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  •  I just saw one of these a few weeks ago at the (8+ / 0-)

    U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.  The sign said it was captured early on in the war and brought back to the states for testing.

    "God bless us, every one!" ~ T. Tim

    by jwinIL14 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 05:11:32 PM PST

    •  Fascinating.... (9+ / 0-)

      We should spare a thought for the brilliance of Flight Officer Constance Babington Smith, the photographic interpreter who first discovered the V-1 in photographs taken of Peenemunde

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 05:56:49 PM PST

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      •  Agreed. Heh, even her name is awesome! (2+ / 0-)
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        "God bless us, every one!" ~ T. Tim

        by jwinIL14 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 07:19:09 PM PST

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      •  Guardian obituary (4+ / 0-)
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        Constance Babington Smith

        Brilliant wartime photo-analyst who alerted the allies to the threat of German V1 doodlebugs

        In late spring 1943, Frank Whittle, the inventor of the jet engine, was detailed to the Royal Air Force staff college. The most interesting time of his ensuing "war course", he told his biographer John Golley, was a visit to the photographic reconnaissance unit (PRU) at Medmenham, Buckinghamshire. There, in the enemy aircraft interpretation section, he met Constance Babington Smith, who has died aged 87.

        In December 1940, Babington Smith, an assistant section officer in the Women's Auxilary Air Force, had been posted to the PRU. Soon afterwards, she set up the interpretation section. By 1943, she was heading an 11-strong department analysing photographs taken by RAF high- altitude photo-reconaissance Mosquitoes and Spitfires - and checking for developments in German secret technology. Thus, for example, did the unit locate centres of aircraft production for attack by the RAF and the US Army Air Force.

        Five months after her meeting with Whittle, came an even more spectacular coup for Babington Smith. On November 28 1943, an RAF Mosquito flew over Peenemünde, and brought back a picture in which she was able to discern what looked like a stunted aircraft on a launching ramp. Thus did she identify a V1 flying bomb being prepared for a test flight. Partly as a result of that discovery, the RAF launched Operation Crossbow, attacking the plants where V1s were manufactured and their launching sites in France.

        All things in the sky are pure to those who have no telescopes. – Charles Fort

        by subtropolis on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 09:07:42 PM PST

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