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Barrow-in-Furness (Airship)


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A surfaced U-boat on 29 January 1915 cheekily attempted to shell the airship shed sited on Walney Island. U-21 fired a couple of rounds which missed before departing when engaged by shore batteries.

Also known as: Cavendish Dock / RNAS Walney Island / Walney Island
County: Cumbria
Current Status: Housing / Industry / Open land
Date: September 1911 - September 1921
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / RNAS / Civil
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved
Prominent People: Barnes Wallis
Aircraft Roles: Aircraft manufacture

Main unit(s) present:

  • Vickers

Footage of the Mayfly airship at Barrow-in-Furness and a R101 airship at Cardington, 1911 and c. 1930s. Courtesy of HuntleyFilmArchives

The R80 airship at Barrow-in-Furness, 1920. Courtesy of British Pathé


Plan of Barrow-in-Furness (Airship), 1916. Courtesy of Ed Andrews

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