Hitler's last gasp! Kamikaze Doodlebug with room for a PILOT that was the Nazis' final bid to bomb Britain is to go on view after it is saved from the scrapheap

Mail Online | 6/22/2017 | Nick Enoch for MailOnline
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An incredibly rare Kamikaze version of Adolf Hitler's deadly V1 terror weapon is about to go on display at a British museum 47 years after it was saved from the scrapheap - and restored in Germany.

The piloted Doodlebug was effectively a suicide bomb packed with one ton of explosives in its nose.

End - Second - World - War - V1

Towards the end of the Second World War, some 5,000 V1 rockets, the world's first cruise missile, were launched by the Germans to bomb London, causing massive loss of life.

Because their aim was so random - the bombs dropped when they ran out of fuel - some were later modified with a small cockpit so they could be flown accurately towards a specified target, such as Buckingham Palace.

Pilot - Moment - Mission - Airspeed

The pilot was meant to bail out at the last moment but it was ultimately a suicide mission as the airspeed would have been 550mph and they would not have survived.

Although 175 of the piloted V1s were made, they were never put to use because Hitler ran out of money.

Allied - Soldiers - Germany - War - Britain

Several were found by Allied soldiers in Germany after the war and one of them was transported to Britain for military scientists to examine.

In 1970, the 28ft long missile was salvaged by aviation historian Trevor Matthews, who was given it for free when he was told it was about to be scrapped.

Mr - Matthews - Aviation - Museum - V1

Mr Matthews, who runs a small aviation museum, did little with the V1 - or Fieseler Fi103R Reichenberg - until four years ago when he paid £40,000 to have it restored - in Germany.

Specialists there returned the rocket bomb to its original condition and it is now set to take centre stage in a brand new £120,000 exhibition space at the Lashenden Air Warfare Museum in Kent.

Mr - Matthews - Reichenbergs - Today

Mr Matthews, 61, said: 'Only six Reichenbergs exist today, and this is...
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