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Offline Sylvaticus

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Re: Sheerness Air Raid 3rd September 1917
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2014, 10:05:48 »
So not a Zeppelin. That's what happens to most family legends!

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Re: Sheerness Air Raid 3rd September 1917
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2014, 09:15:39 »
I have a series of maps that plot each night's raids by the various airships. The airship that bombed Eastchurch on the night of August 9/10 1915 was L.10, not L.11.
L.11 arrived over Southwold at 10.00 that night and travelled north along the coast before dropping bombs over Lowestoft at 10.18 before travelling back out to sea.

L.10 arrived over Aldeburgh at 09.40 that night and travelled inland to the village of Laxfield before turning south and meandering south close to Ipswich, over Witham and Chelmsford, arriving over Southend at 11.57. It carried on and dropped it's bombs over Eastchurch airfield, around 600 yds from the aircraft sheds, at 12.12. At 12.30, as it approached Faversham, it turned and headed out to sea and back home to base.

L.12 and L.13 also came in that night and meandered about over East Kent before dropping a few bombs close to Ramsgate and Dover.
It was a cloudy and dull night with some mist and rain which made it difficult for the airships to identify exactly where they were. Total bombs dropped that night was 79. Casulties were 17 killed and 21 injured and monetary damage was £11,992.

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Re: Sheerness Air Raid 3rd September 1917
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2014, 21:02:32 »
Thank you :)

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Re: Sheerness Air Raid 3rd September 1917
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2014, 20:36:09 »
From the forums UK air raids 1914-18 page. September to December 1917.
http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=9213.msg77729#msg77729

3-4 September 1917. Chatham, Sheerness, Margate. 16 defence sorties.
5 Gothas (G.lVs or G.Vs) despatched, 4 attacked. Kagohl 3's first night raid on England.
The first aircraft came in over Westgate at 22.35 hrs. The attack on Chatham beginning at 23.10 hrs.
1 bomb fell on the Drill Hall at Chatham Naval Barracks killing 130 men and injuring 88..............
Margate and Sheerness were also bombed with little damage..............


The only Zeppelin raid on Sheppey was 9/10 August 1915, Zeppelin L11 dropping a neat line of 12 bombs on Eastchurch airfield with little damage.

Hometown Blues Syd Arthur

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Re: Sheerness Air Raid 3rd September 1917
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2014, 16:32:11 »
 My records show the following. In the Spring of 1917 the Germans re-equipped their squadrons in Belgium with the larger Giant and Gotha bombers. The Gothas had a crew of three and were powered by two Mercedes engines capable of doing 87mph at 12,000ft. The bomb load varied between 600 and 1,000lb of bombs.

The first raid by these aircraft was on the 25th May 1917, by Kagohl 3, led and commanded by Hauptmann E. Brandenburg. London was the intended target but thick haze covered the City and so the bombers returned over Kent dropping their bombs at random as they went. Unfortunately for Folkestone most of them dropped on them, causing 95 deaths.
On the 5th June, at 18.00 hrs, 22 Gothas from Kagohl 3 came in over the Thames Estuary and proceeded to bomb both Shoeburyness and Sheerness in a raid that only lasted 5 minutes. It resulted however, in 11 dead and 34 injuries and although the Ack-ack guns from both places fired a combined 540 rounds, only one Gotha was destroyed. 65 British aircraft had been sent up to attack the Gothas but none got even close to them. The one damaged Gotha meanwhile, had crashed into the sea off Bartons Point, Sheppey and I have a photo of the remains being salvaged.
These raids continued with regularity, including a first daylight raid on the 22nd August and I imagine it was probably these type of aircraft that caused the raid that Kyn detailed.






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Re: Sheerness Air Raid 3rd September 1917
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2014, 14:38:36 »
None of the files I have actually mention what the aircraft was!

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Re: Sheerness Air Raid 3rd September 1917
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2014, 11:31:21 »
I have a file on this but I am not sure how much technical detail is included as it is more about the casualties.  I will have a look later and see what other information I have.

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Re: Sheerness Air Raid 3rd September 1917
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2014, 11:23:23 »
... As far as I have been able to ascertain no machines were seen
Rear Admiral, Senior Officer in Charge ...

Whenever my mother told the story, it was about Zeppelin(s).

An anecdote, not proof, but something to follow up.

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Sheerness Air Raid 3rd September 1917
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2014, 15:55:28 »
Air raid 3rd September 1917

Report on action taken at Sheerness.

3rd – 10th September 1917.

From:   Senior Officer in Charge, H.M. Dockyard, Sheerness.
To:   Secretary.  Admiralty, London.

Date:   4th September 1917.

Submitted:-

Sheerness was raided between 10.40 and 10.50 p.m. G.M.T. on 3rd September.

Reports concerning aircraft were received during the course of the evening, but as notice had been received that our own aircraft were to practice night flying between 8.30. and 11 p.m. B.S.T. no great weight was attached to the reports.

“Readiness” was given at 9.36 p.m. G.M.T.

Soon after 10 p.m. sounds of aircraft passing over the Yard were heard, but as no bombs were dropped it was considered that they were our own machines.

At about 10.10 p.m. G.M.T. Commander-in-Chief’s Office rang me up personally and told me to put out all lights.  This was subsequently confirmed at 10.18 p.m.

“Air Raid Action” was received at 10.25 p.m. G.M.T. (Time of origin 10.15 p.m.).

About 10.45 p.m. 12 bombs were dropped between the Railway Station and West Minster there were no casualties or damage.

Positions were as follows:-
2 on Railway line between Dockyard Station and West Minster.
3 on Kite Balloon Ground by Naval Recreation Ground.
1 on Sea Wall at West Minster 75 yards from Sheerness Gas Works.
6 in the water on Lapwell Bank.

As far as I have been able to ascertain no machines were seen.

Rear Admiral,
Senior Officer in Charge.

 

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