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Barrage Balloon Gallery

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Choose from 24 pictures in our Barrage Balloon collection for your Wall Art or Photo Gift. All professionally made for Quick Shipping.


Barrage balloon, Somme, northern France, c1914-c1918
Barrage balloon, Somme, northern France, c1914-c1918
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Lea Bridge Rubber Works Ltd - Aircraft Section, 1941. Creator: Unknown
Lea Bridge Rubber Works Ltd - Aircraft Section, 1941. Creator: Unknown
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At A Balloon Centre, c1943. Creator: Cecil Beaton
At A Balloon Centre, c1943. Creator: Cecil Beaton
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Balloon Fabric Workers, c1943. Creator: Cecil Beaton
Balloon Fabric Workers, c1943. Creator: Cecil Beaton
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Balloon Operator, c1943. Creator: Cecil Beaton
Balloon Operator, c1943. Creator: Cecil Beaton
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Repairing Barrage Balloons, c1943. Creator: Cecil Beaton
Repairing Barrage Balloons, c1943. Creator: Cecil Beaton
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Observation of enemy positions from a barrage balloon, c1914-c1918
Observation of enemy positions from a barrage balloon, c1914-c1918
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Barrage balloon, c1914-c1918
Barrage balloon, c1914-c1918
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Use of the winch for barrage balloon, Somme, northern France, c1914-c1918
Use of the winch for barrage balloon, Somme, northern France, c1914-c1918
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Raising of barrage balloon with basket for observation, c1914-c1918
Raising of barrage balloon with basket for observation, c1914-c1918
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Basket of barrage balloon, c1914-c1918
Basket of barrage balloon, c1914-c1918
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French soldiers, c1914-c1918
French soldiers, c1914-c1918
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Repairing Barrage Balloons, c1943. Creator: Cecil Beaton Featured Image

Repairing Barrage Balloons, c1943. Creator: Cecil Beaton

Repairing Barrage Balloons, c1943. Barrage balloons were used to defend against attack by enemy aircraft. They were raised aloft on cables to create a risk of collision, making the attacker's approach more difficult. The Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF), whose members were referred to as WAAFs, was the female auxiliary of the British Royal Air Force during World War II. Its members did not serve as aircrew, but although they did not participate in active combat, they were exposed to the same dangers as any on the home front working at military installations. Among their duties were: crewing of barrage balloons, catering, meteorology, radar, aircraft maintenance, transport, communications duties including wireless telephonic and telegraphic operation. At its peak strength, in 1943, the number of WAAFs (members of the force) exceeded 180,000, with over 2,000 women enlisting per week. From "Wings On Her Shoulders", by Katharine Bentley Beauman, Late Fight Officer W.A.A.F. [Hutchinson & Co Ltd, London, New York, Melbourne, c1943]

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Working on balloons, 1940
Working on balloons, 1940
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Putting barrage ballons into a hangar, 1943
Putting barrage ballons into a hangar, 1943
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Woman of the WAAF handling a barrage balloon, 1943
Woman of the WAAF handling a barrage balloon, 1943
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March past, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
March past, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
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Packing, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
Packing, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
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The cord, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
The cord, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
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The monster mastered, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
The monster mastered, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
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The web (WAAFS working on a balloon), 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
The web (WAAFS working on a balloon), 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
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The front page of His Majestys Minesweepers, 1943
The front page of His Majestys Minesweepers, 1943
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Barrage balloon at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, USSR, 1942
Barrage balloon at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, USSR, 1942
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Barrage balloons near Moscow, USSR, World War II, 1941
Barrage balloons near Moscow, USSR, World War II, 1941
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Air Raid Precautions, cigarette card, British, 1938
Air Raid Precautions, cigarette card, British, 1938
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Working on balloons, 1940 Featured Image

Working on balloons, 1940

Working on balloons, 1940. From Life in the W.A.A.F., booklet on the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF), in Tuck's Better Little Book series. The WAAF, whose members were referred to as WAAFs, was the female auxiliary of the Royal Air Force during World War II, established in 1939. Its members did not serve as aircrew, but although they did not participate in active combat, they were exposed to the same dangers as any on the home front working at military installations. Among their duties were: crewing of barrage balloons, catering, meteorology, radar, aircraft maintenance, transport, communications duties including wireless telephonic and telegraphic operation. [Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd, London, 1940]

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