GWL 7th September 1916

Another storm is coming up and I must be quick, as when they do come you have to hold on to everything you want to keep.  The last we had was very violent.  There is not a solitary scrap of news.  I send you a photograph of me, Bad, but I hope a better one will follow.

I am thankful you were no where near the Zeps.  The Hun is a bounder, isn’t he? Europe’s little dcad. — the wind beginneth.  Flora is not at all good.  She will not be caught when she has her morning graze.  She goes round kicking at everything, one day there will be an accident and then I shall be angry.  Bye bye for a bit; I m being blown away.”

Presumed Zep raid on London.

The biggest raid to date was launched on 2–3 September, with 12 German Navy airships and four from the German Army taking part. A combination of rain and snowstorms scattered the airships while they were still over the North Sea. None of the naval airships reached London, and only the army’s LZ 98 and the newly commissioned Schütte-Lanz SL 11 achieved their objective. SL 11 came in over Foulness with the intention of attacking the capital from the northwest. It dropped a few bombs over London Colney and South Mimms before it was picked up by a searchlight over Hornsey at about 01.50 and subjected to an intense but ineffective barrage. It was lost in cloud over Wood Green but rediscovered by the searchlights at Waltham Abbey as it bombed Ponders End. At around 02.15 one of the three aircraft in the sky that night finally came into range, a BE2c piloted by Lt. William Leefe Robinson flying from Suttons Farm. Robinson fired three drums of ammunition from his Lewis gun, one on each of three passes. After he emptied the third drum, the airship began burning from the stern and was quickly enveloped in flames. It fell to the ground near Cuffley, witnessed by the crews of four of the naval Zeppelins. There were no survivors. For bringing down the first rigid airship downed on British soil and the first ‘night fighter’ victory Leefe Robinson received the Victoria Cross. The pieces of SL 11 were gathered up and sold by the Red Cross to raise money for wounded soldiers. (Wikipedia).

{next post 10th September}


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