“Where the Doodle Bugs Crashed”
By The Kent Messenger, 1944
Where the Doodle Bugs Crashed in Kent. Summer 1944. This Map, exclusive to the “Kent Messenger”, indicates where each flying bomb crashed in the Kent Section of the South East Region. It vividly portrays how Kent earned the name of ‘Bomb Alley’.
- Author: The Kent Messenger
- Publication date: 1944.
- Physical description: Lithograph map, traces of old folds, news article to the left of map.
- Dimensions: 490 by 680mm (19.25 by 26.75 inches).
- Inventory reference: 1810
Although London was the target of this onslaught, as Hitler’s aim was to decrease morale in the capital, it was hard to fire V‑1s accurately, and the ones that fell short often landed in Kent. As the article on the map points out, 200 more bombs actually fell on Kent than the Greater London area. The article goes on to emphasise the role played by Kent anti-missile guns in stopping many V‑1s before they made it to London (they could only be shot down over open country) and the debt owed to them by Londoners.
A copy is held in the British Library.