The Slaugham Archive
Barry Ray Year: 1985 Villages: HandcrossDoodlebug found in Handcross woods
The V1 flying bomb attacks started in June 1944 and continued for the next three months, at which time they started to tail off as the allies overrun the launch sites in northern France.
Although targeted at London, many fell short in Sussex when they ran out of fuel and one of these lay hidden for some 40 years in the woods adjoining Balcombe Lane, Handcross. They were also known as buzz bombs or doodlebugs.
In this photograph Roger Ray looks like a cat that got the cream. I can remember my mother was so relieved that my father could not fit it in the back of his Ford Capri!
This piece of rusty iron was the pulse jet engine which was suspended above the fuselage containing the explosives. A picture of a doodlebug can be seen at picture #1357.
The Document contains a newspaper cutting of the story. This includes a reference to Basil Blackman who, as a young lad, watched a Spitfire bringing down a doodlebug, probably the one in this photograph.
Picture added on 14 January 2015 at 19:22
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