German Zeppelin
German Zeppelin
Zeppelin LZ 37
Country: Germany
Length: 521 feet
Volume: 935,000 cubic feet
Lifting Gas: hydrogen
Armament: four machine guns

Lt. R.A.J. Warneford: Giant Killer

Morane-Saulnier L
Morane Type L

The French built Morane Saulnier Type L was a fragile two-seat reconnaissance a "parasol" monoplane aircraft flown by several air services, including the French Aéronautique Militaire and the British Royal Flying Corps (RFC)

On June 17, 1915, Lt. R.A.J. Warneford of the RNAF was flying toward Ostend. I was his first night flight, and he was going to bomb the Zeppelin sheds at Evere. He spotted a large cigar-shaped object in the clouds. As he drew nearer he saw that it was the German Zeppelin LZ 37.

Warneford's Morane Saulnier L only carried a few bombs and a carbine. The Zeppelin continued to fire at him as it's crew dumped ballast. The LZ 37 rose rapidly higher into the sky. Warneford struggled to gain altitude. Warneford pursued the Zeppelin into the early morning.

Suddenly the Zeppelin nosed down and began to lose altitude. Warneford pushed his plane until he was over the zeppelin and released his bombs. After a few moments, there was a tremendous explosion, and the Zeppelin LZ 37 fell to the earth engulfed in flames. Lt. Warneford was the first Allied flier to bring down a Zeppelin.