First World War - War in the Air

zeppelin fragment, L31

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Catalogue number
  • EPH 9628
Materials
  • metal
  • textile
Alternative Names
  • FULL NAME: zeppelin fragment, L31
  • SIMPLE NAME: ZEP
Object Type
relic
Category
vehicles, aircraft and ships

Label

Fragment from the First World War period German Naval Airship Service Zeppelin L31. The L31 was commanded by Kapitanleutnant Heinrich Mathy, the renowned veteran of numerous raids over Great Britain. On 1 October 1916 Mathy commanded the L31 on its final mission -an attempted bombing raid on London. During this operation his airship was attacked by 2nd Lieutenant Wulfstan Tempest (Royal Flying Corps) in a BE2c aeroplane. Tempest succeeded in igniting the gas in the airship, which crashed in flames at Hadley Wood, near Potters Bar, Hertfordshire. The death of Mathy emphasised the growing efficiency of British air-defences and marked an end to German attempts to attack London with airships.

History note

Canvas stave-lining fragment recovered from Zeppelin L31.

Physical description

canvas stave-lining from Zeppelin L31, comprising a torn rectangular strip of canvas bearing regular-spaced holes reinforced with metal rings through which a length of cord is threaded, lengths of fine wire are wound together and coiled into one large ring tied to the canvas section at one end of the cord.

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