Fragment from Cuffley Airship crash, WW1

Contributed by Mill Green Museum

Fragment from Cuffley Airship crash, WW1

This is the Fuel Tank from the Shutte Lanz 11, a German Airship that crashed in Cuflley on the night of the 2nd of September 1916. The Shutte Lanz 11 had already caused the deaths of 352 people in previous raids, including dropping 44 bombs on Hertford in one incident. The airship was brought down by Lieutenant William Leefe Robinson of the Worcester Regiment and Royal Flying Corps and was the first airship to come down on British soil during World War One. Thousands came to see the crash site and took away pieces of the wreckage. This piece of fuel tank was salvaged by Mr Seales who had witnessed the crash. He and his wife turned into a fire screen to use in their house.

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