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
In late July, the British flew the
C12 to Britain and continued the
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
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
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.
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