British Airship People

A celebration of some remarkable people. Find out about airship designers, crews and workers here.

URGENT APPEAL! This year is the 100th anniversary of the R38 airship crash on 24th August 1921 in which 28 UK and 16 US men were killed. If you have any information about the R38 or are a relative of anyone connected to the ship please make contact.

I have photos of all the US men but am missing 15 of the UK crew listed below. Please take a look and see if you can help. More information about these men can be found on the R38 UK and US crew pages. Thank you. - Jane Harvey. May 2021.

The R38/ZR2 airship. I am still missing photographs of some of the UK men killed in the crash. Can you help?

Here are the names of the R38 UK crew members without photographs.

George Stanley Anger

Frederick Ernest Burton

Charles Watt Donald

John Rye

John Cecil Drew

Frank Smith

C W Duffield

Harold Thomson

William Hunter Greener

Frank Warren

S J Heath

John William Wilson

Alfred Thomas Martin

Richard Withington

John W A Mason

Please make contact if you can help with this project. We need to honour these oft overlooked men.



British Airship Crew Roll of Honour. Please visit this new page commemorating those men who have lost their lives whilst serving on airships. 148 men have been identified so far - if you have any information or photographs of those listed or information of any person not included please make contact so they can be honoured here. This page can be found in the Biogs and References section.

Also new - details and photos of Cpl John Henry Gray an engineer on the R34 trans-atlantic flight to New York in 1919. Thanks to Kenneth Gray, his grandson who has sent in this information. Find out more in the R33, R34 section.

Panel at Hollybrook Memorial listing the four crew of the C25 who lost their lives at sea believed to have been shot down.
Press report of an explosion at Wormwood Scrubs with the loss of two lives.
Ft Lt Edward Bourchier Devereux. Pilot. Lost at sea. Commemorated Chatham Naval Memorial. Aged 22. (Photo IWM Life Stories).
Air Commodore Edward Maitland. Fervent believer in parachutes.
Charles Ivor Rae Campbell. Superintendent of the Royal Airship Works.
Officers of the R34 on arrival at Mineola, New York, 7 July 1919
Flight Lieutenant Archibald Wann. R38 survivor.
Engineer Granville Watts making repairs mid flight.
Ralph Sleigh Booth. R100 Commander.
Major George Herbert Scott. Highly experienced airship officer.
R101 Cox George William Hunt.
All six survivors of the R101 crash.
RAW worker Daisy Exley.
Harold Butler Wyn Evans Chief Admiralty Overseer. Find more details in the Notable People section.
Chatham Naval Memorial - see the Roll of Honour page listing those men killed whilst serving on airships.