List of WW I and WW II Aircraft Bomber

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Bombers evolved at the same time as the fighter aircraft at the start of World War I.

The Germans used Zeppelins as bombers since they had the range and capacity to carry a useful bomb load from Germany to England. With advances in aircraft design and equipment, they were joined by larger multi-engined biplane aircraft on both sides for long range strategic bombing especially by night. The majority of bombing was still done by one-engined biplanes with one or two crew-members flying short distances to attack the enemy lines and immediate hinterland.

The world's first four-engined bomber was the Russian Il'ya Muromets created in 1914 and successfully used in World War I.

During World War II bombers often looked dramatically different from other aircraft. Because of the lack of power in aircraft engines at the time, bombers needed to have multiple engines in order to carry a reasonable load, in turn leading to much larger aircraft.

With engine power as a major limitation, combined with the desire for accuracy and other operational factors, bomber designs tended to be tailored to one particular role. By the start of the war this included

  • dive bomber
  • light bomber, medium bomber and heavy bomber
  • torpedo bomber
  • specialized ground attack designs

Bombers are not intended to actively engage in combat with other aircraft. The majority have been relatively large and unmaneuverable – although some smaller designs have been used as the basis for specialist fighters, such as night fighters.

List of Aircraft Bomber in World War I and World War II:


BomberPictureSpecificationsCountryYear
Arado Ar E.560

Germany1945
Consolidated B-32 Dominator

US1945
Henschel Hs 132

Germany1945
Horten Ho IX / Horten Ho 229

Germany1945
Kyushu Q1W Tokai (Eastern Sea) / (Lorna)

Japan1945
Nakajima G8N Renzan (Rita)

Japan1945
Aichi B7A Ryusei (Grace)

Japan1944
Aichi E16A Zuiun (Paul)

Japan1944
Arado Ar 234 Blitz (Lightning)

Germany1944
Douglas A-26 / B-26 Invader

US1944
Heinkel He 343 (Strahlbomber / Strabo 16)

Germany1944
Junkers Ju 287

Germany1944
Messerschmitt Me 328

Germany1944
Mitsubishi Ki-67 Hiryu (Peggy)

Japan1944
Arado Ar E.555

Germany1943
Arado Ar TEW 16/43-19

Germany1943
Boeing B-29 Superfortress

US1943
Curtiss SB2C Helldiver

US1943
Junkers Ju 188 Rache (Avenger)

Germany1943
Junkers Ju 390 (New York Bomber)

Germany1943
Luftwaffe Mistel (Mistletoe)

Germany1943
de Havilland D.H.98 Mosquito

UK1942
Dornier Do 217

Germany1942
Grumman TBF Avenger

US1942
Heinkel He 177 Greif (Griffin)

Germany1942
Kawanishi H8K (Emily)

Japan1942
Kyushu K11W Shiragiku (White Chrysanthemum)

Japan1942
Lockheed PV-1 Ventura / PV-2 Harpoon

US1942
Messerschmitt Me 264 Amerika (America)

Germany1942
Nakajima B6N Tenzan (Jill)

Japan1942
North American A-36 Apache (Invader)

Japan1942
Piaggio P.108

Italy1942
Yokosuka D4Y Suisei (Judy)

Japan1942
Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle

UK1941
Avro Lancaster

UK1941
CAC Woomera

Australia1941
Consolidated B-24 Liberator

US1941
Douglas A-20 Havoc / Boston

US1941
Douglas A-24 Banshee

US1941
Martin B-26 Marauder

US1941
Martin Baltimore (A-30)

US1941
Mitsubishi G4M (Betty)

Japan1941
Nakajima B5N (Kate)

Japan1941
Nakajima Ki-49 Donryu (Helen)

Japan1941
Sukhoi Su-2

Soviet Union1941
Vultee A-35 Vengeance

US1941
Aichi D3A (Val)

Japan1940
Amiot 354

France1940
Arado Ar 240

Germany1940
Arado Ar E.530

Germany1940
Avro Manchester

UK1940
Bristol Beaufort

UK1940
Consolidated PB2Y Coronado

US1940
Handley Page Halifax

UK1940
Martin Maryland (A-22)

US1940
North American B-25 Mitchell

US1940
Petlyakov Pe-2

Soviet Union1940
Short Stirling

UK1940
CAC Wirraway

Australia1939
Dornier Do 215

Germany1939
Heinkel He 115

Germany1939
Junkers Ju 88

Germany1939
Loire-Nieuport LN.401/LN.411 (LN.40)

France1939
Mitsubishi Ki-21 (Sally)

Japan1939
CANT Z.1007 Alcione (Kingfisher)

Italy1938
Caproni Ca.310 (Libeccio)

Italy1938
Curtiss SBC Helldiver

US1938
Dornier Do 22

Germany1938
Douglas SBD Dauntless

US1938
Focke-Wulf Fw 200 (Condor)

Germany1938
Vickers Wellington

UK1938
Aero A.304

Czechoslovakia1937
Arado Ar 195

Germany1937
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley

UK1937
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

US1937
Breda Ba.64

Italy1937
Dornier Do 17 (Flying Pencil)

Germany1937
Douglas TBD Devastator

US1937
Fairey Battle

UK1937
Fieseler Fi 156 Storch (Stork)

Germany1937
Ilyushin IL-4

Soviet Union1937
Junkers Ju 87 (Stuka)

Germany1937
Vought SB2U Vindicator

US1937
Caproni AP.1

Italy1936
Douglas B-18 Bolo

US1936
Fairey Swordfish

UK1936
Fiat BR.20 Cicogna (Stork)

Italy1936
Heinkel He 111

Germany1936
Henschel Hs 123

Germany1936
Junkers Ju 86

Germany1936
Mitsubishi G3M Rikko (Nell)

Japan1936
PZL.23 Karas

Poland1936
Tupolev SB-2

Soviet Union1936
Amiot 143

France1935
Bristol Blenheim

UK1935
Heinkel He 51

Germany1935
Savoia-Marchetti SM.81 Pipistrello (Bat)

Italy1935
Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero (Sparrowhawk)

Italy1934
Curtiss A-12 (Shrike)

US1933
Heinkel He 70 (Blitz)

Germany1933
Blackburn Baffin

UK1932
Martin B-10

US1932
Boeing B-9 (Death Angel)

US1931
Liore et Olivier LeO 25

France1928
Blackburn Ripon

UK1926
Breguet Bre.19

France1923
Witteman-Lewis XNBL-1 (Barling Bomber)

US1923
Aero A.12

Czechoslovakia1921
Martin MB-2 / NBS-1

US1920
Vickers Vimy

UK1919
Blackburn R.T.1 Kangaroo

UK1918
Caudron R.11

France1918
Handley Page H.P. O/400

UK1918
Martin MB-1 / Glenn Martin Bomber

US1918
Airco DH.4

UK1917
Airco DH.9

UK1917
Avro 529

UK1917
Caproni Ca.3

Italy1917
Friedrichshafen G.III

Germany1917
Gotha G.V

Germany1917
Zeppelin-Staaken R.VI

Germany1917
AEG G.IV

Germany1916
Avro 523 Pike

UK1916
Gotha G.IV

Germany1916
Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter

UK1916
Breguet Br.M5

France1915
Caproni Ca.1

Italy1915
Caudron G.4

France1915
Lohner B.VII

Hungary1915
LVG C.II

Germany1915
Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2

UK1915
Sikorsky Ilya Mourometz (Series)

Soviet Union1915
Voisin Type 5

France1915
Farman MF.11 Shorthorn

France1914
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