July 31, 2002


Flight Officer Constance Badington-Smith of the British Auxiliary
Air Force, whose sharp eyes are credited with delaying Germany's
V-Weapon offensive, was presented with the U.S. Army's Legion
of Merit award by General Ira Eaker on February 9, 1946. Owing to
her stellar photo-interpretation skills, her discovery set back
the Nazi rocket offensive for six months when she correctly
interpreted a microscopic smudge on an aerial photo as a
previously unknown weapon (later determined to be
a German V-weapon) (Harris Ewing News photo).