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Airship Framing - Zeppelin L33, 1916 Object Reg. No: ST 034566

This piece of girder was claimed by the donor to be from the wreck of the German naval airship L31. However the donor also gave information. that it came from an airship lost on 24 September 1916 at Little Wigborough, UK. This would seem to indicate that the girder in fact came from a Zeppelin L33 which was forced down at Little Wigborough on this date. The L31 commanded by by Kapitanleutnant Heinrich Mathy was shot down at Potters Bar, UK on the night of 1/2 October 1916. Further confirmation of the L33 identity is provided by the donor's statement that another Zeppelin (L32) was lost on the same night which was the case on 24 September 1916.

The L33 was a new type of improved naval airship and was on its first bombing mission over the UK commanded by Kapitan Alois Bocker. It was damaged by anti-aircraft fire and landed at New Hall Farm, Little Wigborough in Essex where the crew escaped from the wreck which was then set on fire.
Consists of four frame sections riveted together in a cross-braced form.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr John Evans, 1983
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 210 mm (Width), 216 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: airship components, airships, bombers, military aircraft, wars conflicts, souvenirs
Themes this item is part of: Engineering Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: AIR TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Airships
Tertiary Classification: rigid airships components
Model Name/Number: L33
Manufacturer: Zeppelin Works, Lindau, Germany, 1916


Sue parsons Posted on 04 Jun 2011 6:32 PM
My uncle died in march, he a lot of my fathers thinks he was in the royal air force for 34 years. My sister has a piece of air ship the L31.my dad worked at carddington Bedfordshire. He also was born in Essex where it came down. If anyone is interested please get in touch.

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