6 Squadron Aerial Photos - Destructive Shoot at Hollebeke

The two photographs on Page 33 were taken by an RE8 of 6 Squadron, part of the squadron's aerial reconnaissance operations over the Western Front during WW1.

 

The photographs were taken to show the effect of the pre-bombardment allied barrage on a German battery west of the Ypres-Commines canal (present day location 50°48'16.4"N 2°56'46.1"E - a few metres south of the junction of Rosettestraat and Kortewildestraat and 500 metres south-west of the site of the Hollebeke White Chateau) immediately prior to the Battle of Messines, map coordinates 28. O. 12. b and 28. O. 12. a. The upper photograph was taken on the 1st May 1917 and the date of the lower photograph was 7th May 1917.