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Incoming V1 “flying bomb”
LONDON – With Nazi “flying bombs” raining down on the nation’s capital and largest population center, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill made a fateful and agonizing decision to use a double agent to redirect the missiles toward the Jewish sector of the city, secret MI6 files reveal for the first time.
On June 14, 1944, Churchill gathered his top military advisers, including John Cecil Masterman, who ran the double-agents – spies recruited by the Nazis and sent to England only to be “turned” by the intelligence service to work for Britain.
Among the most daring recruits was Eddie Chapman, a Londoner who before the war had led a devil-may-care life as a safe cracker. He had fled to Jersey to avoid arrest for his latest crime – only to arrive there at the time the Germans invaded the island.
On that June night, the Air Ministry analysts had calculated the flying bombs, or doodlebugs, as they would be called, would continue to be aimed at Central London – at the Air Ministry headquarters in Kingsway and on Whitehall.
The still secret minutes of that June meeting show Churchill’s question to Masterman was blunt. Could one of his double-agents successfully feed information to the German doodlebug controllers which would make the technicians at the rocket launch sites adjust the target coordinates?
Churchill surveying bomb damage
To move the coordinates too far from central London would arouse immediate suspicion among the Germans.
“The credibility of a double agent would be compromised,” Masterman explained.
But if the German technicians at the launch sites could be persuaded to shorten their ranges in the belief they were over-shooting the original target, it would make a significant difference.
It would mean the rockets would fall on an already battered East End of the city and the countryside beyond, which had so far largely escaped death and destruction.
Was Churchill ready to dramatically reduce the threat to central London – the seat of government – by approving a plan which, if it became public, would have enormous political repercussions for allowing one part of the city to be spared and another area sacrificed?
The eastern part of the city had a large Jewish population of tailors, shirt and shoemakers, pastry cooks and their families. Already Churchill and his air chiefs had so far refused to direct Royal Air Force Lancaster bombers to target the gas chambers in the concentration camps along their routes to destroy German cities. A secret Cabinet decision had been taken that the camps were not a priority target.
If they learned of it, would British Jews see the decision to divert the doodlebugs as another example of what they regarded as indifference to the fate of their relations in Auschwitz, Dachau and Belsen-Bergen, whose liberation had begun to unmask the first horrors of the Holocaust?
Documents stored in MI6’s Y-Files – the most secret of all its millions of files in its registry – reveal for the first time that Churchill authorized the doodlebug deception to proceed. Masterman assigned Eddie Chapman to carry it out.
Churchill surveying bomb damage
“I began to transmit false target coordinates,” Chapman told G2B.
The urgency of his mission intensified daily. On July 1, 1944, Chapman had sent his first radio message to his Abwehr controller, insisting the rockets “are still overshooting their targets.”
The next silos of doodlebugs began to fall short, plummeting into the east of the city and the farmland beyond. Chapman was exultant.
“The deception was a very real triumph, saving many thousands of lives,” he said later.
Chapman’s messages to his controller ended up in the MI6 Y-Files, their existence unknown until now. They contain evidence that Churchill had been only too well aware he would have to sacrifice the inhabitants of the East End – whose bravery had impressed the Queen Mother to call it “my personal symbol of courage.”
Hitler’s campaign ended in August 1944. The doodlebugs had killed 6,184 people. In one of the documents in the Y-Files, Masterman noted: “This was one of the most difficult decisions Winston Churchill made.”