Sywell Aviation Museum News

Museum Bombed!

31st August 2006

A tragic chapter in Northamptonshire's history will be recalled this week when Northamptonshire County Council hands over a Zeppelin bomb to Sywell Aviation Museum.

The Zeppelin incendiary bomb was dropped during an air raid which resulted in the deaths of a Northampton woman and her two children in October 1917. It has been stored at the council's County Hall headquarters until Sywell Aviation Museum requested permission to display it.

The bomb was one of 22 to be dropped on the town and surrounding countryside on 19 October 1917 by the L45 Zeppelin airship, which had been intending to bomb Sheffield but was driven South by strong winds. The following morning the L45 crashed in France and the 17 crew were taken prisoner.

29 Zeppelin raids dropped a total of 66 bombs in Northamptonshire, but this raid was the only one that caused any fatalities.

Richard Watts, chairman of the Sywell Aviation Museum, said: "The museum at Sywell is not only a memorial to those people who served in the air defence of the country during two world wars but acts as an important historical educational resource for present & future generations.

That's why I'm very pleased that the council has agreed to loan the bomb to us, so that we can ensure this piece of our history and heritage can be shared with as many people as possible.

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