24 April 1915 – 3 Squadron RNAS prepares for tomorrow’s attack on the Dardanelles

Since the first flight on 28 March, the aeroplanes of No. 3 Squadron have been over the peninsula at every opportunity – weather permitting. Systematically the officers plotted the enemy positions, controlled ship’s fire against enemy batteries, produced crude photographs of the landing beaches, wrote descriptions of the area and corrected the inaccurate maps; dropped bombs on batteries and camps. Most of the early photography, was done by one officer. Flight Lieutenant C. H. Butler, who began on the 4th of April with a small folding Goertz-Anschutz camera.

All the information that was brought in was passed on to head-quarters at once, but the squadron commander kept also a map which was supplemented and brought up to date from the air reports, from day to day, and this map was handed to Sir Ian Hamilton the commander of the operations before the landings.


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