A marker on the ground behind the "V". It reads
The Buzz Bomb
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
At the time this V-1 was emplaced, I'm sure it seemed likely that there were
only two V-1s remaining in the United States: J. Frank Durham, who arranged
for this V-1 to be transferred to Greencastle, oversaw the destruction of other
captured German V-1s and architected an act of Congress in order to transfer
the weapon. However, there are several other V-1s on display in the United
States (although some of these "V-1s" are actually U.S.-built JB-2 Loons).