Centenary of bomb raid on Corby

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It’s 100 years this weekend since a WWI Zeppelin bombing raid hit Corby, Gretton and Rockingham.

Miraculously, although there were 17 bombs dropped between Kirby Hall and the southern entrance to Corby railway tunnel on the night of October 1, 1916, there were no casualties and no damage to any buildings or structures.

To mark the anniversary, Corby Council has publicised a series of first-person accounts on its website.

Historians assume the enemy Zeppelin was targeting the railway line which served Corby Ironworks or was an opportunistic attack as the airship came under fire from an anti-aircraft unit based at Shire Lodge, Corby.

The captain of the airship, thinking there was a strategic target being protected, commenced dropping his bombs and incendiary devices.

Several of the bombs and devices dropped failed to explode and were subsequently placed on display.

The Zeppelin that conducted the raid (L34) was itself shot down the following month off the North-East English coast.

The captain of the L34 was Max Dietrich. He commanded a number of Zeppelins prior to taking command of the L34 in September 1916. He was the uncle of the actress and singer Marlene Dietrich.

Almost a year later a Zeppelin raid on Northampton resulted in three fatalities.