Canea, Crete

17 November, 1919

Rather than taking the flight to Cairo through Athens, the route was altered to Crete which cut the crossing to two shorter flights and 200 miles off their overall flight. Cruel weather and high mountains created a treacherous journey with rain and cloud cover. Captain Ross Smith wrote

‘It was only by turning sharply at right angles that I avoided crashing the machine against precipitous sides.’