25/viii/44 – Cross-Country taxi service!

25th August 13:45
DH Mosquito XIII MM558 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
NFT & CINE-GUN
Camera on a dakota & a shoot-up at Zeals
0:45

15:10
AIRSPEED OXFORD II X7293
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator: Self
Passenger: W/O Addison DFC DFM
BASE ~ NORTHOLT
To drop W/O Addison
0:40

15:55
Less W/O Addison
NORTHOLT ~ HORSHAM ~ NEWCHURCH
For F/Lt Carcasson
0:40

17:50
Passenger: F/Lt Carcasson
NEWCHURCH ~ HORSHAM ~ BASE
Navigator driving & map reading – nearly through the Anti-Diver balloon barrage
1:10

This wonderful photo of a barrage balloon of Balloon Command floating just above the ground, near Biggin Hill, Kent is just too good not to share! In the background a number of airborne balloons are visible.

balloons

A barrage balloon of Balloon Command floating just above the ground, near Biggin Hill, Kent
© IWM (TR 2161)

 

A section of the barrage-balloon defence put up against the flying bomb over the South Downs.

A mass of barrage balloons seen from above – maybe something like Broody faced today!
© IWM (CH 13806)

 

 

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2 responses to “25/viii/44 – Cross-Country taxi service!

  • a gray

    The photographs of the barrage balloons were very much appreciated. They did, though, raise a question in my mind as to their effectiveness. Have you ever seen any information regarding the number of German planes lost to barrage balloons?

  • aviationtrails

    A interesting post. I believe (unless someone knows better) that the Germans do not use the balloon as a means of defence. Interestingly here, they were successful against V1s in the later part if the war as they could not change direction or height as a bomber could. I don’t know how many bombe were brought down, I suspect only a few as they were used to force low flying aircraft higher to reduce accuracy of bombing and better targets or AA batteries. useful website here http://www.worldwar-two.net/weapons/barrage_balloons/

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