IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte comes with mostly a fighter line-up, however, nearly all of them will have ground attack capabilities as was the case for the late 1944/1945 time period. One fighter rarely associated with ground attack is the Spitfire although it was certainly used in this role and in some cases fairly extensively. This is a quick look at IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte’s Spitfire IXe in the ground attack role.
Load it up
The Spitfire IXe comes standard with two Hispano Mark II 20mm cannons which are devastating against aircraft and not too bad as a ground attack weapon against lightly armored and unarmored vehicles. It also comes standard with a pair of Browning M2 .50cal machine guns located in the in-board station on the wing. Together, these four weapons make quite an impact on light targets although I find the Spitfire’s nose tends to wander a bit making longer range shots more difficult to make.
The Spitfire also comes with bomb and, I know some may be surprised here, rockets.
Under the fuselage, a single 500lb GP bomb can be carried and under the wings you have the option of two 250lb GP bombs or two 80lb rockets with either AP or HE warheads. As you can see in these sequence of screenshots, when properly aimed, these rockets can do some serious damage.
The Spitfire sadly carries just two of them (compared to the Typhoons barrage of eight) but even that is enough to do some real damage to light targets. The AP warheads and no doubt suitable for tank busting although getting the aim right would be a challenge.
Against stationary targets, the three bomb loadout is also quite effective. Targeting some rocket trucks here, I was able to put bombs on target with a little less precision than say an IL-2 but not that different from my experience with most other aircraft.
A bit weird but effective
It’s odd to load up a Spitfire with the extra weight of ground attack ordinance but it works fairly well all things considered. Try it out!
It’s entirely optional but for this kind of flying, pick the clipped wingtips as they will give you that slight edge in roll rate when you need to pull out of an attack run and dodge some AAA fire.