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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 849
Last updated: 25 April 2019
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Date:07-JUN-1915
Time:at night
Type:Zeppelin LZ.37
Owner/operator:Marine
Registration:
C/n / msn: LZ37
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 8
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft 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.J. Warneford of No 1 RNAS Sqn, flying a Morane Saulnier L fighter plane. Warneford dropped six incendiary bombs on the airship which caught fire. It crashed on the monastery in St.-Amandsberg killing two nuns. 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 the roof of the monastery and landed in the bed. 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.


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-Jan-2008 05:00 ASN archive Added
31-Oct-2010 05:59 Anon. 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 fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
24-Aug-2018 07:25 Air Command Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Narrative]

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