The German aircraft manufacturer Blohm und Voss can lay claim to designing and building a number of aerial oddities, such as the BV 138 flying boat known to many as ‘Der Fliegende Holzschuh’ or the ‘Flying Clog’. Chris Goss relates its career.

This example, BV 138 C-1, 7R+PL, of 3 Staffel/Aufklärungsgruppe 125 (See), operated from Constanza and Varna in the Black Sea.

In the mid-1930s, the requirement arose in Germany for an ocean-going mediumrange flying boat for armed maritime reconnaissance. It would also have to be able to land and take off in rough water to support U-boats a long way from land.

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