WWII V2 Rocket Attacks – Welcome
At 16:13hrs on 14th January 1945 a V2 rocket with serial number 21250 launched at 16:08hrs by Battery 444 in the Den Haag area of the Netherlands scored a direct hit on number 8 Panmure Road, Sydenham south-east London, 186 feet south-west from the junction with Sydenham Hill Road. Four properties were demolished together with another four partially demolished. (Information courtesy of John Pridge)
Fourteen people were killed and around 80 people were injured of which at least 2 subsequently died of their injuries. It was claimed that the crater created by the V2 Rocket was so big that some of the houses in Panmure Road collapsed back into it. Although we have heard from somebody who moved into Panmure Road sometime in the 1950’s who casts doubt on this from what he remembers of the back gardens.
Fortunately for us official photographs do exist and we now have photocopies of those. Upon checking with The National Archives regarding the position of using copies of the documents in document HO 192/728 we received the following reply:
You may transcribe and publish the text of written material from The National Archives without charge.
The reproduction of direct images of documents from The National Archives on an open non-commercial website in perpetuity costs a one-off fee of £40.00 + £8.00 VAT. This fee covers the uploading of between one and twenty document images.
These images must be protected from download at high resolution. You can do this by watermarking, or by keeping the resolution to a level whereby the documents are legible for information and research, but are not of sufficient quality for commercial publication.
In total we have copies of 8 photographs and 2 drawings. The quality after scanning photocopies probably means that resolution should not be a problem. Therefore it is just a situation of deciding whether to pay the £48.00 or not.
Regardless the scale of death, injury and damage was high. From the Bomb Damage Report the V2 rocket produced a deep 27 feet wide crater that produced an earthquake effect that could be felt a few miles away. From the evidence we see in the photographs this does not seem surprising.