V-1 Rocket Countermeasures

During WWII, the Germans used the first cruise missiles to attack England. Known as the V-1, “flying bomb” or “doodlebug.”

What I found amazing and worth writing down was the way in which allied fighters tried to counteract these attacks. One way was to shoot them down, which is amazing in itself, because they were rocket powered, yet their speeds were slow enough that human pilots could engage them (but only the fastest interceptors).

But what really piqued my interest was that some allied fighters would fly next to a V-1 and knock their wings into it to override its gyroscope, thus forcing it down. That’s right, they would fly up next to a rocket in a propeller plane and ram their wings into the V-1. Wow.


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