GDB From United Kingdom, joined exactly 12 years ago today! , 12708 posts, RR: 80 Posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1426 times:
June 13th 1944 marked the first use in combat of an unmanned powered flight weapon, the V1 flying bomb.
A fall back project in case the V2 proved impossible to develop, the much simpler 400 m.p.h. flying bomb was to become a familiar sight and sound in Belgium and South East England.
Hitler had, since defeats started building up 2 years previously, staked much hope on these weapons turning the tide in his favour, an impossible task probably, though Eisenhower would later reflect that had the V1 been en-masse at the Channel ports in England before D-Day, they could have caused serious problems.
Soon civilians would hear the pulse jet sound, sometimes see this odd looking object, the time to worry was when the engine cut out, seconds later a ton of explosive would hit the ground.
Though she was a young girl at the time, my Mother clearly remembers seeing and hearing these strange little craft, the forerunner of todays cruise missiles, three months later, worse was to come, the A4 (V2) ballistic missile, for which there was no warning and no countermeasures once launched.
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7694 posts, RR: 5 Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1324 times:
I have to disagree with your assessments.
The Germans had operational by 1943 the Henschel Hs 293 guided weapon, which was powered by a rocket during the first 20 seconds of its flight. It proved very effective against Allied shipping until the Allies figured out how to jam the radio link between the launch plane and the Hs 293.