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Captain William Leefe Robinson Memorial, Cuffley, Herfordshire. Newly listed at Grade II. Unveiled 9 June 1921. Image © Historic England

Captain Leefe Robinson VC, a RFC pilot, became a national hero when he downed the German airship SL11 on 3 September 1916. Raids from such airships had been causing panic and fear among the public.

Leefe Robinson used newly developed incendiary ammunition to set the Zeppelin on fire. In the past, bullets had passed harmlessly through the skin of airships. The new bullets exploded within and ignited the flammable hydrogen gas. The Zeppelin crashed in flames behind The Plough pub at Cuffley.

Captain William Leefe Robinson Memorial, Cuffley, Herfordshire. Newly listed at Grade II. Unveiled 9 June 1921. Image © Historic England

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1500 × 2250
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1 MB
Credit:
© Historic England Archive, Patr
Copyright:
© Historic England Archive
Taken:
12 February 2018

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13

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Canon EOS 5DS R

Focal Length

45mm

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1/80

ISO

100