Fabric from German Zeppelin L.49

Fabric with gray printed pattern of lines and doped measuring 23.75" x 22.5" from Zeppelin L.49 which was forced down by Nieuports of Escadrille N.152, the "Crocodiles." The Zeppelin, full of holes and with gas escaping, could not stay aloft and floated down to rest "in the woods on the slopes of the River Apance, near Bourbonne-les-Bains" in October, 1917, as retold in Douglas H. Robinson's work The Zeppelin In Combat. The crocodiles apparently did not have incendiary bullets.  The photo below left is of a piece of fabric from SL 11 on exhibit at the Imperial War Museum; it has the identical printed gray pattern. Kplt. Gayer, L.49's commander, is seen 7th from the left in the photo below right. The bottom left photo shows L.49 on the ground and the bottom right photo was taken from the forward gondola with trees visible through the glass windshield.