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      H.M.S. DAUNTLESS

 

The Airship R38 Disaster

 

 

On 24 August 1921 the British Airship R38 detonated and broke up over the river Humber near Hull killing 44 members of the crew. 

5 crew in the tail section survived the crash. Details of the destruction of what was then the world’s largest airship are available at: http://www.airshipsonline.com/airships/r38/index.html

 

 

H.M.S. Dauntless bore the bodies of 15 Americans who lost their lives in the disaster across the Atlantic to New York.

 

 

Author's Note:

 

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H.M.S.Dauntless Light Cruiser

 February 1927 with crew on deck Original Picture

 

 

 

 

 

 

The embalmed bodies of the American victims who lost their lives in the airship “R38” being

taken aboard H.M.S. Dauntless for their journey to  New York for interment. September 7th 1921.

 

The airship “R38” Disaster.

The beautiful national floral tributes of reverence and respect carried by Bluejackets of H.M.S. Dauntless.

 

 

 

The after gun platform of H.M.S. “Dauntless” as the temporary mausoleum for the 15 Americans who lost

their lives in the airship “R38”  leaving Devonport for New York for interment September 7th 1921.

 

 

 

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H.M.S. Dauntless
New York Harbour
September 12 1921
Original photo officers & crew on Forecastle
Which conveyed the bodies of American officers and men from the ill-fated (R-38) – ZR2 Airship disaster
USS Ericsson DD56 on right of crew photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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