Zeppelin L23

Airship L23 was a Q-class zeppelin built by Luftschiffbau Zeppelin in Potsdam to the German Kaiserliche Marine and made its first flight 8. April 1916. It was stationed for two periods at the airship base in Tønder, but was 21. August 1917, shot down over the North Sea 40 km west of Stadil Fjord (Denmark).

As a newly built airship, L23 arrived on April 21. 1916 at the base in Tønder, but was already transferred on April 29. 1916 to the base in Nordholz at Cuxhaven and returned on the November 9. 1916 to Tønder again. L23 participated in 51 reconnaissance raids and three bombing raids against England with the following officers on board:

On April 16, 1916, Lieutenant Commander Otto von Schubert joined as commander and Oberleutnant zur See (First Lieutenant) Armin Rothe as 1 January 1996. They had previously flown together on airship L7
On 10 August 1916, the commander was replaced by Lieutenant Colonel Wilhelm Ganzel (16 tours)
On 20 December 1916, the commander was replaced by Lieutenant General Franz Stabbert (2 tours). He had just escaped six months of internment in Norway after he had crashed on the 3. May 1916 with airship L20. Stabbert died the 5. April as a commander on L44.
On 30 January 1917, lieutenant Colonel Ludwig Bockholt and Lieutenant Maas (35 tours)
On June 14, 1917, the Oberleutnant zur See Bernhard Dinter and Lieutenant Otto Hamann. They perished on their 16th. tour with the entire crew off the west coast of Jutland on 21. August 1917.

Bombing of Boston 2/3. September 1916
The night between the 2nd and 3. September 1916, L23 took part from the base in Nordholz with officers Ganzel and Rothe in The First World War’s largest bombing raid on England, involving a total of 12 of the Marines and four of the Army’s airships. L23 dropped 7 bombs across the Boston area of Lincolnshire, where six hit the city and 1 hit Wyberton 3 km southwest and caused 1 death.

“In real-life use, the phrase “air piracy” more often refers to the hijacking and illegal seizure of an aircraft. However, there has been at least one occasion of an act of nautical-type piracy being conducted from the air. This occurred in 1917, when the civilian Norwegian schooner Royal was boarded and captured by a boarding party from the German Zeppelin L23


Zeppelin L23, Capt. Ludwig Bockholt commanding, sends a prize crew to take the captured Norwegian bark Royal. 23 April 1917.

On 23. April 1917, L23 brought up the Norwegian bark ‘Royal’ on the North Sea 85 nautical miles off Bovbjerg Lighthouse (Denmark). By throwing a bomb right in front of the sailship, its Norwegian crew was forced to their lifeboats. The airship then gently descended on one lifeboat, where commander Bockholt requested the ship’s papers and sent an officer and five sailors onto the sailing ship to investigate the cargo, that turned out to be war contraband namely illegal mine timber to England.

A rapidly selected command consisting of Petty Officer Bernhard Wiesemann, Chief Navigator Ernst Fegert and Chief Engineer Friedrich Engelke took over the sailing ship. The Norwegian crew was first locked in their quarters, but when the Germans had problems maneuver the ship’s sails, they were set free and ordered to sail the bark to Cuxhaven, where they arrived after 43 hours.

Royal was seized and sold, which then sailed under various German shipping companies both during and after the war until the ship was sold for scrapping in 1924.


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