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German Float Plane Suggestion; The Bv 238


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Hello dear Forumers,Pilots,Tankers and Community! Today I'd like to propose a German aircraft,specifically a float plane. In the recently released German tree,float planes are not mentioned.

Germany had some pretty impressive float planes but they aren't getting much attention as much as they deserve. 

I think Germany should also have it's own float plane(s) just so it's not the only nation that doesn't have them,and let's face it,they might not be the fastest,best or effective aircraft,but everyone loves flying boats because of that,they are just fun to play with no matter how slow,big,derpy they are.


In this thread I will show you a German float plane that you may have seen/heard of but didn't know it was this plane.


Let's get right into it, shall we?

Blohm & Voss BV 238


The Blohm & Voss BV 238 was a German flying boat ("Flugboot") designed in the World War II. It was the heaviest aircraft ever flown when it first flew in 1944 in aviation and was the largest aircraft produced by any of the Axis Powers in World War II.

Unlike the Bv 222 which had an impressive size,payload and armament but had no offensive weapons like bombs or torpedos,The Bv 238 delivers all that the Bv 222 left to wish for.

Only 1 Bv 238 was built and flew on the 11th March 1944 (2 more prototypes were incomplete and never were completed). The Bv 238 never saw active combat and was (according to american sources) destroyed by a P-51 Mustang of the US 361st Fighter Group while being docked on Schaaslsee in September 1944.


However,according to German Sources, based in part on the testimony of nearby inhabitants and Blohm & Voss employees– claim that the BV 238 V1 was discovered by the RAF between 23 April and 26 April 1945. The Allies were concerned that Hitler could use it to escape to South America and so an attack followed shortly afterwards. The aircraft was attacked by Hawker Typhoons, or Hawker Tempests. Their strafing set the engines alight and the aircraft burnt and sank with only part of a wing remaining above the surface.

According to the British, the attack happened on 4 May 1945. During the strafing the back of the flying boat broke and the forward part of the plane sank into the water.



A painting of how the attack may have looked like (US Story) and camo pattern example;



Variants,Specifications and Armamanet of the Bv 238:



  • BV 238 V1 The only completed prototype.
  • BV 238-Land The initial designation for the land-based derivative of the BV 238.
  • BV 250 A land-based derivative of the BV 238 for use as a strategic maritime reconnaissance aircraft and long-range transport


General characteristics

  • Crew: ca 12
  • Length: 43.35 m (142 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 60.17 m (197 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 12.8 m (42 ft 0 in)
  • Wing area: 360.16 m2 (3,876.7 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 54,780 kg (120,769 lb)
  • Gross weight: 90,000 kg (198,416 lb) for reconnaissance mission 95,000 kg (209,439 lb) for bomber mission
  • Max takeoff weight: 100,000 kg (220,462 lb)
  • Powerplant: 6 × Daimler-Benz DB 603G inverted V-12 liquid-cooled piston engines, 1,417 kW (1,900 hp) each for take-off
    1,163 kW (1,560 hp) at 7,375 m (24,196 ft)
  • Propellers: 3-bladed constant-speed propellers


  • Maximum speed: 350 km/h (217 mph; 189 kn) at 60,000 kg (132,277 lb) weight at sea level 425 km/h (264 mph) at 60,000 kg (132,277 lb) at 6,000 m (19,685 ft)
  • Landing speed: 143 km/h (77 kn, 89 mph)
  • Range: 6,620 km (4,113 mi; 3,575 nmi) at 365 km/h (227 mph) at 92,000 kg (202,825 lb) at 2,000 m (6,562 ft)
  • Service ceiling: 7,300 m (23,950 ft)
  • Wing loading: 261 kg/m2 (53 lb/sq ft)


  • Guns:
  • 8 x 13 mm (0.512 in) MG 131 machine guns with 1,800 rpg; 4 in each nose and tail turret
  • 8 x 13 mm (0.512 in) MG 131 machine guns with 900 rpg; 4 in each wing mounted turret
  • 4 x 13 mm (0.512 in) MG 131 machine guns with 500 rpg; 2 in each manually aimed beam position
  • 2 x 20 mm (0.787 in) MG 151/20 machine guns with 1,400 rpg in forward dorsal turret


  • Bombs:
  • 20 x 250 kg (551 lb) SC 250 bombs in wing bomb baysand 
  • 4 x 1,000 kg (2,205 lb) SC 1000 bombs on external racks or 
  • 2 x 1,200 kg (2,646 lb) LD 1200 torpedoes on external racks or 
  • 4 x Henschel Hs 293 missiles on external racks or
  • 2 x 1,000 kg (2,205 lb) BV 143 glide bombs on external racks    

I hope this aircraft will be added to the game along with the Ar 196 as both would be nice additions to the Germany and would fill up a hole in the float plane/flying boat section of the tree. This aircraft would also be a very good ground attacker with the massive payload that it can haul.          

Edited by CokeSpray
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Here is some more camo patterns and other pictures i found of it; 






Warning Swastika Included:



A scheme picture:



Edited by CokeSpray
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Nice, I'd suggest u edit that swastika tho..


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Considering its not that fast, actually has a bit of defense and can carry around the same bombload as a Do 217E-2 I think it's a shame this hasn't already been added :) I would love to see some german floatplanes in the game.



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2 issues:


- By the looks of it it had no decent turret protection. The model and the pictures do not correspond to the armament listed (that was taken from wikipedia by the way), thus it would appear that the prototype had no armament (just like 229)

- The plane burned up after 1 strafe (just like 229 does)

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