Shrapnel from a V1 flying bomb
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.
bomb case fragment
Fragment of a V1 flying bomb, commonly known as a doodlebug.
whole: 600 x 240 x 400 mm
Life & Love | Dying & Bereavement
Museum of Croydon | Area 4 | Kiosk 5
Croydon Museum and Heritage Service