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WWII pics – Spitfire uses wingtip to topple V-1 ‘Buzzbomb’

8 Aug

The MK XIV was also one of the few aircraft able to catch and destroy the V1 flying bomb. The Spitfires could sometimes “tip-up” the wing of a V1 by flying alongside and putting their wing under that of the flying-bomb, causing it to tumble out of control

For the lazy:
The V-1 was a pulse-jet powered guided missile developed by the Germans. After losing the Battle of Britain it was realized that the best way to attack British cities by air was to lob stuff like this at them.

At its peak, over a hundred V-1s a day were fired at southeast England, 9,521 in total, decreasing in number as sites were overrun until October 1944, when the last V-1 site in range of Britain was overrun by Allied forces. This caused the remaining V-1s to be re-targeted on the port of Antwerp and other targets in Belgium, with 2,448 V-1s being launched. The attacks stopped when the last site was overrun on 29 March 1945. In total, the V-1 attacks caused 22,892 casualties (almost entirely civilians).

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