6 Squadron Aerial Photos - St Eloi Craters 

The two photographs on Page 17 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 over St Eloi, as defined by mapping coordinates 28. O. 2. C and 28. O. 8. A. The first photograph was taken on the 18th May 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 St Eloi Craters, taken by 6 Squadron before and after the pre-bombardment at the Battle of Messines, 1917