Jump to content
Free downloads from TNA ×
The Great War (1914-1918) Forum

Remembered Today:

Submarine Scout Airship at Dardanelles


Recommended Posts

Quote from The Diaries of Pte Horace Bruckshaw Royal Marine Light Infantry 1915-116

edited by Martin Middlebrook, Scolar Press, London, 1979 [ISBN 0 85967 489 4]


p.83 – Sunday October 10th, 1915

“Our new airship was up this morning. I have not seen it before....”


I suspect that this was SS3, based at Imbros.

Writing in Cross & Cockade Vol.38, No.2 2007, Mick Davis has it making its first flight in this theatre on 13th September 1915. A little later however he goes on to say that in the Aegean, during the war as a whole, there served SS3, 7, 8, 17, 19 & 43


Can someone confirm that on 10th Oct 1915 it was indeed SS3 which was flying over the peninsula


Thanks in advance



Edited by michaeldr
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I see that Ces Mowthorpe's book 'Battlebags' [Alan Sutton Publishing, 1995, ISBN 0-7509-0989-7] has another airship also in theatre on this date


SS-7 ... BE.2c car. Arrived Imbros-Kassandra 13 September 1915 as a part of the Airships Expeditionary Force. Carried out artillery spotting for HMS Venerable and HMS Talbot 25/6 September 1915.


So, … SS-3 or SS-7 over the peninsula on 10th October 1915?




Thanks for your interest


Link to comment
Share on other sites


My understanding is that only one airship was erected at Imbros, but I could be wrong!


This is not definitive but I checked contemporary reports on operations. They reference 'the airship' suggesting the writer expected no confusion as to which carried out the flight.


9-15 September
One airship has been erected and tested in the air.

15-21 September
Airship no. 7 has undertaken several short experimental flights...

22-28 September
...some useful flights have been carried out (W/T and spotting flights)...

Week ending 5 October
The airship carried out ten patrols in the area IMBROS, LEMNOS, STRATI-MITYLINI, RABBIT ISLAND, and spent a total of 39 hours and 51 mins in the air.

Week ending 12 October
The airship carried out 7 submarine patrols in the area IMBROS-LEMNOS-STRATI-MITYLENE-RABBIT ISLAND, no submarines were sighted. Five test and practice flights for the training of a new pilot and to test of W/T were also carried out.

Week ending 19 October
The Airship made five short flights during the week but the weather was too unsettled for her to undertake distant work...


Source: AIR 1/361/15/228/50

Edited by b3rn
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Create New...