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strangford

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%$#@ Zeppelins!
« on: November 06, 2010, 09:02:36 pm »
Zeppelin sightings go here.

6 March 1916 - Sheerness @ No. 9 buoy.
01:47 Sighted Zeppelin passing overhead steering SE.  Range 7000 ft.  Manned aerial guns.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-53878/ADM%2053-53878-006_0.jpg
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cyzaki

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Re: %$#@ Zeppelins!
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2010, 09:06:16 pm »
Ack-ack-ack-ack!

Did they get it?

Jessica Bergholz

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Re: %$#@ Zeppelins!
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2010, 05:16:01 pm »
HMS Fearless engaged a zeppelin as well - June 1, 1916 during the Battle of Jutland.  No word on whether they were successful...

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Re: %$#@ Zeppelins!
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2010, 06:11:42 pm »

I have no real understanding of the structure of those things, but it seems to me they'd be pretty easy to bring down... wouldn't they??

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Re: %$#@ Zeppelins!
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2010, 01:13:50 am »
Until they came up with tracer ammunition Zeppelins were pretty much immune to ground fire.

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Re: %$#@ Zeppelins!
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2010, 12:11:47 am »
If you make a posting on the Aerodrome.com or the great War forum you might find out which Zep it is.

strangford

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Re: %$#@ Zeppelins!
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2010, 11:28:42 pm »
I'm currently reading The Zeppelins: The Development of the Airship, with the Story of the Zeppelin Air Raids in the World War by Captain Ernst A. Lehmann (J. H. Sears & Co., NY, 1927).  Sadly out of print, a marvelous book from one of the pilots instrumental in the Zeppelin's deployment as a weapon of war.

The opening chapter ends with a thoroughly incredible account by the lone survivor of the first Zeppelin shot down by aircraft.  All but one of the crew was thrown or jumped as it plunged in flames from an altitude of a mile.  The car ultimately crashed through the roof of a convent, and he was tossed into a nun's bed on impact.  Wow.  Who wouldn't that convert to Catholicism!

Lehmann himself died of injuries sustained in the Hindenburg explosion a decade after this book was published.

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Re: %$#@ Zeppelins!
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2010, 11:42:29 pm »
Hello

Put a query on GWF.  I have no doubt someone will shortly give me the Zep's name.

Al best

don

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Re: %$#@ Zeppelins!
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2010, 02:19:04 am »
Hello

From Great War Forum

Don

I think that the airship in question would have been L13, under Kptlt Heinrich Mathy. After an engine failure over the North Sea while heading for the Tyne/Tees area, he was blown to the southeast, crossing the English coast at Newark. He attempted to bomb Sheerness, where he was engaged by local anti-aircraft defences, before departing to the south at 02:20.

The other airships on this raid (L11 and L14) dropped their bombs over Northern England.

All best

don



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Re: %$#@ Zeppelins!
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2011, 01:52:31 am »
Hi
I hope I am not being picky but the only Newark I know of in England is Newark on Trent and that is 50 miles from the coast.

Is there another Newark elsewhere?

K

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Re: %$#@ Zeppelins!
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2011, 12:00:02 am »
For more information on Zeppelins the books The Zeppelin in Combat and The Air Defense of Britain 1914-1918 are fine sources on their use in WW I