The dog on the Hindenburg

HindenburgWhen the German airship Hindenburg exploded over Lakehurst, New Jersey on May 6,1937, there was a single dog on board.

Joseph Späh, a German acrobatic performer, was bringing the German shepherd named Ulla to the United States as a surprise for his children.  Ulla was kept in a restricted freight area of the ship and she did not survive the fire.

German Shepherd

At one stage of the investigation into the disaster, Mr Späh was considered a possible saboteur because he had made trips into the restricted area on a regular basis (to feed Ulla).  These allegations were never proven.

 

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