Above: Another crashed Sopwith 1½
The Sopwith 1½ Strutter served mostly
with the RNAS, the serial 5601 indicates this is an ex Naval
Strutter N5601. This was one of a batch built by Westland
Aircraft of Yeovil with the first few, including this one,
being single seater bombers with the rear cockpit covered.
N5601 was used for trial from the forward platform of the
converted Isle of Man Steam Packet Company vessel Viking as
HMS Vindex. How 5601 ended up in the Middle East is not clear
but maybe this is when on RAF charge after the merger of the
RFC with the RNAS forming that new service. Although the RNAS
had been involved in support for army operations around Gaza,
El Arish, Port Said and Ismailia for some time.