A Big Victory - 16 x 11-1/2 - Stan Stokes Art Print

Stan Stokes

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Stan Stokes. The largest aircraft to see combat duty during World War II, the Blohm & Voss BV 238 flying boat was also the era's heaviest warbird. The massive plane, of which only one was manufactured, was powered by six Daimler-Benz V12 piston engines and featured a wingspan of nearly 200 feet.

Moored at Schaalsee Lake in Germany on September 18, 1944, the enormous aircraft was spotted by Urban "Ben" Drew of the 375th Fighter Squadron, flying his "Detroit Miss" P-51 Mustang. He and two other fighters descended upon the stationary flying boat and destroyed it, which, until 1974, Drew thought was a BV 222, until he was contacted by British documentarians telling him that their research suggested he was the shooter to sink the single BV 238. This print — commemorating that fateful day — comes signed by the artist! 16"x 11½".