V2 Rocket strikes Benfleet.

Hits Boyce Hill Golf Club.

2 December 1944.

08.26 hours.
V2 Rocket fired from 444 Battery located at the Hook of Holland.
Hits Boyce Hill Golf Club.
2 people seriously injured.
1 property demolished.

Translation.
V2. Vergeltungswaffe 2 (Retaliation or reprisal weapon 2).

Technical specifications.
The V2 Rocket shown here is on display at the Imperial War Museum in London and was transferred to the museum from the Royal Aircraft Establishment in 1946.

Unlike its predecessor the VI, (Doodle-Bug) it arrived unseen and unheard, delivering nearly a ton of high explosive at a speed of 3500 feet per second.

Warhead.
2200lbs (1000kg) of high explosive.

Range.
186 miles (300km).

Guidance.
Radio control or an internal accelerometer which cut off the engine at a pre-determined interval, then unguided ballistic flight to the projected target.

Propulsion.
Liquid fuelled rocket engine.

Dimensions.
Length.  47 feet (14.3m).
Span.  10 feet (3m).


 

V2 Rocket.
Ronnie Pigram

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