At 18:43, on 8th of September 1944 a gas main in Staveley Road, Chiswick exploded. The explosion destroyed 11 houses, killed three people and injured a further 27 people. Or at least that was what the news reported. In truth it was the first V-2 rocket to strike London. It had been fired by the 485th Rocket Battery from near the Hague in Holland. The Allies had since 1943 been conducting Operation Crossbow, an attempt to counter the V weapons programs.
On February 14th a flight of six Spitfires set off from Coltishall Airfield. The Spitfires were armed with a mixture of 500 lb and 250 lb bombs, as well as their cannons. This flight was lead by Raymond Baxter, who later became a famous BBC presenter. When they arrived over the Dutch coast they knew exactly where they were going, as they'd flown to this areas many times before. As they approached the area they were to sweep, at 8000 feet, German heavy flak opened up at them. The flak stood little chance as the flight carried on switching its heading, feeling faintly pleased when the flak bursts continued along the path they'd just turned off.
One plan was to have AA fire box Barrages along the flight path of V2's detected by Radar. It was never implemented.