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Title
 
Shrapnel from a V1 flying bomb
Description
 
Fragment of a V1 flying bomb, commonly known as a doodlebug. This was found in the branches of a beech tree on a smallholding in Church Way, Sanderstead in 1948. Over 5,000 people were killed or injured in Croydon by German air attacks in the Second World War. Until 1944 all the bombs were dropped by enemy aircraft. Then, on the night of 15th June, the first robot bomb launched from the continent fell on Croydon. This was the beginning of a continuous three month attack during which 141 V1s fell on Croydon, and a futher 54 on Coulsdon and Purley. People ran for cover whenever the spluttering roar of the approaching bomb cut off. This was a signal that the bomb had exhuasted its fuel and was about to dive and explode.
Object Name
 
bomb case fragment
Date
 
1939 - 1945
Physical Description
 
Fragment of a V1 flying bomb, commonly known as a doodlebug.
Material
 
Metal
Measurements
 
whole: 600 x 240 x 400 mm
Maker
 
Unknown
Theme
 
Life & Love | Dying & Bereavement
Location
 
Museum of Croydon | Area 4 | Kiosk 5
Type
 
MUSEUM OBJECTS
Level
 
Item
Repository
 
Croydon Museum and Heritage Service