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Introduction

WWII Online: Battleground Europe is a combined arms simulation, featuring co-operative gameplay between Ground, Air, and Naval units. Of these three, the Airforce is arguably the most potent arm: without air superiority and close air support the Army and the Navy cannot hope to make an impact, and without fighters to pave the way for bombers and paratroop aircraft, very little can be accomplished. Strategic bombers, roaming far beyond the reach of riflemen and patrol boats, have the power to strangle supply and slow down research of new weaponry in the game’s RDP model. Air superiority is a vital concept and during your first few hours in the game world, as you find yourself anxiously looking skyward or ducking under a hail of bombs, you will recognize just how important it is. This guide aims to help you to get airborne, armed and ready to influence the flow of battle.

Air combat IS tough
Be advised that air combat is an incredibly complex field to venture into. Becoming an effective pilot requires long hours in the cockpit and countless fiery deaths. Do not be turned off by the steep learning curve however – once you get the hang of some basic concepts you will be ready to fight it out with the best of them.

WWII Online has a good selection of various types of combat aircraft to choose from, all with their own peculiar traits, benefits and disadvantages. Aside from general similarities and the universal challenge of combat shared by all, each aircraft requires a specific modus operandi to ensure success. Learn by flying them all, offline, through reading and by experimenting, to find the aircraft and the practice that best suits your fighting personality.

First time pilot? Fly offline!
If this is your first attempt at flying, we strongly recommend that you review the basic aircraft controls below and practice extensively offline before venturing out online. This is because aircraft availability online is severely limited, and while your embarrassing crash will not dig a hole in the spawnlist, senseless waste of aircraft is largely frowned upon by your fellow pilots. Once online, do not hesitate to ask for help and advice that you perchance have yet to read about in this guide – we are a friendly lot and love to be of assistance. For yet more instruction and assistance, do please visit the Training Arena and make use of our seasoned Trainers!

here's a good guide for air tactics. File:ww2 online inpursuit.pdf


Note that game download and offline play is free of charge.

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Quick Start Guide

From n00b to dweeb in 10 minutes flat!

Essential Game Controllers

You simply have to get a joystick or you get to play infantry!

Ten Easy Rules

Getting airborne is easy enough. Surviving is another matter!

General Instruction

Find out all you need to know about cockpit instruments, engine management, gunnery, energy, situational awareness and more!

Aircraft Weapons

Guns and bombs is the business end of your aircraft and the very cause for taking to the sky. Look inside to learn more about your own and your adversary's equipment.

Basic Flight Maneuvers (BFM)

Take off and landing, turning, diving, barrel-rolling... so much to learn, so little time. Give it a few minutes and you will gain prowess to last you a lifetime (no, not a game lifetime).

Advanced Combat Maneuvers (ACM)

Advanced Combat Maneuvers (ACM) is the collective name for all kinds maneuvers that you will need to employ to produce a guns opportunity against enemy aircraft – or to escape from a threatening situation. Learn about the Scissors, the Yo-Yo, the Rope-a-Dope and many more useful maneuvers, right here.

Missions - Have guns, will travel.

Now that you can fly an aircraft, what are you going to do with it?

Learn more about how to succeed in fighter missions such as CAP, CAS and BARCAP; learn how to make the groundpounders miserable with fighter-bombers and attack aircraft; learn how to lay waste to enemy factories through strategic bombing... and more.

Air Force Units

(16 major types, 31 total models in game)

Note: these categories loosely represent comparable or equivalent units, performance difference will vary greatly.

British French American German
Fighter Ac uk hurri 1.jpg
Hawker Hurricane Mk I
Ac fr hawk 75.jpg
Curtiss H-75
Ac de bf109 e1.jpg
Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-1
Ac uk spit 1.jpg
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia
Ac fr d-520.jpg
Dewoitine D.520
Ac de bf109 e4.jpg
Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4
Ac uk hurri 2b.jpg
Hawker Hurricane Mk IIb
Ac fr hawk 81.jpg
Curtiss H-81 A2
Ac de bf109 f1.jpg
Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-2
Supermarine Spitfire Ib.jpg
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIb
Ac uk spit 5b.jpg
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb
Ac fr hawk 87.jpg
Curtiss H-87 B3
Ac de bf109 f4.jpg
Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4
Ac uk spit 9.jpg
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXc
Ac fr p-38f.jpg
Lockheed 322-15 / P-38F Lightning
Ac us p-38f.jpg
P-38F Lightning
Bf109g.jpg
Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6/U-4
Ac de fw190 a4.jpg
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-4
Heavy Fighter Ac uk blen 1f.jpg
Bristol Blenheim Mk IF
Ac de bf110 c4.jpg
Messerschmitt Bf 110 C-4
Fighter-Bomber /
Close Air Support
Ac uk hurri 2c.jpg
Hawker Hurricane Mk IIC
Ac fr p-39.jpg
Bell Model 14a / P-39 D-1 Airacobra
Ac de bf110 c4-b.jpg
Messerschmitt Bf 110 F/B
Dive Bomber Ac de ju-87.jpg
Junkers Ju 87B Stuka
Light Bomber Ac uk blen 4.jpg
Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Ac uk blen 4.jpg
Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Medium Bomber Ac de he-111 2.jpg
Heinkel He 111H-2
Attack /
Multi-Role Bomber
Ac uk havoc.jpg
Havoc Mk I
Ac fr db-7.jpg
Douglas DB-7
Transport Ac uk c-47.jpg
C-47 Dakota
Ac fr ju-52.jpg
Junkers Ju-52/3M ex-airliner
Ac de ju-52.jpg
Junkers Ju-52/3M

Check out Hoof Performance page, insights into the games aircraft.

Aircraft Names

Fighter

British

Short Name Formal & Specific Name Alternative Name
Hurricane Mk I Hawker Hurricane Mk I Hurri
Hurricane Mk IIb Hawker Hurricane Mk IIb Hurri
Spitfire Mk Ia Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia Spit
Spitfire Mk Vb Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb Spit
Spitfire Mk IXc Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXc Spit

French

Short Name Formal & Specific Name Alternative Name
Hawk 75 Curtiss Hawk H75A-3 P-36A
Hawk 81 Curtiss Hawk H81A-2 P-40C
Hawk 87 Curtiss Hawk H87B-3 P-40F "Warhawk"
D.520 Dewoitine D.520
P-322 Lightning Lockheed 322-15 P-38 Lightning

German

Short Name Formal & Specific Name Alternative Name
Bf 109E-4 Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 Emil
Bf 109F-4 Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 Franz
Bf 109G-6/U4 Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6/U-4 Gustav
Fw 190A-4 Focke Wulf Fw 190A-4 Würger
Bf 110C-4 Messerschmitt Bf 110C-4 Zerstörer

Fighter Bomber & Bomber

Short Name Formal & Specific Name Alternative Name
Blenheim Mk I Bristol Blenheim Mk I Blenburgher
Blenheim Mk IV Bristol Blenheim Mk IV Blenburgher
Havoc Mk I Douglas A-20 Havoc Mk I
Hurricane Mk IIc Hurricane Mk IIc Hurribomber
Ju 87 Stuka Junkers Ju 87B-2 Stuka
He 111 Heinkel He 111H-1 Spade
Bf 110C-4/B Messerschmitt Bf 110C-4/B Zerstörer
DB-7 Douglas DB-7
Bell mle 14a Bell mle 14a (P-39) Airacobra

Transport

Short Name Formal & Specific Name Alternative Name
Ju-52 Transport Junker Ju 52 M3 Tante Ju
C-47 Dakota Douglas C-47 Dakota