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Re: V1 and V2 hits on Kent (general)
« Reply #21 on: August 20, 2011, 18:40:47 »
are there locations for the v strikes on medway?

Fair Maid of Kent

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Re: V1 and V2 hits on Kent (general)
« Reply #20 on: May 29, 2011, 11:50:10 »
I lived in Thanington as a child.
I remember being terrified one night:
we were all in the indoor shelter- a Morrison.
There was a terrific explosian and we thought the house was coming down.
A V1  had landed in the hop gardens only a very few miles away.

It was Lillywhite's Farm near Cockering Road I believe.

The whole estate would have been demolished otherwise, no doubt.

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Re: V1 and V2 hits on Kent (general)
« Reply #19 on: May 29, 2011, 09:34:58 »
This site is interesting and covers some of Kent..

http://www.flyingbombsandrockets.com/index.html
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Re: V1 and V2 hits on Kent (general)
« Reply #18 on: May 28, 2011, 20:21:40 »
Very interesting, thanks. Frighteningly accurate on London.
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Re: V1 and V2 hits on Kent (general)
« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2011, 18:31:32 »
I've never seen one of V2 hits?
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« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2011, 18:10:47 »

I'm sure I remember once reading that a V2 was still visible after the war sticking out of the river Blackwater in Essex. I find this hard to believe myself, I think the speed of impact alone would have been enough to destroy it completely, even if the warhead failed to explode.

I agree the construction was very light and if it  didn't break up then the heavy parts  would have gone deep in the mud. There was a German bomber reputed to be quite shallow in a field close to the river bank there, we were going to dig it but the farmer changed his mind - probably didn't fancy a convoy of land rovers & 4 tonners

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Re: V1 and V2 hits on Kent (general)
« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2011, 18:03:35 »
If you go to the Kent War Memorials thread they is a post(#176) that I put on of photos of the REME memorial to 52 servicemen killed 24/06/1944 by a V1. 46 of these are interred here the others in other cemeteries near their home towns.All were attcd to the 6th Guards Tank Brigade, as a workshop repair unit,and were, as far as I understand,  waiting to go to France and were in camp at Lenham, delboy

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« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2011, 16:47:58 »

I'm sure I remember once reading that a V2 was still visible after the war sticking out of the river Blackwater in Essex. I find this hard to believe myself, I think the speed of impact alone would have been enough to destroy it completely, even if the warhead failed to explode.

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Re: V1 and V2 hits on Kent (general)
« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2011, 10:01:43 »
There was an intelligence operation where German agents that had been captured radioed back false information that the V1s were 'overshooting' London. So the realigned shots fell short. Tough on Kent !
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« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2011, 21:30:03 »
My mother, growing up just outside Ashford, had vivid memories of our pilots chasing the flying bombs to clip wings with them and send them off course. This probably accounts for a significant number that came to ground short of London.

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Re: V1 and V2 hits on Kent (general)
« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2011, 18:52:13 »
The V1 could and was also launched from aircraft, which was the reason that towns in the midlands were hit by them. V1 s coming in over the coast were attacked by the belt of ACK ACK Guns running along the coast, 1978 in total, back from the coast aircraft took over the attack, with the first jet fighters operating from Manston and Ashford Airfields, the most Succesfull aircraft against the V1 was the Tempest the fastest piston engine aircraft built.

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Re: V1 and V2 hits on Kent (general)
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2011, 14:35:05 »
Only faulty ones came down in deepest Kent?

Theres a few in Kent on here http://londonist.com/2009/01/london_v2_rocket_sitesmapped.php
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Re: V1 and V2 hits on Kent (general)
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2011, 13:29:45 »
How come they managed to miss Chatham?

seafordpete

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Re: V1 and V2 hits on Kent (general)
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2011, 10:54:05 »
Most of these maps were churned out by the local papes late 1940s/50s similar available in Sussex

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Re: V1 and V2 hits on Kent (general)
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2011, 09:47:56 »
Thanks but I really meant a map of all the V hits.
As the government denied what they were at first, maybe it was produced and kept secret?

 

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