Eye in the sky: The Royal Naval Air Service

Rhys Crawley

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    In spite of its tri-service nature, the Gallipoli Campaign is commonly seen as a clash or armies and a land-only affair. By ignoring the other services, though, we are presented with a part-picture of the nine-month affiaar. This paper will examine the role of the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) - the allied eye in the sky - throughout the campaign, with a particular focus its two main roles: flying reconnaissance patrol missions as a source of operational and strategic intelligence; and aerial spotting for the field artillery and naval gun-fire support. The RNAS underwent many changes throughout the campaign and suffered from shortages in equipment and experienced crews, yet despite these challenges, it continued to play a crucial role in the allied war effort, especially in its development of new spotting, aerial photography, and aerial attack techniques.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGelibolu: Tarih, Efsane ve Ani (Gallipoli: History, Legend and Memory)
    Editors Ibrahim Guran Yumusak & M. Mehdi Ilhan
    Place of PublicationIstanbul
    PublisherIstanbul Medeniyet University
    ISBN (Print)9786058603608
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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