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    Wreck of Airship "Roma" at Norfolk, USA

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    SLATE INFORMATION: The Giant "Roma" - once the world's greatest semi-rigid dirigible.

    USA: Virginia: Norfolk:
    GV pan along wreckage, (2 shots).

    TITLE: Now a twisted mass of blackened ruins after an explosion which cost the lives of 34 of her crew.
    GV crane raising up piece of wreckage, men standing by.
    GV man walking round bare bones of rudder.

    TITLE: The remains of the rudder - which failed to function.
    MV tilt down telegraph wire showing loose wires.

    TITLE: The high tension wires in which the Roma caught as it crashed to earth - the electric current setting the great gas bag afire
    CU Major Thurnell.

    TITLE: Major John G. Thurnell - among the dead.
    SV young sergeant Biedenbach standing by Army vehicle.

    TITLE: Sergeant Biedenbach one of the few survivors.
    LS pan along people surrounding airship.

    TITLE: Major Thurwell with Ambassador Johnson (the bearded man) in the cabin of the Roma at the time the airship was purchased from Italy for $250,000.
    SV Major Thurwell with other officers and Ambassador Johnson looking out from airship.
    GV wreckage of airship floating in river, barge full of people nearby.

    TITLE: The Roma was the second of two airships purchased aboard to meet disaster. The first was the ZR2 brought from England and likewise destroyed by explosion.
    Background: Wreck of Airship "Roma" at Norfolk, USA

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    Reuters - Gaumont Graphic Newsreel
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