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ZEPPELIN RAID 1918   Views: 5340
Plaque detailing the Zeppelin Raid 12th April 1918   Comments: 6
Photo: charnock   Item #: 14218  
 
Plaque detailing the Zeppelin Raid 12th April 1918
 
  The Bombed Milestone in Victoria Park Widnes.The Zeppelin L61 airship flew over Lancashire April 12th 1918.Commanded by Kapitanleutnant Ehrlich with a crew of 19. L61 crossed the Mersey at 18000 feet and at 11.17 the first of its bombs fell damaging a milestone on the A57 Prescot To Warrington Road.A second bomb fell at 11.20 in a field at Abbots Hall farm in Bold. The Zeppelin then went on to bomb Wigan killing Seven people. There were only two raids on Lancashire during the Great War and this was the second, although the pilot recorded in his log that he had bombed Sheffield not Wigan.  

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Comments by Eric Turner, 25th March 2010  
The other Zepplin raid on Lanc's was at Bolton. E.T.

Comments by Gareth, 26th March 2010  gareth_b_jones@yahoo.co.uk 
Very interesting. Anyone know were abouts the bomb(s) were dropped?
I think a previous pic on here details one around the higher Ince area..

Comments by Gareth, 26th March 2010  gareth_b_jones@yahoo.co.uk 
Just found the 'bomb map'...forget last comment...

Comments by Aaron ashurst, 1st September 2013  
My great grandma was killed with grandad in her arms. Platt lane wigan by one of the bombs.

Comments by joseph bernard farrimond, 15th December 2015  
am I right that one of the people killed a woman named farrimond

Comments by Dave Phillips, 16th January 2019  davenelip@gmail.com 
The Germans flew many Zeppelin raids over England in WW1, starting their missions in 1915, but they were not very effective. Over 2000 Airship crews wee killed in the raids, though their bombs did for about 500 innocent civilians on the ground, mostly in the south and east..

 
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