Profile #1
Each unit has extensive information, and some changed dramatically throughout the war.  I decided not to start the first profile page with exhaustive information, as some of these planes have whole books written about them.  What I'm hoping for, is to add comments from you.  Things you might know personally about the aircraft, or perhaps you were actually a crewmember, or know someone who was, and have information.  As well, I'd like to receive game information.  Do you use this unit?  How does it perform?  What strategy do you  use?  Why don't you use it? etc etc etc.  Eventually, we could have an extensive TLC strategy page.


In researching the German aircraft, I saw a lot of: "Unknown (published figures cannot be correct)"

The 'lanc' was an AVRO Canada creation and 430 were built in Canada by Victory Aircraft.  It wielded the largest bombs in the European theatre.

Eight .3" Brownings (Mrk II had 10; Mark VII replaced the dorsal turret guns with .5").  Normal bomb load of 14,000 pounds, or modified for 22,000 pounds (Earthquake).

It made 156,000 sorties in Europe and dropped 608,612 long tons of bombs.  132 long tons of bombs were dropped for every aircraft lost. In Caen they were used for Close support.  It also served as a countermeasure, radar spoof carrier, photo-reconnaissance, maritime reconnaissance, air/sea rescue, to drop supplies, and ferry home prisoners of war.

It took part in every every major night raid on Germany.  Used by the UK as well as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Poland.

This bomber was eaten alive in the US daylight bomb runs.  It had huge blind spots, most of which were covered in later B-17 developments (eg. Chin turret added). 

Weighed 24 tons loaded; 4 engines; max 324 mph; range 2000 miles; eleven .3" & .5" guns.

There was a manufacturer's advertisement in a magazine which, occupying a complete page, showed an Army Air Force machine gunner, his eye staring fiercely through the back-sight of his .5" gun, which he was aiming at a swarm of Focke Wulf 190's.  The caption read: "Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?"
An 8th Air Force pilot tore the page out, pinned it up on the blackboard in the Orderly Room and stuck on it a long strip of paper on which he wrote in red ink 'WE ARE'.  Every officer, including the station commander, added his signature.  Then the whole lot was sent back to the manufacturer.

Shortly thereafter came the Mustang (with drop tanks), which was able to escort the bombers to beyond the Rhine and back, as well, the British H2S radar came into service, allowing the US to use the riskiest weather conditions which would keep the German planes on the ground.

Used by the USA and the UK.

Military aircraft designed for dive bombing but developed for level bombing, close support, night fighting, torpedo dropping, reconnaissance, and as a pilotless missile.
Wgt. Loaded
Max Speed
Bomb Load
30,865 lbs
269 mph
7.92mm MG 81     (8)
6,614 lbs
27,500 lbs
300 mph
20mm MG 151/20 (5) 
??mm Mg 17          (3)
32,350 lbs
402 mph
20mm MG 151/20 (6)
13mm MG 131      (1)
23,100 lbs
373 mph
13mm MG 131      (1)
4,410 lbs

They all had 2 engines and the  A-4 had alternate armament.

Flown long before World War 2, no other aircraft has been developed in as many forms or for as many purposes except perhaps the Mosquito.  It was structurally excellent and had a large internal fuel capacity.  This old bird could keep up with the contemporary fighters at any altitude, and could be aerobatted violently.

Used by Romania, Italy, Hungary, Finland, Bulgaria, and Germany.

Superfortress - carried first two nuclear bombs; Boeing design; 20,000lb internal load.  With modification it carried two 22,000lb bombs under inner wings. [Pacific]  Huge technical problems.
Heinkel He 177 Greif - Germany's biggest bomber program of WW2; [Eastern + Western Front]; originally to be a heavy bomber that could also dive bomb, too many problems; Over 13,000 lb internal bomb load plus 2 external guided missiles and guided bombs (or mines & torpedos).  Mostly used in the Western Front, some dive (shallow 400mph) attacks were made over England.
Junkers Ju 290 - armament was ten MG 151 and one-three MG 131, the most powerful carried by any bomber in the war; could launch air/surface missiles; near end of war bomber; also used as transport, and recon aircraft.
Ju-88 & Flying Fortress pictures are scanned from John Hopler's TLC game, and are his property.
Lancaster was made to be playable with TLC by Dwight Fidler (research/stats/text) and Gina Tremaine (graphic design).
Superfortress picture comes from The Marshall Cavendish Illustrated Encyclopedia of World War II.
He177 picture comes from Airplanes of the Second World War.
Ju290 picture comes from The Hugo Junkers Homepage.
There is no attempt to step on anyone's copyright toes, but to simply bring more enjoyment to an incredible game.
Research is taken from the mind of Dwight Fidler, the Illustrated Directory of Fighting Aircraft of World War II by Bill Gunston, and  The Marshall Cavendish Illustrated Encyclopedia of World War II mainly (numerous history books from all different views of the war have been ingested and confered to, as were people who were there).