V2 Rocket Photos Decoded: Episodes 1 & 2

Photo analysis

Big Ben 22
Big Ben 22: the fatal V2 rocket attack in St Stephen's Road on 17 Sept. 1944

In this video we analyse five photos of a V2 rocket explosion in London’s East Ham on the 17th of September 1944. We reveal the hidden technical details of the A4 / V2 missile’s development and combat history and the darker secrets long buried – quite literally – in these five pictures from 1944.

Part 2, a shorter video looks at the aftermath of the V2 rocket attack at St Stephen’s Road East Ham, London. This short video is a follow-up to the first episode in this series. It features an examination of a photograph, ostensibly taken as a commissioned aerial portrait of the Trebor Sweet factory in Forest Gate E7, that affords us a rare glimpse of the changes to the west end of St Stephen’s Road East Ham in the aftermath of the fatal V2 rocket attack of the 17 of September 1944. A missile attack recorded in the official history simply as Big Ben 22.

About Robert J Dalby 9 Articles
Born Ilford, London, the last V2 missile attack on England missing him by 25 miles and 14 years. Read philosophy for nearly a decade - and so naturally pursued a career in astronomy optics and engineering design. Career highpoints: co-inventor of the LRGB imaging method now in use by serious amateur and professional astronomers worldwide. Responsible for the design of a host of devices used in the field of telescopic astronomy. And once ate nine pancakes without passing out. Spends too much time in shadowy corners fiddling with old missile parts to be socially acceptable, but was once described as a geek's idea of a geek. [email protected]