balloon barrage


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balloon barrage

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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.
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.
I AM researching the death of my grandfather, who died in a Wellington bomber when it crashed in Bristol on April 30, 1941, after colliding with balloon barrage cables.
The Balloon barrage manned by WAAFs was in Highters Heath Lane, near the Emanuel Church.

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