Aeroplane Monthly 1986-10
Personal album
One of the RNAS aerodromes on Imbros is pictured, showing a Bessoneau hangar and bell tents typical of the period. On the left of the photograph is a Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c bearing red, white and blue stripes on both fin and rudder. Two Voisin LAs and a Short 830 landplane may just be seen in the background.
Mechanics pause to pose during the hoisting of a Voisin LA's Salmson (Canton-Unne) radial at Therma. Like the Farman F.27, the Voisin was an all-steel aircraft and was used as a reconnaissance-bomber.
Teeth on aeroplanes are nothing new; an embellished Farman MF.11bis Shorthorn at Thermi, where the type was used by No 3 Wing.
An Avro 504 fuselage converted into an engine handling/starting trainer on Imbros, the island 20 miles west of the Dardanelles which was the main Aegean base of Nos 2 and 3 Wings, RNAS.
Avro 504B 1040 in pieces on an RNAS tender at Imbros. The wrecked aircraft's le Rhone engine is on a stand at the extreme right.
A Sopwith Pup on its back at Imbros, where the type equipped “C” Squadron RNAS.
A good detail shot of the undercarriage and bomb racks of an RNAS Farman F.27, taken at Imbros. The reliable, all-steel framed Farman made quite a name for itself in the Aegean as a bomber/reconnaissance aircraft. A two-seat pusher biplane, the type was powered by the 140 h.p. or 160 h.p. Salmson radial engine.
Work in progress on the fuselage of an RNAS Nieuport 12. Note the flimsy-looking Nieuport-type mounting for the observer's Lewis gun over the rear cockpit. The picture was taken at Thermo on the island of Samothrace; the aerodrome's defensive gun emplacements are visible in the background.
French Nieuport 12 being recovered after ditching in the Aegean off Imbros.
Another, less fortunate, Nieuport being dismantled at Thermo after losing its under­carriage.