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: August 1, 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]

The SL 11 was based at Spich and commanded by Hauptmann Wilhelm Schramm, in the early hours of September 3, 1916, after having bombed Saint Albans, it was attacked over Hertfordshire by Lt. William Leefe Robinson in a BE 2C, using incendiary ammunition. It crashed at Cuffley, with the loss of the entire crew, who were buried at Potters Bar Cemetery and 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