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Artist: Keith Ferris
Medium: Oil on panel
Date: 1980

The Sopwith 2F.1 Camel flown by Flight Sub Lieutenant Stuard D. Culley lifts from a ”lighter” towed by the British destroyer HMS Reboubt in the North Sea on 10 August 1918. An hour later, the German Zeppelin LZ.53 was intercepted and destroyed while flying at 19,000 feet, putting an end to this unchallenged harassment of the British Fleet. LZ.53 was the last Zeppelin destroyed in WWI and Culley’s Camel ditched along side the Redoubt and was recovered. The aircraft survives today in the Imperial War Museum in London, England.

In 1999 the ”Lighter” H3 was discovered still working as a barge on the Thames in London, England. H3 has been obtained by the Royal Naval Air Museum at Yeovilton and is being restored to its historic configuration.

On loan from: the collection of Captain and Mrs. Ben Allen.