Collection: RAF Adriatic Group Collection Photographs
An album of photographs entitled 'With the Royal Air Force in the Adriatic', relating to the activities of Nos. 66 and 67 Wings of the Adriatic Group, RAF, in 1918. The Adriatic Group had its headquarters at Pizzone, Taranto, and was tasked with combatting Austro-Hungarian and German submarine activity in the Adriatic and Mediterranean, and bombing enemy lines of communication. In August 1918 there were bombing raids on the important submarine base at Cattaro, and in September missions were flown in support of Italian forces in Albania. On 2 October 1918 Nos. 66 and 67 Wings co-operated with the combined Allied fleets in an attack on Durazzo. Squadrons involved were Nos. 224 and 225 (66 Wing) and Nos. 226 and 227 (67 Wing).
Photos include: kite balloons inspected by Italian Admiral Cusani-Visconti, October 1918; HMS ETNA at Brindisi, 11 November 1918; aerial view of Allied ships at Taranto; aerial views of various bridges destroyed by RAF aircraft; aerial views of the attack on Durazzo on 2 October 1918 and its aftermath, showing damage to railway sidings and the sea-plane base; damage to HMS WEYMOUTH hit by a torpedo off Durazzo; aerial views of enemy bases around the Gulf of Cattaro, and one showing a direct hit on an enemy transport ship, 2 August 1918; aerial views of the enemy airfield at Tirana; aerial view of bombing attack on shipping at San Giovanni di Medua; aerial views of the attack on the submarine base at Gjenovic, 21 August 1918; aerial views of Otranto, November 1918; a formal group photo of officers of the Adriatic Group; air and ground views of the RAF camp and aerodrome at Pizzone.
The album has been rebound by IWM and is a transfer from Collections Access. The original cover features a handpainted title superimposed over an RAF crown and eagle emblem. Inside it has a Christmas greeting signed by Colonel Arthur M Longmore, RAF. The album also contains a listing of bomb tonnages dropped on various targets, and a roll of honour for RAF airmen of the Adriatic Group, 1917-18.