Lady Grace Drummond-Hay

Lady Grace Drummond-Hay aboad Graf Zeppelin

Lady Grace Drummond-Hay aboard Graf Zeppelin

Lady Grace Hay Drummond-Hay was closely associated with zeppelin travel aboard the Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg.

Grace Drummond Hay in engine car of LZ-127

Grace Drummond Hay in engine car of LZ-127

Born Grace Marguerite Lethbridge, she was the widow of a British diplomat, Sir Robert Hay Drummond-Hay.

As a journalist for the Hearst press organization, Drummond-Hay made her first zeppelin flight in October, 1928, when she was chosen to accompany five other reporters — including her companion and Hearst colleague Karl von Wiegand — on the first transatlantic flight of the Graf Zeppelin from Germany to America.  As the only woman on the flight, Drummond-Hay received a great deal of attention in the world’s press.

Grace Drummon-Hay and Karl von Wiegand in control car of LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin

Grace Drummond-Hay and Karl von Wiegand in control car of LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin

In March of 1929, Lady Drummond Hay and von Wiegand were once again aboard Graf Zeppelin, for the ship’s “Orient Flight” to Palestine.

Later in 1929 the Hearst organization co-sponsored Graf Zeppelin’s historic Round-the-World flight and their reporter Lady Drummond-Hay was once again a passenger.  She was the only woman among the 60 male passengers and crew, which again included her companion von Wiegand.  Drummond-Hay’s presence on the flight, and her reporting as the ship circled the globe, garnered tremendous attention in the press.

Ticket for Graf Zeppelin's Round-the-World Flight

Ticket for Graf Zeppelin’s Round-the-World Flight

Clara Adams and Lady Grace Hay-Drummond-Hay

Clara Adams and Lady Grace Hay Drummond-Hay

Lady Drummond Hay’s experience on the Graf Zeppelin’s Round-the-World flight, and her romance with fellow journalist Karl von Wiegand, is the subject of the film Farewell by Dutch filmmaker Ditteke Mensink. Several elements of the film are fictional, as discussed in more detail on the blog.

Lady Drummond-Hay was also onboard the Hindenburg’s maiden flight from Germany to the United States in May, 1936, along with aviation enthusiast Clara Adams.

During the flight, Lady Drummond-Hay wrote and posted a letter to her friend Adams, looking forward to meeting again “as companions in adventure when the next Zeppelin is completed.”

The letter is dated is dated May 8, 1936; the age of the passenger zeppelin ended just a year later, with the Hindenburg disaster of May 6, 1937.

Drummond Hay Letter

My dear Clara:

I cannot tell you how happy I was to find you on board the Hindenburg as one of the passengers on her first flight from Germany to America. I hope we will meet again as “companions in adventure” when the next Zeppelin is completed, and that once more we will pioneer a path through the air together.

Kindest thoughts always,
your sincere friend,

Grace M Hay Drummond Hay

Drummond Hay Letter

Lady Drummond-Hay and her partner Karl von Wiegand were in the Philippines when the Japanese invaded the islands in 1942, and both were interned in a Japanese camp.  Although Drummond-Hay survived the war and returned to New York, she died of coronary thrombosis in early 1946 as a result of the extremely harsh conditions she had suffered at the hands of the Japanese.

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Dagmara Lizlovs
Dagmara Lizlovs

Dan: Good article on the Lady Grace Hay-Drummond Hay. Here are some additional things on the Lady Grace Hay-Drummond Hay that I have looked into. She was born on 12 September 1895. She passed away on 12 February 1946. In addition to being a journalist, the Lady Drummond Hay also… Read more »

Helena
Helena

Einer der wunderbarsten Filme der noch zeitlich nahen 85jährigen Geschichte. Es passt einfach alles. Die berührende Story um die junge Journalistin Grace Hay eingebunden in die traumhaften Aufnahmen im und aus dem ersten Luftschiff der Welt, die historischen Aufnahmen von Natur, Land und Leuten und das alles im Zusammenhang mit… Read more »

nathalie wilson
nathalie wilson

How can I see this documentary in full?

Gregory Bennett
Gregory Bennett

The documentary is on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4jq7oRxw-g

Frank Feigel
Frank Feigel

I have some letters and signed books from Lady Hay Dummond Hay she wrotes to my grandfather. If anyone is interested in copies?
Greetings from Germany

nathalie wilson
nathalie wilson

Hi, my name is Avaline Wilson, age 10. I am doing a school project on Lady Grace and I was wondering if I could get a signed copy of one of your letters you have?

Thank you so much

Larry Smith
Larry Smith

Mr. Feigel,

I’d be interested in procuring copies of Lady Drummond-Hay’s letters to your grandfather. Would you have a PDF version of this? Otherwise, I’d be pleased to pay for postage.

Are the letters written in German?

Peter Diderich
Peter Diderich

I am highly interested in copies of these letters and what books Lady Drummond-Hay signed. Do you think it is possible to acquire a pdf or copies? (Greetings from Germany).

Jack McAdam

Congratulations to everyone that contributed to this fascinating film. Most engaging and beautifully edited and produced. Keep up the great work.

Jack McAdam

Peter Young
Peter Young

What an amazing TV programme that was , about the worlds first zeppelin flight around the entire globe! It has made me look at what happened to her and Karl; and how sad for them ending up in a jap POW camp! Tragic.

Brian

Hi Peter,

I couldn’t agree more, what an amazing tv programe. Perhaps, you’d like to contact me and exchange views on that extroudinary one and half hour show.

Krister Horn
Krister Horn

I had the privilege to watch the wonderful documentery about the tour around the world of the Graf Zeppelin. What an amazing story with the nice report of lady Grace and her feelings for Karl von Wiegand.
We enjoyed it very much.
Krister, The Netherlands

monika
monika

Great documentary, interesting. I taped it. Shown on TVO in Ontario, Canada.

Likely one can get a copy for reference on ebay. If it’s printed, or shown, it will appear there. Great and interesting about the Zepplin. thanks for making it.

Sanna Harjula
Sanna Harjula

Hello!
I saw the document Farwell in finnish FST-chanel. It was so fascinating and beautifull! Thank you Lady Grace Hay Drummond Hay!

Sanna

anjoyplanet

In this beautiful day of November 28, 2010, through http://twitter.com/Airships I went to the website (http://beta.uitzendinggemist.nl/afleveringen/1013339), where I was finally able, after years and years of dreaming that it will be existing somewhere,(from childhood !) I experience the images and high emotions of the amazing FAREWELL document… Indescribably beautiful, invaluable… Read more »