The Fieseler Fi 103, better known as the V-1, also colloquially known in Britain as the ‘Doodlebug’, was an early pulse jet powered rocket. The V-1 was developed at Peenemünde Airfield by the German Luftwaffe during the Second World War. The first of the so-called Vergeltungswaffen series designed for terror bombing of London, the V-1 was fired from “ski” launch sites along the French (Pas-de-Calais) and Dutch coasts. The first V-1 was launched at London on 13 June 1944, one week after (and prompted by) the successful Allied landing in Europe. At its peak, over a hundred V-1s a day were fired at southeast England, 9,521 in total, decreasing in number as sites were overrun until October 1944, when the last V-1 site in range of Britain was overrun by Allied forces. This caused the remaining V-1s to be re-targeted on the port of Antwerp and other targets in Belgium, with 2,448 V-1s being launched. The attacks stopped when the last site was overrun on 29 March 1945. In total, the V-1 attacks caused 22,892 casualties.
Made of aluminum, this V-1 Gyroscope Air Line Connector is in VERY NICE condition! It is NEW MADE to the exact specs as the original, so it should be functional. There are some marks, scratches, and wear, but nothing that detracts. This was originally in the collection of a V-1 re-builder, who made a handful of complete and functional examples for various museums and private collections (using 90% original parts). EASILY identifiable as from a V-1 Rocket due to the shape, size, and structure. This is an EXTRAORDINARILY rare set, and would make a SUPERB addition to any collection, display, or restoration project!