Peenemunde Discovery

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Just curious...anyone know what Mark of recce Spitfire discovered the German facility at Peenemunde?

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I would suggest that the proving ground at Peenemunde, which was established pre-war was, almost certainly well known of long before any Spitfire flew over it to take pictures.

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IIRC Sidney Cotton flew over in his Lockheed 12A

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Did you mean to ask which aircraft took the first aerial photograph of a V1 on Peenemunde? (No, I don't know the answer).

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According to the superb history of the German rocket program, "The Rocket Team" by Ordway and Sharpe, " pg 78, the Peenemund establishment was first photographed on May 15th 1942, when Flt Lt D.W Stevenson was on his way to cover Swinemunde following a photographic mission over Kiel."

It does not describe the aircraft, so perhaps somebody can trace the pilot and squadron and make the deduction. I would have thought it was a PR Mosquito that far in.

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Did you mean to ask which aircraft took the first aerial photograph of a V1 on Peenemunde?

That I would guess is what was meant, or even which aircraft was tasked to take the first recce shots of Peenemunde?

Certainly it wasn't discovered by aerial reconnaissance; it was revealed to the UK intelligence in November 1939 - The Oslo Report

http://www.v2rocket.com/start/chapters/peene/oslo_report.html

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F/L D.W. Steventon [not Stevenson] was a member of 1 PRU. His photos of Peenemunde were the first to cover the facility, though at the time the significance of the site was not known. He was flying Spitfire PR.IV R7037.

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What colour underpants was he wearing on the flight ! :)

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Does anybody know the colour scheme of R7073 ? Please .

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What colour underpants was he wearing on the flight ! :)

The ORB doesn't record what colour his pants were on this sortie but it is probable they were PRU blue so that the Germans couldn't see them at high altitude.

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Does anybody know the colour scheme of R7073 ? Please .

Hi OHOPE,

R7037 would have been overall PRU blue.

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