In June 1944 Newchurch ALG was tasked with the defence against the new threat of the V1 flying bomb, the Doodlebug.
Launched from Northern France, these unmanned flying bombs were literally pointed in the direction of London, with just enough fuel to reach the city.
They flew at about 350mph at between 2500 and 3000ft. At the start, the new Hawker Tempest MkV was the only effective interception aircraft in service and then only 30 were available. These were gathered together to equip 2 Tempest squadrons; 3 (Fighter) and 486 (New Zealand) operating from Newchurch under the command of W/Cmr Roland Beamont. They were joined by the Tempests of the Fighter Interception Unit (501 Squadron) and assisted by the Spitfires and Typhoons of 56 Squadron, also at Newchurch, until they in turn were re-equipped with Tempests in July.
Flight sergeant Rose who shot down the first flying bomb in daylight,
draws a sketch on the blackboard for the Intelligence Officer and other pilots IWM CH 13428
The Royal Airforce Film Production Unit made this film "In Defence of Britain" about the VI flying bomb and the measures taken to combat it including coastal guns, barrage balloons and fighter aircraft interception. It is just under 8 1/2 minutes long.
This is an extract of the full film showing the Fighter Interception operations in the V1 campaign. Newchurch was the mainstay of the fighter effort and much of the footage was taken at the airfield. It is just under 2 minutes long.