October 1944

 
Key To Quoted Map References

Key To Quoted Map References

The data contained in columns marked – No, Date, LA, Time, Place, Map Reference, Crater, and Remarks – in this table is our transcription of the data in AIR 20/4126 at The National Archives.

The data in – Place Other, Killed and Injured – we have collected from various publications, lists and information from contributors.

Where a “§” appears in the LT column you can find further details on the V2 Rocket website including Launch Time, where fired from and launching Unit.

LA = Launch Area – Key: A = The area around the Hague and Rotterdam. B= The island of Walcheren. C=The islands of Terschelling and Vlieland. D=The area inland from the N.E. coast of the Zuider Zee. E=The area between Nijmegen and the S, coast of the Zuider Zee. U=Unidentified.

For date column of the 1,119 incidents logged in AIR 20/4126 –  366 of the incidents have been hand annotated with the letter “N”, 250 with the letter “K”, 66 with “?”, 19 with “Kew Failed”, 26 with “Dud Lighting”  and 392 with no annotation at all. Therefore in this column we have added the corresponding letter, question mark or left blank – for “Kew Failed we have put “KF” and “DL” for “Dud lighting”. If anybody has any idea what these annotations represent we would be very grateful if they could share that information with us.

NoDateL AL TTimePlacePlace otherMap ReferenceCraterKilledInjuredRemarks
98IncidentsOctober 1944 Totals40362
37N 01-10-44E§17:55Bungay, SuffolkBedinghamG 733 08930' x 15'4Two craters merged together
37.102-10-44U22:58Two explosions reported at sea off Norfolk coast may have been Big Ben Incidents.
37.202-10-44U23:11Two explosions reported at sea off Norfolk coast may have been Big Ben Incidents.
38N 03-10-44U§09:31Beeston St. LawrenceBeeston St. LawrenceG 788 39833' x 9'2
39N 03-10-44U§14:40HoptonHopton, near LowestoftG 975 19118' x 5'8
40N 03-10-44D§16:55Great WitchinghamMill Farm, Great WitchinghamG 554 39254' diameter1
41N 03-10-44D§19:50Hellesdondisintegrated over the Mile Cross housing-estate, Norwich, the warhead hit the Royal Norwich Golf Club, HellesdonG 665 29633' x 27' x 4'Two explosions, one in air, one on ground.
42N 03-10-44D§20:06DentonDarrow Farm, DentonG 712 07347' x 33' x 10'
43N 03-10-44A§23:05WansteadWanstead (Leytonstone)L 848 061Direct hit8
44N 04-10-44A§08:50SheppeyEastchurch, Isle of Sheppey, KentR 445 88414' x 4½'
45N 04-10-44E§12:2210 mls. Off Gt. Yarmouth, at seaSea 8 miles off YarmouthH 0729
46N 04-10-44E§13:40Rockland St. Marynear school at Rockland St. Mary, NorwichG 771 21825' x 6'
47N 04-10-44U§16:47CrostwickCrostwick, Nr NorwichG 724 34444' x 11'
48N 04-10-44E§17:37SpixworthSpixworthG 702 323Airburst
49N 05-10-44A04:22Monks GreenGoose Green, HoddesdenL 786 28535' x 10'
50N 05-10-44C§07:35In sea off YarmouthSea off Great YarmouthH 0923
51N 05-10-44C§09:05TaverhamTaverham Hall Farm, NorwichG 606 31243' x 10'
52N 05-10-44U11:38PeasenhallPeasenhallM 813 88936' x 12'
53N 05-10-44C§13:28SurlinghamSurlinghamG 777 243Airburst10
54N 05-10-44U16:08TunstallAcleG 878 27654' x 5'
55N 05-10-44U17:44Little PlumsteadLittle PlumsteadG 761 30733' x 9'
56N 06-10-44U§09:25ShoteshamShotesham All SaintsG 702 16847' diameter
5707-10-44A§08:56PitseaPitsea, SouthendM 181 07026½' x 8'
5808-10-44A08:02LinfordTilburyR 102 98036' x 10½'
58.108-10-44U15:22Possible incident in sea.
5909-10-44A05:52WansteadL 856 05534' x 6'
6009-10-44A09:47Havingore IslandM 417 08745' x 10'
61N 09-10-44U§10:44CantleyCantley / Langley near NorwichG 842 21045' x 35' x 10'
62N 09-10-44U§10:45BrookBrooke, Near NorwichG 757 176Two craters each 27' x 5'
6309-10-44U§13:50HydemarshHydemarsh Farm, near Fambridge, EssexM 315 15930' x 12'Fragments scattered up to a distance of 5 miles.
64? 09-10-44D§18:02In sea nr. Orfordfell in sea south of OrfordnessM 8861
6510-10-44D§07:24In sea nr. FrintonNorth Sea near Frinton (airburst)Exploded in air.
6610-10-44A§10:22Navestockin field at Navestock, EssexL 993 15428' x 8'1
67? 10-10-44D§16:00Harwich (in harbour)exploded 1200 metres high above the harbor of HarwichM 709 509Two explosions in air.
68N 10-10-44D§17:54BramertonWoods End / Bramerton, Near NorwichG 749 23842' x 11'2
6911-10-44A§00:44RawrethRawreth, EssexM 224 10244' x 15'3
7011-10-44A§05:14North Ockendonin potato field at North Ockendon, Essex.M 044 04041' x 13'
7111-10-44A§06:44Southendin mud flats near pier at Southend, Essex. Rocket disintegrated before impact.M 328 03415' diameter
72N 11-10-44D§08:10HaddiscoeHaddiscoe, Near BecclesG 884 14432' x 9½'
73N 11-10-44D§10:53Rockland St. Maryin sugar beet field near Rockland St. Mary, Norfolk.G 773 22947' x 13'
74? 11-10-44U§14:20PlayfordPlayford, Suffolk.M 663 64939' x 12¾'
7512-10-44A§00:13WalthamstowWalthamstowL 819 09357' x 15'21
7612-10-44A§02:51Thames EstuaryThames Estuary, near Clacton. Rocket disintegrated before impact.M 495 195
77N 12-10-44D§07:40IngworthIngworth, Norfolk.G 649 48231' x 9'
7812-10-44D§10:55RawrethRawreth, Essex.M 217 11630' x 8'
7913-10-44A§06:46BillericayGreat Burstead, Essex (airburst).M 123 119Airburst
8013-10-44A§07:22BarlingBarling, Essex. / Little Wakering, SouthendM 383 07626' x 6'
8114-10-44A§02:22NorthawNorthaw, Hertfordshire.L 739 21244' x 11½
8214-10-44A§23:51Barkingnear Fairlop Airfield / BarkingL 882 01557' diameter
8315-10-44A§05:05RettendenRettendon, Essex.M 208 16830' x 15'2
8417-10-44§15:50Little BaddowLittle Baddow, Essex.M 231 24933' x 10'2
8518-10-44§06:32ChisletChislet, Kent Fell on dyke. No damage or casualties. Rocket disintegrated before impact.R 656 81360' x 4'
8619-10-44§07:10IghthamBorough Green, KentR 036 75818' x 2'
8720-10-44§20:14CroydonSunny Bank, Regina Road, South Norwood / CroydonQ 786 87623' x 14'6118
8821-10-44§01:15HayesHayesL 544 00850' x 14'6
8923-10-4403:44In sea nr. ClactonIn Sea 1 mile off ClactonM 6030
9023-10-4414:10NevendonFelmore Farm, BillericayM 179 08449' x 16'
9123-10-4416:53St, Mary at HooHoo, KentR 236 94549' x 14'
9223-10-4419:18NavestockNavestock HeathL 980 16336' x 9'
9324-10-44§00:30Langdon HillsLangdon Hills, Essex.M 127 05746' x 14'3
9424-10-44§02:07Nr. QueenboroughQueenborough, KentR 3590
9524-10-44§04:59Rushmere St. AndrewRushmere St Andrew / in field near Woodbridge, Suffolk.M 648 64136' x 8'
9624-10-44§20:44BulphamWickford, Essex / Bulphan, Essex.M 077 02348' x 12'
9724-10-44§20:48Duck IslandFobbing, Essex / on mud flats at Duck Island, near Grays, Essex.M 189 028
9824-10-44§22:29Leigh MarshesNear Southminster / on mud flats at Canvey Island, Essex.M 258 03430' diameter
9925-10-4412:40WickfordRawreth, EssexM 213 12423' x 5½'
10026-10-4408:10WalthamstowWalthamstowL 792 06949' daiameter
10126-10-4408:40BermondseyJunction Southwark Park Rd & Galley Wall RoadQ 790 978Two craters each 30' x 6'8
10226-10-4408:55BarleyBarley. 3 miles South East of RoystonL 833 57927' x 7'
10326-10-4410:11WelbourneWelborne, 10 miles West of NorwichG 518 27441' x 13'
10426-10-4411:35SheeringSheeringL 953 32637½' x 12½'
10526-10-4413:41In sea near ClactonSea off ClactonM 8010 approx
10626-10-4418:45SouthgatePalmers GreenL 754 12135½' x 11½'
10726-10-4422:50IlfordIlfordL 874 06034' x 8'
10827-10-44§06:50EghamNear Slough / Windsor Great Park, near Egham, SurreyQ 419 89925' x 7'
10927-10-44§10:15SwanleySwanley, KentQ 963 87910' x 1½'2
11027-10-44§11:23LeytonWanstead / LeytonL 841 06322' x 7'630
11127-10-44§12:05Chingfordforest land in Chingford.L 844 13856' x 17'2
11227-10-44§18:54Wansteadopen ground in Wanstead.L 848 12743' x 9'11
11327-10-44§23:22West HamWest Ham.L 840 03733' x 4'14
11427-10-44§23:45LewishamWaste ground Summerfield Street, LeeQ 841 92541½' x 14'1
11528-10-4404:59StainesAshford near StainesQ 509 90927' x 7'
11628-10-4411:10DeptfordWoolwichQ 809 963857
11728-10-4418:15ShalfordShalfordM 183 46536' x 9'
11828-10-4418:20CamberwellCamberwellQ 779 951Airburst
11929-10-4423:57ShenfieldShenfield, EssexM 064 14842' x 7'
12030-10-4405:18BarkingBeckton, Near BarkingL 891 007Direct Hit
12130-10-4412:29West HamWest Ham, Victoria DockQ 849 99427' x 7'
12230-10-4412:30West HamWest Ham, Forest LaneL 841 04049' x 11'
12330-10-4416:25ErithBostall Wood, PlumsteadQ 917 97029' x 4½'12
12430-10-4418:45StepneyWapping, Hermitage Wharf.Q 787 99325' diameter
12530-10-4420:37ElstreeElstree. Ridge HillL 647 21338' x 9'
12631-10-44§02:56EalingHanwell Golf CourseQ 628 999Airburst
12731-10-44§07:45BermondseySurrey Commercial Docks, Swedish YardQ 809 98149' x 14'16
12831-10-44§18:11BexleyOakland Road, Bexley - Public ShelterQ 929 94127' x 6'344
12931-10-44§18:38West HamNE Woolwich / West Ham. Direct hit on railway tracks at Royal Victoria DockQ 844 99837' x 9'
13031-10-44§21:03HendonAirburst HendonL 657 085Airburst
13131-10-44§23:37OrpingtonCrockenhill, Orpington in fieldQ 946 86547' x 14'
Transcription of The Ministry of Home Security list of "BIG BEN" (V2 rocket) incidents in October 1944. National Archives Document Reference - AIR 20/4126 - Data used by permission of The National Archives
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  One Response to “October 1944”

  1. I recall seeing a V2 exploding in open fields, in Chingford, towards Epping Forest, possibly Soper’s Farm, at sometime in September/October 1944. I was playing truant and it was a warm, partly cloudy day. I recall one child, going down into the crater, possibly killed or injured by the collapse of the crater edge. I was 12 at the time. I also have memories of various V1 incidents in and around Chingford.

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