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Re: V1 and V2 hits on Kent (general)
« Reply #51 on: February 16, 2016, 21:52:14 »
A complete list of all V2 hits on England @ http://www.wrsonline.co.uk/welcome
The maps (click on maps now completed at right) allows you to zoom in so you can see where each missile landed.
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Re: V1 and V2 hits on Kent (general)
« Reply #50 on: May 19, 2015, 22:06:18 »
Re: Craftsman David John Hudson - 6th Guards Tank Brigade/REME Born 24th February 1919, Killed on 24th June 1944.  I have all the information you require. Hoping I'm not too late in responding.

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Re: V1 and V2 hits on Kent (general)
« Reply #49 on: April 16, 2015, 22:14:34 »
Does anyone have a map or know how many V1's  dropped on Rochester please?

V.1. incidents in the City of Rochester, which includes Strood and Frindsbury.

June 25th 1944.       V.1. Strood. 20 houses damaged. Casualties - 7 injured.

July 30th 1944.        V.1. Borstal Farm building and cottages and corn damaged.

August 14th 1944.  V.1. Strood, 50 houses damaged.

August 16th 1944.   V.1. Strood. 10 houses demolished 471 houses and shops damaged. Casualties - 4 fatal, 44 injured.

Nov. 8th 1944.           V.1. Rochester. 13 houses demolished, 500 damaged. Casualties - 7 fatal, 44 injured.


Taken from rossoco's post @ http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=388.msg2790#msg2790

16th August, Frindsbury.  8th November, Walderslade. I have posted details of these two under separate topics.


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Re: V1 and V2 hits on Kent (general)
« Reply #48 on: March 28, 2015, 08:34:50 »
Apparently yesterday (March 27) was the anniversary of the last V2 to fall on England, it landed on Orpington.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/55/a1243955.shtml
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Re: V1 and V2 hits on Kent (general)
« Reply #47 on: March 23, 2015, 17:25:17 »
The first post of this thread has a map of where all the flying bombs fell in Kent.

Front Line County has a table listing numbers of all HE bombs, incendiaries and V1s on Kent which shows 5 V1s on Rochester.
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Re: V1 and V2 hits on Kent (general)
« Reply #46 on: March 23, 2015, 15:32:41 »
Does anyone have a map or know how many V1's  dropped on Rochester please?
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Re: V1 and V2 hits on Kent (general)
« Reply #44 on: October 11, 2011, 21:29:35 »
Benenden school Cranbrook.
On 3rd August 1944 Captitaine Jean Maridor of 91 squadron RAF "intercepted a doodlebug over Rolvenden, flying towards the bomb, he shot at it. Although he hit it, the bomb was only damaged, not destroyed. On his second attack he saw the bomb was heading for Benenden school, which at that time was being used as a military hospital. Knowing that hundreds of lives would be lost if the bomb hit, Maridor launched an attack. He approached to less than 50 metres to ensure he would not miss a second time. The doodlebug exploded this time, but the wing of his plane was caught in the explosion and ripped from the body. The plane crashed beside the lake in the school grounds, killing Maridor just 8 days before his wedding."
From http://www.benenden.kent.sch.uk/benenden community/SchoolHistory/pages/JeanMaridor.aspx
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Re: V1 and V2 hits on Kent (general)
« Reply #43 on: October 06, 2011, 09:59:12 »
A V2 landed about 1/2 mile from our house (in Gravesend) My sister then age 10 and her friends 'knew it was a rocket' and tried to go and see the site. Of course the police kept them well away.
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Note. Found date was November 13th 1944.

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Re: V1 and V2 hits on Kent (general)
« Reply #42 on: October 05, 2011, 23:45:56 »
The truth about the reports of gas explosions may not have been revealed till after the war, but we knew about the V2 during the war.
The Germans themselves announced their existence on 8 November 1944, and Winston Churchill announced their existence in the House of Commons on 10 November 1944. The first V2 was actually launched against Paris on 8 September 1944, followed by 2 more, and then 1 on London on the same evening, so they were kept secret by both sides for 2 months.
The most terrifying aspect of an air attack is the noise, but there was none of that with the V2 and we didn't spend the day thinking about them - if you heard the bang it hadn't hit you. But the V1's were relentless and I'll I'll never forget that gut wrenching feeling when listening to one approaching; they had a bigger effect on morale than anything else in the war.
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Re: V1 and V2 hits on Kent (general)
« Reply #41 on: October 05, 2011, 22:55:18 »
Early V2 hits on London were reported in the press as 'Gas Explosions'. This was in an attempt to avoid the devastating effect on morale which would happen of the public found out that the germans had a weapon which could strike without warning and about which nothing could be done. It was only after the war that the truth was revealed.

Even at the height of the Cold War when radar techology was much more advanced, they could only give a few minutes warning of an incoming missile.
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Re: V1 and V2 hits on Kent (general)
« Reply #40 on: October 05, 2011, 19:14:57 »
Photos of the graves and memorial in this other thread
http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=598.msg59870#msg59870
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Re: V1 and V2 hits on Kent (general)
« Reply #39 on: October 05, 2011, 18:07:23 »
My mums dad, a D J Hudson was in the 6th Guards Tank Brigade/REME and was killed on the 24/06/1944 by the V1.  My mum was born in December 1944.  I am trying to find out more about what happened that day if anyone can help?  My mum has been trying to find out for years what happened completely.  Hope someone out there can help me in my search?

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Re: V1 and V2 hits on Kent (general)
« Reply #38 on: September 09, 2011, 03:13:37 »
It might not be Kent but I love it! :)

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Re: V1 and V2 hits on Kent (general)
« Reply #37 on: September 08, 2011, 22:00:41 »
Another cause of bombs falling short of the target was the unreliabilty of the pulse jet engines. Designed to last for only one flight, the flimsiness of the rows of intake shutters meant they often didn't last for even this one flight.
But they worked better than some believed they would!
I found this in 'Fighter Command' by P. Wykeham: A director of Rolls-Royce correctly predicted the use of the V1's pulse-jet engine well before the attacks began, but R-R Engineers maintained that the spring-blind intake shutters could not withstand the high temperatures for long enough to be practical.

One of the first V1s fell in his garden, badly damaging his house, and he had the engine salvaged and sent to R-R Design Office with an appropriately worded message!

(Perhaps this was not Kent, but it's an amusing background)

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