1944


21
YEARS

DOODLEBUG

“In 1944, on 15 July,

Joyce and I were married…”

“…we set off by train from London…”

“...to our honeymoon in

in Tewkesbury…”

“Outside London the train stopped…”

“We heard the air-raid sirens wailing…”

“…and then we heard and saw…”

“…one of the first doodlebugs…”

“…pass overhead and explode…”

“…somewhere in London…” 

The V-1 flying bomb, known as the doodlebug,

was an early unguided cruise missile

developed by the Nazi German Luftwaffe.

Limited in range, they were fired from

along the French and Dutch coasts,

in response to successful Allied landings in Europe.

The first V-1 struck London next to the railway bridge on Grove Road, Mile End,

Eight civilians were killed in the blast.

They arrive safely in Tewkesbury.

“We found that an artist had a studio…”

“...where we were staying…”

“…and we sat for him…”

“…and he produced pastel drawings of us…”

“…they are a reminder of a lovely holiday…”

“…in troubled times…”

No Common Task
pp.38-39

Ghost Watch #1 - The RAF Ghost
This video illustrates an episode of Ghost Watch, a short series that was originally broadcast on the radio in the 1980s.