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The V-1 flying bomb that fell on a Hampshire village

A village in Hampshire is remembering the moment a German V-1 rocket killed six people there 75 years ago.

Many more were injured in the blast in Goodworth Clatford, near Andover, on 15th July 1944.

  • WATCH: Jean Bray remembers what happened

The first thing I remember is a big mirror falling on top of me because of the blast from the bomb."

– Jean Bray

Jean Bray was eight years old, asleep at home with her family, when the bomb fell.

  • WATCH: John Roberts recalls the aftermath of the explosion

I remember we had to take the mattresses down to the Clatford club."

– John Roberts

John Roberts was three at the time it happened.

He'd moved to the village with his family just a few days earlier to escape the bombing in London.

The old Royal Oak pub was destroyed in the explosion.

Many properties had to be demolished and replaced after the war because of the damage.

There is still mystery surrounding why such a quiet village ended up a target.

  • WATCH: Local historian Paul Beaver explains why the village might have been hit

I don't think the Germans were targeting Goodworth Clatford on purpose."

– Paul Beaver
  • What was a V-1?
The V1 was an early form of cruise missile.

The V-1 was an unmanned flying bomb, using an internal gyroscope navigation system that could be programmed to hit a specific target.

It was known by many as the "Doodlebug" because of the buzzing noise made by its pulse jet engine.

It was launched from bases in Northern France to target mainland Britain, and it proved highly effective.

More than 10,000 were launched between June 1944 and the end of the war, resulting in more than 24,000 casualties.

On the night that Goodworth Clatford was hit, another V-1 landed on Portsmouth.

That bomb killed 15 people and injured more than 80.

  • WATCH: Richard Jones reports on the anniversary