1928 - 1929 photo album containing 90 unique original real photographs taken by air observer and reconnaissance airman Ronald Malloy of 20 (A.C.) Squadron C flight. Six photos have fallen out over time.
Malloy was an accomplished photographer because his photos, many of them taken from his bi-plane are well composed and clear. If you look carefully on some of them you can see where he's marked the coordinates for artillery fire if it became necessary. 20 (A.C.) Squadron was mainly a reconnaissance squadron used for information and calling in artillery fire although they did sometimes take part in combat and of course the Kabul Evacuation.
These photographs were taken during the period of the Kabul and Peshawar troubles of 1928 and 1929. This was also the squadron that took part in the first ever large scale mercy flight.
The world's first ever major 'mercy airlift' was carried out from Kabul in Afghanistan to Peshawar in Northern India (now Pakistan), North Western Frontier Province. (NWFP), over the Suleiman mountains in the snowbound winter of 1928-29, using DC5s for reconnaissance, and Vickers Victorias and one Handley-Page to evacuate all the European embassy staffs - 'women and children first': not a single life was lost.
Using only fragile biplanes the RAF saved Kabul's entire diplomatic community from the jaws of a violent tribal revolt. Held aloft by little more than canvas, wood and wire, pilots braved freezing temperatures and snowy 10,000ft mountains that offered nowhere for a forced landing. And over two months they rescued nearly 600 civilians and flew the equivalent of twice around the world without losing, or taking, a single life. The evacuation began with King Amanullah's ill-advised attempts to reform his deeply conservative subjects. Shown are aerial views of government house, RAF compound in Peshawar, Viceroy inspecting 20th AC Squadron, main street in Peshawar, Bristol fighter planes, Hindu merchants, aerial views of a number of forts and cities, married and mens quarters in Cherat, several photos of Miranshah Fort, a hilltop blockhouse in Waziristan, several photos of Jhikagali, repairing an airplane at Spinwam. The last photo is a photo of Malloy himself. A very well captioned album with very clear photos. N