David Mattingley - V1 & V2 flying bombs

Running time
1 min 2 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


Saw them. Heard them. They were all right when they were buzzing along overhead. It's when the motor cut that you wondered. The motor would cut, you see, and then just go down, you didn't know where it was going.

But the V2s, which were rockets, they were supersonic and they'd go up very high and you wouldn't hear them coming. You'd hear the explosion, then you'd hear the rumble of their flight afterwards, because of the sound being delayed.

On a couple of occasions, we saw V2s being launched in Europe back towards London. Not the actual rocket itself, but you could see the tail going up more or less vertically from the ground and then sort of zig-zagging as it was set on its course and then head off.

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