Four SE5 Biplane aircraft and men of C Flight of No 2 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps (AFC) ...

Accession Number E01881
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Glass original half plate negative
Maker Unknown Australian Official Photographer
Place made France: Nord Pas de Calais, Pas de Calais, Savy
Date made 25 March 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Four SE5 Biplane aircraft and men of C Flight of No 2 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps (AFC) lined up on a field used as a makeshift airfield by the RAF. Identified, from left: Lieutenant (Lt) Frederick Walter Sexton, (who enlisted with the 28th Battalion on 23 August 1915 and served as Corporal 2335 before transferring to the AFC); Lt Lawrence Benjamin, (who originally enlisted with the No 2 Squadron AFC on 17 February 1915 and served as a sergeant); Air Mechanic Second Class Patrick Gaffney, (who enlisted as Private 9875 with the 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance Brigade on 28 August 1915); Captain (Capt) Henry Garnet Forrest, Italian Silver Medal for Military Valour, (later awarded DFC and bar) (who originally enlisted on 19 February 1915 with the 23rd Battalion and served as a Company Quartermaster Sergeant 123); Corporal (Cpl) William Bennett Campbell, MM, (who enlisted as Private 8054 with the 2nd Australian General Hospital (AGH) on 3 July 1915); Lt Alpin Charles Grant Cameron, (who enlisted as Gunner 31936 with 3rd Field Artillery Brigade); 1st Air Mechanic E Hayman; Sergeant Allen Raybould, (who enlisted as 9537 Private with the 1st AGH Army Medical Corps on 3 September 1915); Cpl Leslie Dunnet, (who enlisted as 1168 Private with the 10th Light Horse Regiment on 16 March 1915); Capt Roby Lewis Manuel, (later awarded DFC and Bar), (who originally enlisted as 1681 Private with the 43rd Battalion on 5 April 1916). Note on the tail of the second aircraft the Serial number C9539 is visible. This aircraft's paint scheme was replicated on the Australian War Memorial's SE5A, (A2-4), in 1970.