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The Flip

‘The Flip’

A Mk 14 Spitfire, MV268, getting ready to flip a V1 flying bomb onto its back.

Towards the end of the dark days of World War Two, Germany launched the first of its vengeance weapons against Britain, the V1 flying Bomb. As well as Anti-Aircraft guns shooting them down, the RAF developed 2 methods of destroying the V1s. They either got very close and shot them down, often damaging their own aircraft, or some pilots used their wing to flip over the V1 causing it to plunge to the ground. Both methods were difficult as the Spitfire could only just match the speed of the V1.