BRIEFING FILE

Under the skin of aviation technology and tactics

BATTLING THE V1

ARTWORK: IAN BOTT

In 1944 Britain faced a previously unknown form of attack. Th e Fieseler Fi 103 was the first combateffective, mass-produced cruise missile. A self-propelled, jet-powered, unmanned ‘robot’ bomb was a terrifying new technological threat that is easy to underestimate today.

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