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 Post subject: Rainham V1 damage
PostPosted: 10 Sep 2015, 19:19 
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Saw this photo on a display board at the RE Museum at Chatham last week.
Anyone know any detail of the crane?


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 Post subject: Re: Rainham V1 damage
PostPosted: 14 Sep 2015, 15:24 
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Either S1560 or S1561, the two cranes supplied to the SR from the first batch of 6 R&R 45-tonners. I will see if I can find out more when I'm back home.


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 Post subject: Re: Rainham V1 damage
PostPosted: 15 Sep 2015, 00:06 
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Not 1560 or 61 Roger. The Cylinders in the photo are horizontal, and the handwheel for the brake or clutch is too close to the end. I would suggest it is one of the R&R 36t cranes supplied just before the war.
Possibly 1197S from Bricklayers Arms?


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 Post subject: Re: Rainham V1 damage
PostPosted: 16 Sep 2015, 19:03 
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Good call, 1196 or 1197 then!


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 Post subject: Re: Rainham V1 damage
PostPosted: 16 Sep 2015, 23:28 
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I've done a little more research on this and it is quite an interesting incident. The accident happened on the 16th of August 1944 and was caused by the explosion of a V1 flying bomb which detonated some 20 seconds before the train arrived making a catastrophe inevitable. What was remarkable was that the bomb had been shot down by an RAF fighter pilot, who watched the unfolding tragedy with horror.

There are several articles on-line worthy of a quick read. This one has a much better reproduction of the photo, showing the crane much more clearly.

The following are also of some interest:

http://www.historicmedway.co.uk/disaste ... _crash.htm
http://h2g2.com/entry/A47650304/convers ... 5/T6339724
http://www.information-britain.co.uk/fa ... hp?id=1546
http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index ... 41.20;wap2

Quoting from the last link '... this V1 was officially shot down at 16.45 hours by Flt Lt John Malloy RCAF, of 274 Sqn (based at West Malling) in a Tempest V ... ...Malloy confirmed, in his report, that he tipped the V1 off balance with his wing tip, having chased the V1 at 2000 feet from Dover. "It crashed on the railway line near Rainham."'

The location of the incident (the Kent Rainham, not the Essex Rainham) makes it more likely that 1197S from Bricklayers Arms would attend, rather than 1196S from Nine Elms, so unless evidence to the contrary comes to light I agree that 1197S is the likely candidate.


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