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146. Collier, Defence of the UK, p. 411. 147. Dean, ‘The UK’s First BMEWS’, p. 32. 148. , p. 33. 149. AIR 20/2647 SHAEF S-65726 Nov 061945A. 150. AIR 20/2647 Loose Minute by Director of Operations (Air Defence) dated 15 November 1944. In this note D. of Ops (AD) expressly contradicts Sandys’s statement in COS(44)967(O) 13 November 1944 that the transfer of these radars would prevent adequate warnings being given, on the grounds that this was not possible anyway. 151. AIR 20/2653 AAC/40217/96/G, Engagement of Long Range Rockets with AA Gunfire, 20 March 1945.
227. 132. Collier, Battle of the V-Weapons, p. 112. 133. COS(43)184(O). 134. Dean, ‘The UK’s First BMEWS’, p. 30. 135. AIR 20/2650, Minutes of a Meeting to Consider Rocket Counter-Measures Held at the Air Ministry, 9 September 1944. 136. DEFE 5/77 COS(57)195, Report by Working Party Considering Action against Ground to Ground Missiles, 2 September 1957, p. 10. 137. , p. 10. 138. Dean, ‘The UK’s First BMEWS’, p. 31. The wartime V-2 Experience 31 139. Jack Gough, Watching the Skies: The History of Ground Radar in the Air Defence of the United Kingdom (London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1993), p.
132 The radar watch for rockets was supplemented by Royal Artillery counter-battery flash-spotting and sound-ranging techniques. As early as April 1943 General Nye’s report on the long-range rocket133 recommended the use of flash spotting to detect expected V-2 ‘ranging-shots’ (following the artillery analogy). By August 1944 11th Survey Regiment, based at Canterbury, was integrated with the various radar stations in providing rocket data to Stanmore. 136 The tasking of Bawdsey on the east coast for rocket-watching was fortuitous, for the first two V-2s launched on 8 September were fired, not from northern France as previously anticipated, but from the Netherlands.