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    Item title reads - A Pioneer of Heroism. Rt. Hon. F.E. Guest, D.S.O., M.P. unveils "Daily Express" Memorial to Captain Leefe Robinson, V.C. who destroyed the Zeppelin, L-21. Cuffley.

    We see F.E. Guest pulling a Union Jack flag off the memorial to Captain Leefe Robinson, he then places a large wreath on it. M/S of the stone memorial with its inscription, it has a square base and round tower. L/S of the memorial surrounded by people.

    Note from member of the public says: In fact he shot down the Schutte-Lanz SL11.

    On the night of 2/3 September 1916 over Cuffley, Hertfordshire, Lieutenant Robinson, flying a converted B.E.2c night fighter, sighted a German airship, one of 16 which had left bases in Germany on a mass raid over England. The airship was actually the wooden-framed Schutte Lanz SL 11, although at the time and for many years after, it was misidentified as Zeppelin L 21. Robinson made an attack at an altitude of 11,500 ft approaching from below and closing to within 500 ft, raked the airship with machine-gun bullets. As he was preparing for another attack, it burst into flames and crashed in a field behind the Plough Inn at Cuffley, killing Commander Wilhelm Schramm and his 15 man crew.

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    British Pathé
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    01:13:16:00 / 01:13:52:00
    G 780
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    G 0780
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Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    Footage of Leefe Robinson can be seen in clips 1866.34, 1856.06 and 2478.08.

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