Personal info

  • Name: William Leefe ROBINSON
  • D.O.B: 14th July, 1895
  • D.O.A: 3rd September, 1916
  • D.O.D: 31st December, 1918
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lieutenant, 5th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment and No 39 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps

Cuffley, Hertfordshire, England

2-3 September 1916

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The First World War. 1916 

On the night of 2-3 September 1916, sixteen German airships raided Britain. Lieutenant W L Robinson, patrolling in his BE 2c biplane, first pursued the German airship LZ38, which he lost in cloud but then, at 2am on the 3rd, took part in an attack at over 11,000 feet on the airship SL11. His incendiary bullets eventually ignited its hydrogen gas, causing it to crash at Cuffley, near Enfield, killing its crew of sixteen. Robinson landed safely at Sutton’s Farm Aerodrome, Hornchurch, Essex at 2.45am.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery. He attacked an enemy airship under circumstances of great difficulty and danger, and sent it crashing to the ground as a flaming wreck. He had been in the air for more than two hours, and had previously attacked another airship during his flight. 

The London Gazette of 5 September 1916, Numb. 29735, p. 8704

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