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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: V1 launch site   Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:32 am

Carl. Whilst looking on the net to familiarise myself with the area you are now living in i was interested to discover that Le petit Boisney was the site of either a V1 or V2 rocket launch site. there may have also been a narrow gauge railway built by the Germans there. when you have more time see what you can find out. You never know there may be metres of abandoned track laying in a barn somewhere near you!!

Mikey
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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: V1 launch site   Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:16 pm

Interesting...I can see it now. The world's first buzz bomb powered garden railway. That'll get the firewood to the house in a hurry, and you probably won't need any kindling.

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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: V1 launch site   Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:18 pm

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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: V1 launch site   Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:38 pm

There's a photo of the site's bunker here:
http://www.sitesv1du-nord-de-la-france.com/6emeAbt.htm .

Probably V1 launcher; I think most of the V2 sites were in Germany. V1s had relatively short range and had to be launched as close to England as possible.

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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: V1 launch site   Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:39 pm

Well there's a find......and something for me to speak to the mayor about.

Site no. 196 and I have looked at some other internet sources to confirm that there was indeed a site here.

Some say that the Normandy sites never fired a rocket in anger and were bombed heavily by the RAF.

That said something must still exist. I wonder why this house and land was so cheap..... Neutral

I shall do some digging tomorrow.
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clive_t



Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: V1 launch site   Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:57 pm

Ask him if it's possible to turn it round so that it's facing Corsica!

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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: V1 launch site   Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:19 pm

I think I've found where this is in the village. Part of it belongs to a farm, another is an empty heavily block-built shed (not stone nor parpaing) and what was a clue was a tall square electricity tower/substation building, far too big for a hamlet of a dozen farms and houses.

I want to speak to the mayor before taking some photos if I can as the village boundary has changed since the war.
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: V1 launch site   Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:48 pm

I admire your detecting skills Inspecteur Cluzeau! I know its nothing to do with trains but its a fascinating subject. I'd like to know if there was a local Maquis unit at that time.



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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: V1 launch site   Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:46 pm

mikeyh wrote:
I admire your detecting skills Inspecteur Cluzeau! I know its nothing to do with trains but its a fascinating subject. I'd like to know if there was a local Maquis unit at that time.



mikey

The V1s could have been transported by train-- there's your link.

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