MONSTER KILLERS

Zeppelin and other airship kills in WW1



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All the lists present the following data:
Name and (when known) first name are presented with arbitrary choice for the spelling (russian, german, arab names...).
RANK of the pilot: see the rank page for the meaning of the abbreviations and the equivalence.
According to the pages, COUNTRY, NATION for the nationality or ethnic origin, AIR_SERVICE for the air arm, are provided.
The number of victories represents usually the total of kills (individual plus shared). The shared kills are indicated when known under the form [indiv+shared]. The official score is indicated when different from the total (American and British scores of ww2 for example).
Authors of the SOURCES column are given; report to the bibliography page to find the books, articles, web pages in alphabetical order. The OTHER_SOURCES column presents the divergent scores with sometimes the author of the source.
The DETAIL column shows occasionally the type of kill, balloons, V-1s, ground kills, unconfirmed kills...
The NOTE column exposes different commentaries and for lack of space, abbreviations are used: report to the abbreviation page for their meaning.




Updated: 08/11/2007

Rank First Name Name Country Airships Ww1 Victories Sources Detail Air Service Units Death Note Other Sources
Capt Robert LECKIE Great Britain 3 3 [2+1] J.Mortane (Zeppelin L.22, L.23, L.70) RNAS & RAF HMS Large-Amerika (gunner), Yarmouth HD Hydroplane, DH4 gunner, 1917-18. 2 (Henshaw)
Lt Alfred de Bath BRANDON New Zelande 2 2 [1+1] J.Mortane (Zeppelin L 15, L.33, 1916) RFC 39(HD)Sqn Home Defence, 1916, Zeppelin killer. 0 (Henshaw)
Maj Egbert CADBURY Great Britain 2 2 [0+2] J.Mortane (Zeppelin L.21, L.70, 1916-18) RFC & RAF Burgh Castle HD, Yarmouth HD BE2c, DH4, HD 1916-18.
Lt GABBIN Great Britain 2 2 J.Mortane (Zeppelin L.22, L.23, 1917) RNAS HMS Large Amerika Hydroplane pilot, N.Sea, 1917. 0 (Henshaw)
Cpl Alfred Baptistin AMBROSIO France 1 1 [0+1] F.W.Bailey-C.Cony (Zeppelin L.50, 1917) Av.Mil.Fra. N 151 Nieuport, Vosges 1917.
ObltsZ Friedrich CHRISTIANSEN Germany 1 13 N.Franks et al. (1 German airship C.27) German NAS SFL 1 4; 19; 21; 27
FSLt Stuart D. CULLEY Great Britain 1 1 T.Henshaw (Zeppelin L.53, 1918) RNAS HM TBD Redoubt Ship's Camel, N.Sea, 1918.
Lt CULLNY Great Britain 1 1 J.Mortane (Zeppelin L.43, 1917) RNAS Hydroplane pilot, Zeppelin killer, 1917. 0 (Henshaw)
MdL Gontrand Georges DE LA MARQUE France 1 1 [0+1] F.W.Bailey-C.Cony (Zeppelin L.49, 1917) Av.Mil.Fra. N 15, N 152 Nieuport, Vosges, 1917.
S/Lt Comte Jacques Benjamin DE LESSEPS France 1 1 J.Mortane (Zeppelin LZ-79 shared, 1916) Av.Mil.Fra. CAP115 19/10/1927 Famous pre & post-war pilot. 0
Sgt Clément DENEBOUDES France 1 1 J.Mortane (Zeppelin LZ-79 shared, 1916) Av.Mil.Fra. MF93 Farman pilot, Zeppelin killer, 1916. 0
Sgt Marcel DENIS France 1 1 F.W.Bailey-C.Cony (Zeppelin L.49, 1917) Av.Mil.Fra. N 152 Nieuport, Vosges, 1917.
FSLt Gerrard W. R. FANE Great Britain 1 1 J.Mortane (Zeppelin L.21, 1916) RFC Burgh Castle Home Defence BE2c pilot, Home Defence, 1916. Not credited
Oblt Benno FIALA VON FERNBRUGG Austria-Hungary 1 28 [24+4] Franks et al. (1 balloon) kukLFT Flik1, 19, 41J, 12D, 56J, 51J C.I, D.I, Albatros, Italy, 1916-17. 29 (Shores); 3 unc.
LtV Hans Ritter FRITSCH VON CRONENWALD Germany 1 1 J.Mortane (Italian airship M-2, 1915) German NAS 05/07/1917 L-48 hydroplane observer and pilot. KIA.
Lt GALLIOT France 1 1 J.Mortane (Zeppelin LZ-79 shared, 1916) Av.Mil.Fra. CAP115 Observer of De Lesseps, 1916. 0
Cpl Philippe GRESSET France 1 1 [0+1] F.W.Bailey-C.Cony (Zeppelin L.49, 1917) Av.Mil.Fra. N152, N314, SPA314 Nieuport, Vosges 1918.
Hptm Adolf HEYROWSKY Austria-Hungary 1 12 Franks et al. (1 Italian airship,2 balloons) kukLFT Flik2, Flik9, Flik12, Flik19 Brand.C.I ace, 2-seaters, 1915-17. 10 Shores
S/Lt Henri Léon HIRSCH France 1 1 [0+1] F.W.Bailey-C.Cony (Zeppelin L.50, 1917) Av.Mil.Fra. N 151, SPA 151 Nieuport, Spad, Vosges, 1917-18.
FSLt B. D. HOBBS Great Britain 1 1 T.Henshaw (Zeppelin L.43, 1917) RFC Felixtowe Home Defence Curtiss H12 pilot, Home Defence 1917. 0 (Mortane)
Lt Ralph Edmund KEYS Great Britain 1 1 J.Mortane (shared Zeppelin L.70, 1917) RFC Yarmouth HD DH4, Home Defence, 1918.
LtV Gustav KLASING Germany 1 1 J.Mortane (Italian airship M-2) German NAS 07/11/1916 L-48 hydroplane pilot, 1915-16. KIA.
S/Lt Charles Jean LAFARGUE France 1 1 [0+1] F.W.Bailey-C.Cony (Zeppelin L.49, 1917) Av.Mil.Fra. N 84, N 152 Nieuport, Vosges, 1918.
Lt William LEEFE-ROBINSON India 1 1 J.Mortane (Schütte-Lanz SL-XI, 1916) RFC 39(HD)Sq BE2, home defence 1916, Zeppelin killer.
Obfm Karl MEYER Germany 1 8 N.Franks et al. (1 British airship, 1917) German NAS SFS 1, MFJ I 31/12/1917 DOW. + 2 unconf.
FSLt Edward L. PULLING Great Britain 1 1 J.Mortane (Zeppelin L.32 shared, 1916) RNAS Bacton Home Defence 06/03/1917 BE2c pilot, Zeppelin killer, 1916.
2Lt I. V. PYOTT South Africa 1 1 J.Mortane (Zeppelin L.34, 1916) RFC 36(HD)Sqn BE2c, Home Defence, 1916.
Capt R. H. M. S. SAUNDAY Great Britain 1 1 J.Mortane (Zeppelin L.48, 1918) RFC 37(HD)Sq Home Defence, 1917. 0 (Henshaw)
Maj Frederick SOWREY Great Britain 1 13 [8+5] C.Shores et al. (Zeppelin L.32)(7 kills+6 OoC) RFC 39(HD)Sq,37(HD)Sq,19Sq,143(HD)Sq BE2 Zeppelin killer. Spad ace, 1917.
Cpl Louis VALLIN France 1 1 (Zeppelin LZ-79 shared, 1916) Av.Mil.Fra. MF93 (observer) Farman observer, Zeppelin killer, 1916. 0
Sgt René Edmont Ernest VANDENDORPE Vietnam 1 1 F.W.Bailey-C.Cony (Zeppelin L.49, 1917) Av.Mil.Fra. N 152 Nieuport, Vosges, 1917.
subLt Rex A. J. WARNEFORD Canada 1 1 J.Mortane (Zeppelin LZ-37, 1915) RNAS 1(N)Sqn MS L, 1915, Zeppelin killer. DOW.
2Lt L. P. WATKINS Canada 1 1 J.Mortane (Zeppelin L.48, 1917) RFC 37(HD)Sq Home Defence, 1917. 0 (Henshaw)
Table: Zeppelin and other airship kills in WW1


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