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The Wartime Memories Project - The Great War - Day by Day

4th March 1915

On this day:

  • M Class Zeppelin   Zeppelin LZ37

    • Production Ref: LZ37
    • Class type : M
    • Tactical ref: none
    • Usage: Military
    • First Flight: 4th March 1915


    Brought down by Flt Sub-Lt R Warneford, 1 Sqdn RNAS, flying a Morane-Saulnier Type L, during its first raid on Calais on 7 June 1915. Crashed in Sint-Amandsberg, near Ghent. The LZ 37 was based in Gontrode (airport location. Warneford was awarded a Victoria Cross for his actions. (Flight lists LZ 37 as "Destroyed in shed by British aviators" on 7 June 1915 at Evere.)

    John Doran

  • U-Boat Index - WW1   SM U-8

    Type U 5 Shipyard Germaniawerft, Kiel (Werk 150) Ordered 8 Apr 1908 Laid down 19 May 1909 Launched 14 Mar 1911 Commissioned 18 Jun 1911
    1 Aug 1914 - 31 Aug 1914 Konrad Gansser.
    1 Sep 1914 - 4 Mar 1915 Alfred Stoß.

    Career 1 patrol 1 Aug 1914 - 4 Mar 1915 I Flotilla

    Successes 5 ships sunk with a total of 15,049 tons.

    • 23 Feb 1915 U 8 Alfred Stoß Branksome Chine 2,026 British
    • 23 Feb 1915 U 8 Alfred Stoß Oakby 1,976 British
    • 24 Feb 1915 U 8 Alfred Stoß Harpalion 5,867 British
    • 24 Feb 1915 U 8 Alfred Stoß Rio Parana 4,015 British
    • 24 Feb 1915 U 8 Alfred Stoß Western Coast 1,165 British

    Fate 4 Mar 1915 - Trapped in nets, forced to surface and scuttled under gunfire from HMS Ghurka and Maori at position 50.56N, 01.15E.

    There was another U 8 in World War Two.
    That boat was launched from its shipyard on 16 Jul 1935 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 5 Aug 1935.

    John Doran

  • 4th Mar 1915 Light shelling

  • 4th Mar 1915 Quiet day for 2nd Queens

  • 4th Mar 1915 Submarine Sunk

  • 4th Mar 1915 First Challenges in France for 5th Lincs

  • 4th April 1915 More Inspections

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Capt. Campbell Hackworth Dinnen. The King's (Liverpool Regiment) attd. (as Staff Capt.) West African Regiment, W.A. Read their Story.
  • Sergeant Thomas Shelton Freeman. Royal Marine Light Infantry RMR/B/1045
  • Lt.Col. George Pope Newstead. Suffolk Regiment attd. Sierra Leone Battalion. Read their Story.

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