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Re: Here is some interesting footage....
They were lucky to get away with that. The gyros on the V2s would go haywire on any movement on launch or shortly before. German procedure was to re align the system after transport from the factory to the staging area and do a second re alignment shortly before launch. They still managed to hit quite a few objects - and civilians living in them- shortly after launch. Both of my parents were living as 10 year olds near the V2 launch sites around The Hague and both of them remember the typical sound of the rocket engine vanes overcorrecting. That sound meant 'run for cover and hope for the best'. The sound would stop and one would hear a massive 'bang'. For V1s the scary thing was the engine stopping shortly after launch. You would never know where it would come down.
I know people who knew the project officer for this (CAPT. Pliny Holt USN). The V2 guidance system was designed for a stable launch platform, aka "land", not something moving. Holt specified launch speed of zero or close to that. The carrier captain overruled that and ordered up some speed intending to get out from under the V2. The moving launch platform exceeded the guidance system limits, but it was able to recover.
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