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6 Squadron Aerial Photos - Oaten Wood

The two photographs on Page 16 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 were taken of the same area at Oaten Wood, as defined by mapping coordinates 28. O. 8. B. The first photograph was taken on the 23rd April 1917 and the second on the 3rd June 1917, 4 days before 19 mines were detonated beneath the German lines along the Messines ridge at the start of the Battle of Messines.

6 Squadron aerial photos of Oaten Wood, taken by 6 Squadron before and after the pre-bombardment at the Battle of Messines, 1917
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