6 Squadron Aerial Photos - White Chateau

The two photographs on Page 9 were taken by an RE8 of 6 Squadron, part of the squadron's aerial reconnaissance operations over the Western Front during WW1.

Both photographs were taken by an RE8 of 6 Squadron over the White Chateau (near Palinbeek - not the White Chateau at Hollebeke), east of St Eloi, as defined by the mapping coordinates 28. O. 4. B and 28. O. 4. C, each area measuring 500 yards square. The first photograph was taken on the 24th April 1917 and the second on the 5th June 1917, 2 days before 19 mines were detonated beneath the German lines along the Messines ridge at the start of the Battle of Messines.

Aerial photos of the White Chateau near Palinbeek, taken by a 6 Squadron RE8 before and after the pre bombardment of the Battle of Messines, 1917