Group portrait of German aviators of Fliegerabteilung 300 (FA300) in various forms of tropical ...

Place Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Palestine, Ramleh
Accession Number P02097.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Group portrait of German aviators of Fliegerabteilung 300 (FA300) in various forms of tropical and other uniform, some pre-colonial. The photograph was dropped on No. 1 Squadron Australian Flying Corps (AFC) airfield as a compliment by Oberleutnant Gerhardt Felmy who communicated with members of the AFC in late July 1917 following the capture of Lieutenant (Lt) C.H. Vautin AFC. An inscription on the verso of the photograph identifies some of the men with reference to numbers written on the photograph, albeit with some transcription errors in the names of the men: "1. my brother/ commander of our Flying Company [Hellmuth Felmy]; 2. Falke; 3. Felmy; 4. Schumage [sic, probably originally Schmarje]; 5. Tilsche; 6. Tchlerff [sic, probably originally Schlieff]; 7. Paumn [sic, probably originally Daum]". Identified are, left to right: back row: unknown; unknown; Leutnant (Ltn) Schumann; unknown; unknown; Ltn Tilsche; Dr Fleischmann, physician of 300 Squadron; Oberleutnant Dittmar, wearing a Kalpak, or Turkish hat, with Turkish air emblem. Middle row: unknown; Oberleutnant Daum; Oberleutnant Falke; Captain Hellmuth Felmy (Commander of the Flying Company, and brother to Gerhardt Felmy); unknown; Oberleutnant Gerhardt Felmy; unknown. Front row: possibly Fritzsche; Ltn Schlieff; Ltn Schmarje. Dittmar was himself shot down in October 1917 and taken prisoner by the Australian Flying Corps. (Inferior versions of this image held at P01034.030 and P01184.022) (Original print held in AWM Archive Store)