William Leefe Robinson
Contributed by: Alison Rabin, on 2008-11-07
|First Name||William Leefe|
|Year of Birth||1895|
|Year of Death||1918|
|Place of Wartime Residence||Hornchurch, Essex|
William Leefe's Story
Captain William Leefe Robinson was the first person to shoot down a German Airship over English soil in an aerial battle. He was awarded a Victoria Cross which was the fasted awarded on record. He became an instant hero and a superstar of his day. Babies, flowers and hats have been named after him. A modest man, when all of London were filling the air with the sounds of whistles, sirens and hooters - "the cause of it all - little me sitting in my little aeroplane above 13,000 feet of darkness!"