A unique photo of a disabled British RE8 aircraft diving towards earth during the 4th Australian ...

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Accession Number E03912
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative 5x4" nitrate
Place made France: Picardie, Somme, Amiens Harbonnieres Area, Hamel Area, Hamel
Date made 4 July 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

A unique photo of a disabled British RE8 aircraft diving towards earth during the 4th Australian Infantry Brigade attack at Vaire Wood in the Battle of Hamel. It was subsequently discovered that the machine had been hit by a presumably faulty shell. The aircraft is possibly either B5073 or C4580 which were both shot down during the Battle of Hamel. Note the outer panels of the upper wing have collapsed and folded back.