Friday 2 July 2010 by Janice Farrer. 1 comment
Diary of an Anzac

Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds.

Soldiers constructing dugouts near the beach north of Anzac Cove. Soldiers constructing dugouts near the beach north of Anzac Cove.

‘Things have been very quiet all day. One of our planes flew over at about 6pm. Considerable quantities of 4 by 4 timber and corrugated iron have been brought ashore lately. The 5inch howitzers have been firing a few rounds this evening.’ 

For the classroom: With all these materials being brought ashore what might they be building?


SQNLDR Hugh Dolan

The plane which flew over ANZAC at 6 pm on Friday 2 June was a biplane of No. 3 Squadron (BE50) flown by the Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Charles Samson of the Royal Naval Air Service. His aircraft carried a 100 lb bomb in a rack underneath his aircraft. The mission was recorded in the squadron records as "Reconnaissance and bomb attack." Only five missions were flown by this squadron on that day ranging from patrolling for a hostile submarine to bomb attacks at Cape Helles to support the British 29 Division. The squadron was based on the Aegean island of Tenedos and usually conducted 5 - 10 missions per day. A number of Australian air crew flew with the RNAS including Captain Jopp, an Australian artillery officer who was the ANZAC specialist. Captain Jopp first flew with the RNAS on 18 June and was awarded a Mention in Despatches for his efforts at the end of the campaign. Squadron Leader Hugh Dolan, Air Power Development Centre.