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4th March 1915On 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.)
- 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.
- 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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