Flying Bomb and Rocket Development The V-1 and V-2 were developed at Peenemunde, on the island of Usedom on Germany's Baltic Sea coast. The Luftwaffe and German army shared this research site, which was ideally suited to secret rocket and flying bomb testing because it was isolated, flat, and had plenty of room for flight testing without endangering inhabited areas. In the summer of 1943, Allied reconnaissance discovered rockets at Peenemunde. Soon after, bombing raids slowed German work there and forced them to move manufacturing elsewhere. Click here to return to the German V-Weapons Overview. Find Out More Related Fact Sheets Republic/Ford JB-2 Loon (V-1 Buzz Bomb) V-2 with Meillerwagen Note: The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the National Museum of the USAF, the U.S. Air Force, or the Department of Defense, of the external website, or the information, products or services contained therein.