximum internal fuel

Service ceiling: 9,000 m (29,500 ft)
at average weight, without bombs
Rate of climb: 235 m/min (770 ft/min)


1 × 7.92 mm MG 81J machine gun on flexible mount in front windscreen
firing forward with 1,000 rounds
1 × 7.92 mm MG 81J machine gun on flexible mount in lower fuselage nose glazing
firing forward with 1,000 rounds
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
1 × 7.92 mm MG 81Z twin machine gun on flexible mount in the rear ventral Bola position
firing aft with 1,000 rounds
Up to 1,400 kilograms (3,100 lb) of ordnance internally in two bomb bays
rated at 900 kg (2,000 lb) and 500 kg (1,100 lb)
or up to 3,000 kg (6,600 lb) externally
Carrying bombs externally increased weight and drag and impaired the aircraft’s performance
Carrying the maximum load usually required rocket-assisted take-off

Armament options:

Additional option for a pair of 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 15 machine guns on flexible “Donut” mountings
firing laterally, one on each side of the cockpit canopy
A single 13 mm (.51 in) MG 131 machine gun was sometimes used instead of the 7.92 mm (.312 in)
MG 81J or MG 81Z machine guns in the A-Stand, B-Stand or ventral Bola positions
Aircraft may carry one 20 mm MG FF cannon in the nose for ground attack purposes
with 90 rounds of ammunition, in place of the Lotfernrohr 7 bombsight
A modification of the Ju 88 A-4, the Ju 88 A-13 could mount the Waffenbehälter WB 81A
or WB 81B (firing with 15° downwards deflection) gun pods on the external bomb racks
for ground attack duties, each “watering can” containing three 7.92 mm (.312 in)
MG 81Z twin machine guns, for strafing enemy troops


Junkers Ju88A-1

S.V.Luganskiy via Wings Palette