The remains of the V-2 rocket, the world’s first supersonic weapon, have been discovered in England. This weapon was fired over London by Hitler’s army during World War II. However, the rocket was destroyed in south-east England before reaching its target. Now the debris of this rocket has been recovered from a field. Supersonic speed is the speed of an object when it becomes faster than the speed of sound.
This rocket was found in the investigation of Nazi weapons
The site of the V-2 rocket fall is being excavated by archaeologists and brothers Colin Welch and Sean Welch, Live Science reports. He said this is the sixth major excavation of a V2 rocket site. They have been searching for more than 10 years for the launch and impact sites of weapons fired by Nazi Germany.
Germany is also the father of modern cruise missiles
The two have excavated the impact site of dozens of V-1 flying bombs. The V-1 bomb is considered the father of modern cruise missiles. Most of these bombs were launched from catapults in Nazi-occupied France in 1944 and 1945.
800 kg metal recovered
The destruction site of the V2 rocket is located in Platt, a village near Maidstone. From this site, searchers have recovered metal debris weighing more than 800 kg, including large pieces of the rocket’s engine. The rocket fell at this spot on 14 February 1945, before reaching its target at about midnight.
There was no damage due to the rocket fall
Presently the site is an open farm. When the rocket fell, there used to be a garden at this place. Sean Welch, who was digging, told that no one came home in the grip of this rocket, due to which no person died. However, an elderly woman did say that she had lost her hearing due to the sound of the rocket falling.
Rocket was flying at three times the speed of sound
Colin Welch said the team used metal detectors to locate the deepest remnants of the explosion. His team has gone deeper than 14 feet and pulled out the wreckage of the rocket. At the time of the accident, the rocket was flying at three and a half times the speed of sound. Researchers said that this rocket had sunk one and a half meters into the ground before it exploded completely.