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V1 Crater, Combs Moss

The remains of the impact of a German V1 flying bomb which hit Combs Moss on Christmas Eve 1944.


That morning 45 V1s were released from Heinkels approaching the east coast of England. The target was Manchester but the bombs were wildly inaccurate and only one landed in Manchester itself. Sadly several of the bombs did cause casualties in Oldham, Bury and at a farm at Godley near Hyde. In all 37 people died in the raid. It was the only V1 attack on the north of England.


This bomb fell eighteen miles short of its target.


Location:SK 06177 77912

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Taken on November 13, 2010