An Aphrodite assault drone at takeoff from a relatively remote airfield in Norfolk, England. The drone carried a payload of 30,000 lb of Torpex, an explosive that was 50 percent more powerful than TNT by mass. Drones required a pilot and a co-pilot because the remote control system was insufficient for safe takeoff.
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The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...
Military site : airfield
Originally named Winfarthing when the site was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, it was renamed Fersfield when built for the Eighth Air Force 1943-44. USAAF and US Navy projects 'Aphrodite' 'Batty' and 'Anvil' (attempts to develop and use...