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Damage to Batavia Street, Deptford, after a V2 strike in 1944.
|Damage to Batavia Street after a V2 strike in 1944.|
|© National Maritime Museum, London|
|Repro ID: H3102-1|
|Description: The V-2 was first used in September 1944. Like the V-1 Flying Bomb it carried a one ton warhead. However, the 14 metre (47 feet) long, liquid-fuelled rocket was capable of supersonic speed and could fly in the upper reaches of the Earth's atmosphere. As a result it could not be effectively stopped once launched. In contrast, Royal Air Force (RAF) fighters were able to shoot down many of the V-1 bombs before they reached London.|
|Credit line: Magpie Resource Library collection.|