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The Pursuit of a Zeppelin by a French Aeroplane: A Photograph Taken in Mid-Aip from an Aeroplane

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.-.. i·it W 4 S L Y. 1,4 ” r·: A WONDERFUL PHOTOGRAPH OF HOSTILE AIRCRAFT READY TO ” GRAPPLE IN THE CENTRAL BLUE” A FRENCH AIRMAN PURSUING ONE OF THE ZEPPELINS THAT RECFNTL.Y RAIlED PARTS


The Zeppelins which flew over Paris in the early hours of March 2z and dropped bombs on some of the suburbs were at once pursued by French military airmen. The Ministry of War stated in their official report : “Various anti-aircraft defence posts opened fire on the Zeppelins, which the searchlights kept constantly in view. One of the Zeppelins seems to have been hit. The aeroplane squadrons took part in the flight, but a mist hampered them in their pursuit. In a word, the Zeppelin raid on Paris completely failed, and merely served to demonstrate


the efficient working of the defence-organisation of the city. The people of Paris remained perfectly calm, as usual.” The wonderful photograph here reproduced was taken from another of the pursuing aeroplanes. In the one shown, its two occupants can be clearly seen. It was really a considerable distance from the Zeppelin when the photograph was taken, as may be judged from their relative sizes. The Zeppelin at the moment was ascending, and turned towards the camera. Hence the fore-shortening effect.



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Issue 3963. - Vol CXLVI

Apr, 03 1915

Illustrated London News