Event    From 1944  To 1945

V1 and V2 rockets

Categories: Tragedy

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The V1 and V2 rockets were developed as a reaction to the heavy allied bombing of German cities towards the end of WW2. (V stands for Vergeltungswaffe - retribution weapon'). In total, over 3,000 V2s were launched against Britain, resulting in an estimated 9,000 deaths.

V1s, known as doodlebugs, flew until they ran out of fuel and then they dropped to the ground. So people on the ground would listen hoping to hear it pass overhead, but if the noise stopped while it was still coming towards them they would dive for cover. The V2s were the world's first long-range guided ballistic missile and as such no one heard them coming.

2018: A London Inheritance has a great post about V2s.

2018: "Drone Warfare: The Development of Unmanned Aerial Conflict" by Dave Sloggett, references "Most Secret War" by R. V. Jones where Tower Bridge is named as the permanent target for all the London V1 rockets. It seems to be generally agreed that the V1s were not at all accurate and many fell short.

2019: LRB has an interesting post about these bombs, particularly in the the comments about their random nature.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
V1 and V2 rockets

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Adam Faith

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Canadian WW2 firefighters

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First Blackfriars Station

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First flying bomb

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First V2 rocket attack

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Hasret Gültekin

Hasret Gültekin

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George Claydon

George Claydon

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1 memorial
Marlene Doris Whiteley

Marlene Doris Whiteley

Non-British, killed by the Bali bomb.

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1 memorial
Bethnal Green WW2 disaster

Bethnal Green WW2 disaster

The worst civilian disaster of WW2. 173 men, women and children lost their lives as they went down into Bethnal Green underground air raid shelter in response to a siren. They died not from a bomb ...

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2 memorials
Beatrice Lilian Vickery

Beatrice Lilian Vickery

Civilian killed in the crash of Hampden bomber P4399. Our colleague Andrew Behan has kindly researched this woman: Beatrice Lillian Daniels was born on 7 January 1891 in Warrington, Lancashire, a ...

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War dead non-military, WW2
1 memorial