THE APHRODITE PROGRAM
In early 1944, US and British intelligence sources revealed
that Hitler was planning to launch secret weapons on
Britain. These weapons were later revealed to be the “V-1
Buzz bomb,” a radio controlled flying bomb, the “V-2
Rocket” and a long range high powered gun with explosive
shells, all aimed at London. To counter this threat the
British developed the 20,000 pound “Tallboy bomb” for
dropping on submarine pens and the launch sites for the
V-1, V-2 and the long range guns, on the coast across the
channel from England. The US Army Air Force Project
Aphrodite was formed in June, 1944 to counter these
threats. Targets selected were invulnerable to conventional
bombs because of thick reinforced concrete emplacements.
These targets were: submarine pens on Heligoland, V-1
and V-2 sites and a long gun at Watten, Wizerns and
Siracount and Mimoyecques, France. Two other targets
were attacked, the marshalling yards at Herford, Germany
and the power station at Oldenburg, Germany.
Lacking Germany’s rocket technology the US answer was
hastily improvised, crude and, in the end, an almost total
failure. It did result, however, in a story which is exciting,
tragic, often amusing and shrouded in mystery.
A couple of participants in the Aphrodite program were
Technical Sergeant Elmer Most, a C-1 Autopilot specialist
from the 100th Bomb Group and Lieutenant Charles L.
Shinault from the 96th Bomb Group who brought this once
top secret program to my attention. It should be noted that
participation in the Aphrodite program was voluntary and
crews would be recruited from various Groups...
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