V-2 Rocket from the Muck

Digs & Discoveries July/August 2012

(Crown Copyright/MOD 2012)

The Royal Navy dive team carefully excavated the muck from around the lowest section of a V-2 rocket—German terror of the British skies in World War II—in the mudflats of the River Stour. Once they determined that there was no warhead attached, it was safe to lift the four-foot segment and turn it over to a local sailing club. Such finds are rare, as there was usually nothing left of a V-2: The ballistic missiles struck the ground at twice the speed of sound.