balloon barrage


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balloon barrage

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| Dr John Edward George McGibbon OBE (b.1893 Liverpool d.1959 Liverpool) Surgeon Lt Royal Navy in WWI, commissioned Flt Lt in WWII, placed in medical charge of the personnel serving the balloon barrage over Liverpool (which prevented bomber attacks).
Dundas Castle was commandeered by the Ministry of Defence in 1939 to be headquarters for the Balloon Barrage, part of the RAF, after a German bombing raid on the British fleet anchored in the Forth.
* Gun battery sites and the Middlesbrough skyscape being "dominated by an umbrella of Balloon Barrage" during alert periods.
During the war it was known as the Balloon Barrage.
At one time, before joining that mainly Geordie regiment the Coldstream Guards, I served as an Under Officer with V Company 3rd Battalion, Northumberland Army Cadet Force, based at the Balloon Barrage Headquarters in Benton, Newcastle, for up to nine months.

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