In 1944, the first German V-1 "buzz bomb" hit London.
Which is less a random thought than you might think. My Mom is English, and actually grew up in the Ealing district of London up until she married my Dad, who was in the Canadian Air Force, attached to the R.A.F. Legend has it they met in an underground (subway) station during an air raid. Anyway, previous to that, my Mom was actually hit in the leg by shrapnel from a buzz bomb that exploded in her neighborhood. When I was growing up, I remember being able to see the scar on the back of her leg - not large, but still visible.