Schütte-Lanz SL 11

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Schütte-Lanz 1916.svg
Silhouette of SL 11
War Ensign of Germany (1903-1918).svgGerman Empire
Name: SL 11
Operator: German Army
Builder: Luftschiffbau Schütte-Lanz
Launched: 1 August 1916
Homeport: Spich
Fate: Shot down, September 3, 1916
General characteristics
Type: Airship
Tonnage: 21 tonnes
Displacement: 38 780 m³ of hydrogen
Length: 174 metres
Beam: 20.1 metres
Installed power: 4 Maybach 960 hp/716 kW total
Speed: 91.8 km/h
Complement: 16

The Schütte-Lanz SL 11 was a German military dirigible built in 1916 by Luftschiffbau Schütte-Lanz. It was the first German airship to be shot down while bombing England.

Operational history[edit]

British propaganda postcard entitled "The End of the 'Baby-Killer'" SL11

The SL 11 was based at Spich and commanded by Hauptmann Wilhelm Schramm . In the early hours of 3 September 1916, after bombing Saint Albans, it was attacked over Hertfordshire by Lt. William Leefe Robinson flying a BE 2C using incendiary ammunition. It crashed at Cuffley, killing the entire crew, who were buried at Potters Bar Cemetery; they were re-interred at Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery during 1962.[1] Robinson was awarded the Victoria Cross.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Baker, Brian (2002). The Zeppelin Graves on Cannock Chase (Second (revised & extended) ed.). Cannock Chase: The Association of Friends of Cannock Chase. pp 1-2