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History of No.14 Balloon Section R.F.C. & R.A.F
1916 –1918
Transcribed by Robert Pugh from AIR1/163/15/131/1 – History of 14 Balloon Section R.A.F. 1916 –1918
 
(a). Formed at Roehampton, the 1st May 1916.
 
(b). Proceeded overseas 25th May 1916, landed at Le Havre and sent to Rouen. C.O. Capt. Faithful.
 

(g). Notable Parachute Descents

 
Lt. Simpson was burnt in a twin-basket Cacquot. Both observers jumped but the balloon caught up Lt. Simpson and he was badly burnt and died afterwards.
               
Lt. Cleaver parachuted from balloon which burst at 4000 feet. The balloon caught him up and the suction closed his parachute; he fell rapidly with the balloon and was killed.
               
Lt. Holloway did 3 parachute descents from burning balloons.
 
21/4/17 & 4/5/17 – Lt. Sharp parachuted from burning balloons. On the latter occasion Lt. Sharp stayed in the basket firing his revolver at the E.A. although the balloon was well alight.
 
(h). Notable Achievements of Section
 
19th Aug 17
13 shoots and much movement.
20th Aug 17
14 shoots.
22nd Mar 18
Last balloon in air in 5th Army.
20th May 18
13 shoots.
5th June 18
11 shoots.
15th June 18
14 shoots.
17th June 18
16 shoots.
19th June 18
21 shoots.
13th July 18
14 shoots.
16th July 18
21 shoots.
17th July 18
11 shoots.
21st July 18
20 shoots.
8th Aug 18
21 shoots. (2nd Battle of the Somme)
7th Sept 18
Moved forward 8000 yards.
6th Oct 18
Moved forward 8100 yards.
24th Oct 18
Moved forward 9000 yards.
28th Oct 18
5 shoots, 22 NF’s and much Intelligence.
Balloon worked at distance of 3000 yards.
2nd Nov 18
11 shoots.
7th Nov 18
Much Intelligence.
 
(i). Honours and Congratulations
 
28/7/16 & 5/1/17 – Congratulated by Brigade on number of shoots and good work done.
 
17th Aug 17 – Congratulated by 35th Division Artillery.
 
D.F.C., Lt. Annan, T.C.
M.M., 22074 Cpl. Jones, D.J. and A/1st A.M. Taylor, H.
Mentioned in Dispatches, F/Sgt. Clarke, J.
 
This Section has remained with 14 Company ever since the Company was formed.
 
Section moved forward over 50 miles from Aug. 8th to Nov. 1918.
 
 

14 BALLOON SECTION

 
(1)
Date
(2)
Station
(3)
Type of Balloon used
(4)
Name of C.O.
(5)
Section Commander
(6)
Wing and Brigade
(7)
No. of times Balloon destroyed by E.A.
 
25/5/16
 
Buire-sur-Ancre
 
Drachan
 
Capt. Faithful
 
No.1 K.B. Sqdn.
4th Bde.
 
Nil.
29/7/16
Dernancourt
do.
do.
 
do.
do.
 
4/8/16
 
Meaulte
do.
Cacquot
 
do.
 
 
do.
 
do.
19/9/16
Carnoy
Cacquot
do.
 
do.
do.
 
30/9/16
 
Mametz
 
do.
 
Maj. Faithful
 
Lt. Simpson
4th Balloon Wing,
4th Bde.
 
do.
 
28/1/17
 
Cappy
 
do.
do.
Capt. Buchanan
 
Lt. Cleaver
 
4th Balloon Wing.
 
One.
7/4/17
Hamelet
do.
do.
do.
do.
Nil.
8/4/17
Marquaise
do.
do.
do.
do.
do.
9/4/17
Roisel
do.
do.
do.
do.
do.
10/4/17
Hamelet
do.
do.
do.
do.
do.
16/4/17
Hervilly
do.
do.
do.
do.
Two.
6/5/17
Villers Faucon
do.
do.
do.
do.
Nil.
21/7/17
do.    do.
do.
Capt. Robotham
Lt. Scanlon
3rd Balloon Wing.
do.
24/8/17
Lieramont
do.
do.
do.
do.
do.
2/9/17
Hervilly
do.
do.
do.
do.
do.
 
12/3/18
 
do.
 
do.
 
do.
 
do.
5th Balloon Wing,
5th Bde.
 
do.
22/3/18
Villers Carbonnel
do.
do.
do.
do.
do.
 
12/4/18
 
Behencourt
 
Cacquot
 
Capt. Robotham
 
Lt. Annan
5th Balloon Wing,
5th Bde.
 
Nil.
25/4/18
Bazieux
do.
do.
do.
do.
do.
 
Warloy
do.
do.
do.
do.
do.
7/8/18
Hennencourt Wood
do.
do.
do.
do.
do.
16/8/18
Millencourt
do.
do.
do.
do.
do.
21/8/18
Albert
do.
do.
do.
do.
do.
24/8/18
Becordel
do.
do.
do.
do.
do.
28/8/18
Fricourt
do.
do.
do.
do.
do.
29/8/18
Mametz
do.
do.
do.
do.
do.
30/8/18
Montauban
do.
do.
do.
do.
do.
3/9/18
Combles
do.
do.
do.
do.
do.
4/9/18
Rancourt
do.
do.
do.
do.
do.
6/9/18
Nurlu
do.
do.
do.
do.
One.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
18/9/18
Saulcourt
do.
do.
do.
do.
One.
26/9/18
Villers Faucon
do.
do.
do.
do.
One.
29/9/18
St. Emilie
do.
do.
do.
do.
Nil.
5/9/18
Bony
do.
do.
do.
do.
do.
8/9/18
Beaurevoir
do.
do.
do.
do.
do.
13/9/18
Bertry
do.
do.
do.
do.
do.
22/9/18
Reumont
do.
do.
do.
do.
do.
24/9/18
Le Forest
do.
do.
do.
do.
do.
 
Pommeruil
do.
do.
do.
do.
do.
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