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The wreckage of a Zeppelin being inspected by British soldiers, September 1916

Photograph, World War One, Air Operations (1914-1918), 1916.

The wrecked Zeppelin is probably L33 which was damaged by anti-aircraft fire while returning from a bombing raid on London that killed six people and injured 16 others on the night of 23-24 September 1916. Losing altitude, L33 was then attacked near Chelmsford by an aircraft flown by Second Lieutenant Alfred de Bath Brandon MC, Royal Flying Corps. Commanded by Captain Alois Böcker, L33 was forced to crash land at Little Wigborough in Essex and her crew were captured.

One of 193 British and Allied official photographs taken during World War One.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 2007-03-7-107


National Army Museum, Out of Copyright


National Army Museum, Study collection

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