Watercolour painting by Sydney William Carline
CAMEL SCOUTS ON PATROL ALONG THE LINE WITH A GROUP OF ENEMY MACHINES IN SIGHT, ABOVE THE PIAVE VALLEY, ITALY. An aerial view of Camel Scout biplanes in flight over the Italian Alps. Two biplanes fly in the centre foreground against a bank of pink, yellow and white cloud, from which emerges a tall snow-capped mountain peak. In the background there are six further aircraft in flight. The River Piave and its green valley can be seen through the cloud in the lower part of the composition. "We have been doing two machine patrols lately and this morning I took a new fellow up. On the lines we met about six Italian machines. He of course thought I was one of them and followed them and properly lost me. So I did the patrol myself...I saw five Hun machines come up from behind the hills quite close, so I got between them and the sun and they went off along the mountains...We saw them again this afternoon." (Extract from a letter of 19 March 1918).