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    Thanks Dick, Errol and Allan, and sorry Henk, for intruding in this thread.

    Regards,

    Bart

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    Henk

    Swaledale & Wharfedale source also has:

    LAC John Edwin Craig (867751) 938 Balloon Squadron died 28/11/1940 died as a result of a fractured skull caused by the sidecar he was in colliding with the rear of a lorry.

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    Thanks all for this additional info; also the "intruding" ones (learn from every info on the air war 39-45).

    Henk.

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    My turn to intrude.

    I believe that the main function of the balloon barrage was not to directly down enemy aircraft, but to force them to fly higher. This made them an easier target for AA guns, and made them easier to track by ground observers (longer observation time, from greater distances). This may have been what the magazine article Errol quoted was referring to.

    I think it would be very difficult to provide any meaningful statistics on how effective this was.

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