The V1 rocket was Hitler’s revenge. Between June and September 1944 around 9,500 of these flying bombs were launched on London – some 100 a day.
Their characteristic high-pitched sound led to them being dubbed ‘buzz bombs’ or ‘doodlebugs’.
Their targets were indiscriminate. Between logging prisoner numbers and checking the accounts, the governor – Mr Benke – recorded the landing of one in the prison grounds.