ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 849
Last updated: 23 August 2014
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Date:07-JUN-1915
Time:at night
Type:Zeppelin LZ.37
Owner/operator:Marine or Heer
Registration:
C/n / msn: LZ37
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 8
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sint-Amandsberg, near Ghent -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
LZ 37 had bombed Calais and was intercepted on the way back to its base at Gontrode, near Ghent, Belgium, when intercepted by British fighter pilot Sub.Lt. R.A.JWarneford of no 1 RNAS Sqn, flying a Morane Saulnier fighter planeplane. Sub-Lt R.A.J, Warneford dropped six incendiary bombs on the airship which caught fire. It crashed on the Visitatie monastery in St.-Amandsberg. It was the first time an airship was downed in air-to-air combat. Seven German crew members perished. The eight fell with the zeppelin cabin through te roog of the monastery en landed in te bed of one of the isters. He spent several weeks in hospital but survived. Warneford had to make an emergency landing in the dark, succeeded in repairing the engine and took off in the morning light. A street nearby is named after him.

Sources:
German Air Raids On Great Britain 1914-1918 / Joseph Morris;
Herman De Wulf, Belgium, whose grandfather watched the zepelin beging shot down.

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-Jan-2008 05:00 ASN archive Added
31-Oct-2010 05:59 87.211.83.33 Updated [Phase, Nature, Narrative]
25-Oct-2011 12:50 harro Updated [Source, Embed code]
12-Apr-2012 13:59 Herman De Wulf Updated [Time, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
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