Photograph of a crashed aircraft, possibly a Martinsyde.
One of an album of 24 black and white photographs of the Middle East during World War I, probably taken by Australian Flying Corps photographer Norman Henry Clutterbuck, the maternal uncle of the previous owner Ray Kerby. The album mostly contains aerial photographs of locations around the Middle East including Jerusalem, Jericho, Gaza and Jaffa some of which appear to be duplicates of photographs found in the war diaries of the No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, held at the Australian War Memorial. The album ST 41221, from the same source, contains copies of some of the images included in this album.
Significantly, Norman Clutterbuck worked from a darkroom made from packing case of a Martinsyde aircraft. It was converted into a two-section darkroom, the rear end for developing and printing, and the front for washing, glazing, and so forth. The darkroom is depicted in several photographs in the Australian War Memorial collection, also featuring Clutterbuck himself: P00588.028, P00588.007 and P00589.003.
Description of Content
Image depicting a grounded aircraft that appears to be on fire.
Black and white photographic print on paper
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Victorian Branch, Returned & Services League of Australia Limited (RSL), Mr Ray (Raymond) V. Kerby, 08/1987
Place & Date Depicted
Mr Ray (Raymond) V. Kerby
Previous owner of the album in which the photograph appears. His name is inscribed in the front of the album. He was the nephew of the probable photographer, Norman Henry Clutterbuck.
Photograph, Black & White
Handwritten in white ink on the support underneath the bottom right corner of the photograph: 'AN ACCIDENT'
Type of item
Image Dimensions - Photograph
100 mm (Width), 75 mm (Height)
Approximate dimensions [margins of photograph are obscured by the window mount of the album]