This V2 Rocket venturi (engine) was recovered from Sugden Avenue, Wickford, in August 1984, when waterboard workers were clearing the site. The venturi lay buried shallow beside a fence on rough ground which Mr.Myers was having cleared with the aim of having a new property built. This item is usually all you ever find after a rocket attack. Made of a very heavy gauge steel, they are a large imposing reminder of the destruction they caused.
Unfortunately these pictures are not of the normal quality, due to the fact that there was no press called at the time, but they did get wind of it and called round to borrow my pics, which they then promptly lost and I only got them back when I exploded at them. Then when the papers came out they had only printed the story because they had at the time lost my pictures. The black and white I shot on 35mm, the colour on a poor quality instamatic. But they’re still a record of the event.
Editors’ note. Wickford Community Archive strive not to loose original photos as we cannot store them. You can visit our drop-in mornings at Wickford Library where we will scan photographs and documents while you wait, and you can take them away.