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bomb, flying

human history
  • Other Name

    VI flying bomb

    Buzz Bomb or Doodle Bug, WW2

  • Description

    VI Buzz Bomb or Doodle Bug, WW2

    details: Fieseler Fi 103 A-1: FZG 76: length: 7.6 m; span: 4.8 m; launch weight 2208 kg; war head: 850 kg.

  • Place
  • Accession Date
  • Other Id

    W2971 (war)

  • Department

Images and documents


  • Credit Line
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira,W2971
  • Place
  • Date
  • Associated Notes

    German VI Bomb, World War II

    “We discussed, with awe, the pilots who were said to divert the things by flying alongside them and tipping them over with a wing.”

    The VI Buzz Bomb, or Doodlebug, was the first operational guided missile. It travelled at between 320 - 650 km per hour and had a range of 200 km. It was first used on the night of 12 - 13 June 1944 to bomb the United Kingdom. 25,000 VI bombs were produced that year and another 9,800 in the first three months of 1945. Of the 9,251 buzz bombs fired against England 4,261 were destroyed.

    This bomb, acquired after the war by the RNZAF was presented to Auckland Museum in 1955 by the Government Stores Board. Probably received circa 1955-60 from war surplus.

  • Associated Event
    Battle of Britain; 1940
  • Associated Person
  • Associated Date
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  • Last Update
    29 Aug 2023

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