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
HMS Dauntless bore the bodies of 15 Americans who lost their lives in the disaster across the Atlantic to New York.
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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 HMS “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.