OPERATION BIG BEN

THERE WAS LITTLE THE RAF COULD DO TO COUNTER THE V-2 TERROR WEAPON. BUT AS CRAIG CABELL EXPLAINS, SPITFIRES BOLDLY ATTEMPTED TO DISRUPT THE LAUNCHES

Personnel of a V-2 battery, having hoisted the missile to the vertical position. KEY COLLECTION

Widespread panic was anticipated. To a degree, Germany’s menacing V-1 flying bombs could be shot down or tilted off-track to crash harmlessly in fields, or by carefully integrating anti-aircraft barrages.

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