ZEPPELIN RAID 1918 Plaque detailing the Zeppelin Raid 12th April 1918
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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.