A Doodlebug Hits Brixton

V1 Rocket

A V1 ‘Doodlebug’ Rocket


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.



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