Exhibit of the Week: V1 flying bomb gyroscope, Eden Camp Museum, Malton
The noise produced by the German V1 Flying Bomb was familiar to many of the urban British population by the end of World War II. The distinctive buzzing sound inspired the nicknames ‘Buzzbomb’ and ‘Doodlebug’, and served as a warning of incoming destruction. The V1 was an effective weapon; an early form of unmanned cruise missile, which was guided by a gyroscopic automatic pilot, utilising a total of three gyroscopes to guide it to its intended target. Eden Camp is now home to a V1 gyroscope, following a recent donation.