On the night of the 13th June 1944 Londoners heard a strange sound in the sky. The sound was later described as sounding
like a motorbike without a silencer or a badly maintained steam train going up hill. Some also saw, what they thought was a
burning enemy aircraft crossing the sky with a sword of flame emanating from its tail. Others knew that this was the first of
the Vengeance weapons code named "Diver " by British Intelligence
The first V1 to hit London
Grove Road London E4  after the attack
13th June 1944
The people of London  had become used to bombing and  hardened to its horrors during the Blitz of 1940 -41. Since
then,bombing had become much more sporadic .There were some heavy hit and run raids in 1943 and In February 1944
there were a series of attacks which caused further damage and death in London. These are known as the
mini blitz .They
were not on the scale of the main 1940-41 Blitz but still caused further death,suffering and material damage.
After D day there was great relief and an expectation that the war would be over very quickly There had been rumours for
some time about Hitler's secret weapons but these were taken as a joke and civilians did not believe that there was a
serious threat.
It was a cold, damp, grey summer and the days following the Normandy landings were marked by the severest summer
storms that anyone could remember. The greyness of the summer accentuated the mood. Fatigue after five long years of
war, deprivation, rationing and suffering. Londoners were desperate for the war to be over but had no idea that they would
shortly be in the front line again. They thought that their part of the war  at the home front was finished.                 
On the night of the 13th June 1944 Londoners heard a strange sound in the sky. The sound was later described as sounding
like a motorbike without a silencer or a badly maintained steam train going up hill. Some also saw, what they thought was a
burning enemy aircraft crossing the sky with a sword of flame emanating from its tail. Others knew that this was the first of
the Vengeance weapons code named "Diver " by British Intelligence. For a year Bomber command had been engaged in a
campaign to destroy the V1 launch sites in Northern France. This met with  a great deal of success and had delayed the
launch of the first missile by about 6 months. This was at the cost of the lives of 2000 allied airmen.
The first V1 dived to the ground and exploded in
Grove Road,London E4 at 04.25 on the morning of 13th June 1944. It hit
the railway bridge which carries the
Great Eastern Railway across Grove Road, from Liverpool street to Essex and
East Anglia. The bridge was badly damaged, as was the railway track. A number of houses were demolished and six people
were killed. London had its first taste of what a V1 could do. he Grove Road V1 was one of five launched that night which
was a range finding exercise by the Germans. After that nothing much happened for about 48 hours as the  next wave of
the attack was prepared.    
Next read about the first weekend of the
attacks and  The Guards Chapel tragedy
weekend of the attacks and