my regiment. <So having left a small garrison to secure our line of communication the Division proceeded on their river journey to Ali-el-Gherbi.> [“A” Flight consisted at that time of Major Reilly in command, Capt Petre & Capt White Australian Flying Corps & Lieut Wells 33rd Punjabis flying officers: Captain Atkins 11 Rajputs, Capt Yates-Brown 17 Cavalry & myself observing officers. We had only 2 Caudrons & 1 Morris Farman Short Horn machine at that time, the mechanics were mostly men from the Australian Flying Corps with a few men from British infantry units who had a knowledge of mechanics. Our parent ship was the T3 a double decked Hoogly tug, on which we lived, messed & had our principal workshop.
The aeroplanes had flown up. A Longhorn Morris Farman <& two> Martin Syde Scout machines had arrived there, as well as a Flight of the Royal Naval Air Service which had arrived in Basra after their successful effort of helping our Monitaurs to destroy the German cruiser “Konigsberg” which had taken refuge up the Rafugi river in German East Africa.]
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