Event    From 5/10/1930  To 5/10/1930

Crash of the R101 airship

Categories: Tragedy

In the 1920s the British government was hoping airships would provide a means of transport to the far-flung Empire. Two vehicles were being trialled: the R100 and the R101. On its first overseas flight the R101 crashed at Beauvais, north of Paris. Of the 54 people on board 48 were killed.

The R100 had successfully crossed the Atlantic but was immediately grounded and in 1931 scrapped.

No film exists of the crash (though you may be familiar with the horrific Hindenburg footage) but there is film of the start of R101's final flight and the wreckage.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
Crash of the R101 airship

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Westminster Hall - R101

Plaque unveiled by Angela Smith Baroness Smith of Basildon, together with mem...

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James Hewers

James Hewers

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George Elliott

George Elliott

For more information about this hero click on the picture of the distillery plaque.

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Richard Ellery

Richard Ellery

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William Shanks

William Shanks

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David Young

David Young

Role on the lost expedition: Boy on SS Erebus. See John Franklin.

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1 memorial