Blohm & Voss
Blohm und Voss was a shipbuilding concern, based on the Elbe at Hamburg. Its aircraft division, Hamburger Flugzeugbau GmbH, turned to construction of maritime aircraft in the early 1930s. In 1937 Hamburger Flugzeugbau adopted the title of the parent company. Successful designs of Dr Ing Richard Vogt initiated under the Ha designation continued in production becoming designated, for example, Bv 138 instead of Ha 138. True Blohm und Voss developments included the Bv 222 Viking, the largest flying boat to attain operational status in the Second World War, and the even larger Bv 238, evolved too late to enter production before the war's end. The only prototype Bv 238 was destroyed by air attack four days before VE-day.