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EQUIPMENT AND LOCATION OF BALLOON SQUADRONS

 

AS AT 31 AUGUST 1940

(Courtesy of Len Bacon)

 

 

No. 30 (BALLOON BARRAGE) GROUP, LONDON.

(Group Captain W. J. Y. Guilfoyle)

 

No. 1 Balloon Centre, Kidbrooke, London. SE3

 Squadron        Equipment                   Location

901                   45 balloons                    Abbey Wood

902                   45 balloons                    Kidbrooke

952                   40 balloons                    Sheerness

                        (32 waterborne)

961                   24 balloons                    Dover

                        (8 waterborne)

 

No. 2 Balloon Centre, Hook, Surrey.

903                   45 balloons                    Forest Hill

904                   45 balloons                    Clapham

905                   45 balloons                    Kensington

 

No. 3 Balloon Centre, Stanmore, Middlesex.

906                   45 balloons                    Hampstead

907                   45 balloons                    Woodberry Down

956                   24 balloons                    Colnbrook

 

No. 4 Balloon Centre, Chigwell, Essex.

908                   45 balloons                    Metropolis

909                   45 balloons                    East Ham

910                   45 balloons                    Dagenham

                        (3 waterborne)

928                   24 balloons                    Harwich

                        (10 waterborne)

 

No. 31 (BALLLON BARRAGE) GROUP, BIRMINGHAM.

(Air Commodore J. C. Quinnell)

 

No. 5 Balloon Centre, Sutton Coldfield.

911                   48 balloons                    West Bromwich

913                   40 balloons                    Sutton Coldfield

962                   24 balloons                    Milford Haven

                        (9 waterborne)

 

No. 6 Balloon Centre, Wythall Near Alvechurch, Birmingham.

914                   40 balloons                    Northfield

915                   40 balloons                    Rowkeath

916                   32 balloons                    Coventry

917                   24 ballons                     Coventry

 

No. 7 Balloon Centre, Alvaston, Derby.

918                   32 balloons                    Alvaston.

 

No. 8 Balloon Centre, Fazakerley, Liverpool.

919                   52 balloons                    Birkenhead

                        (12 waterborne)

921                   48 balloons                    Fazakerley

 

 

 

No. 9 Balloon Centre, Warrington.

 

Squadron         Equipment                   Location

922                   32 balloons                    Cuerdly

923                   32 balloons                    Runcorn

949                   32 balloons                    Crewe

 

No. 10 Balloon Centre, Bowlee, Manchester.

925                   40 balloons                    Manchester & Bowlee

926                   40 balloons                    Bowlee

 

 

No. 32 (BALLOON BARRAGE) GROUP, ROMSEY

(Air Commodore A. A. Walser)

 

No.11 Balloon Centre, Pucklechurch, Bristol.

912                   24 balloons                    Brockworth

927                   32 balloons                    Bristol

935                   24 balloons                    Filton

951                   40 balloons                    Bristol

957                   24 balloons                    Yeovil

 

No.12 Balloon Centre, Fareham, Hampshire.

924                   24 balloons                    Eastleigh

930                   50 balloons                    Southampton

                        (10 waterborne)

932                   32 balloons                    Portsmouth

933                   24 balloons                    Gosport

 

No. 13 Balloon Centre, Collaton Cross, Plymouth.

934                   24 balloons                    Plymouth

959                   24 balloons                    Falmouth

                        (8 waterborne)

964                   24 balloons                    Torpoint

                        (6 waterborne)

 

No. 14 Balloon Centre, Llandaff, Cardiff

953                   39 balloons                    Cardiff

                        (7 waterborne)

958                   25 balloons                    Swansea

                        (3 waterborne)

965                   16 balloons                    Port Talbot

966                   40 balloons                    Newport

969                   16 balloons                    Barry

 

No.33 (BALLOON BARRAGE) GROUP, SHEFFIELD.

(Air Commodore S. W. Smith.)

 

No. 15 Balloon Centre, Longbenton, Newcastle.

936                   40 balloons                    Benton

                        (4 waterborne)

937                   32 balloons                    South Tyne

                        (3 waterborne)

938                   48 balloons                    Billingham

 

No. 16 Balloon Centre, Norton, Sheffield.

939                   40 balloons                    Sheffield

940                   32 balloons                    Rotherham

 

 

No. 17 Balloon Centre, Sutton on Hull.

942                   42 balloons                    Hull

                        (24 waterborne)

943                   32 balloons                    Hull

 

 

No. 34 (BALLOON BARRAGE) GROUP, EDINBURGH.

(Group Captain H. R. Busteed)

 

No. 18 Balloon Centre, Bishopbriggs, Glasgow.

 

929                   24 balloons                    South Queensferry

                        (7 waterborne)

945                   40 balloons                    Glasgow

946                   48 balloon                     Renfrew

947                   32 balloons                    Glasgow

948                   24 balloons                    Rosyth

967                   48 balloons                    Ardrossan

968                   40 balloons                    Forming at Bishopbriggs: moved to

                        (8 waterborne)               Belfast 12 September 1940

 

No.20 Balloon Centre, Lyness, Orkney.

950                   32 balloons                    Lyness

960                   24 balloons                    Lyness

 

 

 

TOTALS.

 

Groups                          4

 

Barrages                       47

 

Balloon Centres             19

 

Squadrons                     62

 

Balloons                        2,208