About this event

  • Date and time Thu 20 Feb 2020 from 10:45am to 3:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Retired Fellows Society

Hear Tony Davies describe the German V1 ‘flying bomb’ of WW2, illustrated with many photos and diagrams to explain its method of operation, its guidance and control and its purpose and effect. It was a small pilotless jet aircraft which could be characterised in modern terminology as a Cruise Missile, since its role was to fly to a specified location in enemy territory and explode. It was not for use against specific targets, but to cause general destruction, and, particularly, intended to create fear in the civilian population (e.g. it could also be classified as a ‘terrorist weapon’). It was one of three novel weapons which Adolf Hitler believed would finally achieve victory against the Allies following the evident failure of the German Air, Sea and Land warfare to achieve this.  Because of his peculiar ‘racist’ views he believed that these weapons would be successful against the British but not against the Slavonic people, so he never proposed using them against the Russians.

Tony Davies

Born in Rainham, Kent in 1936, Tony Davies has a 1st Class Honours B.Sc(Eng) in Electrical Engineering from Southampton University, MPhil from University of London and PhD from City University London. He completed military service in REME, becoming a Leading Artisan Sergeant, and worked for the General Electric Co. (Telecommunications) in Coventry, then becoming a Lecturer, then Reader in Electronic Engineering then Professor and Director of the Centre for Information Engineering at City University London.  He then moved to the Department of Electronic Engineering, King’s College London. He was awarded the title ‘Emeritus Professor’ at King’s College London on retirement in 1999 and has since then been Visiting Professor at Kingston University in Surrey. 



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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Julian Axe, Honorary Treasurer, Retired Fellows Society, Royal Society of Medicine

The V1 ‘flying bomb’ of World War Two

Dr Anthony C Davies, Emeritus Professor, King’s College London

Close of meeting followed by lunch

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