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. For more aerial photos of St Eloi, click HERE  or HERE.

6 Squadron aerial photos of St Eloi Craters, taken by 6 Squadron before and after the pre-bombardment at the Battle of Messines, 1917