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Taking flight in Salisbury

10 May 2012Written by Gabriel Berner

An album containing over 200 photographs belonging to Flight Lieutenant Herbert Carmichael “Bird” Irwin (1894-1930), captain of the airship R101, is to be offered for sale at Netherhampton Salerooms in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on May 16.

Irwin was killed while trying to save the airship which crashed in France. Many of the photographs were taken by Irwin when he was at East Fortune in Scotland, with many aerial shots of both naval and commercial ships in addition to pictures and documents relating to airships.

There are also photographs that relate to the surrender of the German Fleet on November 21, 1918, including portraits of Admiral Sir David Beatty, King George V and Queen Mary on board the Queen Elizabeth.

Contact 01722 342045.

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