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Remato commentary

Correspondent Stephen Remato offers the following commentary regarding 470.18 "[ . . . ] out the eye at tower's summit [ . . . ]": " "This reference "must" be to Rocket 00000, with Gottfried's little window cut into the top of it, according to SW. However, Horst Achtfaden, under interrogation aboard the Rucksichtslos, states that the Schwarzgerat was installed in the tail section. He cannot recall station numbers, which would provide a precise location, but he gives enough information to give us a good idea. "Horst says that the S-gerat was "in the tail section", that it was "asymmetrical about the longitudinal axis. Towards Vane III". This tells us that Gottfried was installed sideways in relation to the skin of the rocket, as opposed to facing outwards, and installed between two of the tail fins with his back to vane III; if he had his back to vane III, he was either between fins II and III facing left, or between fins III and IV facing right. "As a further indication of Gottfried's location as V2 passenger, in the section "Pre-Launch" his limbs are said to "writhe among" (inter alia) live steam lines, compressed air battery, exhaust elbow, decomposer; none of these could be described as being in the nose, or anywhere but the tail section."

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