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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th January 1899 Born today: Nevil Shute [Norway], London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)
17th January 1886 Born today: Ronald Firbank, London, novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot)
17th January 1775 R B Sheridan's Rivals, premieres in London
17th January 1670 Highwayman Claude Duval found guilty of 6 robberies and sentenced to death.
First Flying Bomb
The first German V-1 flying bomb hit London on this spot.
Location: Grove Road, Bow, London
Description: The first Flying Bomb on London fell here, hitting this railway bridge on 13th June 1944.
They were nicknamed buzz bombs by the British due to the distinct buzzing sound made by the pulse-jet engines powering the bombs, which overall resembled a small aircraft. Other British nicknames included doodlebugs and flying bombs. Each V-1 was launched from a short length catapult then climbed to about 3,000 feet at speeds up to 350 miles per hour.
As the V-1 approached its target, the buzzing noise could be heard by persons on the ground. At a preset distance, the engine would suddenly cut out and there would be momentary silence as the bomb plunged toward the ground, followed by an explosion of the 1,870 pound warhead.