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Sywell event remembers Great War Zeppelin raid


On October 17 school children attended the museum at Sywell Aerodrome to view the surviving artefacts from a Zeppelin raid that hit Northamptonshire on October 19, 1917. A plaque was also unveiled on the day of the visit at the museum. Thanks to Matthew Boddington who owns a replica of a BE2 aircraft on the airfield (similar to the type which tried to intercept the raid) the children were able to view it at close hand. Further, thanks to the staff at Air Leasing, also based at Sywell, they were able to see an original World War One RAF SE5e fighter.

Headteacher Sarah Beach wrote to the museum : “Gentlemen, I just wanted to say a massive thank you for today on behalf of the children. They had a wonderful trip up to Sywell and really enjoyed the activities and learning more about zeppelins, flying and World War One in general. Your hospitality and generosity of time is greatly appreciated. Please pass on our thanks to those involved – especially the owners of the impressive planes who allowed us such privileged access”

The museum would like to thank the volunteers who organised the event, Sarah Beach, Matt Boddington and Air Leasing.

The museum remains open every Tuesday and Wednesday between 1200-1600hrs in October then closes for the 2017 season. It re-opens on Easter Saturday 2018. For more information please email


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