4 April 1916 – More raids further south

Not to be outdone by their Navy colleagues, two Army Zeppelins also raided England on the night before last, hoping to reach London. LZ90 crossed the coast near the River Colne, Essex, at 10.40pm. Approaching London, LZ90 came under fire from Great Baddow and Kelvedon Hatch. At 11.50pm the searchlight at Chingford illuminated her and AA guns opened fire. LZ90 immediately dropped all 90 bombs which fell in a line between Woodredon Farm and Windmill Hill off Honey Lane. With the release of the bombs, LZ90 rose sharply and disappeared from view. LZ90 now turned for home, going out to sea again near Clacton at about 1.00am.

LZ88 came inland at about 11.30pm near Orfordness, Suffolk and headed for Ipswich. Machine gun fire from Rushmere Heath, she circled to the west of the town. LZ.88 then crossed the River Orwell, attracting fire from the gun at Levington Heath, and headed east back towards the coast. As LZ88 crossed the River Debden just after 1.00am, the bomb load was dropped between the villages of Ramsholt, Alderton and Hollesley, causing little damage.

Following up on the Army raid, two Navy Zeppelins, L11 and L17 attempted to raid London last night, but strong headwinds made it impossible. Both made for Norfolk but L17 was forced to turn back before reaching the coast.

L11 arrived over Norfolk between Cromer and Sheringham around 1.45am. She made slow progress southwards towards Norwich, one of her secondary targets. Only four bombs were dropped harmlessly. L11 then turned away from Norwich, following the River Bure to Salhouse where she dropped one bomb, which landed on an allotment. From there L11 continued eastwards, reaching the coast around 3.00am and dropped nine bombs over the sea. Three RNAS aircraft eventually took off but fog prevented any interception.


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