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However on Christmas Eve 1944, 45 Doodlebugs were launched off the Yorkshire coast from beneath Heinkel He111 bombers flying over the North Sea. The bombers released the V1s aimed at Manchester, then turned back to base. Many of the missiles landed harmlessly; the worst was at Abbey Hills Road in Oldham where 27 people were killed.
45 V1s were launched in total. 31 crossed the Yorkshire coast, while 14 fell in the North Sea. Only 7 fell within the built up area of what is now Greater Manchester, and only 1 missile (out of 45) fell within the Civil Defence Area for Manchester (that one was at Didsbury). It was the furthest north V1s were ever used. 42 people were killed in the attack. 109 were injured, of which 51 people were seriously injured. The V1s were launched between 0500 and 0600 on the morning of Christmas Eve 1944. It took about 30 minutes from launch to the missiles falling to earth. Typically buildings were damaged up to a mile away. The missiles could not be guided with accuracy, hence they came down in fields, on the moors as well as in towns. Sometimes they would turn round or spiral down. A few of the Doodlebugs were well off target, one landing near Chester, one as far north as County Durham while another came down at Woodford in Northamptonshire. 1 of the attacking Heinkel 111s was shot down over the North Sea by Mosquito TA 389 while another was damaged by Mosquito HK 247 and crash landed at Leck in Germany, killing one of the crew.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Blackfinger
The AGM-86B can be launched from over a thousand miles out. Unless they have an OTH radar setup they'll never see it coming until the missiles are detected.
If they were to use Tomahawks that would be even farther out. There's no reason this wouldn't work.