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World War II -
Pilotless Air-Craft or Flying Bombs Exploded (June-August 1944)
V-1 of 'Doodlebug' Flying Bombs commenced targetting England in June 1944, a few days after D-day, and continued until the Pas-De-Calais area containing the launch ramp sites, was captured by the Allies in September 1944. Thereafter the longer range V-2 Rockets were deployed. A Bomb Census was conducted in each region to record the order in which bombs fell, the location, what caused them to fall short of London, and the damage sustained to casualties, livestock, property and infrastructure.
The following table records the incidents in the Elham District.

No.

Date

Time

Location

Cause

Damage

1

17 June 1944

1510 pm

Field near Terlingham, Hawkinge. Shot down by fighters Damage to two cottages and crops. No casualties.

2

25 June 1944

2311 pm

In open near Hedgecock Wood, Stowting. Shot down by night fighters No casualties. Damage to Yew Tree Farm, Lymbridge green, and Fair View.

3

27 June 1944

0220 am

Hodiford Farm, Sellindge unknown No casualties. Consderable damage to Hodiford Farmhouse & buildings. Slight damage to The Windmill, Stone Hill, and Moorstock Cottage. 10 sheep killed, 5 injured.

4

28 June 1944

0545 am

Field, Upper Otterpool Farm, Lympne Shot down by fighter No casualties. 3 Service huts destroyed. Slight damage to Red house, Newingreen & Mrs Marsh's house next door:also to 5 Oak Cottage, Barrow Hill, Sellindge.

5

30 June 1944

1635 pm

Mid-air over Horton Park Shot down by fighter No casualties. Sheep injured. Damage to wndow Hayton Manor.

6

03 July 1944

1725 pm

Over Kiln Wood, Saltwood Shot down by fighter No civilian casualties. 12 Military casualties (2 serious). Slight damage to several properties.

7

03 July 1944

2244 pm

Over Prince of Wales, Rhodes Minnis Shot down by fighter 13 Casualties (1 hospital case). 20 people homeless. Rest Centre, Elham opened. Road blocked. Extensive damage to property. 10 houses severely damaged. 55 houses slightly or moderately. Telephone wires damaged.

8

07 July 1944

1732 pm

Lymbridge green, Stowtin Shot down by fighter No casualties. Slight damage to several houses.

9

07 July 1944

1225 pm

Evington Park, Elmsted. Shot down by fighter No casualties. Slight damage to about 20 houses.

10

12 July 1944

0735 am

Mid-air over Oat Hill, Lympne. Shot down by fighter No casualties. Slight damage to 2 houses.

11

12 July 1944

1636 pm

200yards South of Skeete Farm, Lyminge Shot down by fighter No casualties. Damage to Skeete House. Slight damage to 3 cottages at Woodlands. 2 horses killed, 1 injured on Skeete Farm.

12

16 July 1944

0424 am

Mid-air over Oat Hill, Lympne. Shot down by fighter No casualties or damage

13

16 July 1944

0428 am

Mid-air over Mill Down, Elham Shot down by fighter No casualties. Damage to approximately 12 houses, mostly slight.

14

16 July 1944

1238 pm

The Vicarage, Postling Shot down by fighter No casualties. Slight damage to several houses. Telephone wires cut. Postling Road blocked.

15

19 July 1944

0640 am

Mid-air half way down Beechborough Hill Shot down by fighter 2 casualties - one serious. 4 cottages seriously damaged (3 of them evacuated.)N.F.S. Called in to extinguish burning trees.

16

22 July 1944

2358 pm

Acrise Wood, Acrise Shot down by Anti-Aircraft gun fire No casualties. Slight damage to 2 houses.

17

23 July 1944

0940am

Barley-field, Little Pett Bottom Farm, Elmsted Shot down by fighter Some damage to Little Pett Bottom Farm. Slight damage to several other houses

18

23 July 1944

1424 pm

Rear of Council Houses, Stone Street, Lympne Damaged by Anti-aircraft fire out at sea & crashed Civilian casualties 7 of which 2 hospital cases, other 5 slight. Service casualties 1 dead, 4 serious, 3 hospital, 10 slight. Several RAF huts & tents destroyed. Extensive damage to roofs, windows etc of about 20 houses.

19

24 July 1944

0150 am

Chalk Pit, Newington Shot down by Anti-Aircraft gun fire No casualties. Considerable damage to property. Telephone wires cut. Newington to Arpinge road blocked. Slight damage to 30 houses.

20

26 July 1944

0620 am

Home Farm, Sandling Damaged by Anti-aircraft fire and crashed One slight casualty (cut thumb). Extensive damage to Home Farm and out-building and 5 adjacent houses. Number of other houses damaged including Sandling junction station. One additional slight casualty.

21

27 July 1944

1525 pm

Field West of Aldergate Wood, Court-at-Street, Lympne Shot down by fighter Extensive damage to French House, several others slightly damaged. One slight casualty.

22

27 July 1944

1644 pm

Burnt Rough, Park Wood, Stelling Minnis Shot down by fighter No casualties. Slight damage to several houses.

23

27 July 1944

1700 pm

Back of Barrow Hill, Sellindge Damaged by fun fire & crashed No casualties. Large number of houses damaged (approximately 60)

24

27 July 1944

1740 pm

East of Aldergate Bridge, Lympne Shot down by fighter No casualties or damage

25

28 July 1944

1325 pm

Thorne Wood, Saltwood. Damaged by gun fire & crashed No casualties. Damage to Bluehouse Farm, outbuildings and crops.

26

28 July 1944

2230 pm

Between Folks Wood and Berwick Farm, Lympne Shot down by Anti-Aircraft gun fire No casualties. Damage to large number of houses on Stone Street (approx 20 to 30) Electric Cable damaged

27

29 July 1944

1827 pm

Stone Farm, Saltwood, East end of Saltwood Tunnel. Damaged by Anti-aircraft gunfire and crashed on bank over the tunnel No casualties. Down line blocked. Southern Railway's Telephone lines cut. Damage to Stone Farm, Stone Cottages and Bargrove Cottages.

28

29 July 1944

1915 pm

Cornfield, Dane Farm, Stanford Shot down by Anti-Aircraft gun fire No casualties. Damage to several houses including Mrs Andrews' in Elvington Lane, Dane Farm House, Little Dane Farm, Sunny Bank, Channel View.

29

29 July 1944

2301 pm

Oatfield, Hope Farm, Stanford Shot down by Anti-Aircraft gun fire No casualties. Damage to six houses, including Hope Farm & Cottages, The Elms, Brook Farm, Hayton Manor.

30

03 August 1944

0545 am

Field South West of Etchinghill, near Brockman's Bushes Shot down by Anti-Aircraft gun fire No casualties. Very slight damage to several houses, including Institution

31

03 August 1944

1231 pm

North West Gibraltar, Hawkinge on field under control of RAF Aerodrome Shot down by Anti-Aircraft gun fire 2 RAF personnel & 3 cows slightly injured. 3 small RAF buildings seriously damaged, one other slightly damaged. 1 civilian house slightly damaged.

32

04 August 1944

0123 am

South East of French House, Lympne Shot down by Anti-Aircraft gun fire No casualties or damage.

33

06 August 1944

1700 pm

Kedward's Bakery, Stone Hill, Sellindge Shot down by Anti-Aircraft gun fire 3 serious, 3 slight casualties: all removed to Willesborough Hospital. 2 houses partially demolished. Large number of other houses damaged, 3 of which were temporarily evacuated.

34

07 August 1944

0725 am

Priory Lane, Monks Horton Shot down by fighter No casualties. Slight damage to several houses

35

07 August 1944

0745 am

Clover field, Little Pett Bottom, Elmsted. Shot down by fighter No casualties. Damage to about 4 houses, including Little Pett Bottom and houses on Whatsole Street.

36

07 August 1944

0806 am

Reinden Wood, Hawkinge Shot down by Anti-Aircraft gun fire No casualties. Slight damage to about 4 RAF Wooden huts

37

10 August 1944

1745 pm

Lympne Park Wood Shot down by Anti-Aircraft gun fire & exploded on ground 2 slight Military Casualties. Damage to several properties, including the Castle Stores.

38

10 August 1944

2105 pm

The Firs Farm, Hawkinge Shot down by Anti-Aircraft gunfire No Casualties or damage. 2 dwellings (7 people) evacuated and several minor roads closed.

39

11 August 1944

0731 am

Beerforstal Farm, Elham Shot down by Anti-Aircraft gunfire Two slight casualties. Beerforstal Farm House & Barn, ceiling, roof & 1 wall. Wick Farm roof. Water Pumping Station roof.

40

12 August 1944

0315 am

Mid-air over Aldergate Wood, Lympne Shot down by Anti-Aircraft gunfire No casualties or damage.

41

15 August 1944

0420 am

Rear of Mount Pleasant Farm, Stanford Shot down by Anti-Aircraft gunfire No Casualties. Damage to Farm & several other houses. 6 sheep killed.

42

15 August 1944

0430 am

North of Winter Down Farm, Acrise Shot down by Anti-Aircraft gunfire No casualties. Damage to farm buildings & 3 houses

43

16 August 1944

0840 am

Near Gills Poultry Farm, Newingreen Exploded in mid-air by Anti-Aircraft gunfire No Casualties. Considerable damage to houses in vicinity- mainly tiles dislodged, windows broken and ceilings down. Approx 12 houses.

44

16 August 1944

0938 am

Near Grove Farm, Arpinge Newington MR:633564 C.C. Fly exploded in mid-air by Anti-Aircraft gunfire No casualties. Considerable damage to Grove Farm- tiles, windows etc. Several other houses damaged

45

16 August 1944

0710 am

Mid-air over small wood on Dane Farm, Hawkinge Exploded in mid-air by Anti-Aircraft gunfire No Casualties. Slight damage to 4 houses. Dane Farm Considerably damaged.

46

16 August 1944

1739 pm

200 yards South East of Postling Church, bomb fell in 2 pieces. The propelling unit approx 1½ miles away towards the Farthing, War head near Postling Church. Shot down by Anti-Aircraft gunfire 2 slight Casualties. Extensive damage to property, necessitating the evacuation of 3 families.

47

16 August 1944

2058 pm

Mid-air over Pean MR:62.56 Newington Exploded in air by Anti-Aircraft gunfire No Casualties. Number of houses damaged - mainly tiles and widnows

48

16 August 1944

1830 pm

Magpie Bottom, Reinden Wood, Hawkinge Shot down by Anti-Aircraft gunfire No Casualties or damage

49

17 August 1944

1319 pm

Standard Hill Farm, Elham Shot down by Anti-Aircraft gunfire No Casualties. Slight damage to 2 houses. Minor road partially blocked

50

19 August 1944

0641 am

War-head in Stowting Rough Wood MR:571.614, Fuselage in West Wood, Lyminge MR:575.614 Shot down by Anti-Aircraft gunfire No Casualties and no damage. Crater 31 feet x 11 feet. Excellent specimens of Compass, Gyroscope etc picked up in West wood, which detached themselves before war head exploded.

51

22 August 1944

0732 am

C.C. Fly, Winterdown Farm,Elham MR:642.621 Probably shot down by Anti-Aircraft gunfire No Casualties. Farm House damaged.

52

23 August 1944

0820 am

Ridge Row Acrise MR:643.598 Shot down by Anti-Aircraft gunfire very small crater. One woman slightly injured (bruises) Approx 30 houses slightly damaged, 2 severely. 7 occupants evacuated. Road slightly damaged. Telephone wires cut.

53

23 August 1944

0820 am

In trees Ottinge Court, Elham MR:607.602 Shot down by fighter. C.C. Fly. No crater No Casualties. Elham Valley Rail line covered with debris. About 20 houses and farm buildings damaged, including Ottinge Court, Gammon's Farm.

54

23 August 1944

0900 am

Cornfield behind Institution, Etchinghill, Lyminge MR:599.572 Shot down by Anti-Aircraft gunfire Crater 15 feet x 10 feet. No Casualties. About 20 houses damaged, 3 in Westfield Lane badly. No evacuation.

55

24 August 1944

0625 am

Cuckoo Lane, Postling MR:589.566 Shot down by Anti-Aircraft gunfire. C.C. Fly. Crater 20 feet x 10 feet No Casualties. Slight damage to houses. Road blocked by trees, Telephone wires cut.

56

24 August 1944

1815 pm

Evington Lease, Elmstedn MR:539.635 Shot down by fighter No Casualties. Damage to about 20 houses, including some in Ashford area. Evington Lease badly damaged. No evacuation necessary.

57

24 August 1944

1841 pm

Mid-air over White Hall Farm, Paddlesworth MR:637.577 Exploded in air by Anti-Aircraft gunfire No casualties. Slight damage to 3 houses, including White Hall Farm, and the Red Lion.

58

24 August 1944

1943 pm

Gaylees Farm, Stelling Minnis, MR:577.650 Damaged by Anti-Aircraft gunfire and crashed. Crater 10 feet x 9 feet. 2 Slight Casualties. Slight damage to about 15 houses.

59

29 August 1944

1656 pm

Fir Tree Farm, Rhodes Minnis, Elham MR:593.613 Damaged by Anti-Aircraft gunfire and crashed. C.C. Fly. 1 slight Casualty. Extensive damage to Fir Tree Farm. Slight damage to several others.

60

30 August 1944

0823 am

Whatsole Street Farm, Elmsted MR:555.624 Damaged by Anti-Aircraft gunfire and crashed. Crater 12 feet by 3 feet. C.C. Fly. No 701303 No Casualties. 1 sheep injured. Extensive damage to 3 small holdings and farm buildings. No evacuation necessary. Slight damage to 3 or 4 houses.

61

31 August 1944

0546 am

Methodist Church and Hall, Church Road, Lymnge MR:601.593 Damaged by Anti-Aircraft gunfire and crashed. C.C. Fly. 9 Slight Casualties. No hospital cases. Church and Hall destroyed by fire. About 150 houses damaged: some serously. 7 families evacuated. Emergency feeding for about 50 people. Rest Centre opened for 2 families.

62

31 August 1944

0840 am

Sir W. Wayland's house, Hempton Lodge, Monks Horton. MR:571.584 Shot down by Anti-Aircraft gunfire 3 Slight Casualties. Extensive damage to 2 houses, including Hempton Lodge, slight damage to several others.

 

Types of bomb dropped in the area. (dated 14 November 2014)