Nazis Hurl New V-2; "Plan" V-3 Against US
The month saw England, as well as Allied positions on the Continent, hit by a newer German revenge weapon, this time the V-2 14-ton true rocket calculated to travel at supersonic speeds, making its approach inaudible. Estimates put the velocity of this projectile at 1,200 mph in a fall from a peak altitude of some 50 mi.

Reports at this writing indicate V-2 is probably 22 feet long and several feet in max diameter, carrying about 1 ton of explosive at maximum range, and is radio controlled for some time after launching. Eyewitness reports of actual firing tell of many bad starts and control difficulties, a habit in which V-2 bears similarity to V-1. V-2's high speed is stated to result in deeper craters and accordingly less ground range of explosive damage than V-1.

While exulting over V-2, the Germans also announced that America's East Coast would soon be the target for a still-newer V-3 rocket weapon. But rocket experts in this country have estimated that such a projectile would have to weigh some 2,500 tons to carry 1 ton of explosive for the 3,000 mi, and further that it would cost an exorbitant price gauged in millions of dollars. However, Germany might hit this country with some V-type weapon, using submarines as launching platforms, or such surface vessels as the Westfalen catapult ship, which incidentally was recently sunk by the British.


Nazis have equipped their FW-190s with a device to eject the pilot from his cockpit in emergencies or after ramming an Allied craft, a stunt becoming a specialty with some squadrons.


Germany's twin-jet Me-262 is very similar in appearance to Bell's P-59 Airacomet, except that the Me-262's jet units are set farther out on the center section. Armament on the Nazi craft comprises four 30-mm cannon of a new type.


These news clips were originally published in the "Aviation Abroad" column in the January, 1945, issue of Aviation magazine, vol 44, no 1, p 217.
Fw-190 and Me-262 mentions were in the "International Briefs" section.

Note: These news clips show rather vividly the dangers in relying on contemporary sources for information. The V-3 weapon was the staged-propulsion gun intended to bombard London from France. The Project Amerika rocket program was the A-9/A-10 development path (V-2 was the A-4 rocket.)
And I cannot imagine anyone who having seen them both would say the Me-262 and the P-59 looked alike. The Me-262's engines were carried in underwing nacelles midway on swept wings, while those of the P-59 were buried in the wing roots under nearly straight wings. Perhaps the writer's ideas of similarity were different from those of later times. —JLM