William Walters Story
In The Past.........
1 Index
2 Roy Chadwick
3 William Walters
4 R.A.F
5 Operations Begin
6 Lancaster Bomber
7 "Big City" Berlin
8 Danger all Round
9 No Comforts
10 Bombs Gone
11 Occupied Europe
12 Whirlwind
13 Special Opps
14 Peenemunde
15 Aphrodite
16 30th Mission
17 Final Mission
18 Rescue Attempt
19 Final Chapter
 
 
 
 
Peenemunde
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Destruction to tunnel for V2 Bunker site at Saumur 
Destruction to tunnel for V2 Bunker
site at Saumur.

On June 8th the crew carried out two attacks in France, on the railway tunnel at Samur, and at St Pol on the 25th.

Later their missions would be directed at a new and frightening range of secret weapons that were to be used by Hitler in his last frantic attempts to destroy London.

As far back as 1929 developments were in progress by German scientist Dr Paul Schmidt with his invention of a pulse duct jet engine...in 1935 his pulse engine was displayed to the German air ministry, his suggestion to them was to use it as a flying torpedo, but little interest was shown. In 1942, his now named Argos pulse engine was demonstrated to Field Marshal Ehard Milch who saw great potential in the scientists ideas and how it could be used to destroy British cities,

he now recruited air-craft designer Robert Lutzer who confirmed that this engine and his design could be used as a pilot-less missile, and so "Project Cherrystone" was launched and the new missile now given the code number of Fi 103.The cost of each V1 built was £125, the same price in 1944 as a volkswagen car!
Doddlebug V1 - The first flying pilotless missile.
V1 - The first flying pilotless missile.
V2 - More destructive and powerfull than the V1
Bomber Command had learnt through photo-reconnaissance missions and Intelligence reports that new secret weapons the V1and V2 rockets were being tested on the Baltic coast, at Peenemunde. Fearing that these would be used against Britain Churchill ordered “Operation Crossbow” to take priority with Bomber Command, so the R.A.F ordered 597 heavy-bombers to attack the site on August 17, 1943, the site was bombed killing 735 people and many scientists, including one of the most important Dr Tiel, who was the technician behind the (A4) V2 rocket engine. Although the raid was deemed successful, it only held up production for 3 or so months. On this one mission alone, the R.A.F lost 40 bombers and 270, aircrew.
The main intention of the German air ministry now was to produce a minimum of 3,500 V1s per month…when the final production amount was reached and launch sites built and ready…The Germans would launch their new terror weapon…at a rate of 1 every 12 minutes, day and night…at least 500 a day…at London!!!
Due to severe difficulties in its gyroscopic guidance mechanism and the jet propulsion engine, the German High Command realised that the earliest date for an attack on Britain would be March 1944.