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Greencastle in Putnam County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Buzz Bomb

 
 
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By Christopher Light, October 31, 2006
1. The Buzz Bomb Marker
Inscription. This war machine is a German built V-1, commonly known as a "Buzz Bomb." Adolf Hitler unleashed the V-1, precursor of the cruise missile, against London in 1944. It was a new German weapon, literally a "flying bomb." Officially it was simply FZG-76. The pilotless anti-aircraft designation was a ruse to throw allied spies off track. In Britain, it was known as the "doodlebug." This is one of two "Buzz Bombs" in the United States. The other is in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. It is intended as a memorial to those who lost their lives in World War II from Putnam county.
 
Location. 39° 38.65′ N, 86° 51.911′ W. Marker is in Greencastle, Indiana, in Putnam County. Marker is at the intersection of West Washington Street (U.S. 231) and North Jackson Street on West Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greencastle IN 46135, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. World War II War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Putnam County World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Korean and Vietnam War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Eitel's Flowers (about
V-1 image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, October 31, 2006
2. V-1
500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Julian Family Home (about 500 feet away); Percy Lavon Julian (1899--1975 ) (about 500 feet away); Cannon's Men's Wear 1891 -- 1985 (about 500 feet away); Eli Lilly & The Civil War (1861–1865 ) (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greencastle.
 
Also see . . .
1. German V 1 Flying Bomb. Additional background information about the Buzz Bomb. (Submitted on March 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. More Buzz Bombs?. A group of aviation restoration experts at Virginia Beach, Virginia have reproduced a V-1, to include functional engine and homing device. (Submitted on March 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Virtual Tour ( Courtesy - - Indiana Government web page). (Submitted on February 14, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
 
Categories. War, World II
 
V-1 image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, October 31, 2006
3. V-1
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 21, 2008, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,302 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 21, 2008, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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