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Not watched it this time but it was a repeat I’d seen before. Peenemunde V2 site on the Baltic Coast. 3 waves of Lancaster’s hit it in 1943. The plan was to look like they were heading towards Berlin then change direction at the last moment. It worked partly well and the first wave attack was good but the 2nd and 3rd waves had a terrible time when the German fighter aircraft arrived.
Very poignant when they dropped a rose from a boat over the site for each of the lost crew!
 
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…..it was the first time the German night fighters were using their new “Schrage Musik” weapons, twin upward-firing cannons, fitted to the Me Bf 110s to enable them to attack from underneath!
 
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KZ-Arbeitslager Karlshagen was the concentration camp attached to Peenemunde to house the slave labour.
The V1 and V2 production was later transferred to Nordhausen in extensive former tin mines. With a larger Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp nearby for the slave labour. A hellish place. It is estimated that 40-60 thousand people were kept and used there of which 28 thousand are known to have died.
In the path of the Allied advances the camp was evacuated by means of “death marches” to other remaining camps notably Bergen-Belsen.
The remaining prisoners at Mittelbau-Dora were liberated in April 1945 by US 3rd Armoured Division and 104th Infantry Division. The Americans found a ghastly 1300 corpses and a much fewer number of skeleton like survivors!
 
100 V2 rockets were found and salvaged by the Americans and immediately shipped off to New Mexico for evaluation and research.
Much to the annoyance of the British Government who were expecting half of them which they never got!
 
Not watched it this time but it was a repeat I’d seen before. Peenemunde V2 site on the Baltic Coast. 3 waves of Lancaster’s hit it in 1943. The plan was to look like they were heading towards Berlin then change direction at the last moment. It worked partly well and the first wave attack was good but the 2nd and 3rd waves had a terrible time when the German fighter aircraft arrived.
Very poignant when they dropped a rose from a boat over the site for each of the lost crew!
Are you certain you have seen this before..its the latest documentary with Guy Martin. My TV book says its a new episode, can't find any info on a previous showing. Apologies if I'm incorrect, didn't want you to miss out thinking you'd seen it ..excellent program 👍
 
Are you certain you have seen this before..its the latest documentary with Guy Martin. My TV book says its a new episode, can't find any info on a previous showing. Apologies if I'm incorrect, didn't want you to miss out thinking you'd seen it ..excellent program 👍
Maybe a new one then. If it was about Peenemunde then I’ve seen another one before.
 
Thankyou lads just caught up with it on Channel 4 catch up.
Big respect to the Dutch Government who put so much money and resources into this and all the similar projects and regard it as a “debt of honour” to do so. That they managed to identify all three separate remains of each of the lost aircrew was heart wrenching. By the time they were examining the personal effects found, the solid silver cigarette cases inscribed with initials, bits of a smoker’s pipe,etc,well that did it for me and I was openly “blubbing” tears.
I am also always totally amazed, as in the case of one of those men found in this instance, at the fact of how many of these airmen would finish a “tour” of missions and then volunteer to carry on with another one. It was far more prevalent than ever we can imagine today. As if surviving the first tour wasn’t already enough. What sheer courage. Climbing into those bombers virtually night after night and having to suppress all their constant fear to get the job done and knowing that the longer they went on meant the less chances of their survival!
 
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