V-1 flying bomb

This V-1 flying bomb was hanging from the ceiling of the Imperial War Museum in London.

V-1 flying bomb

The history of this particular V1 is not known but it was acquired by the Museum in 1946, and retains its original wartime paintwork.

The V-1 was the first of the so-called “Vengeance weapons” series (V-weapons or Vergeltungswaffen) deployed for the terror bombing of London. It was developed at Peenemünde Army Research Center in 1939 by the Nazi German Luftwaffe at the beginning of the Second World War.

V1 Flying Bomb
V1 FLYING BOMB (C 4431) A cut-away and annotated drawing of the Fiesler Fi 103 flying bomb, (also known as FZG 76 or V1 weapon). Copyright: © IWM. Original Source

The Wehrmacht first launched the V-1 to target London on 13 June 1944, one week after (and prompted by) the successful Allied landings in Europe.

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