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6 Squadron Aerial Photos - White Chateau Hollebeke (3) 

The two photographs on Page 24 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 white chateau at Hollebeke (as distinct from the White Chateau at Palinbeek), defined by mapping coordinates 28. O. 12. B. The target for the destructive shoot was a farm at 12 Rosettestraat, GPS coordinates 50°48'11.9"N 2°56'43.4"E. Today there is still a farm at that location. The first photograph was taken on the 6th April 1917 and the second on the 14th June 1917, 7 days after 19 mines were detonated beneath the German lines along the Messines ridge at the start of the Battle of Messines. Note the arrows marking the site of an enemy artillery battery, slightly to the west of the Ypres-Comines canal.

More 6 Squadron aerial photos of White Chateau near Hollebeke, taken by 6 Squadron before and after the Battle of Messines, 1917
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