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WW II rocket removed in UK

2012-04-01 08:33

London - A British bomb disposal squad on Saturday recovered the tail section of a V2 rocket from World War II which was found submerged in coastal mudflats.

Experts removed the 1.20m-long missile section from Harwich harbour on England's east coast, close to Britain's biggest container port Felixstowe.

It was found nose down sticking out of the mud at low tide, a Royal Navy spokesperson said.

Experts feared the rocket could have been intact and had been working at the site since Wednesday, waiting for the right conditions to remove it.

The squad discovered that the warhead section was missing, meaning it posed no safety risk.

The towering V2 rockets were launched by Nazi Germany against Allied targets, mostly at London and Antwerp in Belgium, though Ipswich, close to where the remnants were found, was also targeted.

V2 missiles killed thousands of people.

Comments
  • Firebird - 2012-04-01 09:13

    April fool?

      semaphor3 - 2012-04-01 09:35

      No http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-17562465

  • Johann - 2012-04-01 10:03

    Wel done old chap

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-01 11:11

    Its a good thing it never went off

  • colin.dovey - 2012-04-01 11:57

    "Stick in the mud" Bomb :-)

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