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Project : integrating the second V1

Artist's impression of the V1 project
The remains of the V1 photographed by American soldiers in 1945.

Thursday April 26th, 2012 saw the arrival of the museums second V1.
This one was shot down over Antwerp by the anti-aircraft batteries during World War II. The anti-aircraft grenade exploded right under the flying bomb, thus perforating the wings. The result of this can be clearly seen on the wings and tail section. Due to the air pressure that resulted as the grenade exploded, the nose section broke off. The remainder of the bomb then losing its balance, turned over and tumbled down towards the earth.

V1 Wings with grenade holes
The V1 wings with the holes made by the impact of the grenades clearly visible.

The (wooden?) nose section containing the explosives and compass probably broke up in mid-air, thus dispersing the explosives over a wide area. Even if the detonators had worked, they could no longer ignite the explosives. The little propeller was undamaged, which makes us believe that the bomb did not fall on its nose.
The fuselage, containing the fuel tank, compressed air section, automatic pilot, engine and wings all fell on some houses and where thus collected by American soldiers. They took the remains to a warehouse in the port, where they were inspected by their experts.
Once the hostilities were over, General Armstrong who was responsible for the defense of Antwerp against the V-weapons, donated the bomb to the City of Antwerp, as a reminder of the sad period the population of the town had to get through. For years, she remained in the cellars of the ‘Vleeshuis’-museum at first, and later in some warehouses in the port.

We knew that these remains still existed and could convince alderman Heylen to give them to the museum for safekeeping. It will be put on display in an appropriate setup, along our other ‘nearly’ intact V1 (also a donation by General Armstrong.
This V1 is the only one that survived a deadly mission of over 200km, when the anti-aircraft batteries stopped it in its tracks.

 


The remains of the V1 as they were stored in the town's warehouses..

The fuselage got folded up  when the V1 crashed. Here she is weighed (180 kos)before being put on transport to the Museum.

VRT Canvas was present when we went to collect the remains of the V1. Danny Cabooter en Jean Dillen in actie.
The remains are now stored in the museum's 'den Atelier' awaiting the finilisation of the project.

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