V1 Rocket Buzz Bomb Parts – Tail Cone


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Here’s an extremely rare V1 Rocket Buzz Bomb Tail Cone, a very recognizable piece.  It measures approximately 11″ x 17″ not including the tail fin strut.  This particular piece was salvaged from Arnhem and was sourced from a UK Museum.  One would assume this was shot down by Allied forces before reaching its destination or a launch site was attacked.  The piece retains it’s original camouflage paint and fasteners.  You will also find a rigid strut protruding from the top of the cone.  This is the structural piece that the tail fin mounted to.  In addition, there is an access port located on the port side underbelly.  It’s purported that this is where propaganda leaflets were inserted into the tail cone.   When the V1 hit its target, the leaflets would disperse.

V1 Rocket Buzz Bomb

The V-1 was developed at Peenemünde Army Research Center by the Nazi German Luftwaffe during the Second World War. During initial development it was known by the codename “Cherry Stone”. The first of the so-called “Vengeance weapons” (V-weapons or Vergeltungswaffen) series designed for terror bombing of London — because of its limited range, the thousands of V-1 missiles launched into England were fired from launch facilities along the French and Dutch coasts. The first V-1 was launched at London on 13 June 1944, one week after (and prompted by) the successful Allied landings in Europe. At its peak, more than one hundred V-1s a day were fired at south-east England, 9,521 in total, decreasing in number as sites were overrun until October 1944, when the last V-1 site in range of Britain was overrun by Allied forces. After this, the V-1s were directed at the port of Antwerp and other targets in Belgium, with 2,448 V-1s being launched. The attacks stopped only a month before the war in Europe ended, when the last launch site in the Low Countries was overrun on 29 March 1945. – Wikipedia

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