German experiments with V-2 rocket 

From June 13. 1942 till February 19.1945, 282 experimental flight tests realized at Peenemuende. 175 rockets were fired from P-7, 46 from P-10 and from Oie 28 rockets were fired for maximum vertical heigth. 117 rockets were made in Mittelwerk, others at Peenemuende.

Next figures are based on book of Willy Ley: Rockets, Missiles and Space Travel.

1942

No. Date Burning time /s Range /km Remarks
2 June 13 36 1.3 rolled, unstable
3 Aug. 16 45 8.7 nose broke off
4 Oct. 3 58 190 too steep; success
5 Oct. 21 84 147 steam generator misbehaved
6 Nov. 9 54 14 vertical, height 67 km
7 Nov. 28 37 8.6 tumbled, lost vanes
9 Dec. 12 4 0.1 hydrogen peroxide explosion

1943

No. Date Burning time /s Range /km Remarks
10 Jan. 7 - 0 explosion on ignition
11 Jan. 25 64.5 105 too steep, rolled
12 Feb. 17 61 196 too shallow
13 Feb. 19 18 4.8 fire in tail
16 March 3 33 1.0 vertical; explosion
18 March 18 60 133 too steep, rotated
19 March 25 28 1.2 tumbled, exploded
20 April 14 66 287 fell on land
21 April 22 59 252 fell on land
22 May 14 62 250 cut-off switch failed
26 May 26 66.5 265 -
25 May 26 40 27 Brennschluss at 40s
24 May 27 55 138 -
23 June 1 62 235 premature Brennschluss
29 June 11 63.5 238 -
31 June 16 60.5 221 premature Brennschluss
28 June 22 62.5 75 exploded after 75s
30 June 24 65.1 287 cut-off switch failed
36 June 26 64.9 235 -
38 June 29 15 3 fell on airport
40 June 29 63.6 236 impact not observed
33 July 1 - - Brennschluss at take-off, exploded
41 July 9 4 0.1 fell on pump building
34 July 9 - - Brennschluss at take-off, exploded

    Numbers of rockets are their production numbers. Rockets 1 to 6 weighed about 1 ton more than later A-4. No.8 was used for crew training; nos. 14,15,17 were stored in the open for more than a year with tarpaulin covers only to test for storability; they were fired after 1943. Nos. 27,32,37 and 39 had various experimental equipment for development purpose.

    No.1 was used as a mock-up (Ley) but first prototype exploded during static firing test.

    First rockets (during 1942) had rather complicated "chess" camouflage with 9 B&W chess fields in tail section and white horizontal band on black field in space between two others vanes. From the opposite side of view  has tail section inverse color scheme.

 

Experiments in Blizna (Poland) started on the November 11. 1943 and came to end at the end of July 1944. 139 rockets were fired in sum. Next figures are from book of M. Wojewˇdzki: Akce V-1 a V-2.

Flight Date Hour Long flight Short flight (failure)
1 25.11.43 2.00 - Niwisk course Kobuszowa
2 5.12.43 2.00 - -
3 5.1.44 2.00 - -
4 6.1.44 2.00 Sandomierze -
5 6.1.44 2.00 Czestochowa -
6 - - Czestochowa -
7 17.1.44 10.35 (?) -
8 29.1.44 22.30 - Blizna
9 16.2.44 15.50 (?) -
10 17.2.44 10.20 (?) -
11 19.2.44 21.00 (?) -
12 23.2.44 13.50 - -
13 26.2.44 15.20 - Near Blizna course Trzesnia
14 2.3.44 15.00 west course -
15 4.3.44 16.30 - Niwisko
16 5.3.44 16.00 - Niwisko
17 6.3.44 1.30 - Niwisko
18 6.3.44 16.30 - Niwisko
19 17.3.44 11.30 - Niwisko
20 18.3.44 12.00 - Niwisko
21 20.3.44 18.00 south-east course -
22 21.3.44 16.30 south-east course -
23 25.3.44 2.00 - -
24 31.3.44 23.50 - Niwisko
25 1.4.44 - - -
26 2.4.44 - (?) -
27 4.4.44 - - -
28 6.4.44 - -  Stawy-Kolbuszowa

 Thenceforth between 15.-17.4 1944 two rockets fell near Stalowa Wola, 21.4.1944 two near Kozienic. From 20.4 till 7.5 in area of Platerˇw, Sarnaki and especially around Mečienin-Ogroniki (Losice county) explosions of 19 rockets espied. During July lot of rockets were fired in direction of Wlodawa and BrzeťŠ. They fell in Rejowec area. But the main aim point was Sarnaki village. From April till May about 60 rockets were fired.