Most of their navigation would have been dead reckoning. Sure, they had astro, but on a cloudy night it would be useless. At the slow speeds they flew and with their huge surface area, they would have been very prone to wind blowing them of course and they would have had little means of estimating how much.Navigation was awful. Most Zeppelin flights were cancelled due to bad weather. They were worse than useless in cloud and didn't dare go low.
One raid dropped bombs in Herts.
They were aiming for Leeds.
Does this only show 1915 raids? Wondering as it doesn't show raids on Hartlepool and Middlesbrough, none of which were massively effective though one of which resulted in the loss of L34.
I thought this-
contained some interesting info ?
A zeppelin raid made mode damage than I thought....
I did one of those when I joined MB years ago....really interesting walk!For anyone interested there does exist a well established Staff Ride (or civvie lead tour) through London which retraces the route of the most destructive Zeppelin raid of WW1 by Captain lieutenant Heinrich Mathy on 8 Sep 1915.
It is a cracking 3 - 4 hour walk starting near Holborn and finishing at Liverpool Street. Not only do you see some evidence of the raid (especially outside St Barts Hospital) but tons of other London ‘factoids’, burial sights, film set locations and of course a few choice pubs on the way.
The civvie tour can cost between £200 - £600 per group. Once I relocate from sunny Cornwall closer to commutable distance to Town I will be offering up my services as a guide, totally gratis, for any mil, cadet or Arrse social group who fancy a half day bimble in London.
Immediately experiments started on launching fighters from gun turrets, and the first Zeppelin was splashed later in 1916 by an aircraft launched from the cruiser HMS Yarmouth.