The Devastation Left Behind By Doodlebug
It’s hard to imagine that this is the same place as modern-day East Ham, a suburb of London, when you see the enormity of the destruction. Here you can see English civilians and a British military officer as they look at the damage left behind by a German V-1 flying bomb (also called a “doodlebug”). This doodlebug would have been fired from by German launch facilities along the French and Dutch coasts. These launches began on 13 June 1944, in response to the Allied landings in France. Over the period of the bombing, 9,521 bombs were dropped in total — sometimes as many as 100 a day. Most of them were targeted in and around central London, ravaging many of the landmarks and busiest areas. This period would completely change the architecture of the city until this bombing ceased in October 1944.
Harcourt Avenue, East Ham, London, England, UK.
10 June 1944.