Plane is a Caudron G.3.
Villers-Allerand airfield was located near Reims France.
Text on back: ‘VILLERS ALLERAND 74’
6,50 X 8,50 cm
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)
Photo Guerre 14-18 d'un biplan Caudron G3 anglais à l'aérodrome Villers-Allerand (Reims).
(Texte rouge est un filigrane électronique, qui n’est pas sur le photo en vente)
The Caudron G.3 was a single-engined French biplane built by Caudron, widely used in World War I as a reconnaissance aircraft and trainer.
The aircraft had a short crew nacelle, with a single engine in the nose of the nacelle, and an open tailboom truss. It was of sesquiplane layout, and used wing warping for lateral control, although this was replaced by conventional ailerons fitted on the upper wing in late production aircraft. Usually, the G.3 was not armed, although sometimes light machine guns and small bombs were fitted.
The G.3 was well-suited for reconnaissance use, proving stable and having good visibility. As the war progressed, its low performance and lack of armament made it too vulnerable for front line service, and it was withdrawn from front line operations in mid-1916.
…the British RFC (continuing operations until October 1917), who fitted some with light bombs and machine guns for ground attack..