I have been fascinated by the V1 and V2 attacks since I was a child. My family lived in Beckenham and Dulwich during
the War who often told me stories of what they endured
My Mother, related how she used to travel from Clockhouse Station to Charing Cross on the train to work. One day she
looked out of the window and saw a Doodlebug flying along on a parallel course !
Everyone just went on reading their news papers and after what seemed like a long time it veered off and exploded . I
recall asking her if she was frightened. She replied, "well yes but you just got used to it !"
My Dulwich Grandmother frequently mentioned the bombing and her house was damaged by a V2.
My Uncle told me that from the Addington Hills, near Croydon, he could see the V2's being
launched from the Netherlands (on a clear day you could see the vapour trails going up into the sky). He was also
employed patching up Flying bomb and Rocket damaged houses.
So, Intrigued I decided I wanted to find out exactly what happened in South London during the period,
how many bombs, where they fell, what damage was caused and what affect that this had on the post war shape of the
If you have any questions about my research please contact me by e mail and I will do my best to answer your questions.