64 - The end of BV 222 V2

Luftwaffe’s Giant Flying Boat

The Blohm & Voss BV 222 Viking (part two)

 

The end of BV 222 V2

 

diorama and model by Bjørn Jacobsen

When the war ended in Europe in May 1945, there were two BV 222 in Sørreisa (North Norway).

They were the second and the twelfth production aircraft BV 222: the V2 and the C12

 

The BV 222 V2 is discussed in details in the previous page (#63)

The C12 was an interesting version because it had diesel engines (like the BV 138, see page 05 and 06), which enabled it to refuel from submarines in the open sea (!)

 

The V2 was flown south to Trondheim in June, the C12 followed in July.

The BV 222 was on the Allied Category One list, which meant that the aircraft were in for an intelligence and technical evaluation.

 

The Allied agreed that the British

should have the C12 and that the

American should have the V2.

 

In June 1940, the RAFs D

Squadron of 8801 Disarmament

Wing arrived in Trondheim and

personnel from Royal Aircraft

Establishment (RAE) arrived in

July to start testing the aircraft.

 

A testing crew from US Naval Air

Test Centre (Patuxent River)

arrived in August and started

serious testing of the V2.

 

Of course, all the aircraft

armament had been removed as

soon as the British got hold of the

BV 222s.

 

In late July, the British flew the

C12 to Britain and continued the

tests there.

 

The C12 was scrapped in 1947.

 

The V2, on the other hand, was

left in Norway after the Americans

had finished their testing I August.

 

When looking at the pictures of

V2 in the summer of 45, it’s clear

that the Germans had taken off

the removable white winter paint

with a high-pressure washer,

the trace after the washer is

clearly visible.

 

The German had of course

planned to repaint the aircraft

with the normal green colours,

but the war ended before this

could be done, and the Allied did

not care to repaint the aircraft.

 

The Allied marking of the V2,

however, was a little peculiar.

 

The V2 was supposed to be an

American war booty, but the

British had the aircraft two

months before the American

arrived and they overpainted

the German markings and

painted the British roundels on

the Wiking.

 

As I am sure you know, the

roundels on the fuselage were

normally different than those on

the upper wings, but the Brits

painted “fuselage” roundels both

on the fuselage and on the wings,

I have no idea why.

 

When the Americans arrived in August, they did not bother to change the British roundels but painted a big American flag on the left side of the fuselage front so show that this plane belonged to them.

 

When we look at the old pictures from summer 1945, it’s obvious that both the Brits and Americans used the German BV 222 crew in their testing. This, of course, makes a lot of sense since the Germans know the aircraft best of all.

The Americans finished their testing of V2 in August and left.

 

On October 15, 1945, the D Squadron 8801 AWD received an order to destroy the BV 222 V2.

The Brits loaded the giant flying boat with German weapons and war equipment, towed it out to Munkholmen Island outside Trondheim and blew it up.

 

Blowing up the BV 222 V2

 

I have tried to recap the moment the V2 was destroyed.

 

I do not know how the British sunk the V2, maybe they just made holes in the bottom, but I believe that the BV 222 deserved to go with a bang, and decided to blow it up (which I believed the British did, because the wreck of V2 has never been found)

 

To make the explosion, I cut some big holes in the fuselage; chicken wire and cotton were used to form the explosion fumes.

 

The cotton was sprayed with a grey colour (airbrush). To make the cotton stiff, I used hairspray.

 

Two 3W/220V LED lights and three 10W/12V halogen were used to make the explosion.

 

Yellow and red cellophane were used to create some colour.

 

Thin metal sheets were used to make bits of the fuselage and flying shrapnel.

 

The sea around the aircraft was painted to illustrate the shockwaves from the explosion.

 

The pictures below follow the building process of the explosion:

 

This was the end.

 

There are more pictures of the explosion below.

 

But let us first see pictures of the model of BV 222 V2 while it was in the American possession in the summer of 1945:

The two b/w pictures to the right were taken in August 1945 by the American Test Crew, It shows the German BV222-crew (some of

the personnel might be American though).

The German obviously assisted the American with testing of the aircraft

 

Just for fun, I pasted the persons from the old picture into the picture of the model.

 

And then - the last chapter of the giant flying boat (17 Oct. 1945)

The base is a 69 x 70cm (24 x 28 in) wooden plate. The “explosion waves” are made by papier Mache and everything painted with acryl and covered with “Natural Water” from Woodland.

A hole was drilled in the middle to make room for the electrical wires from the lights.

The background is a painted cardboard.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this website!

Thank you for visiting!

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or comments

(bjorn@dioramas-and-models.com)

Bjørn Jacobsen

May 2017