6 Squadron Aerial Photos - Pastoor Blankestraat

The two photographs on Page 27 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 to show the effect of a destructive shoot (before and after photos) on a hostile battery off the Pastoor Blankestraat, Heuvelland, prior to the Battle of Messines, defined by mapping coordinates 28. O. 17. C. The first photograph was taken on the 23rd April 1917 and the date of the second was 18th May 1917. The exact location of the battery is at the corner of a field 100 metres east of the house at Pastoor Blanckestraat 2A, GPS coordinates 50°47'25.6"N 2°55'37.3"E.