Map Of V2 Rocket Strikes On London, Updated

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Map Of V2 Rocket Strikes On London, Updated

At the tail end of World War 2, Hitler unleashed a terrifying new weapon on London and other cities: the V2 rocket. This was the world's first modern ballistic missile, and the first manmade object to reach the edge of space. Hundreds struck the capital, destroying whole blocks and killing many.

Four years ago, we started a project to map these strikes. The response has been truly tremendous. Readers have supplied many new locations and, most importantly, shared eye-witness accounts. All have been added to the map, which now contains hundreds of personal memories. We even had two long-lost relatives rediscover each other in the comments section.

Google Maps turns out to be an excellent way of documenting this period in the capital's history. Not only can we pin memories to specific locations, but the satellite view readily shows how many of the strike locations still bear visible craters or mismatched housing.

The map has just been updated to include the past year's worth of reader memories. We've also added the locations of every strike in the former borough of West Ham, using an official war map kindly provided by reader Andy Halford. The project is still a work in progress, however, and we still have something like 100 locations to track down. If you have any information or memories you wish to share, either add them as comments to the original article, or email matt@londonist.com

Last Updated 19 June 2013

doreen

I think there are some places missing in Stoke Newington, or at least places that were struck by bombs (possibly not the V2?). You can see the differences in houses from the others dating back to the early or late Victorian era, depending on the block. These houses are squatter, wider, generally not sharing a wall and the bricks are a dark red colour. My boyfriend lives in one such house here in Stokey, and since I found out it was a house built after a WWII bomb had demolished the house previously on its site, I've become more aware of the similar-style houses in the neighbourhood.

Jeff Warren

In Gladstone Park Cricklewood there is a Beech tree which contains a large piece of the Aluminium casing from a German oil bomb .T his occurred in !940 ,if the tree is still there it will be found at the bottom of the slope coming down from the tea rooms up by Dollis Hill Lane before you leave the Park to crock over the railway line and rejoin the park on the other side . The tree had a large vertical scar in the bark

Ian Sewell

Hi. My great grandfather, Thomas William Sewell b1879, was killed by a V2 in Hackney in July 1944. He died in the Metropolitan hospital on 29 July 1944. His name is in the Civilian War Dead memorial book. Ian Sewell

Kevin bingham

Hi,
You have missed the v2 hit directly on 13 st Albans road seven kings during September 1944.

Greg Tingey

Brilliant!
I hate to say it, but you also need a map of the much more terrifying V-1 [ The first "Cruise Missile" ] landing-points, don't you?

Gordon

I have a recorded conversation with my Uncle Dave Holley who remembers a V2 rocket falling on Raymouth Road in Bermondsey. It fell at the Southwark Park end of the road and demolished a hotel.He said it made a terrific bang and there was a smell of explosive, all the doors and windows blew open and a piece of paneling came off of his kitchen door.He popped up the road to see what had happened.He said when he got to Raymouth Road it was empty, nobody was about at first. There was lots of broken glass on the floor.He said he went a bit further up the road and noticed that there was a lady who was about 45-50 and who was holding a toddlers hand. The lady was running up and down and shouting out something she looked really confused and shocked.She crossed the road towards my Uncle and kept shouting out "what shall I do,what shall I do!?" the little toddler was very scared. My Uncle asked her whats the matter,whats happened? She said they have just killed my husband.He asked her how did it happen?. She explained that she had been in a house at the top of the road and opposite where she was there was a hotel, she said that thing came over referring to the rocket. She explained that her husband was not a drinking man but every Sunday before dinner was cooked he would nip over to the hotel and play a round of draughts with his mates.He would always come back in time for dinner. On this occasion he told her he was going over there and would be back shortly.However the rocket came over and must of hit the hotel as there was now a massive hole where it had been that stretched from the back of the gardens right across the road,blowing the basements out.She said that there had been a massive explosion which blew the roof of the hotel up with it crashing down into the hole where the hotel had been. She said my husband was in there. My Uncle said she was besides herself she didn't know what she was doing.He asked her if she knew anybody who lived in the area? at first she said no but then she recalled that her daughter and son in law lived in a house just a little way down the road.She was so shocked she had forgotten.My Uncle said it was terrible having someone come up to you and say there husband was dead like that,he really didn't know what to say.