38. Flying bombs over Rozendaal

38. Flying bombs over Rozendaal

16-12-1944

Kerklaan-Beekhuizenseweg, Rozendaal, The Netherlands
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Bombing Destruction Memory
Liberation Route Europe

38. Flying bombs over Rozendaal

October 1944: As the occupying forces fired V1 and V2 rockets at the port of Antwerp, many of the flying bombs landed prematurely in and around Rozendaal. Mr J.A. Slempkes describes the destruction and terror the bombs caused, and a young villager - who's now an elderly lady - recounts her memories.

Germany had been experimenting with rockets prior to World War II. The army had developed the V2, a rocket with a range of 450 kilometres, and the air force developed a cheaper version, the V1, which could be fired from a fixed launching device. This was a flying bomb and an unreliable weapon: approximately 25% failed.
Launching devices were stationed in the woods in the Overijssel region, near Lettele and Rijssen in the east of The Netherlands. Fired from here, the bombs flew directly over Rozendaal on their way to the port of Antwerp.

On 16th December 1944, the first V1 landed in the woods near Rozendaal. A few days later, another flying bomb exploded in the village, causing considerable damage.

Expecting to encounter German resistance as they approached   Rozendaal in April 1945, the British liberators opened fire on the village, causing extensive damage. The April of 1945 saw the liberation of a ravaged village.

Tourist information

Kerklaan-Beekhuizenseweg in Rozendaal, diagonally opposite the entrance to Rozendaal Castle. GPS code: 52˚0’29.9”N 5˚57’57”O

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38. Flying bombs over Rozendaal

Germany had been experimenting with rockets prior to World War II. The army had developed the V2, a rocket with a range of 450 kilometres, and the air...

Kerklaan-Beekhuizenseweg, Rozendaal, The Netherlands

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