Adrian Roberts Posted 23 January , 2005 Share Posted 23 January , 2005 Do any of you know who the men were in this photo of a DH2 squadron, and which squadron it is? I'll put half the photo into the next post, as I had to scan it in two sections. I've had this photo for about twenty years; it is from Christopher Campbells Aces and Aircraft of WW1(Treasure Press) - a mainstream publication so probably not a rare photo. The caption only says: "RFC pilots in front of a DH2 at the Fourth Army Aircraft Park, Beauval, France, 1916". Could the small dark CO in the centre be the Welshman, Lionel Rees VC? I'm fascinated by this shot as the men seem particularly "human". I get the impression that the cameraman took ages to get it set up. Some officers, whom I assume to be Regular Army, remain standing smartly but look as though they have Things To Be Getting On With. Others, presumably New Army, seem to have lost interest entirely. The two on the far right [of the right section of the photo] look like a couple of sulky teenagers - they probably were teenagers. Many of these men would have been younger than I was when I first saw the photo; all of them younger than I am now. I dread to think how many survived the war, or even the next few months. Left half below, right half in next post Adrian Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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