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    Hi everyone,

    Maybe I am treading on old ground here but can anyone supply me with the area of balloon squadrons with locations etc.

    Thanks in advance.

    Cheers.

    Steve.

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    Hello Steve,

    The best article covering balloon squadrons I've seen starts like this:

    'Balloon barrages were a passive form of defence designed to force enemy raiders to fly higher, and thus bomb much less accurately. In July 1937 the siting of a barrage was started in London, and on September 21st 1938 it was ordered that this protection was to be extended to certain provincial towns and cities, those initially chosen being Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Hull, Newcastle upon Tyne, Plymouth, Southampton, Glasgow, and Cardiff. (...)'

    John Penny, A short history of No.11 Balloon Centre at Pucklechurch, 1939 to 1945
    http://fishponds.org.uk/puckle.html

    See also the sources on: http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/902_Balloon_squadron.html

    Regards,

    Bart

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    Hi Steve
    See if you can get a look at the recently published Air Britain book, Flying Training and Support Units since 1912- Ray Sturtivant and John Hamlin, which from P70-77, lists all the balloon units and gives a fair idea of where they were deployed bearing in mind that an individual unit may have an HQ in one place, but the balloons would be dispersed around that HQ by some distance wherever needed.Sqns were numbered from 900-999. The book is fairly expensive but should be available via a library
    Regards
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    Hi Dick and Bart,

    Thanks for the replies to my enquiry, appreciated.

    Looks like another book to collect for my reference section.

    Cheers.

    Steve.

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    Hi Steve

    In case you're interested, I have a number of images from the file AIR 2/3173 that I'm happy to share with you regarding aircraft collisions (enemy and Allied) with barrage balloons. The documents/correspondence date from November and December 1940 at high level (e.g. HQFC) and concern locations of balloons, accidents and circumstances.

    Each known collision is also recorded in the file, although I have an image of only one of these pages, from the end of November / beginning of December, which you might like to see, as an example of what's available.

    If you're interested, please mail me at brewATclients.ch

    Kind regards
    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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    Hi Steve,

    You may like to have a look at www.17balloon.co.uk which has a very detailed write-up for the Hull balloon defences. It includes some site plans.

    HTH

    Dave Molyneux

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    Hi Dave

    Couldn't get that link to work

    I used

    http://17balloons.co.uk/

    Cheers

    Eddie

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