Photograph of a group of grounded aircraft of various types, most likely RE8s, at the No. 1 Australian Squadron base at Weli Sheikh Nuran. A similar photograph also appears in the book "Fire in the Sky: The Australian Flying Corps in the First World War" by Michael Molkenton, p. 78. This image also appears in the album ST 41220 (MM 113609).
One of an album of 32 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, 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 also contains images of what appears to be either the Second or Third Gaza Campaigns. The album ST 41220, from the same source, contains copies of some of the images in this album.
Description of Content
Image depcting various types of aircraft lined up across the centre of the image, all of the aircraft are side on and orientated towards the left of frame. The aircraft appear to be in the desert. What looks to be tire tracks can be seen in the bottom right hand corner of the image and in the very centre there is a figure with their back to the camera.
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
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
Type of item
Image Dimensions - Photograph
98 mm (Width), 73 mm (Height)
Approximate dimensions [margins of the photograph are obscured by the window mount of the album]