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Shortstown Heritage

The R33 Airship


The R33 airship - sister to the R34

April 16 1925 - the R33 breaks away from it's mooring mast at Pulham

R33 AwardsSM

This article from The Flight Magazine in May 1925 lists the awards given to the crew members on board the Airship R33 when it broke free of the mast at Pulham. Eleven of the crew were or were to become residents of Shortstown including George Hunt and it is something our village should be proud of.


Sydney Ernest Scott - resident of Shortstown 1925-1930. Later to lose his life in the R101 crash.

G E Long Pulham 1925 ish R33

George Ernest Long - resident of Shortstown from 1930 - 1937. Part of the R100 crew on the flight to Canada in 1930. Went on to work at Cardington until the late 1950's.

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William Henry King - another man later to lose his life in the R101 crash.

Arthur Bell Bedfordshire Times

Arthur Bell - R101 survivor and long term resident of Shortstown.


Zimiri Little - resident in Shortstown in 1926. Does anyone know anything about this man? Please make contact if you can help.

Leslie Anderson Moncrieff R33 crew  Pulham 1925

Leslie Anderson Moncrieff. Rigger Lived in Shortstown from 1931 to at least 1939.

Granville 2

Granville Watts - resident of Shortstown 1927-1929. Also on the successful R100 flight to Canada in 1930.

Other known R33 crew members not on the runaway flight

Shown left - an advert from the Sunbeam Motor Car Company extolling the virtues of one of their engines - as used in the R33!

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